Orlando Dining Round-Up January 22, 2016: Marlow’s Tavern Waterford Lakes, 4 Rivers Smokehouse, The Meatball Stoppe

In this week’s dining news round-up, a new brunch, chef’s dinners, and new openings. Are you hungry? Let’s dive in…

Marlow's Tavern Waterford Lakes

Marlow’s Tavern Waterford Lakes is debuting a new Sunday brunch menu from 11:30am to 3pm.

Noteworthy dishes include Traditional Chilaquiles (corn tortillas melted in roast ranchero sauce with three fried eggs, sour cream, vine ripe tomato, avocado, cilantro and smoked chili cream), Chicken & Waffles, Lemon Ricotta Pancakes, and The “Champagne” of Breakfasts (Fried chicken sliders, apple-wood smoked bacon, breakfast sausage, juevos rancheros and house-made hash browns, served on a silver platter with a fresh cracked, ice cold Miller High Life).

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4 Rivers Brisket Street Tacos

John Rivers is bringing the popular Taco Tuesdays to both 4 Rivers Smokehouse and The COOP.

4 Rivers will feature three Brisket Street Tacos (topped with cilantro lime crème fraiche, guasacaca, pico de gallo, queso blanco and fresh cilantro), and a fountain drink for just $6.99 on Tuesdays.

The COOP gets adds some Southern flare to their Tuesday taco deal, offering a choice of Fried Chicken Tacos (topped with ranch dressing, cabbage, pico de gallo, cilantro and queso fresco) or Fried Catfish Tacos (topped with corn salsa, roasted salsa and white cabbage) with a fountain drink for $6.99.

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Herman’s Loan Office has opened in downtown Orlando. This speakeasy-style cocktail lounge is located where the old Sound Bar space used to be, and is from the same people who operate Hanson’s Shoe Repair (another downtown cocktail lounge). The official address of Herman’s is listed as 22 W. Pine St.

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The Meatball Stoppe in Orlando is hosting a Valentine’s Day Dinner Demo on Saturday, February 13. The menu features an appetizer course of Jeffy’s Sweet and Tender Crab Balls with Red Pepper Remoulade Sauce, a choice of Pork Tenderloin with Pinot Noir Demi Glace Gorgonzola Sauce served with creamy risotto and roasted butternut squash OR Risotto Stuffed Chicken with spinach cream sauce and roasted butternut squash, and Chef Isabella’s Dolce Silky Raspberry Panna Cotta.

Cost is $75 per seat, and also includes 2 glasses of wine. Paid reservations must be made by Feb 8 by calling Isabella at 407-270-6505.

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Ferg’s Depot on Church Street looks closer to an opening. It seemed for a while nothing was happening, but they’ve started hiring, so we might see an opening sometime this spring. The bar/eatery is an offshoot of Ferg’s Sports Bar in St. Petersburg, and is located a block from the downtown Sunrail station.

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Actor Larry Thomas will be dishing out soup at the new Publix at Boggy Creek Marketplace in Kissimmee on February 4.

Famous for playing the “Soup Nazi” character on the TV show “Seinfeld,” Thomas is helping to promote The Original Soupman, a company founded by Al Yeganeh, who inspired the Seinfeld character. The event runs from 2pm to 5pm, and is free to the public.

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Canvas Restaurant

As we reported before, Canvas Restaurant will open in the Laureate Park Village Center in Lake Nona on January 25. The menu will feature starters like house-smoked fish dip, mussels tomatillo, and braised short ribs. Entrée options include wood-oven roasted mojo chicken, pan-roasted snapper, and chimichurri hanger steak. A selection of flatbreads from the restaurant’s signature wood oven will also be available. Reservations are available via OpenTable or calling 407-313-7800.

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That’s it for this week. If you have any Central Florida dining news to share, drop it in comments or send it to us via our contact form. We’ll credit you if we use it.

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