Out and About: Paddlefish Elevates Waterfront Dining at Disney Springs

Out and About: Paddlefish Elevates Waterfront Dining at Disney Springs

Paddlefish, a seafood-centric restaurant, is now open in The Landing at Disney Springs for your dining pleasure, and it’s definitely a don’t-miss place to eat.

Formerly known as Fulton’s Crab House, the restaurant has been completely revamped inside and out, taking on a contemporary interpretation of an elegant steamboat. The new design includes a variety of comfortable seating, large windows to enjoy the view of Disney Springs, and three floors for guests to enjoy, including a new rooftop deck on the third floor.

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Fulton’s Crab House to Become Paddlefish When it Reopens This Fall

When Fulton’s Crab House reopens this fall at Disney Springs, after an extensive remodel, it will also bear a new name: Paddlefish.

Paddlefish at Disney Springs at Walt Disney World

The restaurant closed earlier this month for a renovation that will change both the exterior and interior from bow to stem.

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Out and About: Enjoying Lunch at Fulton’s Crab House at Disney Springs

Fulton’s Crab House is a favorite among diners headed to Disney Springs for dinner, but did you know they also have a wonderful lunch menu?

Fulton's Crab House

Carol and I were recently invited to try out Fulton’s for lunch, and we showed up as they were opening, at 11:30am. We were shown to a table on the second floor with a wonderful view of the lake and The Landing. We were also the only ones in there at first.

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Taverna Opa Presents Final Summer Wine Dinner ‘Sea’ on August 27

To enlighten the summer taste buds on Greek cuisine, Taverna Opa Orlando will host the final installment of its Air, Land & Sea Summer Wine Dinners on Thursday, August 27.

Taverna Opa Orlando Air, Land & Sea Summer Wine Dinners

The August dinner will feature a five-course tasting and wine pairing menu inspired by Sea, and highlighting imported fish as the main dish of the evening. The restaurant’s host Katerina Coumbaros, and wine partner Trinchero Family Estates, will walk guests through each course and wine pairing.

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Mitchell’s Fish Market Hosts “Italy Uncorked” Wine Dinner September 10, 2014

Take a journey through Italy when Mitchell’s Fish Market in Winter Park hosts its “Italy Uncorked” Wine Dinner on Wednesday, September 10, at 7pm.

The four-course dinner, paired with Italian wines, will be inspired by distinct Italian towns, from Tuscany to the coast, and be offered at $49.99 per person, plus sales tax and gratuity.

Mitchell's Fish Market Italy UncorkedHere is the menu to tantalize your taste buds:

Appetizer: Trio of Crostini with Olive Tapenade, Fresh Tomato and Lobster paired with La Marca Prosecco, DOC Veneto, Italy

Salad: Butternut Squash Tortellaci with Maine Lobster, Brown Butter, Sage and Smoked Bacon paired with Da Vinci Pinot Grigio, delle Venezie, Italy

Entrée: Pan Roasted Sea Bass with Cannellini Beans, Spinach, Tomato and Basil Aioli paired with Brancaia “Tre” Red Blend, Tuscany, Italy

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Out and About: Grand Opening of Harry’s Poolside Bar & Grill at Rosen Centre

Harry's Poolside Bar & Grill at the Rosen Centre

Earlier this week, we were invited to join other area bloggers to witness the grand opening ribbon cutting ceremony of the new Harry’s Poolside Bar & Grill at the Rosen Centre.

The event started with a soiree in the newly re-christened Sam and Bubbe’s, named after founder Harris Rosen’s maternal grandparents, Sam and Rose “Bubbe” Rosenhaus. In addition to drinks, this lounge located near the lobby also offers light bites.

Sam and Bubbe's at the Rosen Centre
Reflecting the family’s Lower Eastside of New York City upbringing, the menu has deli-style noshes like mini-Corned Beef or Pastrami sandwiches, Latkes, and Potato Pierogis.

We then moved out to the pool area, and after a few introductions, Harris Rosen himself took over and regaled us all with stories of his upbringing, including those of Sam and Bubbe, along with his paternal grandfather Harry Rosenofsky. Harry was another immigrant who settled in NYC’s Lower Eastside, and he is the namesake of the new poolside venue.

Harry's Poolside Bar & Grill at Rosen Centre

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Out and About: Trying out Tony Roma’s New Fire Grill & Lounge

Tony Roma's Fire Grill & Lounge

Earlier this week, we were invited to join several other local bloggers to try out the new incarnation of Tony Roma’s, the new Tony Roma’s Fire Grill & Lounge on Lee Vista by the Orlando Airport.

Not only does it have a new, warmer, decor, but the menu is new, as well, emphasizing comfort foods and dishes grilled over a wood fire grill.

We were prepared to sample the delicious new offerings created by Bob Gallagher, Vice President of Culinary and Purchasing, but we had no idea at how amazing this new menu is.

Tony Roma's Fire Grill & Lounge

The evening started with a few drinks while we were waiting for everyone to show up. We tried a Wood Aged Margarita and a Swindler, which was a very tasty mix of apple pie moonshine, Fireball whiskey, and housemade sour, with a cinnamon stick for garnish. It tasted like the filling of an apple pie – so yummy!

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Hot N Juicy Crawfish to Bring Cajun Fare to Orlando’s Restaurant Row

Seems that Louisiana is slowly invading Orlando, at least in the culinary world. Recent openings of eateries like Tibby’s New Orleans Kitchen (from the Tijuana Flats people) in Winter Park and Mojo Cajun Bar and Grill downtown have been a big hit with folks wanting some Cajun cooking.

Now the southwest side of Orlando will get a little of that cuisine when Hot N Juicy Crawfish opens at 7572 W. Sand Lake Road in Dr. Phillips Restaurant Row area (near the the intersections of Sand Lake Rd and Dr. Phillips Blvd).

Hot N Juicy Crawfish’s signature menu items include blue oysters, an assortment of crab, shrimp and their namesake dish—fresh Cajun-style crawfish. These seafood items are then prepared with your choice of seasonings to your preferred spice level. The menu also includes sides like corn, potatoes, sweet potato fries and rolls.

The restaurant was recently featured on the Travel Channel’s ‘Man vs Food’ series, where Hot N Juicy trainer Noemy Avalos teaches host Adam Richman the right way to eat their signature crawfish, served on a bag to keep it hot and juicy down to its last bite.

Orlando will be the fourth location for the company, which also has two Las Vegas locations and one in Washington, D.C. It is set to open sometime this month (June 2011).

For more information, check out the Hot N Juicy Crawfish website.

Stonewood Grill Debuts New Menu

After using their Heathrow location as a testing ground, the Stonewood Grill and Tavern has unveiled a new menu for the fall.

I personally haven’t eaten there yet, but every time I drive by the location near the intersection of Dr. Phillips Blvd. and Conroy Rd, the parking lot is always packed.  This is the sign of a good place to eat.

Among the items the popular restaurant says they’ve added are a rib eye steak and a Florida Orange cake, a three-layer cake reminiscent of a Dreamsicle frozen dessert.

The Florida-based chain was founded in 1999 and offers a variety of hand-cut steaks and market-fresh seafood cooked over an oak-burning grill.

There are 16 locations in the state, and one that’s escaped to Cary, NC.

For more info on the restaurant and its new menu, visit the Stonewood Grill website.

While at the site, sign up for their free Stonewood Club, which offers recipes, and the occasional coupon.

Have you eaten at Stonewood Grill? How’d you like it?

[Image courtesy of Stonewood Grill]

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