Windows of Opportunity

Walk-up options abound at Disney Springs. Plus details on a pig vs. gator smokin' showdown and a Winter Park street feast.


While I’ve been putting together our 2018 edition of Food Adventures (Vol. 1 still readable here) I’m coming across some interesting tidbits that won’t even fit into our enviable roundup of the unique, unusual and quirky. For example:

Disney Springs is chock full of walk-up windows for when you’re just not motivated enough to wait for a table, or they’ve run out of seats inside. Cookes of Dublin is sort of the take-out counter of Raglan Road for their famous fish and chips. Around the corner, Morimoto Asia Street Food offers a fast grab of ramen, sushi and Morimoto Baby Ribs from the massive restaurant beside it. And just across the DS bridge, Rick Bayless’ Frontera Cocina has a walk-up for guacamole, tacos and margaritas. The Smokehouse at House of Blues passes pulled pork, smoked turkey legs (they still exist!) and ribs to passing diners. Wine Bar George makes available picnic hampers, sandwiches and, of course, wine at the outdoor Basket.


* Barbecue wizard Kenny Gilbert (who I interviewed last year) brings his magic to Orlando on August 25 in a Pig vs Gator smokin’ showdown at the The Ravenous Pig. Rhys Gawlak of Swine & Sons and RavPig’s Nick Sierputowski will tackle the pork, while Top Chef Kenny will be smoking an entire gator (and a stranger sight you’re not likely to see).

* East Orlando Chamber of Commerce hosts the Feast In The East 2018 event on August 29 at Waterford Park, spotlighting unlimited and drink food from A Joyful Kitchen, Canvas Restaurant and Market, Bahama Breeze, Chroma Modern Bar + Kitchen, Cooper’s Hawk, Marlow’s Tavern and more. Bonefish Grill on Lake Underhill Road is holding the after party from 8-10 p.m.

Dining In The Dark happens September 13 at The MEZZ, and if you’ve ever wanted to eat in total darkness, or understand the difficulties experienced by the sight impaired, here’s your opportunity. Hosted by Lighthouse Central Florida, the totally unlit benefit dinner features food by Muddy Waters Orlando, B&A Catering, Oudom Thai & Sushi, Soco and the environmentally conscious company Wildtree. Guest servers from Orlando Police Department SWAT will guide your way.

* Tix are available for the 7th Annual Winter Park Wine & Dine, set for October 10, and I mention it now because this event sells out quickly. Restaurants in attendance at the Winter Park Farmers’ Market will include Ruth Chris Steak House, Seasons 52, Hamilton’s Kitchen at The Alfond Inn, Bulla Gastrobar, Winter Park Fish Company, Hunger Street Tacos, The Waterfront and more. General admission includes unlimited wine, cocktails, craft beer, food and dessert samplings.

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