Out and About: Apopka’s The Nauti Lobstah Serves up a Great Menu of Seafood and More

The Nauti Lobstah

Our travels around Central Florida’s culinary scene recently brought us to The Nauti Lobstah in downtown Apopka, which specializes in seafood – in fact it was recently named Orlando Sentinel’s 2024 Foodie Awards – Critic’s Choice Best Seafood. It also has a wide variety of offerings to satisfy both carnivores and vegetarians.

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Out and About: The Wilson Mixes Traditional Dishes with Fusion for a Delicious Night in Celebration

The Wilson at the Melia Orlando Celebration

New York-based restaurant group, In Good Company Hospitality, in partnership with the Meliá Orlando Celebration, recently opened a Central Florida outpost of NYC’s The Wilson Cocktails & Seafood at the hotel, and we were invited to sample the menu.

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Out and About: Previewing Hawkers Windermere New Weekend Brunch #EatHawkers

Hawkers Windermere - Weekend Brunch

This past weekend, we were invited to preview the new Hawkers Weekend Brunch at their Windermere location, and I have to say, it’s a winner.

The brunch debuts May 4, at this location only for now, and features a variety of sweet and savory Asian dishes on the a la carte menu.

Here’s a few of the dishes you’ll be able to enjoy off the brunch menu:

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Out and About: Enjoying Brews and Food at The Polite Pig at Disney Springs

Coffee-Rubbed Brisket and Whiskey Caramel Brussels Sprouts

You might not think you can get good BBQ at Disney Springs, but thanks to the opening of The Polite Pig in April 2017, you now can.

I recently attended a beer and food pairing at the eatery, but they were nice enough to let me try a few other items, as well.

The Polite Pig is from the same people that brought you the outstanding Ravenous Pig and Cask & Larder, so I expected a quality selection of BBQ, and I wasn’t disappointed.

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Out and About: Checking out the New Menu at World of Beer

Check out CitySurfing Orlando's review of the new menu at World of Beer's Downtown Orlando location, on Lake Eola.

World of Beer is known for its beer selection – naturally with a name like that – but during a recent media event, I discovered their food is just as noteworthy.

I joined my friend Dawn of Come See Orlando as her guest at the downtown Orlando location, and enjoyed a sampling of items from the menu, including some new items.

They started us off with a German pretzel that was literally as big as our heads. Drenched in butter and salt, it was served with a stone-ground mustard and a brown ale beer cheese (normally extra, but worth the splurge), it was a great appetizer and paired well with several of the WOB beer selections.

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Out and About: Nine Spices Serves Up Delicious Hotpot Near Universal Orlando

Nine Spices Serves Up Delicious Hotpot Near Universal Orlando

Prior to arriving at Nine Spices Hotpot, the last time I’d eaten a hotpot meal was when I was 8. Once seated at my table, it became apparent hotpot had evolved quite a bit in the last few decades.

Our table featured an induction burner for each seating…and then I noticed the conveyor belt about eye level behind my head with a never-ending parade of food.

Our server was very patient and explained how their hotpot service worked.

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Out and About: Sampling the New LakeHouse Restaurant at Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress

Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress is just a stones throw from Walt Disney World, making it a popular destination for tourists, conventions, and golfers. It also has a new restaurant that might help it make a name for itself in culinary circles as well.

LakeHouse Restaurant at Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress - photo John Frost

The LakeHouse restaurant is a new dining concept that offers upscale breakfast, lunch, and dinner options, along with cocktails, in a beautiful setting that takes full advantage of all the beauty that Florida has to offer.

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Out and About: Lafayette’s Orlando Serves Up New Brunch at Pointe Orlando

Lafayette’s Orlando is full of southern charm and good food, so when I heard they were now offering a Sunday Brunch, I grabbed Joan and we went to check it out.

Lafayette's Orlando

The restaurant is located on the 2nd Level of Pointe Orlando, in between I-Drive and Universal Blvd, next to sister eateries B.B. King’s and Itta Bena.

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