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Restaurant Equipment World (REW) Visits RusTeak

November 2nd, 2015 by REW Blog Team

Welcome to Restaurant Equipment World’s restaurant review. On today’s menu is RusTeak. RusTeak is nestled in the heart of College Park, Florida, a perfect location for a restaurant with such eclectic charm and inviting atmosphere. Purposefully designed and highlighting work from local artisans, RusTeak is the perfect place to enjoy a delectable meal or signature cocktails. RusTeak is owned and operated by Jonathan and Brian, two esteemed graduates of The Culinary Institute of America who have hand crafted a menu filled with sandwiches, burgers, flatbreads, steaks and pasta.

The bar offers seasonal handcrafted signature cocktails, like the Hemmingway Daiquiri with rum, grapefruit juice, key lime juice, grapefruit bitters muddled with fresh red grapefruit. RusTeak also offers over 45 different craft beers and 22 wines by the glass. Enjoy Happy Hour Monday through Saturday from 4pm to 7p with $5 Wines by The Glass, $5 Signature Cocktails and $5 Appetizers. So grab a cocktail and enjoy the view in their cozy patio and get ready to enjoy some of the most exciting food around this area.

We started with the Pumpkin Potato Gnocchi with hand rolled gnocchi, gorgonzola and fontina fondue, cherry tomatoes, roasted asparagus and walnut delight, an amazing way to start your meal. Or try the Shrimp Fritters with chopped shrimp, smoked maple bacon, roasted, lightly fried and served with Old Bay aioli and mustard seed sauce – delight for all your senses.

In the mood for a burger, the famous RusTeak Burger boasts an Angus beef patty seasoned with garlic cilantro sauce, beefsteak tomato, provolone cheese, smoke bacon topped with a medium fried egg and crispy potato strings and served on a toasted brioche. Add a side of crisp cilantro fries and your life is now complete. There is a reason why it is a house favorite – it’s amazing!

One of RusTeak’s most popular sandwiches is the Turkado (TURK-A-DOO) with house roasted turkey breast, baby swiss cheese, garlic cilantro sauce, bibb lettuce, beefsteak tomato, topped with sweet potato strings tossed in a white truffle oil and served on sourdough bread and served with your choice of a side like sweet potato tots. A fresh and filling sandwich – you just won’t be able to get enough.

RusTeak also offers several seafood, pasta, chicken and steak dishes as entrees. Come back often as the menu is seasonal and it changes five times (or more) a year to offer the freshest ingredients available. It is not unusual to see wild boar, venison and even rattlesnake as one of the daily specials – so call ahead to see what’s on the menu for the day.

The dessert choices are ever changing as well, but rest assured you are likely to find a house favorite like the warm bread pudding topped with creamy vanilla ice cream and caramel swirls – just the right way to finish an amazing meal.

Birthdays, weddings, office parties – whatever the reason may be, you can celebrate in RusTeak’s dedicated wine room. Completely enclosed, overlooking the entire restaurant, so you can enjoy the restaurant atmosphere and still have an intimate gathering. RusTeak’s wine room carries over 150 wines from around the world, sure to compliment any occasion.

RusTeak has two locations for your convenience: RusTeak at Maguire Crossing, 1568 Maguire Road in Ocoee (407-614-3765), and RusTeak in College Park, 2625 Edgewater Drive in College Park (407-540-1100). Reservations are highly recommended. Their hours are Monday through Saturday from 11am to 11pm, they are closed on Sunday.

RusTeak – an American restaurant with polished, casual flair. Stop by and give them a try, you’ll be glad you did!

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Restaurant Equipment World (REW) Visits The Golden Knife Chop House

September 17th, 2015 by REW Blog Team

Welcome to Restaurant Equipment World’s Restaurant Review, on today’s menu – The Golden Knife Chop House serving great American Steakhouse classics, paired with the city’s finest ingredients.

Located in the heart of downtown Orlando is where you’ll find The Golden Knife, a downtown attraction with scenic outdoor views providing a memorable food experience every time. Within walking distance of several of the most favored downtown venues, a great place to catch a quick lunch or a great meal before heading off to an event.

Inside you find a quaint upscale dining establishment with modern yet eclectic décor for your dining pleasure. A cozy atmosphere greets each customer and invites them into a comfortable setting to enjoy cocktails and an exquisite and contemporary style chop house menu. The Golden Knife’s international and seasonally inspired plates are sure to satisfy any palate with menu ingredients from around the globe.

The Golden Knife has a somewhat limited by adequate menu, however they do offer several daily specials and seasonal delights. For starters, we gave the deep fried potato crisps a try – filled with a tasty mix of creamy mash potatoes and herbs and served with a savory sweet and sour sauce for dipping. A menu favorite Marinate Lax Salmon, is a large offering of salmon marinated with citrus and vodka and served with dill crème fraiche, caper berries, dill and rye toast – quite enough to share!

Try one of the daily lunch entrée specials like beef tenderloin tips in gravy with creamy risotto and vegetables, just add a loaded baked potato filled with cheddar cheese, bacon, sour cream and chives – and enjoy a hearty meal. The fresh fish special is tilapia filets baked until golden with a lemon butter sauce served over southern style mashed potatoes and served with seasonal vegetables.

On the main menu you will find entrees like the exquisite French Rack of Lamb perfectly prepared and paired with a yucca entremet. Another favorite is the Sous Vide quarter leg of succulent Golden Duck with an almond crust, served with baked pumpkin and warm pear slices – a true delicacy. The Golden Knife also offers a number of pasta dishes including the Pappardelli Lamb – slow cooked lamb ragout with tomato and demi sauce, an excellent and flavorful choice.

For desert, try the Caramel and Sea Salt – a cheese-cake style caramel pie wedge served with a scoop of decadent ice cream and berries.

The Golden Knife Chop House is located at 63 Eat Pine Street in downtown Orlando. Their hours are Monday through Wednesday from 11am to 3pm, Thursday from 11am to 9pm, Friday from 11am to 10pm and Saturday from 5pm to 10pm – they are closed on Sunday. Check out their current menu at and call to make reservations at 321-352-7785.

If you are looking for an intimate and relaxed dining experience that offers something different to local and foreign visitors alike, take a trip to downtown Orlando and visit one of its finest – The Golden Knife Chop House. You’ll be glad you did!

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Restaurant Equipment World (REW) Visits Duffy’s Sports Grill

July 6th, 2015 by REW Blog Team

Welcome to Restaurant Equipment World’s restaurant review. On today’s menu is Duffy’s Sports Grill. The Duffy’s franchise was founded by two childhood friends turned business partners in Lake Park, Florida. Originally dubbed “Duffy’s Drafthouse”, the wildly popular restaurant was known for “the coldest beer” and “best burger”. After expanding to three more locations, Duffy’s procured a business associate and began it’s re-branding into Duffy’s Sports Grill. Duffy’s Sports Grill combines quality dining, memorable hospitality and sports to win with this successful sports themed restaurant concept. So, come on in and see what everyone is cheering about.

Walking into Duffy’s you are immediately inundated with sports. Each location boasts a large collection of local memorabilia along with never ending televisions (it seems), so you are sure to catch whatever event you want to see. If you are up for visual overload, you can watch several different events at one time. Duffy’s also offers 2-4-1 drinks all day, every day – grab a cocktail, order some food and enjoy the atmosphere.

Duffy’s plenty of starters for your munching pleasure. Duffy’s serves up freshly prepared ingredients and a menu to suit everyone’s palette. Dolphin fingers, calamari, ahi tuna, fried mushrooms – just to name a few. We tried the Firecracker Shrimp – tender, crispy shrimp tossed in a creamy yet spicy sauce and served with a delightful cucumber slaw. You may want to give Duffy’s award winning wings a go – served in an array of sauce flavors boneless, traditional, hand-breaded or naked. Toss in celery and blue cheese dressing and game on!

Are you ready for the main event? Get yourself one of Duffy’s 100% certified Angus beef burgers. The Hangover Burgers features a farm fresh, sunny side egg, pepper crusted bacon and two slices of American cheese wedged between a fluffy sesame seed bun. Not in the mood for a burger? On the lighter side, try the Mahi Mahi Sandwich grilled, blackened or if you prefer crispy, served with tasty fries and creamy coleslaw. From mozzarella sticks to salads, pasta, burgers, ribs, seafood and wings – whatever you are craving you are sure to find it here on the menu at Duffy’s Sports Grill.

Duffy’s loves their customers and offers what they call the M.V.P. Program. Just sign up at the restaurant and you immediately receive points towards free meals, special discounts, exclusive call ahead seating, complimentary birthday gift and much more – definitely worth doing for those who plan on being a Duffy’s regular.

Duffy’s Sports Grill has 27 locations throughout Florida (with plans for more to come). Their most recent location being at 315 North Alafaya Trail in Waterford Lakes with a new location in Altamonte Springs opening very soon. Wherever you are in Florida – check out to find a location near you. Duffy’s hours are Sunday through Wednesday from 11am to 12am and Thursday through Saturday from 11am to 1am. Check out each location’s Facebook page for specials, games and contests near you. Looking for one of the very best casual dining, sports-themed restaurants in America – check out Duffy’s Sports Grill – you’ll be glad you did!

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Restaurant Equipment World (REW) Visits Swine & Sons

June 16th, 2015 by REW Blog Team

Welcome to Restaurant Equipment World’s restaurant review. On today’s menu is Swine & Sons Provisions.

In the heart of Winter Park lies one of the area’s newest eateries, from the same family who brought you Cask & Larder and The Ravenous Pig. Swine & Sons Provisions is a unique establishment that boasts southern-inspired, modern take-out fare showcasing artisanal charcuterie, local ingredients, butcher sandwiches, craft beer, boutique wines, seasonally inspired homemade ice creams, signature spices and rubs, scratch-made biscuits and daily pastry specials.

Stop by for lunch in Swine & Sons deli-style eatery and try specialty sandwich like Pimento Grilled cheese with bacon, pickled green tomato and pan de mie or the Salami Melt with genoa, giardiniera, fontina and herb aioli on a fresh baguette. We decided to try the Southern Cuban – Swine & Sons spin on the classic Cuban sandwich. This spectacular sandwich features roast pork, collards, pepper jelly, and Swiss cheese all between two slices of masa bread. Hand sliced meats, quality ingredients and true sandwich craftsmanship comes together to form a great meal. Don’t forget to wash all that down with one of Swine & Sons locally sourced teas, sodas or brews.

Looking to take something home for lunch? Swine & Sons’ deli offers a large sampling of fresh deli meats by the pound in their butcher case. Choose from ribeye hot dogs, beef jerky, smoked bacon, country terrine, salumi, country ham, house pastrami, smoked sausage and house specialty sausage – staples for any lunch table.

Having an outing or event? Try Swine & Sons catering menu serving everything from smoked chicken to ribs, even whole pigs as is or smoked porchetta style. Add some southern style sides and sharables like marinated tomatoes with cucumber, onion, feta and verjus vinaigrette or mac n’ cheese with fresno hot sauce bread crumbs. Don’t forget dessert – ask for their current list of pies and cakes, or try macarons, whoopee pies and of course homemade cookie platters.

Swine & Sons also has a grocery section filled with provisions from not only their kitchen, but also the kitchens of The Ravenous Pig and Cask & Larder. Bake at home meals, brews from Cask & Larder, and even rubs and sauces from Ravenous pig fill the shelves – a great way to bring the flavors of your favorite restaurants right to your home.

Swine & Sons is located at 595 West Fairbanks Avenue in Winter Park (right next door to Cask & Larder for those of you who are familiar with the area). Their hours are Monday through Saturday from 11am to 8pm and Sunday from 11am to 5pm. For menus and more information, check out their website at Swine & Sons’ offerings change sometimes on a daily, ensuring only the freshest foods are used. Check out their Facebook page at for updates and new menu options as well as their daily “Blue Pig Specials”. Whether you are looking for a quick bite to eat or something to take home for later – stop by Swine & Sons Provisions – you’ll be glad you did!

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Restaurant Equipment World (REW) Visits Sushi Pop

May 14th, 2015 by REW Blog Team

Welcome to Restaurant Equipment World’s restaurant review. On today’s menu is Sushi Pop Seafood & Chops. Stylish and contemporary, hip and casual dining is what Sushi Pop is all about. A trendy, comfortable setting guides you into where you will experience Japanese pop-culture mixed with a sleek, cutting-edge atmosphere. Recently expanded, Sushi Pop now has plenty of room to meet the demands of the crowd they so often attract with their unique menu. Order a drink from their diverse menu of beer, wine and cocktails, something for every palette – relax and get ready for an incredible experience.
Chef Chau will delight with his edible artwork and impeccable presentation using only the freshest ingredients. Try a house favorite cold tasting offering like the Live Scallop. Thin slices of scallop with cucumber-ramp juice, ikura, evoo and rosemary flowers. Stunning visually, with a taste as delectable as it looks.
Choose from a lengthy list of innovative sushi rolls like the Red Eye. Tuna, gochujang, garlic chips, and tempura flakes topped with salmon, blood orange, blood orange angrodolce and chives. Bold flavor combinations that are as unique as they are flavorful. Try a house favorite the Hot Mess. Smoked salmon, avocado and tempura flakes with honey kabayaki topped with baked tuna, salmon, yellowtail, flounder, spicy mayo, chives and rendered bacon – a definite crowd pleaser.
If you are looking for variety, the daily catch Sashimi is masterful collection of the very freshest fish available. Samplings may include favorites like salmon, yellowfin tuna, bluefin tuna, escolar, cobia, squid, octopus and sea urchin depending on availability. Skillfully prepared a presented with toppings and sauces, served with wasabi and imported soy sauce. More seafood offerings include the fresh fish of the day. Today’s catch, yellowtail snapper in a spicy red thai curry with thai basil – a culinary sight, and definitely worth a try.
Not into seafood? Well Sushi Pop offers plenty of other awe inspiring choices for your dining pleasure. The Kurobuta Tacos – braised Berkshire pork belly with hoisin bbq sauce, micro cilantro, avocado and crisp greens sounds amazing. Or try Beef & Barley short ribs, rye, whole oats and tomme cheese with bay, chive and malted buckwheat.
Save room for dessert! The P.M.S. is peanut butter powder, molten chocolate cake filled with warm chocolate and peanut butter and served salted caramel ice cream. Try another favorite, the Dirty South. Japanese sweet potato bread pudding topped with toasted marshmallow, warm Saigon cinnamon crème anglaise and praline ice cream.
Sushi Pop Seafood and Chops is located at 310 W. Mitchell Hammock Suite 900 in Oviedo (right next to the Orlando Ale House of you know the area). They are open Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 5pm to 10pm. Friday and Saturday they are open from 5pm to 11pm. Reservations are highly recommended as they tend to be at capacity on Friday and the weekend – call 407-542-5975. Sushi Pop Seafood & Chops is sushi, seafood and so much more. Stop by and give them a try, you’ll be glad you did!

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Restaurant Equipment World (REW) Visits DeVine Wine & Grill

April 21st, 2015 by REW Blog Team

Welcome to Restaurant Equipment World’s restaurant review. On today’s menu is DeVine Wine & Grill.

Join us as we visit Oviedo’s newest upscale dining venue – DeVine Wine & Grill. Prepare yourself to experience old world eclectic and rustic style along with an intimate social atmosphere designed for casual fine dining. The décor is trendy and inviting, whether you choose a table in the dining area, a spot at the bar or sitting back and relaxing in their cozy upstairs lounge area. DeVine is a mesh of industrial and classy modern styling, comfortable and inviting for large groups or intimate parties of just two.

Sit back and enjoy a drink from their full liquor bar, sample one of their specialty cocktails or order from their lengthy list of draft and craft beers. If wine is what you prefer their interactive Enomatic wine machine allows you to sample multiple wines from their unique and ever changing wine gallery using a prepaid card. A great way to experience new and specialty wines and champagnes not to mention being fun and interactive. Have questions about a particular wine or champagne? DeVine’s knowledgeable staff is always there willing and very capable of assisting you.

So, order a cocktail and order a few items from their tapas style menu and get ready to share! We started with their delectable mac n’ cheese packed with fancy cheeses and a wonderful, hearty orecchiette pasta – great for sharing. We agreed, it was one of the best mac n’ cheese dishes we have ever tried. Or try an order of their pork belly skewers with spicy orange glaze atop a creamy cucumber and cabbage slaw. Each order comes with three skewers to share! DeVine’s list of appetizers also includes daily offerings of cheese and meats and many other options some of which are only there for a short time.

DeVine has salads for those of you who enjoy the light side. The Chard Caesar with pork belly croutons, Caesar dressing and grana padano (an Italian cheese for those of you who were wondering) and a Roasted Beet salad with greens, candied pecan, smoked blue cheese and mustard vinaigrette. They also have several different flat breads, packed with their local findings – delicious way to go.

DeVine’s entrée plates include grilled skirt steak with crispy onions and savory mushrooms served with smoked plum steak sauce. Or if seafood is what you desire, give DeVine’s catch of the day a try. A daily offering of fresh fish, paired with locally sourced fruits and vegetables to compliment every individual dish.

DeVine’s chef creates their signature desserts daily. On the day we visited we enjoyed warm bread pudding topped with mint ice cream and fresh strawberries – a toasty and delicious culinary delight.

DeVine’s menu changes quite frequently to offer its customers the finest local ingredients. In fact, one of the owner’s said it is sometimes on a daily basis, that is how you know everything if the freshest around.
DeVine is located at 15 Alafaya Woods Blvd. in Oviedo. Hours are: Monday through Thursday from 3pm to 11pm, Friday from 3pm to 1am, Saturday from 11am to 1am and Sunday from 11am to 10pm. Check out their website for updated menu options and events at Stop by often and see all the new flavors on their menu. You’ll be glad you did!

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Restaurant Equipment World (REW) Visits Victorio’s Oyster Bar & Grill

March 16th, 2015 by REW Blog Team

Welcome to Restaurant Equipment World’s restaurant review. On today’s menu is Victorio’s Oyster Bar & Grill. Family owned and operated since 1979, Victorio’s takes pride in serving homemade sauces and pizza dough along with fresh seafood and oysters galore! Victorio’s famous oyster bar and grill has four central Florida locations to choose from, we decided to give their Oviedo restaurant a try. Quaint, yet spacious with a comfortable sports bar atmosphere, serving up everything from the finest oysters in the area to seafood, Italian and some of the tastiest sandwiches around. So take a seat and enjoy and ice cold beverage at the bar and prepare yourself for the delicious food that is Victorio’s Oyster Bar & Grille.
We started with a plate of their hand breaded calamari. Deep fried perfection, served with both a spicy Thai and a marinara sauce, fresh and crispy with plenty to share. It would be a slight travesty to stop by an Oyster Bar and not give the oysters a try. If you love oysters, Victorio’s has the very best (in my humble opinion) – served fresh by the dozen or by the bucket (which is about two dozen). Flown in from Texas, these giant oysters are a salty, savory delight – a must try.
Victorio’s has a lengthy list of Italian specialties like chicken parmigiana – freshly breaded chicken breast sautéed in olive oil and topped with mozzarella and served over pasta. Or try one of their giant calzones, stuffed with plenty of mozzarella, ricotta and parmesan cheese and spices and served with a side of meat sauce for dipping. If you are hungry for pizza – well, you’ve come to the right place. Try one of their specialty pizzas like the Bianca, fresh dough lightly brushed with olive oil, topped with mozzarella, ricotta and parmesan cheese and fresh chopped garlic. Or if you prefer – design your own with over 15 toppings to fix your pizza just the way you like it.
Victorio’s has several burger and sandwich options straight from to grill. Stop by for lunch and give their patty melt a try. A half pound of fresh grilled ground chuck, onions and swiss cheese served on rye bread with a giant helping of seasoned fries. Another more than worthy choice is their crab cake sandwich. It’s 100% real crab, lightly fried and served on a Kaiser roll with lettuce and tomato.
Still have a little room left? Check out their desserts – made fresh daily and always something different. You can’t go wrong with their tiramisu – one of my favorites, but it’s not always available. Ask your server for the desserts of the day.
Victorio’s Oyster Bar & Grill with four locations: 300 Dog Track Rd in Longwood, 464 S. Hunt Club Blvd. in Apopka, 1701 N US Hwy 1 in Titusville and (of course) 1500 Alafaya Trail in Oviedo. For hours and more information, check out their website at Whatever you are in the mood for – stop by Victorio’s Oyster Bar & Grill . . . you’ll be glad you did.

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Restaurant Equipment World (REW) Visits The Ravenous Pig

February 17th, 2015 by REW Blog Team

Welcome to Restaurant Equipment World’s restaurant review. On today’s menu is The Ravenous Pig. Located in the heart of Winter Park is where you will find this trendy, All-American gastro pub. Artfully decorated with contemporary style, The Ravenous Pig is sure to impress with stylish furnishings and a lively, modern atmosphere.

Owners James and Julie Petrakis, both graduates from the Culinary Institute of America, opened TRP back in October of 2007. The restaurant boasts eight years of success and multiple “Best Chef” nominations from the James Beard Foundation, along with accolades from “Food & Wine”, “Saveur”, and “Southern Living”.

The bar features craft beers from all over North America including those created by their sister restaurant Cask & Larder, as well as wines carefully chosen from around the world. Mixologists are there to dazzle you with their large array or original cocktails. Why not give “The Ravenous Pig Old Fashioned” with bacon infused old forester bourbon, vanilla, maple and bitters or the “Garden Gimlet” with St. Augustine vodka, honey-herb syrup, lime and celery bitters a try. Then, sit back, relax and enjoy a tasty lunch on the patio or an evening to remember in their upscale dining room.

The menu at TRP isn’t extensive, but the items are sure to delight with eclectic flavor and unique ingredients. All the meats and produce are locally sourced and prepared fresh daily. We started with The Ravenous Pig’s truly magnificent Deviled Eggs. Eggs benedict, muffin crumble, hollandaise espuma and crispy bacon aligned perfectly and served on a wooden block designed specifically for these exceptional deviled egg delights. The presentation was as exciting as the eggs themselves, which were a rich, savory (slightly fruity), salty with just a little kick of spicy. What an amazing way to start your meal.

Next, give the BBQ Board a try – a sampling of pulled pork, collards, black eyed peas and andouille sausage. An enticing array of expertly cooked food, seasoned to perfection. And I must be truly honest, the greens are they very best I have ever had (that coming from someone who was born and raised in the south). Stop by in the evening and try entrees from their dinner menu, including Atlantic Flounder, Texas Quail, Venison 4 Ways and Pork Porterhouse, along with and array of boards, pasta and salads.

If a sandwich is what you’re looking for, try the Fried Orange BBQ Chicken. Covered with wilted greens, Korean pepper mayo atop a fresh brioche bun and served with your choice of a green salad or a tall glass of their delectable truffle fries. A delicious pairing of sweet and savory and thin crispy French fries, an excellent lunch choice for sure. TRP also has plenty of additional choices for your lunch dining pleasure. Try one of their signature salads like the “Farmer” with bitter greens, house smoked bacon, parmesan, organic soft-boiled egg, brioche croutons and a Caesar vinaigrette. Everything is fresh and seasonal, so depending on the time of year their menu does change. In fact (I’m told) it often changes daily, so every day can quite possibly a new surprise.

Make sure you save room for dessert, you won’t be sorry. “The Sweets Board” is for you if you would like a little variety. It’s a sampling of salted caramel eclairs, chocolate candied almonds and white chocolate-lemon truffles. A little bit of heaven for your taste buds. They also have their ever popular “Pig Tails” which is a house favorite of warm cinnamon-sugar tossed fritters covered in chocolate espresso sauce. They are next on my list to try for sure.

The Ravenous Pig is located at 1234 North Orange Avenue in Winter Park, Florida. The lunch hours are Wednesday through Saturday from 11:30am to 2:00pm. Dinner hours are Tuesday through Thursday from 5:30pm to 9:30pm, Friday and Saturday from 5:30pm to 10:30pm. They are closed on Sunday and Monday. The very best advice, make a reservation as they are prone to large crowds – call 407-678-2333. Trendy and innovative – The Ravenous Pig, an American gastro pub . . . stop by and give them a try, you’ll be glad you did.

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Restaurant Equipment World (REW) Visits Taboon Bistro

January 21st, 2015 by REW Blog Team

Welcome to Restaurant Equipment World’s Restaurant Review, on today’s menu is Taboon Bistro. Located just behind Orlando’s Universal Studios on Turkey Lake Road os where tourists and locals alike can savor authentic Mediterranean food. From the Falafel to the Lamb chops, you’ll experience a true taste of Middle Eastern cuisine in this upscale bistro setting.

Tucked away between two brand new modern office-type complexes is where you will find Taboon. There is plenty of outside patio dining to enjoy the beautiful Florida weather. Or if you prefer, check out the contemporary styling and modern ambiance that greets you as you walk through the door. Bamboo and stone covered walls, subtle lighting, flowing drapery and edgy charm is what Taboon is all about. Take a spot at the bar and enjoy wine, beer or a premium spirit before you venture off to enjoy your meal.

We started with a couple of house favorite appetizers. The Fried Cauliflower (no breading, just cauliflower dipped in the fryer) garnished with tahini sauce and sprinkled with parsley. Light and flavorful, a dish (I’m told) people travel from miles around just to sample. We also tried the Falafel (a requirement if you eat Mediterranean), which is a deep fried mix of chick peas, garlic, parsley and sesame seeds. This dish is served with tomatoes, cucumber, (and my new personal favorite veggie) pickled turnip and tahini sauce. Crispy fried delights, flavorful and moderately seasoned to perfection. They have many other favorites as Mezza (or appetizers) including Labeneh, Moussaka, Soujouk and Basterma just to name a few. Pick a couple to share – there is plenty to go around.

Next, for one of our lunch entrees, we chose a classic Mediterranean dish of Lamb Chops – a house specialty. These New Zealand lamb chops, were marinated, charbroiled and served with sautéed onions and peppers, a pyramid of rice and small side salad. The flavors were phenomenal – moist and tender lamb doused with just enough spices for an incredible tasting experience. We also had the traditional Gyro – finely ground beef and lamb seasoned and wrapped in warm pita bread with onions, tomatoes and tzatzaki sauce served with French fries and a spicy house sauce for dipping. Everything was fresh and delicious and the sauces and seasonings complimented each dish perfectly.

Taboon Bistro has an excellent variety of Mediterranean delights whether you are hungry for lunch or for dinner. They are located at just behind Universal Studios Orlando at 5911 Turkey Lake Road, Suite 102 in Orlando. Planning a meeting or a celebration, Taboon is available for private bookings of up to 100 guests, with full audio/visual capabilities. Hours of operation are Monday through Thursday from 11:00am to 10:00pm, Friday/Saturday from 11:00am to 11:00pm. Reservations aren’t necessary (we are told), but if you have a large party feel free to call ahead so they can be prepared at 407-270-4848. Check out Taboon Bistro’s menu online at For specials and events, “like” them on Facebook at In the area, or in the mood for delectable Mediterranean eats, check out Taboon Bistro – you’ll be glad you did!

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Restaurant Equipment World (REW) Visits Adega Portuguese Grill

November 18th, 2014 by REW Blog Team

Welcome to Restaurant Equipment World’s restaurant review, on today’s menu is Adega Portuguese Grille. Whether you are from the area or here visiting, you’ll want to make your way over to International Drive in Orlando and try Adega Portuguese Grille – local delight and an exciting tourist destination .

Walking into this restaurant feels like you have arrived in Portugal. Rich warm hues of orange and browns greet you as you step inside. Soft music playing in the background incredible aromas take you on a voyage across the sea to the Azores – a Portuguese island of the coast of Northern Africa where the owner Rui calls his home. Rui is no stranger to the business, his first restaurant was in Kissimmee and after 10 years he decided to relocate to where us locals call I-Drive. So, come on in, sit down and enjoy your favorite cocktail from the generously stocked bar and get ready for some authentic Portuguese cuisine.

The menu has many different items to choose from with many dishes centering around the codfish or Bacalhau. For an appetizer we had Pasteis de Bacalhau – or codfish cakes. Small cod crouquettes filled with codfish, potatoes and herbs, lightly battered and fried to perfection. A must try. Then we tried the house specialty (as I am told by Rui – and one of his personal favorites) Bacalhau Com Natas. It’s shredded, salted codfish sautéed with fried potatoes and then baked in a cream sauce. Rich, creamy and decadent – an excellent entrée choice. We also had the Bitoque – pan-seared 8oz sirloin steak topped with a fried egg, smothered in brandy sauce and served with white rice and crispy fries. The Bacalhau is flown in salted to preserve the fish and then goes through the process of three days of desalting where it is soaked in water until it is ready to be cooked.

Adega Portuguese Grill has daily specials every day of the week, in addition to chef specialties they may sneak in every once in a while. The day we visited, the chef brought out his baked whitefish appetizer. Baked whitefish resting atop a zesty bowl of red beans and rice – beautiful presentation and a welcome surprise for guests dining in that evening.

Adega has weekly entertainment (Thursday – Saturday) featuring local artists performing Portuguese music. Every so often (as I am told by the owner) they have Adega Portuguesa. An evening or Portuguese cuisine, wine and entertainment – an event that has people coming there in droves to enjoy all that is reminiscent of Portugal. These events are posted on their Facebook page at as they do not have a website at this point. Check their page often to make sure you don’t miss out!

Adega Portuguese Grille is located at 5417 International Drive in Orlando. For more information or reservations, give them a call at 407-802-2998. They are open every day from 12:00 pm to 10:00 pm for your enjoyment. Adega Portuguese Grille – authentic Portuguese cuisine at its finest. Stop by, you’ll be glad you did.

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