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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 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 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 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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Restaurant Equipment World (REW) Visits Cafe Panuzzo’s Italian Eatery

October 15th, 2014 by REW Blog Team

Welcome to Restaurant Equipment World’s restaurant review. On today’s menu, Café Panuzzo’s Italian Eatery. Take a stroll on over to this delightful restaurant located in the heart of Oviedo, where Mitchell Hammock ends right in the Winn Dixie shopping plaza. Café Panuzzo’s is a family-owned restaurant, with a huge array of menu items like salads, calzones, pizzas, traditional entrees and so much more.
Delicious desserts and baked goods are there to tempt you when you walk through the door. If you can make it past the goodies you can take a spot at their full-liquor bar and enjoy a cocktail or two. Café Panuzzo’s has an ample list of wines, beer and liqueurs to choose from or if you’d rather, try one of their seasonal specialty drinks like a pumpkin spice or caramel apple martini. Every Friday and Saturday night starting at 4pm enjoy happy hour until they close – what a deal. So have a drink and get ready for a fabulous dining experience.
We started out with the house favorite Bruschetta. A traditional topping of Roma tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, basil, olive oil and balsamic vinegar served with crispy toasted bread – a great beginning to any meal. If you’re in the mood for a sandwich try one of their hot or cold subs – cheesesteak, chicken parmigiana, meatball or salami – just to name a few. We opted for the Mushroom Cheesesteak – thinly sliced rib-eye, topped with grilled onions, mushrooms and melted mozzarella on a toasted hoagie bun and served with a side of hot, crispy French fries. If pasta is your favorite, try the Shrimp Tuscany. Spaghetti pasta served with shrimp, tomatoes, garlic, spinach, bacon and shallots tossed in a vodka cream sauce served with your choice of soup or salad. Or you can take the traditional route and satisfy your hunger with an Italian favorite – spaghetti and meatballs. Pasta tossed in savory tomato sauce and topped with a mound of meatballs and freshly grated parmesan cheese. Simple and delicious and a definite crowd pleaser and don’t forget your veggies and voila – your meal is almost complete.
Finish with a dessert, we tried the Earthquake Cake. It is brownies and chocolate frosting, with pieces of chocolate molded around the outside, topped with white chocolate sprinkles and chocolate syrup. Did I mention the chocolate? There is absolutely nothing to compare this luscious dessert with – a must try for anyone dining at Café Panuzzo’s.
Café Panuzzo’s Italian Eatery is located at 1003 Lockwood Blvd. in Oviedo. Check out their extensive menu at Having a party or a work function? Café Panuzzo’s caters as well, check out their website for more information or give them a call at 407-977-2116. They are open for lunch and dinner Monday through Thursday from 11:00 am to 9:00 pm, Friday and Saturday from 11:00 am to 10:00 pm. On Sunday they have a wonderful breakfast brunch and they are open from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm. Café Panuzzo’s Italian Eatery – come hungry and leave happy. Give them a try, you’ll be glad you did!

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Restaurant Equipment World (REW) Visits Greens & Grill

September 19th, 2014 by REW Blog Team

Welcome to Restaurant Equipment World’s restaurant review, on today’s menu is Greens & Grill. Located right near the mall at Millenia on the west side of Orlando is where you will find Greens & Grill -a fresh and inviting, casual dining space with an astonishing array of salads, sandwiches, soups and entrees. Greens & Grill provides “Simply Fresh” meals using natural ingredients made from scratch daily. In fact, Greens & Grill has so many choices it may seem overwhelming at first. You can choose from their signature salads and sandwiches or you can choose to create your own. Their list of bread, cheeses, toppings and protein is extensive – so be prepared to make some tough choices should you decide to go this route. Happy hour is every day with 2 for 1 beer and wine all day long. The atmosphere is stylish and modern with plenty of indoor seating and a giant patio for those who wish to sit outside and enjoy the sunshine. So, place your order, sit back, relax and enjoy the experience that is Greens & Grill.
We chose to order right from the menu. Our first entrée was grilled chicken with vegetables, a tasty mix of onions, peppers, carrots and corn. We added a side of mac n’ cheese which was creamy cheese sauce, penne noodles and a tasty (albeit a little spicy) crumb and herb topping – a must try! If a sandwich is what you crave, try “The Cow”, it is Angus flank steak on a rustic French bread with aged cheddar cheese. fresh avocado, sautéed bacon, onions, tomatoes and a crisp and zesty chipotle Lime dressing – an excellent choice indeed. Greens & Grill also has plenty of daily specials – on the day we were there the Maui Waui was on the list. It’s a spring mix with edamame, cranberries, tomatoes, feta cheese, kalamata olives, red onions with a wonderful citrus dressing. If that wasn’t enough, we topped it off with fresh grilled salmon – one of the best salads I’ve ever tasted. Everything on the menu is made to order, in fact it’s as easy as walking down the line and pointing to the toppings you want. Don’t forget to grab a cookie when you order to finish off a delightful meal. If variety and choices is what you look for in a restaurant, you cannot go wrong with Greens & Grill.
There are literally thousands (just may gazillions) of combinations for you to customize your meal. If you love them as much we did, why not have them cater your next event? Check out their website at for more information. They also have a great customer loyalty program, so eat there often and reap the rewards.
Greens & Grill is located at 4104 Millenia Blvd., Suite 114 in Orlando. A quick and easy drive from anywhere, just hop on I-4 and you are there in a jiffy. They are open every day from 11 am to 9 pm, except Sunday when their hours are 11 am to 8 pm. Greens & Grill, stop by and give them a try – you’ll be glad you did!

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Restaurant Equipment World (REW) Visits Habanero’s Mexican Grill

August 18th, 2014 by REW Blog Team

Welcome to Restaurant Equipment World’s restaurant review. On today’s menu, Habanero’s Mexican Grill. If you live in the area, chances are you have happened upon one of Habanero’s seven locations spanning across Central Florida. Owners Jorge and Joel brought themselves and their recipes to Florida, along with a passion for creating authentic Mexican cuisine to open their first of many restaurants in 1999. Each location boasts a commitment to family with siblings, in-laws, aunts, uncles and employees committed to ensure the utmost customer satisfaction. Each guest is treated like family, a philosophy that keeps customers coming back to Habanero’s time and again.
Each restaurant is uniquely decorated with old style Mexican charm and bringing about a warm and comfortable atmosphere. Enjoy your favorite sports while enjoying a refreshing cocktail at the bar – chose from a large array of Mexican beer, liquor and the best margarita’s this side of the Alamo. Stroll on out to their patio area, which is adorned with a plethora of beautiful greenery, flowers and a lighted gazebo-style courtyard – complete with a soothing waterfall. If you’re lucky – there have been several occasions where a Mariachi Band has been known to be heard strolling through the restaurant providing hours of entertainment to the delight of all the restaurant guests (check their website for locations and times).
Habanero’s menu is extensive to say the least – on it you will find every Mexican delight along with a few extras I’m sure! Sit down and enjoy fresh, homemade salsa and crispy tortilla chips. If that’s just not enough – add one of their specialty dips like warm, zesty Queso Fundido . For our first entrée we chose the Fajitas Texanas – a sizziling platter full of shrimp, chicken, beef, bell peppers and onions. The fajitas are (of course) served with warm tortillas for stuffing and a mound of rice, refried beans, sour cream and guacamole. We also tried one of the house specialty Fried Chimichangas. Two fried (or soft if you prefer) flour tortillas stuffed with chicken or shredded beef and buried beneath heaping helping of lettuce, tomatoes, sour cream, cheese sauce and guacamole. One bite and you can taste why this is a customer favorite. For dessert try sopapillas (a light crispy fried dough covered with powdered sugar) or the ever popular Chocolate Dipped Churros or Fried Ice Cream – all excellent choices.
A small sampling of this extensive menu – but with so much food you would never leave hungry. Tacos, quesadillas, enchiladas, chile relleno, burritos, tostadas – I could go on forever (but I won’t). I will suggest however (if you haven’t already), give them a try – you’ll be glad you did.
Habanero’s Mexican Grill has several locations: Winter Park 494 N. Semoran Blvd. – 407-622-7466), Oviedo (829 Eyrie Drive – 407-365-7877), UCF Area 12185 Collegiate Way – 407-282-3969), Orlando, Sanford, Longwood and Leesburg. For a full list of addresses, hours, phone numbers and menu, visit their website at www.habanerosmexicangrill Join their Facebook page and see what everybody is talking about –
Habanero’s – treat yourself to a Mexican feast today! Ole!

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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/é 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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