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Restaurant Equipment World (REW) Visits Old Cuban Cafe

July 14th, 2014 by REW Blog Team

Welcome to Restaurant Equipment World’s Restaurant Reviews. On today’s menu, Old Cuban Café. In Orlando, just east of Alafaya Trail on Colonial Drive, is the newest location of Old Cuban Cafe. Bright, airy and authentically charming – Old Cuban Café takes you on a voyage southward to Cuba. The walls are adorned in soft rustic hues while paintings of Cuba, sacks of coffee and sugar on the shelves and stylish hand painted designs on the walls all help pull together the old world Cuban charm. Sit down, relax and enjoy yourself – you are in for a real Cuban treat.

Old Cuban Café’s menu is full of every Cuban delight you can imagine – from appetizers, to sandwiches, soups, salads, entrees and of course desserts. We started out with a couple of empanadas – pastry shells, filled with your choice of a meat (ham, beef or chicken) and/or cheese and served with fresh salsa. They were light, crispy and oh so tasty. Another house favorite is the Autentico Cubano – or for those of you who don’t know, it’s a traditional Cuban sandwich. Warm, pressed Cuban bread stuffed full of Serrano ham, sweet ham, Spanish pork, Swiss cheese, mustard and pickles, served with a hot batch of French fries. As an entree, it was suggested that we try the Ropa Vieja – which is Spanish for “old clothes”, not something that sounds real appetizing. One popular theory on how the dish was named is the story about a man whose family was coming home for dinner. Being very poor, the man could not buy them enough food when they came. To remedy his situation he went to his closet, gathered some old clothes (hence the name ropa vieja) and imbued them with his love. When he cooked the clothes, his love for his family turned the clothes into a wonderful beef stew. And wonderful it is! Shredded flank steak in a tomato based sauce served with Cuban rice and beans and sweet fried plantains. All the food was fresh and amazingly delicious.

Finish off your meal (if you have any room at all left) with Cuban inspired pastries including Flan, Tres Leche, Torrejas (Cuban sweet toast) or Dulce de Leche. We tried the Pudin de Pan as our indulgence. Moist and creamy bread pudding filled with raisins with a drizzle of warm caramel on top – es muy bueno y sabroso indeed! Don’t forget to check out their pastry display case in the back and take some home for later.

The newest Old Cuban Café is located at 12014 East Colonial Drive in Orlando (407-267-3008). If that is not in your neighborhood, there is the original located at 1672 North Goldenrod Road (407-281-7707), it’s just across from the Sam’s Club on Goldenrod Road). Hours for both restaurants are: Monday – Wednesday from 6am to 6pm, Thursday – Saturday from 6am to 9pm and Sunday from 8am to 3pm. Like their Facebook page at www/facebook.com/old-cuban-café for plenty of pictures and restaurant happenings. Old Cuban Café, authentic Cuban cuisine. Stop on by for a meal, you’ll be glad you did!

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Restaurant Equipment World (REW) Visits The Coop

June 17th, 2014 by REW Blog Team

Welcome to Restaurant Equipment World’s Restaurant Review. Join us as we mosey on over to the Coop in Winter Park, where you’ll find the finest down home southern cooking in the area. The Coop is a new restaurant venture, however it is brought to you by the team behind 4 Rivers Smokehouse which well known throughout the Central Florida area. The concept is a simple one, the Coop serves up comfort food classics made from scratch daily. The recipes have been passed-down for generations, bringing together the freshest ingredients and seasonal items to create iconic dishes.

Make your way on into the Coop and you’ll see it is filled with eclectic charm, including large family sized barn style tables and mismatched chairs. The walls are adorned with a multitude poultry pictures, artfully chosen names (picked by the staff I am told) with “southern” flair – like Gladys, Harriet and Maurice. Stop by in the evening and enjoy dinner on the patio – with plenty of room for the whole clan.

Belly up to place your order and you’ll see all your favorites, served up cafeteria style. If you grew up in the south, you’ll swear your grandma is back there cooking up Sunday dinner. We chose two of The Coop’s signature dishes to try on our visit. Chicken N’ Waffles, two light and crispy waffles served with 3 delightfully seasoned giant chicken tenders with a maple bourbon drizzle. The second entree was the Low Country Shrimp & Grits. Freshly milled grits (flown in weekly from South Carolina), covered with shrimp and zesty sausage bits mixed with fresh tomatoes and just the right amount of spices. Truly the very best I have ever tried! The Coop’s menu is full of southern tradition including Oxtail Beef Stew, Mom’s Meatloaf, Smothered Pork Chops, Catfish & Grits and so much more. Add a couple of tasty fixins on the side like Mac & Cheese, Smashed Potatoes, Fresh Fried Okra, Maple Glazed Cornbread or some of the tastiest Creamed Corn this side of the Mississippi. Their menu is vast, chock full of southern style staple foods. Make sure you save room for dessert! Try one of The Coop’s array of mini (sweetie) pies, fried hand pies or some old school banana pudding. They also bake an assortment of fresh whole pies every day – check out the bakery case and pick up one to take home.

The Coop, A Southern Affair – serving up down home country cooking and a heaping spoonful of hospitality. They are open Monday – Thursday from 11am to 8pm, Friday and Saturday from 11am to 9pm (they are closed on Sunday’s for family time). The Coop is located at 610 West Morse Blvd. in Winter Park (at the corner of Morse and Pennsylvania Ave). Call ahead and pick up something for dinner – 407-THE-COOP! Follow The Coop on Facebook and keep up to date on everything that is happening – www.facebook.com/thecoopwp. In the area, check out The Coop in Winter Park – you’ll be glad you did!

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Restuarant Equipment World (REW) Visits Frenchy’s

May 14th, 2014 by REW Blog Team

Welcome to Restaurant Equipment World’s Restaurant Reviews. On today’s menu is Frenchy’s – come take a bite. Along Park Avenue in Winter Park and just across from scenic Central Park you will find this elegant and quaint Parisian restaurant and bakery.

As you stroll inside, Frenchy’s brings to mind all the charm and ambiance of a warm, sunny day at a French café. At the front entrance you will find the bakery area, loaded with fresh, decadent pastry items from croissants to cookies. Enjoy them outside people watching or take them home and enjoy them later. Subtle lighting, stunning crystal chandeliers along with walls designed to look as if you are walking along the street of Paris make you feel as if you have made the perilous journey across the ocean to France. Enjoy lunch or dinner street side and partake in all the glory that has become the essence of the Winter Park area.

The lunch menu is extensive serving sweet and savory crepes, gourmet salad plates, signature sandwiches and wraps. Frenchy’s offers a variety of hot pressed sandwiches as well, we tried La Viennoise Press with roast beef, blue cheese, red onion and horseradish on a soft or crusty baguette toasted to perfection. We also ordered the Presto Pesto Press with thick cut tomatoes and fresh mozzarella cheese bathed in pesto and pressed into melted mayhem. Of course, both sandwiches are served with French fries or if you prefer – you can have coleslaw. Our sampling of the menu was delectable to say the very least.

Their quiches are a homemade classic – made with your choice of filling and soup or salad. We tried the Quiche Lorraine, light, fluffy and full of flavor and made with tons of ham and cheese. The quiches also come with your choice of soup or salad, a perfect compliment to this tasty lunch dish. Want something a little lighter? Try one of their unique daily soups like carrot and ginger. Or stick with a true classic, like their French Onion Soup. It comes served in a cup or a bowl – but if you’re really hungry may I suggest you get your soup in a bread bowl, topped with lots of gooey cheese and croutons. C’est magnifique!

Frenchy’s evening menu starts at 4pm. Enjoy traditional appetizers like Moules Gratinees, mussels baked on the half-shell with garlic butter, finished under the broiler with gruyere cheese and served with crusty bread. We also tried the Escargots a L’ail, which is garlic butter escargots prepared in the traditional French style and nestled in a puff pastry – fabulous. Have an entrée and finish with their glorious Chocolate Fondue for two with kiwi, marshmallows, strawberries, bananas, grapes and pretzels for your dipping pleasure.

The food, the atmosphere and the service at Frenchy’s is impeccable. They are located at 212 N. Park Ave in Winter Park and their phone number is 407-622-2232. They are open on Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9am to 9pm, Friday & Saturday from 9am to 10pm and they are closed on Tuesday. They don’t have a website (yet), but you can check them out on Facebook – www.facebook.com/frenchywinterpark. Stroll down the avenue and stop on in – you’ll be glad you did.

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Restaurant Equipment World (REW) Fun Easter Infographic

April 18th, 2014 by REW Blog Team

The Easter bunny comes this Sunday, April 20th. So, time to avoid temptation (or not) in the candy aisle. The peeps, chocolate bunnies, jellybeans, malted milk ball eggs and just plain chocolate is everywhere. Do you know what holiday candy connoisseurs spend the most money on? Do you know how many peeps and chocolate bunnies are produced every year for Easter? In case you were wondering, it’s all here. Check out REW’s fun Easter infographic. Have a wonderful Easter holiday!

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Restaurant Equipment World (REW) Visits Anna’s Polish Restaurant

April 15th, 2014 by REW Blog Team

Welcome to Restaurant Equipment World’s restaurant review, on today’s menu is Anna’s Polish Restaurant. Located in a small shopping plaza just off Aloma Avenue near Forsyth Rd, is where you will find this hidden gem. It is not the easiest place to find and if you’re not careful, you just may miss it – something I do not recommend.

As you walk into the main dining room you’ll see the walls are adorned with old world charm all in a quaint setting. Pictures and trinkets from Poland bring about that warm, welcoming feeling along with traditional Polish music playing ever so subtle in the background. A sign over the kitchen welcomes all – too Anna’s Kitchen. And that it is, Anna herself can be found there on any given day whipping up some of the traditional favorites from her homeland in Poland.

The menu includes many different Polish favorites including Golabki (stuffed cabbage), Goulash and Schnitzel. The aroma coming from the kitchen was so fragrant; we were excited to get started. We chose the Polish Trio as an appetizer. It included two pierogies, which are stuffed full of your choice of meat or cheese (we chose one of each) and topped with caramelized onion and served with sour cream for dipping. They were amazing. Also included was fresh polish sausage, grilled and covered with bacon, along with (a house favorite) potato pancakes served with homemade applesauce. Needless to say it was gone in mere minutes. Definitely enough on its own, but given our delight for the appetizers, we were ready to move on . . . and that we did. I chose a popular menu item called Wazanki or Polish Cabbage Noodles for those of us who don’t have a clue (like me). This is an old family Polish pasta dish that contains flat noodles combined with sauerkraut, mushrooms, bacon, onion and spices. Perfectly seasoned to perfection and oh so tasty. The other entrée we chose was the traditional Gypsy Potato Pancake. This is a plate sized potato pancake filled with chunks of beef, onions and bell pepper in a rich gravy, topped with sour cream and parsley. The sight of this entrée was amazing and the taste was like nothing we have ever had before. The entrees are hearty and enough so you can share and taste a little bit of everything – a MUST do! We finished off the meal with the Pychotka (Walnut Delight) – almost too pretty to eat! Alas, we dug into this dessert of walnut cake divided by a wonderful vanilla cream with strawberries and whipped cream on the side. It was amazing – a house specialty made by Anna herself. The food was beyond mere colorful words, I can’t wait to go back and try more items on the menu!

If you have a large party, never fear . . . Anna’s has just opened an additional space adjacent to the restaurant for parties and catered events. Additionally, in the new section in the back is the new Polish Deli. When we were there it was only a few days away from opening, so I’d say it’s open now. Don’t have the time to stop in for dinner? Run (don’t walk) on over to the deli which I’m told will be chock full of fresh meats, pastas and an assorted array of traditional Polish treat for you to take home and enjoy.

The food at Anna’s is the epitome of Polish fare. From pierogies to Wazanki, potato pancakes to Pychotka and so much more, you’ll find it all at this restaurant. A culinary delight prepared with Anna’s love for her country and her passion for cooking the finest Polish cuisine in the area. Check out their website at www.annaspolishrestaurant.com for the full menu and weekly specials. Anna’s is open Wednesday from 4:30pm to 9pm, Thursday from 12pm to 9pm, Friday & Saturday from 12pm to 10pm and Sunday from 12pm to 8pm. The restaurant is located at 3586 Aloma Ave, Suite 7, Winter Park, FL 32792 (here’s a hint, use your GPS or you may pass right by), or give them a call at 407-657-0020. Check out Anna’s Polish Restaurant – you’ll be glad you did!

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Join Us at The Angel Flight Run for the Angels 5K

April 9th, 2014 by REW Blog Administrator

Angel Flight 5K Run For The Angels

At 7:23pm on December 15, 2013, REW’s President Brad Pierce got a call from Angel Flight Southeast to help save a life.  A courageous young patient and her father were flown by Brad to a hospital in Miami, Florida where she successfully underwent surgery to receive a new liver and kidney.  While this particular mission touched our hearts at REW especially deeply, it’s all in a day’s work for the good folks at Angel Flight Southeast who coordinate an average of 3,000 flights per year for those in need.  There’s never a cost to the patients or family members transported – the pilots donate their time and aircraft free of charge to help make a difference in the lives of others.

Angel Flight Southeast needs your help in supporting this great cause to make more stories like this possible.  The organization is hosting a charity 5K fun run at the Orlando Executive Airport (KORL) on Saturday, April 19th, 2014 at 8am to raise money to support their mission coordination operations.  This is a unique race where participants get to run on the taxiways and runways at a fully operational airport – it’s the only such race in the country of its kind.  You can make a difference and help change lives by participating.  The event is open to all ages and participants are free to run or walk to the course.  Many of our REW staff members will be participating so sign up and join the fun!

To learn more about the Run for the Angels 5K, please visit:  www.RunForTheAngels5k.com

To read all about Brad’s Angel Flight Mission above, please visit:  www.BradinMotion.com

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Restaurant Equipment World (REW) Visits Bikes, Beans & Bordeaux

March 17th, 2014 by REW Blog Team

Welcome to Restaurant Equipment World’s restaurant review, on today’s menu is Bikes, Beans & Bordeaux. B3 as they also like to be called, is a “casual yet contemporary neighborhood cafe serving savory fare with a cycling flair”. No I didn’t just make that up it’s on their website, but it pretty much sums things up. Located in the Audubon Park Garden District, B3 is a real cool place to sit, relax and enjoy a great selection of fresh food and drink ideas in an atmosphere that was inspired by the owners love for cycling. Jen and Darrell, have put together a well thought out menu that consists of a variety of fresh organic, vegetarian and low-fat selections for breakfast, lunch or light evening meals.

We decided to try the Hummus Wheel as an appetizer. It’s creamy hummus centered on a platter surrounded by “spokes” of fresh seasonal veggies and bread. We had tomatoes, zucchini, squash, cucumbers and breadsticks to dip in the hummus – it was fantastic, a nice healthy and light option. As you may have guessed many of the items on their menu reference cycling and many of the legends that have competed in this sport as well as venues and cycling “lingo”. I had The Tour of California, a giant sandwich inspired by the West Coast stage race held every spring. It was sliced turkey topped with romaine lettuce, vine ripe tomatoes, sprouts, avacado, hummus and provolone cheese topped with a dash of salt, pepper, oil and vinegar and served on a multigrain bread. All sandwiches come with a choice of fresh cut carrot sticks or the all familiar pickle and chips. Simple, fresh and very healthy. They also have several hot sandwiches to choose from on the menu. We also had the Bettini Panini. A hot pressed panini fused with fresh mozzarella cheese, salami, pepperoni, ham and zesty pesto on a locally sourced ciabatta bread. It was also fresh and fantastic – I’m hoping you see a trend here! B3 also has a wonderful selection of breakfast options from quiche to Belgian waffles. Worth a try – you know you can never go wrong with waffles. B3 changes their menu seasonally as well, so you are apt to find yummy new surprises every so often when you visit. We can’t forget the beans at B3. Bikes, Beans & Bordeaux proudly serves Jittery Joe’s coffee, a favorite of the cycling community. Their wine and beer list follows the international cycling season tempting your palate from California to Italy to Paris. You can see there full wine and beer list on there website – check it out!

Walk into Bikes, Beans & Bordeaux and you will see the walls are covered with paintings and photographs from local artists. Jen and Darrell give back to the community by buying local, but they also feature local artists at B3 and adorn their walls with their artwork. Everything is for sale, so when you stop by for a little something to eat you may find yourself going home with full belly and a delightful new wall hanging. B3 has plenty of events to cater to all it’s customers. They have trivia nights, live music, beer tastings, artist’s open houses and even scheduled rides for the avid cyclist. Check out their website to keep informed of all the new events they have scheduled. And this just in, as I spoke with Jen and Darrell, they we telling me of their plans for expanding over to encompass the store next door. Renovations are in the works as we speak and I’m told they are going to be open for business by the end of this month (March).

Bikes, Bean & Bordeaux is open Monday through Friday from 7am to 10pm, Saturday from 8am to 10pm and on Sunday from 8am to 3pm. B3 is located at 3022 Corrine Drive in Orlando (Audubon Park Garden District). Keep up to date with B3 happenings and menu changes on their website www.bikesbeansandbordeaux.com. Take a little ride on your bike and check them out – you’ll be glad you did!

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Restaurant Equipment World (REW) Visits Mom’s Country Kitchen

February 17th, 2014 by REW Blog Team

Welcome to Restaurant Equipment World’s restaurant review. On today’s menu is Mom’s Country Kitchen located in Casselberry, and nestled in Casselberry Commons, right by the Casselberry police station and city hall. Walk inside this completely refurbished restaurant and you will find a bright cheery atmosphere, with signs and smells making you feel right at home. This family owned restaurant brings to mind a cozy feeling, just like in your own mom’s kitchen. The owners and sisters, Cindy and DJ, have a true passion for the restaurant industry having spent plenty of time helping out at their aunt and uncle’s restaurant when they were younger. Their passion shows in every ounce of effort they have put into this brand new venture. So, sit down, relax and get ready for some real home style cookin’.

The kitchen is well equipped with all the latest state-of-the-art equipment right from REW’s very own showroom floor. The owners have put their heart and soul into this restaurant and we were there to help along the way. Everything is literally fresh off the griddle, from the food all the way to the dining room chairs. They have spared no expense to update and renovate, resulting in an efficient and cozy place to eat and enjoy the company.

From the menu, guest favorites include the Philly cheesesteak, fresh steak piled high and grilled with onions and on a nice soft bun with a mound of crispy French fries. Or if breakfast is on your mind (which is served all day) then you may want to order mom’s enormous country breakfast. A flaky biscuit smothered in sausage gravy, two eggs fixed just your way, your choice of regular or smoked sausage or bacon and home fries, hash browns or grits and of course toast. A giant undertaking, but if you are up for the challenge, I highly recommend it. Mom’s uses only fresh local ingredients, and everything is always cooked to order. Right now, there are no desserts available on their menu – something they will be adding in the very near future. Mom’s also plans on adding specials and providing catering services, something that’s just a little while down the road. Check back often as their menu and specials are always changing, but rest assured you will always find those good ole’ breakfast and lunch staple items that keep you coming back.

Mom’s Country Kitchen is the essence of home style, country cooking. The staff and the owners treat you like part of the family, and the prices are way more than affordable. Keep up to date with the specials and anything else they are doing by liking Mom’s Country Kitchen on Facebook – www.facebook.com/moms-country-kitchen. They are located at 4275 S US Hwy 17/92 in Casselberry and they are open from 7:00 am to 2:30 pm for breakfast and lunch. If you are in the neighborhood, and you are looking for a hearty meal and friendly face, stop on in and give them a try – you’ll be glad you did!

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Restaurant Equipment World (REW) Super Bowl Stats Infographic

January 31st, 2014 by REW Blog Team

The Super Bowl is this Sunday, between the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks. Check out this cool infografic that shows cool stats and insights into the biggest game of the year. Who will you be cheering for? Go Broncos!

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Restaurant Equipment World (REW) Visits Tacos El Rancho

January 14th, 2014 by REW Blog Team

In the heart of downtown Orlando, lies the latest addition to the Tacos El Rancho family. Located right on Orange Avenue just across from the Orange County Courthouse, you will find this locally owned and operated gem of a Mexican restaurant.

The decor is bright and festive with plenty of seating to accommodate the largest of crowds. Each menu item is expertly crafted using only the freshest of ingredients. On or trips we were able to try several different local favorites. First up, the Gold Chimichanga with a spicy chicken filling rolled up in a flour tortilla with salsa, onion, cheese, tomatoes, sour cream and delightful queso sauce. Delicious! We also tried the steak quesadillas, chicken enchiladas and the flautas. Everything tasted so amazing, right down to the fresh sour cream and cilantro topping and with serving sizes that are easily shared (this is IF you want to).

Tacos El Rancho has two additional locations – one in Orlando and the other in Belle Isle. Nostalgic artwork and photos adorn the walls of the Orlando location on Chickasaw Trail. Here (and Belle Isle I assume as we did not go there) you will find all the charm and the same tasty menu items.

If that isn’t enough, check out their brand new food truck called the Tamale Company. For those of you who don’t know, a tamale is a traditional Mexican dish made of masa (which is dough) and filled with anything from meats to fruits and vegetables, then wrapped in a cornhusk and covered with different types of sauces. Their roving menu is extensive, with every kind of tamale you can imagine and then some. Check them out on Facebook to find out just where the Tamale Company truck will be next.

Tacos El Rancho is a great example of a locally owned and operated restaurant with a simple formula for success – serve fresh ingredients with authentic recipes and expert assembly. It is as easy as that or so the family says. Check out their website at www.tacoselrancho.com to see their full menu, hours of operation and to find a location near you. Tacos El Rancho . . . authentic Mexican cuisine at it’s finest.

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