Late Nite Eats: Season 2 Episode 6 - Orlando, FL

Welcome to Orlando, FL

I've visited Orlando a bunch of times to go to Disney World and Lake Buena Vista, but I never had the chance to really explore the food scene in this city. I was pleasantly surprised and I can't wait to share where I went with you!

 

WHERE I ATE:

Restaurants Visited for Show


TEAK NEIGHBORHOOD GRILL

The "Cronie Burger" was definitely one of those things that make you say to yourself "OMG how do people eat that?!" Needless to say, other than the wow factor and that the caveat that was super sick during this shoot, it was a great burger. Chef Ricky Demers does quite the numbers in covers and can create fun burgers with crazy twists all day long. It's definitely a place that I would love to visit if I lived in the Orlando area. Great outdoor patio and fun interior made with a lot of teak... see what they did there

Food sampled:

  • Cronie Burger: “French doughnut” tossed with cinnamon-sugar served with a half pound Angus burger topped with maple-pepper bacon, smoked Gouda cheese and an over med egg

 

DIXIE DHARMA

A BBQ sandwich made with jackfruit, a huge fruit with crazy spikes that's extremely delicious and a great meat substitute. Chef Shaun Noonan then tops the sandwich with arugula, fried jalapeño chips, pickles and serves it with a side of cashew mac and cheese - the surprise winner of the night! I've only ever been to a few solely vegan or plant based restaurants but I have to admit the flavors were great, had depth, and even had some umami here and there. For those of you who love to eat sans animals and their by-products... this place is for you. I love how Chef Shaun's main goal is to open the minds of meat eaters all around to the fun flavors and benefits of eating plant based.

Food sampled:

  • Carolina BBQ Pulled Jackfruit: Tangy Carolina style BBQ jackfruit, garlic pickles, arugula, crispy fried onions, preserved lemon & cola reduction on Texas toast

 

SUPER RICO COLUMBIAN BISTRO

The best way to describe the dish I had here is like the Colombian version of flat bread. However describing it like this wouldn't be doing the restaurant or Chef Steven Snyder justice because it's so creative and an amazingly cool way to eat. The base is actually made of a partially fried and smashed green plantain which, once partially fried, can be smashed into a tortilla type vessel. For service the plantain is then deep fried and topped with sautéed vegetables and hogoa sauce ( which is a cilantro garlic crema). With such a small restaurant and even smaller kitchen, Superico is a must visit when headed out on a night on the town in downtown Orlando. The people and owners are so friendly and young staff has a youthful exuberance that's infectious and fun!

Food sampled:

  • Vegetarian Patacon: A pressed and fried green plantain topped with your choice of protein, sauteed bell peppers and onions, garnished with hogao and cilantro sauce, and topped with shredded queso blanco

 

Restaurants Visited NOT on Show:


SORRY GUYS...

I got food poisoning right before this trip, which means no food for me! Literally had toast the entirety of filming and only had 1 bite of the items at the restaurants... barely went down 😢

 

BEST OF ORLANDO, FL

• Orlando downtown is the MVP here. I never thought such fun life and good food exists in the Downtown area of Orlando.
• Superico was clearly a crowd favorite and constantly open late! It helps it's run by a young chef with a whole world of potential!

CITY TIPS

• Stay on Orange Ave and see the thousands of people that shut down the street during the Friday and Saturday nights ready to party.
• At Teak Neighborhood Grill, they have a secret menu of burgers that brings their total burger options to a crazy 41 selections!?
 

IN THIS CITY I COULDN'T STOP PLAYING:

Benny Blanco, Halsey and Khalid - “Eastside”... quintessential summer song, fun, upbeat, easy to listen to and mellow all at the same time.

 

Missed this episode? Don't sweat it - catch it online or on TV! Here are the upcoming airings of Late Nite Eats Orlando, FL:

    Sunday, November 18 at 11 AM ET
    Thursday, November 29 at 11:30 PM ET
    Friday, November 30 at 3:30 AM ET
    Sunday, December 23 at 11:30 AM ET

Photos courtesy of the Cooking Channel

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