Friday, July 9, 2010

Calling all Foodies!

Me and Dan need restaraunt suggestions. So, I ask you all, the readers, to come up with places for us to visit. Now most of the time we are going to hit a place during the lunch hours so keep that in mind.

But if there is somewhere you want us to visit, that you want to see us review and give our generally honest no-nonsense opinion, then please tell us.

Hope to hear from some of you soon!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

No Tirade About Thai...

Dan here with another chapter in Furious Foodies!

So here I am, reviewing Royal Thai, because Thai food is something I've had on my list for a long time to try.

The sign seemed rather plain in its title and declaration, but that belies the experience.

The environment was well lit with natural lighting from the windows. In the inner dining area there was lighting soft enough to create a warm area, but not so much that the menu would be difficult to read. A scene depicting some supernatural battle between two foes was woven in cloth below the solid glass tabletop. Beautiful decor all around. There was a feeling of privacy even though we could see tables in front and behind us.
The menu was very carefully crafted, with maximum legibility in mind, as was the convenient dessert menu under the glass of the table.
The waitress greeted us and we asked questions about some of the dishes. They expressed great knowledge and proficiency.

The appetizer was Satay, marinated chicken on skewers with a peanut sauce, and cucumber salad. The chicken was quality meat with a low spiciness to it. The peanut sauce transformed the flavor to something sweet yet not sickeningly sweet.

Ga-ree Gai was the dish I ordered, in the style of "Thai hot." The Ga-ree Gai is sliced chicken in yellow curry along with potatoes and onion. It mentioned that it had milk in it. It is served with a cucumber salad. The salad was a (tasty) repeat of the appetizer's salad, containing chunks of carrot and sliced cucumber set in a shallow vinegar. It was crispy, fresh, and no problem to eat.

When one of the waiters arrived with the Ga-ree Gai, another came with a highly ornate cauldron just a bit larger than the size of a basketball of hot, sticky rice in a plate beside the bowl. Bit by bit, I added with the included spoon parts of the Ga-ree Gai and began to eat. The presence of the milk was there in the sort of broth this dish was drenched in. Seconds after the first bite, the spice crept up and the intensity of the burn increased until just minutes after when I was forced to put my water to use.

When we were done, we were asked if we wanted dessert. I looked over the menu and selected the Banana Delight and Coconut Ice Cream.
It featured banana pieces wrapped in a sort of rice paper and fried. These pieces were then arranged in a circle around a scoop of coconut ice cream, then lightly covered with honey. The bananas were still hot, but when the ice cream touched them the burn was swept away. It was something I most certainly would want to order again.

In all steps of the dinner, we were checked on and were asked of our impressions. Our responses: fantastic.

I rate this restaurant 9/10

Clayton: I give this a 10/10. Plain and simple! I cannot express anything that Dan has not other then I really like Pad Thai!

Royal Thai on Urbanspoon

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Quickie Review - Marty has Beef! And Chicken too!

So today I was a little annoyed at work, and whenever I get annoyed I want to eat. So I decided to hit a place I have eaten at a few times in the last 2 months, Cafe Marty. A small privately chef owned restaraunt hidden in Maitland, this place specializes it seems in BBQ. And they do it pretty darn well.

The few times prior to today that I have gone I have gotten their sandwiches, which are large and tasty (my fav being the Pulled Pork sammich!) Today however I came in and found a $10 All you can eat Lunch Buffet that involved Prime Rib, Turkey, Pork, and a few other things. I paid my $10 and believe me I was not let down. I almost slosh with the amount of food I ate.

The other items were some baked ziti (good stuff), mashed potatoes with some chedder on top, and a salad and soup offering. I got a little of each meat, some potatoes and pasta and sat down to enjoy. The prime rib? Awesome! The Turkey? Juicy and delicious. The Pork? Probably the weakest member because it was a bit too fatty for my liking. My only major complaint was that the food was a tad on the cold side. I think he needs to increase the wattage on his heat lamps or something.

For dessert he had 2 options: Banana Foster and Brownies. Lemme tell ya, the brownies were the way to go. The Banana was good (and I would eat it again) but man I could just devour those devilish brownies!

All in all, if you are in the Maitland area and want a quick tasty bite to eat, I heartily recommend Cafe Marty.

7/10 Rating!

Café Marty on Urbanspoon

Monday, June 28, 2010

This is Latin Food?

Clayton Says: So this past Saturday me and Dan decided to try yet another restaraunt, this time one suggested to me by a coworker named Carlos. He suggested we try Amazona's Latin Grill, stating they had Venezualen food there. So, wanting to try real hispanic and latin flavors, we went. Now Dan was going to be the expert here, as the boy is Puetro Rican and has a full blooded latino mother. I was going to be the dude with no experience with the food for a change.

So we get there, walk in, and the first thing I notice is how they seem to be going for a "intimate" dining setting, with dark colors, small tables and booths, and the like. Then you hear the blaring latino music and that setting is shattered like some much glass on the ground.

We were told to seat ourselves, so we took a booth that had no hanging light. I then noticed that for some reason the booths before ours and behind ours had lights, but ours only had a track light. Odd setup if you ask me, but I digress.

So we get our menus which are basic lamenated doubled sided things. We order an appetizer to get started, and I stick with some water. Now, I do have to mention the service here. While they waitstaff was friendly they were kind of inattentive. The girl who took our order and brought our drinks walked past our table 5 times in a span of 10 minutes. During that time my water glass was empty. Never did she glance in our direction. And it was not like the place was busy. There were maybe 3 tables full.

So our appetizer came, and here is what it had:
Two croquettes, two tequeños, two patacones and one potato ball served with cilantro & garlic cream. I am going to break down what each one was like:

1. Tequeños - I must admit I prefer this way to do a cheese stick!
2. Croquettes - Not bad, but apparently they should have been firmer. They were kinda soupy.
3. Patacones - I was told that this is a venezualen treat. It was very soupy and tasted mostly of the pink sauce, which was like ketchup to me.
4. Potatoe Ball - I gotta laugh. This tasted just the ones I get from Publix sometimes. Had the same consistancy too.

Overall, an average appetizer. So we are then asked what we want for our meal. I go with something called the Venezualen Burger, and I am told that this how they eat burgers in that country.

Here is what the Venezualen Burger had on it (I kid you not):

½ pound beef, cheese, bacon, fried egg, avocado, ham, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, potatoes sticks, garlic sauce, cilantro sauce, ketchup, mayo & homestyle pink sauce

Note that it never mentions green peppers (this is taken from their online menu). Mine had Green Peppers, and was missing the Avocado...I THINK. See the issue witht he burger is I could only taste 2 things: Ketchup, and Garlic. Thats it. Look at that list! You would think that bad boy would be flavorful and tasty. But no. It has 2 flavors. Despite being this huge messy thing. Oh, and apparently a burger that stands a good 7 inchs tall is street food. INSANE.

Finally I ordered a dessert: 4 Milk Cake. Kinda like Tres Leches only with 4 milks! This was the best part of the meal, but I am not sure if they made the dessert since it was prepacked in a little plastic container...

Overall, I want to try better latin food but I cannot recommend this place. I give a 4/10, below average rating.

Dan Says: So here's the way my experience went.

The front windows were tinted and a bunch of sticky graphics were slapped across the windows. I shrugged and stepped inside.

The ceiling was black. This kinda made the place look smaller. I looked at the menu and when I saw it (and my friend's) I noticed that the leading on the print was a little too small for the menu to be comfortable to read. Also, their ID was smeared on the page with the color running. The signs against the register/kitchen seemed grainy and pixelated. There was inconsistent lighting placement in the restaurant. I think I heard Clay mention that we didn't have enough light while we were eating. But enough about me getting "furious" at the building itself.

On the bright side, the restaurant staff spoke Spanish fluently, and the menu items were appropriately named and well described.

I tasted the appetizer. The chicken croqueta inside was soupier than I was used to in Spanish cooking. My family's Hispanic so I have something to compare this food against. It just seemed thin. The cheese stick was commendable, since it used a completely different approach to typical restaurant cheese sticks and instead used a flaky crust instead of an ordinary fried, breaded one. The plantain that was supposed to be stuffed with a piece of pork was actually just a small strand of pork, and when I bit into it I was assaulted with the taste of ketchup... The potato ball was what I was used to in stores like Medina's down in Bumby. It was essentially a papa rellena.

When the time came to order drinks I ordered a papaya juice with milk added. I noticed as it was being prepared that it was a sort of sauce packet tossed in a blender, essentially. I didn't like the fact they did that in a non-chain restaurant with "30 years of culinary experience," particularly because papaya is capable of being grown locally in Central Florida and does yield fruit. My Grandma had one for years. The drink tasted somewhat metallic. Use the real damn thing.

For the main dish I ordered the paella. The dish took 20 minutes to complete, which I was perfectly comfortable with since things like this take time. When the dish arrived it seemed to be presented well. The mussels and peppers as well as shrimp were presented in a radially symmetrical design. It sat on top of another larger dish where I could place the shells and shrimp tails, telling me that the dish was planned well. But that's where the praise ended.

The rice was uncharacteristic of traditional paellas I tasted in both home cooking and in restaurants south in Miami and Coral Gables. It was too dry (rice in paella is typically very moist and often gooey) and tasted like Uncle Ben's or Success Brown Rice. There was no toasted rice at the bottom, either, another characteristic of paella that was absent. I also encountered something of a show stopper. 2 of the mussel shells were shattered in places, so that meant that somewhere in the dish I was going to have a bite of some nice hard shell. And that I did!

About halfway through the paella I bit down on hard shell fragments; 3 occurences to be exact. Mmmmmm.

I spent a good 10 minutes searching around for the fragments without spitting the food out I was chewing since that would've looked rather offensive to the staff who had an unobstructed view of me. After I finished eating it I felt rather uncomfortable.

I did not order dessert.

Maybe I'm holding all this to a higher standard because of my background with these foods. I was really hoping that this restaurant would meet my expectations in Spanish foods, but it fell short of them. I am not interested in returning.

Dans Score - 5/10

AVERAGE SCORE - 4.5/10

Amazonas Latin Grill on Urbanspoon

Monday, June 21, 2010

I pity the 'Pho'!

Clayton Says: So, like a Phoenix rising from the ashes, the Foodies are back! In a way that is. We (Me and Dan) have decided to start back up, albiet much slower then before. Now, once a month or so we will review a place here in Orlando Florida and let you guys know if its worth it or not. We are moving also to a very simple "Out of 10" rating system to speed things up.

So lets start with the new review: Pho 88 Noodle House. Hidden in what amounts to Orlando's "China Town", Pho 88 specializes in Pho, a vietnamese noodle soup. Now me, personally, love soup. If I could only eat 1 thing for the rest of my life it would be soup, because you can do it in all sorts of ways.

So me and Dan went and attacked this noodle house with a vengence. When we got there, it was not terribly busy and were seated quickly, and got our drinks fairly quick as well. Instead of lemon in the water they used lime, but I barely tasted it. We perused the menu and were quickly confused. It was....long. Like nearly 200 items long. And everything was numbered, so you could just say "I want a 5, 25, and 103" and be done with it. Nice, I guess, but the simple fact was this: TOO MUCH STUFF! I mean, there were at least 10 versions of Beef Pho, and I think 2 or 3 of the Chicken, and I personally didn't even check out the other pages really beyond the appetizers.

I ended up getting us an appetizer of "Pork Rolls" which were these strange spring roll like things. Basically they were large rolls, made of Rice paper and filled with some rice noodles and veggies. Then, each roll had one long piece of pork which was hot, but the rest of the roll was cold. It was served with cold peanut sauce. I myself was not impressed with it. Its not my thing I guess.

The Pho then was served and I was amazed at the sheer size of the bowl. I had gotten the "regular" size as had Dan, and it was a huge bowl of soup. Along with our soup came a plate of stuff. I say stuff cause beyond the Bean Sprouts I have no effin clue what it was. I assume it was herbs, but...I just dunno. I did not use any of it and instead just dug into the soup.

The soup was fragrent and flavorfull, but at the same time...it was odd. The 2 standout flavors were, of all things, cilantro and cinnamon! I have never had that in a soup that included beef brisket and ribeye steak! Dan's chicken soup had the same base flavors as well. In addition, the soup had green onion, but even eating the onions I couldn't taste em (A first for me!) because of the cinnamon and cilantro.

Overall, it was an extremely filling and inexpensive lunch (with appetizer I think my bill was $16ish) and was a very tasty dish. However, its not something I will be eating again soon simply because it was...odd to me. If you are used to these flavors then I highly recommend it.

I give it a solid 8/10 (Would visit again, just not soon)

Also sorry there are no pictures, we forgot the camera and this was originally just a spur of the moment thing!


Dan Says: I had some of the appetizer Clay ordered. It was chewy and tasted fresh. The pork was lean meat.

So for the main dish I ordered the Phở Gà-Thịt Trắng "Noodle with tasty, natural chicken broth and sliced white chicken meat" and I must say I was surprised at the size of the regular bowl.
These were some serious white chicken pieces, about the size of the palm of my hand, and below the chicken was delicious noodles. We were provided with bean sprouts and herbs in a seperate plate to add. I added some bean sprouts to the soup.

The taste was amazing, and the soup filled me. I rate it an 8

AVERAGE RATING: 8/10

Phó 88 on Urbanspoon

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Kohinoor - Indian Classics!

Sorry folks, but I didn't write an actual review this time. Dan did however, and I echo most of his sentiments, save for this: I preferred the Vegitarian stuff I sampled over the meat dishes (I had Lamb Vindaloo, which was ok).

Anyway, here is what Dan had to say (My scores match his)

Here I was entering into this brave indian food world, not knowing what to expect. It was weeks since I last attended a FF, and what better a way to get reintegrated than with a shocking and exotic mouthful of curry spice and culture?

The front stood out from the strip mall with its own decorative addition. The windows were tinted, possibly for privacy. I opened the door and looked straight up at the US flag hanging off the balcony. I dismissed any suspicions of cultural accomodation as a man up front seated us at a round, elegant table. I heard some jazzy sounds oozing from the speakers that I could not locate with my eyes, but I did see some Indian art in frames along the walls.

Menus were brought to us.

I ignored some of the graphic design travesties on the menu and ordered a Lamb Madras. As I waited for it, I drank a frothy mango shake that had a hint of milk in it. It was grainily textured going down but the taste made me not want to stop. It was gone in a minute's time.

When the Madras arrived, it was presented with great care and in ornate bowls. The accompanying rice with pilaf had a larger bowl of its own. I chose hot foolishly. The first chunk of lamb was deceptively mild and tender. Seconds into conversation with my fellow foodies I was reaching for a glass of water, and another, and then another. The burn had snuck up on me; a delayed effect you could call it.

After my sinuses and throat were full on burning I pressed on enough in spite to see victory. The cauldron-shaped bowl of hellfire-kissed lamb gone, my fists in the air, and a roar of triumph escaping me...

In my mind, at least.

We moved on to dessert. I ordered the Rice Pudding, described on the menu as:

An exotic Indian dessert made with basmati rice, almonds,
cashew nuts, raisins and milk garnished with pistachio powder.

Everything they described was there, and it was an exquisitely creamy dessert with a lingering milk cream taste that faded long after the spoonful was gone.

After the meal, I visited the highly accesible restroom and noticed the urinal was higher on the wall than any normal man could manage. The paper towel dispenser was empty and in marker said "please use the dryer," which was also placed rather high on the wall.
Taking a stroll through the restaurant area I noticed a rather consistent placement of wall art and tables. There was no disruption in theme, save for the enormous US flag. (seriously, I'm here because I want to take in your culture :/)

So the scores are...
Appetizer - N/A (sorry, folks. Couldn't manage it this time)
Entree - 4
Dessert - 5 (whoa)
Overall - 4 (It's like that culinary dominatrix you want to see over and over again.)

Kohinoor on Urbanspoon

Saturday, April 11, 2009

The Falafel Cafe

I want to thank Amaan Mohiuddin for suggesting this location as my first review back. Dan was unable to join me, and the same went for our usual photographer. The result? Just me.

But man, was I happy with the result. Here is the review: In Video Form!






I am aware of the audio sync issues in the actual review. I have no idea why it did that to be honest. >.>

Falafel Cafe on Urbanspoon

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Quick Update

Hello everyone! The current plan is this Saturday to visit an new place and do a review. We are looking to try a new review format, but have no fear! It will still be our usual unbiased way of speaking. I have to discuss the plans with Dan of course, but in general he agrees with me.

I want to thank everyone who is sticking around with us. I hope you have tried out those places we have yourselves, and have formed your own opinions!

You will also notice that there will be a link in each review if possible that goes to Urban Spoon. They do linkbacks if you include this link, and it could help increase awareness of the site. You don't have to click on em or anything, but the links will take you directly to the Urban Spoon page of the restaraunt in question. So if ya want some more information about the establishment, have a looksee!

Thanks again, and if you have a suggestion for a place you want us to visit I am all ears. Just remember the biggest rule: No more then 3 locations can exist for the place, otherwise its a chain and we will not touch it!

Monday, January 12, 2009

The State of the Foodies

I know I haven't updated in forever (although its really only 2 months and some change) but that will be changing.

You see, I Clayton have been without a job since October. Partially my fault. Its a long story that I will not get into here. So this reason is why Furious Foodies has not updated.

But today I got a new job, which I start Monday. Once I am paid, Furious Foodies will be making a comeback! So keep tight friends!

WE SHALL RETURN!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Don Pepe's Habana Grill

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So this last sunday Me and the Photographer went to a cuban restaurant called Don Pepes Habana Grill. I choose this place because it was a single location family owned operation, and surprisingly was close to my home as well. Since Dan did not come with us due to family events (a wedding) I will just dive right into the review.

The approach for the actual location was really easy. Its right on the corner of SR 434 and 436, in the Kohl's shopping plaza. It is its own stand alone building however, not part of the strip mall. Once we got there we found the outside of the place was designed to look like some sort old style fort in my opinion. You take a look and you tell me. Regardless, once we got inside we found the place to be kinda dark with an interesting interior style. The inside of the dining area was designed to look like the alleyway of a village, with the walls being made up to look like houses. It was rather unique. In fact, one of the support beams was made up to look like a palm tree, complete with coconuts!

So we were seated, and our waiter appeared, who was named Jason. Although he said to pronounce his name as Hasson (that's how it would be spelled as he pronounced it) and that he was the only Gringo there. Those are his words not mine keep that in mind! We placed our drink orders and waited for him to return which was fairly quick, and then ordered our food.

P1010732For appetizers I got Empandillas (pictured left), which are pastries filled with meat. I got the mixed plate so I got a couple of beef filled and a couple of chicken filled. The photographer got Chicharrones de Pollo which were like chicken tenders mixed with hot wings with a tasty Mojo sauce for dipping. That mojo sauce was amazingly good. I sadly forget what was in it however. We also ordered our actual meals at the same time. I found the Empanadillas very soft and flaky, with a tasty filling. I prefered the beef filled over the chicken but both were exceptional. I also had a piece of the Chicharrones and found that to be very good as well, and the mojo sauce went well with both actual bites of food.

For my actual meal I got a classic hispanic dish, Arroz con Pollo, which is basically chicken in a yellow spanish rice mixed with some veggies. I ordered it all White Meat due to preference, and when it came out I stared in mute amazement. It was ALOT of food. Also the chicken was still on the bone rather then chunked up like I assumed it was going to be. The chicken was moist tender and flavorful, and the rice was killer. P1010734I ended up taking half of it home and giving it to my wife, who also enjoyed it. It also came with these 2 things called maduros, which were overripened sweet fried plantains. I actually liked those! I have never had plantains before so this was a treat to be sure.

Finally, for dessert I looked to my waiter Jason, who suggested, after I told him what I was doing, to go with a truly classic cuban experience. Flan with Cafe Con Leche. So I went with it. Let me tell you, I have now discovered that I am a not a flan person. Not my thing, not at all. I didn't like the texture nor the taste. The photographer had some and assured me that it was excellent flan, but it was for sure NOT my thing. But that is of course a personal preference. The cafe con leche was very good, and I actually drank all of it, which is odd considering I am not a coffe person.

All in all I fully intend to return to Don Pepes Habana Grill, and I fully intend next time to order paella. Turns out you can special order that, takes 45 minutes to cook, and feeds like 2 people. I have always wanted to try paella. Should be fun.

Ambiance/Style - Exceptional
Service - Exceptional

Appetizer - 4
Entree - 4
Dessert - 4 (even though I personally did not like it)
Overall - 4 (Will return again!)

For more information including a menu and directions, please visit their website.

Habana Grill on Urbanspoon

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Shakers Cafe

So today, on my own again, I visited a small local cafe called Shaker's Cafe. I had actually just purchased a brand new camera last night and really wanted to try it out, which prompted me to visit this location alone. It also helped that I was hungry and that since the place was not open on Sunday's neither Dan nor our usual photographer would be able to join me. Ah well.

Sadly I was unable to get a shot of the outside of the location as it sits right on the main drag of Edgewater Drive. Located south on Edgewater Drive just a bit before its intersection with Highway 50 in Orlando, the Shaker's Cafe is a small family owned American cafe. And when I say small I mean SMALL. The place could only hold at max about 50 people. Some of the tables, including the one I sat at, are extremely close to other tables. I assume that this is for ease of pushing the two together. But I digress.

The actual approach to the place isn't bad but all the parking is in the rear of the building. In fact, I got kinda confused trying to find the way to the parking lot once I found the place. Upon entering I was immediatly seated, and found the place to be quaint and kinda quiet. There was not an empty seat in the house once I sat down, and for the total hour I was there, it stayed that busy. So the locals nearby seem to love the place.

shakersmealI sat down and checked out their menu, which showed that they served both breakfast and lunch, and they closed at 2pm. My waitress came over and took my drink order, which was a really tasty class of fresh squeezed lemonade (they also had fresh squeezed apple juice, which is the first time I have seen that). When she came back I ended up ordering a Rueban with Pastrami, a cup of Vegetable Beef soup, and a side of potato salad. I didn't get a picture of the soup, but thats no major loss. Now, as you can see in the picture I got a bag of potato chips with my meal, which surprised me as I did not see that indicated on the menu. Had I known that I might have skipped the potato salad, which is that odd shaped scoop of white on the right. The potato salad was nothing special, but the texture was...unique. Like a combo of mashed and chunked potatos mixed with the standard potato salad mixture.

The soup was fairly standard, and while I could tell it was homemade and was loaded with veggies and some barely and the like, the flavor was sadly bland. I wouldn't order it again. Thankfully they change their soups daily depending on what they have on hand apparently. They had a crab bisque, a butternut squash soup, and a hungarian beef and cabbage soup as well on this fine day.

Now, on to my sandwhich. It was a fairly standard pastrami rueban. Once again, nothing special, but not bad. It was a bit smaller then I would have liked (the Perkins ruebans are bigger then this one, and a bit cheaper but not by much) but this one was made of higher quality meat in my opinion. My only issue with it was that the meat and saurkraut combined caused the bottom piece of bread to be kinda soggy. The chips were standard chips as you can see.

shakersdessertFinally I ended up getting some dessert. They had a few different options but what I was in the mood for was Carrot Cake, and they had some available and were actually touting it as the "special" dessert. I ordered a slice of it (To the right) and when I got it I stared. The thing was HUGE. I mean, it was bigger then my sandwich! Sadly however, it was not that great. The cake itself was kinda dry due to being kept in a nearly freezing case which I could see. Furthermore, they used really finely shredded carrot in the cake, which bunched up in spots and caused it to taste VERY odd to me. Kinda like I was eating a raw vegetable but with some other tastes mixed it. It tasted...dirty. Thats the only why I can describe it. When I ate the parts with frosting it tasted fine, except when I ran into those clumps of carrot.

All in all the Shaker's Cafe is a decent enough joint, small and quaint. And if you are curious about the name, its because they have hundreds of different salt and pepper shakers lining the walls around the cafe.

Ambiance/Style - Adequate
Service - Adequate

Soup - 3
Entree - 3
Dessert - 2
Overall - 2.5 (possibly revisit later)

For more information please visit their website.

Shakers American Cafe on Urbanspoon

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Dexters of Winter Park

So Dexters. I shall let our reviews speak for themselves here. We have a "guest reviewer" this time around: our Photographer! She actually wrote a review this time. So without further ado, here we go.


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Clay:

Ah Dexters. I had high hopes for this place, as my trainer at work, Amy, recommended it glowingly. Given the menu and items listed I figured it would be a fairly decent place to go. In some ways my assumptions and hopes held true, and in others they were dashed upon the cold hard rocks of reality. Yes I am being all melodramatic, but hey, its the mood I am in right now.

Regardless, there were good and bad things about Dexter's, but I shall do as I usually do and start off my review with the approach. Dexter's is located just down the street from Fiddlers Green of all places, in historic downtown Winter Park. Or at least the branch of Dexter's we visited was. There are actually 3 total locations: Winter Park, Thorton Park, and Lake Mary. The actual parking and approach were not too terribly bad, but we did run into an issue involving street repairs and I had to take the long way around. Regardless, we found public parking directly across from the cafe and were able to enter.

beingfancyThe outside looked fairly nice, to me at least, and the inside wasn't too bad at first. I noticed quickly that the hostesses all wore very fancy dresses, while the waitstaff was in shirts and jeans. I found this combination to be kinda of...odd. This was the first of many oddities that I encountered, style wise, with this place. We were quickly seated however, and after browsing the menu and the special brunch section our water came over and took our drink orders.

On to oddity number 2 for me. Our drinks came out in fancy champagne style glasses. While this may be the standard considering that this is a wine bar, I found it strange that they would put water, diet coke, and regular coke in these fancy glasses. We also noticed that the people sitting on the porch outside who ordered orange juice had the same glasses. Perhaps they only have the one type of glasses but hey, I felt kinda fancy with this glass!

Our waiter then came back after about 10 minutes to take our order. Now, originally I intended to order 2 things: An omelet and stuffed french toast (which Dan ended up getting anyway). However, after I told him what I wanted in my omelet he seemed to assume that was all I wanted and went to Dan, cutting me off. Thankfully Dan got the french toast so I could try it. He left, and we sat there and waited.

And waited.

And waited.

trifleAfter what seemed like 15 minutes he finally came back around and filled our drinks and I had the chance to order some soup once I found out that it was a Chicken Soup. Our waiter kind of worried me when he told me he was not sure what was in the soup though beyond chicken and some shell pasta. Now, I am picky when it comes to soup (I believe I have mentioned this before) so when it came out I was quite happy with the look. It was very rustic looking, with uneven chunks of chicken and veggies, and even an actual full bay leaf floating around. I took the bay leaf out and took a bite and found it to be excellent! Hey, things were looking up, I thought. This soup was killer. The smell was so good that both Dan and the Photographer ordered a bowl when he returned 5 minutes later.

After about 5-10 more minutes he brought our , and then about 5 minutes after that the soup for the photographer and Dan. Now my omelet, which had Andouille Sausage, Cajun Chicken, Pepper jack Cheese and Caramelized Onions was good. I was also pleased with my home fries, which were nice and full of potato flavor. The omelet was prepared in a fashion that our Photographer calls western, where the eggs were fluffy. Overall, the soup and actual meal was good.

However, during service our waiter started out acting pleasant but as the meal went on he got more and more...tired looking. As if he did not want to be there, and barely could hide his displeasure. He obviously did not want to be there nor serve us. This came to be really obvious when after our meal we needed a refill on our drinks (all 3 of us) and we could see him just chatting with some guys over at the bar. our Photographer stared at him, he looked right at her, and just kept talking for a minute. He then came by, kinda mumbled something about refills, then went OUTSIDE AND REFILLED EVERYONE ELSE before coming back to us. Service with a smile? Not likely! I kept an eye on the other servers and they all seemed to have that vacant "I don't want to be here" expression when they were dealing with their tables, and there was very little talking from them to the customers.

Finally we ordered dessert. I won't go on too much about the Cheesecake, as Dan and the Photographer have gone into a very lengthy description of it. I will talk about my Berry Trifle. It was good for my first foray into the world of Trifles... but it was most assuredly NOT $7.50 worth of good. I mean seriously, it was a tiny little tower of some berries, cream, and cake. Thats it. Nothing special about it. I am sure that the fact it was "marinated" in a wine had something to do with it. Had I known that dessert was that much I would never have ordered it.

dexcielingNow finally I will talk about the biggest problem I had with the actual decor. The ceiling. Sounds strange that I would have an issue with the ceiling right? Well here is why. The walls and the entrance and the art hung on the walls all spoke of a refined gallery dining experience. However, take a glace up and you run into exposed wiring, air ducts, and sprinkler systems. All coated in insulation and spray painted black. The actual air vents for the air conditioner are set in these huge pipes and are dusty, and there is a skeleton where ceiling tiles (the kind you find in most offices) should be hung but are not. This really bothers me as I worry that dust and insulation could fall from the ceiling at any moment. And its just freakin tacky. The bathroom was even stranger. The decor in the bathroom had NOTHING in common with the main room, and the color scheme was just... odd. Green walls (deep forest green) along with orange brown stall doors, and the toilet paper hung out on the tanks of the toilets? What the heck?!

In the end, the food was good. However the service, ambiance, and strange disharmony of decor struck a chord with me, and it was not a good one. While I am willing to give Dexters a second chance, it will not be that location.

Ambiance/Style - Fail
Service - Fail

Soup - 4
Entree - 4
Dessert - 3
Overall - 3.5 (Might visit a Different Location)

Dan:

frenchtoastThe "french toast" that came was actually 4 pieces that had no resemblance to sliced bread. The plate had them arranged in a bunch with a nearby cup of syrup, some raspberries, and the plate overall was covered with a handful of powdered sugar. Each piece counted for two bites and the bites had a tangy and genuine raspberry taste. The syrup lasted through the dish and there was some to spare. I give this a 4 because there could have been more for what it was.

There was a Homemade chicken soup that I ordered prior to the french toast and it contained carrot slices, some potato and bay leaf. The soup arrived hot and had real grilled chicken in it. I finished the whole thing and had nothing bad to say about it.
I give it a 5.

The dessert was something I wasn't very impressed with.It was Key Lime Cheesecake. There was a presentation to be made here. Unfortunately, our camera person's order of the same thing showed that Dexter's does not hold consistency to be a high priority. My pie had no strawberry while the other one did. At a price of $7.50 (The price was nowhere on the menu. ) this is no mere oversight. Also, the raspberry sauce had a alcohol taste to it, when the description does not state this. If it truly had alcohol content in it, that would be devastating to people who react negatively to alcohol. The Key Lime and cheesecake aspects of the dessert did not complement each other at all. screwymenuI had to finish it by force of will rather than finishing it naturally.
The dessert gets 3 because the concept was believable but the execution left me slightly disappointed.

The ambiance was nice on the outside, it was brick on the outside with small tables. The tables inside were the same. The ventilation was exposed on the ceiling and the ceiling itself was messily covered with insulation. The interior, being a majority of the dining area, is something that can't be left dirty like that. Ambiance gets adequate.

The service, well... the waiters just didn't seem like they wanted to be there. Their enthusiasm was low and we found ourselves at the end of our glasses for more than 5 minutes at a time. I also spotted a lot of them chatting in a corner of the restaurant and our camera person had to stare directly at one of them to bring a little service to the table. The service was adequate considering the amount of people there.

I kinda don't know if I want to return to this place. Luckily, there are other locations and it might have just been a bad day. But my bad day could easily be your bad day as well. This is why I am being truthful today.

Ambiance/Style - Adequate
Service - Adequate

Soup - 5
Entree - 4
Dessert - 3
Overall - 4 (Might Return to a different Location)


Photographer:


barYou don't know me, but I'm the Furious Photographer - the hand that holds the camera and records the Furious Foodies' journey. Normally I'm just along for the ride, but this week I'm furious. Our destination was one of the three locations for Dexter's. I liked the place, mostly. The art hanging on the walls was nice, the chairs, while wooden, were more comfortable than the benches at Fiddler's Green. It had a nice atmosphere to it, despite the paint-it-black-and-they-won't-notice naked ceiling. The waiter had a forced-cheerful demeanor, but that's pretty normal for servers. I'm sure Clay's raved enough about the omelet, so just imagine that times two. I got to taste the stuffed french toast, and I'll vouch for it being everything Dan said it was. The soup was fabulous...in fact, I ordered a bowl after smelling Clay's and it was every bit as good as it smelled - and I normally don't like soups. After the bowls were cleared away, and we'd placed orders for more water and some key lime cheesecake, I was cheerfully contemplating coming back to try the dinner menu at a later date.

Then it took five minutes to get a refill on water - after watching our waiter refill water for people outside - and another five for the dessert to come out. By this time, the waiter no longer pretended to be cheerful and he never did the usual 'swing by the table and ask if every thing's okay'. But eh, says I, a bad waiter doesn't ruin the restaurant, I'd still come back. keylimecakeSo my key lime cheesecake arrives, with its artful puddle of raspberry sauce beneath it. Now, I don't drink. I don't like the taste of alcohol, and both of my parents have some unusual sensitivities and reactions to the stuff. I like bread pudding. I got bread pudding at Fiddler's Green, and mostly liked it. I would have tried the chocolate bread pudding here, except for the mention of a liqueur being one of the ingredients. So I went with key lime cheesecake, which mentioned nothing of the sort. Imagine my displeasure, then, when I took a bite to discover that the raspberry sauce now soaking the Graham cracker crust was, in fact, laden with booze. I do not appreciate being lied to. If the menu had told me that there was alcohol in the sauce, I would have ordered it without sauce - or, if the menu had listed the price of this deceptive dessert, I might have passed entirely. When the waiter came by with the checks, I asked about the sauce and got confirmation that there was, inf act, alcohol in it. Of course, he prefaced his answer with "I'm not really sure, I'd have to ask the chef," but I've made my living talking to people for three years now and I've been on both sides of that evasion. He knew that there was booze in that, and he knew I wasn't happy about it. So yeah. Expensive dessert that has a fairly significant ingredient that's NOT MENTIONED. I'm never going back to that location again, and even if we go to another location of Dexter's, I won't be paying an arm for any of their desserts.

Ambiance/Style - Adequate
Service - Adequate

Soup - 5
Entree - 4
Dessert - 2
Overall - 3.5 (Might Return to a different Location)

For more information, as well as directions and a menu please visit their website.

Dexters of Winter Park on Urbanspoon

Saturday, October 4, 2008

The Jazzy Dog Cafe

So today, I decide to take a little "surprise" adventure by myself to a small hot dog joint I found online called the Jazzy Dog Cafe. Sadly since I was alone I did not have my handy dandy photographer, so there are no pictures. Anyway, on to the review.

Firstly, upon reaching the actual location of the cafe I ran into a conundrum. Where to park? The cafe itself was right across the street from the local Amtrak station, and I was not able to park in the lot for the station. I drove around a bit and found that there was curbside parking near the cafe, but it was meter parking. Ah well, I popped $1.00 into the meter and got 1 hour 20 minutes of time. (Just a note, I spent only 30 minutes in the actual cafe).

Once inside I found I had to use the facilities, and found them to be very neat and clean. Once I was done and able to actually look around, I found that the place was quaint and well kept. I was greeted by an older woman and I found that she was one of the two owners. The other I met as well but she was off to cater a party. I sat down and was given a menu, and ended up ordering 3 things: The Jazzy Dog, which is their signature dog, a baked sweet potato with brown sugar, butter, and sour cream, and a knish.

The Jazzy Dog itself was a Sabrett dog with Blu Cheese Coleslaw and Sweet Potato mustard on it, and it sits in a pretzel roll. Sounds interesting doesn't it? I was determined to eat this, despite my reservations. I mean honestly...Blu Cheese Coleslaw and Sweet Potato Mustard? Who on earth came up with this?! Turns out I was in for a treat.

The hot dog, with all its components, is probebly one of the best hot dogs I have ever eaten. It was unique, and tasty. I devoured it first and foremost, ignoring my other options. It was THAT good. The beefyness of the dog went well with the sour of the slaw and the sweet of the mustard. I was just...amazed.

Next I dove into the Baked Sweet Potato. I have never had one of these, and with the toppings I chose (the Sour Cream, butter, and brown sugar) it came out tasting very sweet but not too sweet. It was kinda like a tasty dessert. It was well made and was definitly a fresh sweet potato.

The knish disappointed me. Its no fault of thiers, as the knish is a direct import from the Coney Island Knishs (as in the import them from the same company that makes the Coney Island knishs) but it just wasn't my thing. I should have asked for the greasless frier so the outside would have been crispy rather then...chewy. The taste was there but it just wasn't my taste.

All in all the Jazzy Dog Cafe was terrific, affordable, and very very unique. I got to chat with one of the owners the whole time I sat there, and the meal only cost me around $12, which considering what I got was a steal. (I got a drink which was $1.50 of that). Will I ever visit there again? You better believe it.

For more information please visit their Myspace Page.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Willow Tree Cafe

Welcome to another edition of Furious Foodies. It occurs to me that you have no idea what your hosts look like! So here is a quick picture. I am the dude with the huge beard, and Dan is the other guy.

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Pretty handsome fellas ain't we? You can tell I like food. Hehe. Anyway, this time around we visited the Hollerbach Willow Tree Cafe in Sanford Florida. Without further ado, here are our thoughts:

Dan's Review:

As we walked up to the place I immediately saw the amount of people seated outdoors. Surely, this place had something going on for the sheer amount of people who I saw in the patio that day. We were seated by the owner of the restaurant, Theo Hollerbach (pictured left), personally. The walls were lined with elements of German culture big and small. The tables were well set and had ample coasters, they were not lean-friendly, however, so be careful when setting your elbow on the edge. The waiter was prompt and had suggestions when we were in doubt. He expressed mastery over the menu. He seemed to like his job very much and was welcoming. There was a singing guitarist as entertainment, as well. Environment gets a 5. Service gets exceptional.

theboozewtcFor the drink, I ordered a 0.5 liter Köstritzer Schwarzbier (pictured right). At first, it had a hard taste as if I had been punched in the mouth and tasted blood. About 2 gulps into it it began to taste smooth and somewhat sweet. It was pretty dark and left me tipsy for the duration of the meal experience. Drink scores a 4 for that beginning moment, but the vast majority of the drink saved it for me. Bread was provided as we waited.

For the meal, I chose the pork Wiener Schnitzel. The sides were saeurkraut and two seasoned potato pancakes.

The Schnitzel was crisp on the outside, but not to the point of having a cruch. The meat inside was juicy and did not have any awkward bites to it.

The potato pancakes were very soft, contained herb spices, and as a whole tasted of hashbrown, but more together and with hint of herb everywhere.

porksnitchzelThe sauerkraut was nothing like the kind found in jars, the first bite was strong to the point of sending a tingle into my nostrils. Soft, and full on juice, but not leaky.

For dessert, I had a slice of raspberry cheesecake. It was cheesecake, but had a delicious and light, fluffy layer of pink and white as well as an berry syrup zig-zagged on top. many white chocolate morsels were stuck on the back of the slice. Meal gets a 5, as does the dessert. It was a first and I knew that it wasn't a lucky first, there was a measure of skill and passion in that dish and dessert.

Definitely a repeater.

raspberrycheesecakeAmbiance/Style - Exceptional
Service - Exceptional

Appetizer - NA
Drink - 4
Entree - 5
Dessert - 5
Overall - 4.5 (Would Eat Again)


Clay's Review:

So, Willow Tree Cafe. A small cafe in Sanford Florida that specializes in classic and new age german food. Has won a slew of awards and what not. When doing my searchs for German this and one other local were the only places I could find. The other place was not open on Sundays and right now, that is a requirement for the group to visit it, so it didn't even get counted. Thats not to say I don't have it written down though. Anyway, we took a drive up to Sanford and found the cafe nestled if you will among historic downtown Sanford between a used book store and an art gallery. When we got there we almost missed it (mainly because I thought it was on the other side of the road) but a german flag caught my eye and we were able to locate it. However, parking around the actual cafe was nearly impossible as it had no parking lot.

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Thankfully there was a public lot not even half a block away, and we parked and then walked our way down to the cafe, which was packed. I don't mean just simply busy, I mean packed. The "Please Wait to be Seated" was outside about 10 feet from door because they have outdoor seating, and we found that the outdoor seating was totally packed and indoor looked the same. A nice older gentleman appeared and offered to seat us inside but told us that there would be a wait for outside seating. Not wanting to sit with smokers (no offense to you all who smoke) I suggested inside. It helped that I was hungry.

So inside we went. The nice man sat us down, gave us our menus and a beer/wine list, and I found that the man who sat us was the owner himself, Theo Hollerbach. I called him over and double checked and him informed me that yes I was correct, and that he had been doing this stuff for 7 years with his wife. Now thats personal service. Throughout the rest of the meal we could see Theo wandering around, making sure tables were cleaned, servers were on point, and seating people himself. It was awesome.

Our server was named (I believe) Pieter, and he was super friendly, a fellow World of Warcraft player, and extremely knowledgeable about everything on the menu. You could tell that he honestly liked his job and didn't have that "I hate work" look that alot of servers had. So we ordered. I discovered that they had daily lunch specials and change their soups out daily as well. I had the Smokey Tomato Bacon soup and when it came out I could tell it was NOT from a can. There will still bits of tomato floating around with small particles of bacon. The smoke was tasty and delicious.

kaiserwurstFor my entree I ordered the Kaiser Wurst Teller which is a lunch plate of 3 Sausages of my choice, and 3 sides. I had the Weisswurst, Mettwurst, and Nürnberger as my three sausages and the German Potato Salad, Sweet Red Cabbage, and Spätzle with Rahm Sauce as my 3 sides. Now, the Weisswurst sausage was a Veal and Pork sausage, and it was....disturbing. No offense to the makers of it but the inside, the meat itself, was CREAMY. I tasted it, Dan did, a guest we brought along (Brandon, a coworker) tried it and we all agreed that it was...not our thing. Not to say it wasn't good. I am sure it was. But not for me. The Mettwurst (a smoked bratwurst of beef and pork) was tasty, but my favorite of the three was the Nürnberger, a long thin sausage made of well seasonsed pork. It was fabulous and the first sausage to be devoured.

Of the three sides, I liked the Red Cabbage but couldn't eat too much. The sweet plus sour taste of it was just a bit too much for me. The german potato salad was excellent and nothing like american potato salad. But my favorite of the three sides was the Spätzle with Rahm Sauce. And you could tell it was hand made. The noodles were most assuredly not uniform in shape, and the sauce was sorta like a brown gravy, but that only made it better. All in all the entree was everything I had hoped it would be: delicious.

blackforestcakeFinally we had dessert. Now me and the photographer had no idea what to order. You see, they don't really have a dessert menu. This is due to the fact that every week the desserts change, and are freshly custom made by a local who comes in and takes care of it. We told the waiter to suprise us, and he came back with a piece of Black Forrest Cake for me, and Triple Chocolate Cheesecake for the Photographer. I ended up finishing off the cheesecake, and devouring the cake. I enjoyed the cake, which had huge black cherries in it, but I really loved the ultra smooth and chocolately and dense cheesecake.3chococheesecake Of course, next time I go I may never see those two desserts again!

All in all my experience was fantastic. There was not a bad thing I could say about the place save one. The live entertainment, which started at 1pm, was annoying. The guy playing guitar could in fact play the guitar, but his voice was high pitched and extremely whiny.

Ambiance/Style - Exceptional
Service - Exceptional

Soup - 5
Entree - 5
Dessert - 5
Overall - 5 (Amazing)
Click on the photo's above for larger versions. Here are some other pictures of the location:

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Some of the Art inside the Cafe

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The Custom Coasters that they had at each table.

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The very full bar with true german brews!

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The outside dining area.


For more information including maps and a full menu, please visit their offical website - http://willowtreecafe.com/

Hollerbach's Willow Tree Cafe on Urbanspoon

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Mini Update - A Mini Adventure at Lunch!

So this is a mini update of sorts. We all know what my mission is: To eat my way around Central Florida. Well today for lunch I went to the Winghouse with a coworker for the first time, and I found something I have never ever seen before.

Southern Fried Pickles.

I stared at them on the menu, trying to puzzle them out. A deep fried pickle? What kinda of madness was this?! Of course, I then remembered my new mission, to try new and exciting cuisine. I figured "Well, I am here and I am gonna eat anyway, might as well give em a shot!" So I ordered me some Fried Pickles.

Now sadly Dan and our photographer was not with me to sample these, nor take pictures. But just imagine: A Dill Pickle Spear covered in a light salty batter, bespeckled with pepper and seasonings. Now, imagine about 5 of those spears, in a basket. Add a small container of mystery sauce (seriously, I still have no idea what was in the sauce!) and there you have it. A batch of Southern Fried Pickles.

After eating them I could only think of one thing: They were BIZARRE. I mean, they were pickles, you could tell that much, but it was really strange to eat something like that after being batterfried. And the batter itself had a flavor too! It was a light dill flavor. The sauce didn't help either. Were they bad? Not really. But would I order them again? NO.

There are some things in this world that should not be deep fried.

On the positive side, I got to experience an adventure in the middle of my workday. Now I get to go back to training. Yay me.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Fiddlers Green

Clay's Review:

Alright, for our first foray into the world of dining and eating we went to a place in Winter Park called Fiddlers Green. A quaint little Irish pub, I have known about it for a fair amount of time but never actually got the gumption to go into it. So when me and Dan decided to do this, I suggested this place for our first stop. The reason? So I can stop thinking about it and actually move on with my culinary journey dangit!

The parking I would say was decent, however, actually getting to the pub was a bit of a pain. The reason? The intersection. It was crazy and slightly complicated. Once we parked we went inside, and I found the place very pleasant to say the least. It was rustic, and had what I had always imagined a real pub would have: Hardwood floors, hardwood tables, unmatching light fixtures, and a setup for a band in one corner complete with a stack of amps and a piano. We waited for a little bit before someone told us we could seat ourselves, so we wandered thru the side room where 2 plasma/LCD TV's were and ended up in the main room in a corner booth. The seats were comfy despite the fact that they had no padding. Once again, real hardwood booth seating and tables.

Once we sat down, it took a bit for a waitress to show up. It wasn't long enough for me to go "Where the heck is our server?!" but it got close. We ordered our drinks and some appetizers and then waited. Our drinks were fairly prompt, however I drained mine quickly and had to wait a fair amount of time for a refill. This bothered me, but hey, I am a bit picky when it comes to service.

We chatted for a bit and then our appetizers came out. I had ordered Chicken Tenders, as I often do when confronted with the strange and unusual. I figure "Hey, if I don't like the grub at least I got some decent chicken." And boy was I right.

When the tenders arrived, I stared in mute amazement! I had 4 tenders but they were huge! At least twice the size of most chicken tenders I am used to seeing. They came with a "honey and mustard" sauce (thats what the menu called it!) and while it was a bit thin for my liking, the flavor was ALL there. Furthermore, the chicken tenders were real juicy fresh cut chicken that was not greasy at all, well battered, and actually required a fork and knife to eat. They were THAT big. I had nothing bad I could really say about them, other then the price ($7.50), which I feel was a little high, but then again I paid for quality.

My actual meal was next, and I ordered what was supposed to be an "authentic Irish burger" called the Ulster Burger. I asked for it Medium. When I got it, I took a bit and quickly realized that it was most assuredly NOT medium. It was rare. This made me upset, mainly because I do not like rare burgers. However, I ate half of it and got fairly filled up. Also, the "imported Irish bacon" that came on the burger looked to me like a slab of ham. When I took it off the remaining half of the burger and ate it alone, all I could taste was salt. No actual bacon flavor. Just salt. The "chips" or fries as we Americans call em however were fantastic and saved the entree for me. I ate all of those, and our photographers chips as well.

Finally desert came. I, like Dan, ordered the "Fiddlers Favorite" which is apparently an Irish whiskey cake with walnuts and icing. It was fairly decent overall, however just like Dan mine had an issue with being dry as I got towards the outside edge of the cake.

All in all, Fiddlers Green was a decent pub and I personally intend to go back to give it another shot. However, next time it will be just me and Dan, and it will be in the evening so we can check out the live entertainment. Next time, I am gonna get the Shepard's Pie I think.

Score:
Ambiance/Style - Exceptional
Service - Adequate

Appetizer - 5
Entree - 3
Dessert - 4
Overall - 4 (Would Eat Again)

Dan's Review:

The food:
As an appetizer I had the chicken fingers. I got more than I expected. This chicken was juicy, steamy, and didn't have the "precut" look of the fingers you would encounter in most restaurants. It came with a dijon mustard sauce. I give it a 5 for surprising the heck out of me in a good way.

I had the Bangers and Mash next. These sausages were large and had a somewhat crispy outside, but they were easy to get past with a knife. The meat tasted like it was basted with beer in the cooking process, and it sat in a puddle of sauce that likely gave it the flavor I found in it. Next to these was a mound of flaky mashed potatoes dotted with chives, sweet caramelised pearl onions, and thick cuts of boiled carrot. If it had not been for the appetizer, I would have finished the whole plate in a sitting.(I took the rest of it home.) This dish gets a 5 because it made a repeat customer of me with all of its fantastic flavors.

The last thing I ordered was a cake slice called Fiddler's Favorite. It was soaked in what tasted like lemon syrup. The outside of it was frosted with the kind you'd find on silk pies. There was one thing that disappointed me. As I approached the end of it, the cake started to get dry. I give this dessert a 4, because if it had more syrup it would've been phenomenal.

The environment was very well done. Nothing was loud (subject to change because this is a pub.) Everything looked old with wooden trim and the only hint of modern tech was the dual flat screens in the other room. In the opposite side of the restaurant there were dartboards with scoreboards next to them. I was absorbed into a round of darts. Exceptional.

The waitress was intuitive enough that I never grasped for an empty cup of diet coke, and the dishes came promptly.At the beginning, we waited a couple of minutes and were asked to go ahead and take a seat anywhere in the restaurant. That also meant that I had to reach into the empty podium for menus. The service was Adequate

Score:
Ambiance/Style - Exceptional
Service - Adequate

Appetizer - 5
Entree - 5
Dessert - 4
Overall - 4.5

Photographers Comments:

Score:
Ambiance/Style - Exceptional
Service - Adequate

Appetizer - 5
Entree - 2
Dessert - 4
Overall - 3.5

Appetizer was the Wexford Wings, they were tasty and had a tangy sauce. Entree was Fish and Chips. Fish was tasteless and extremely greasy, chips were amazing. Dessert was the Bread Pudding which was real honest to god Bread Pudding. Service was alright but nothing special, style of the pub was a true classic pub.

Fiddler's Green Irish Pub & Eatery on Urbanspoon

Pictures:

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Inside
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Appetizer: Tenders
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Appetizer: Wings
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Ulster Burger
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Bangers and Mash
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Fish and Chips
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For more information, including a menu and directions, please visit the Fiddlers Green Website at: http://www.fiddlersgreenorlando.com/

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Beginnings

In the beginning, the blog was void, and the spirit of Clay came down and said...LET THERE BE POSTS! Yes I know this is cheesy, but hey, it works right? Anyway, the name is Clay, and I am a Furious Foodie. What is a "furious foodie" you ask? Basically, I think of a Furious Foodie as a person who has never really explored the culinary world outside of their standard fare (in my case, fast food and chain restaurants) and is now furiously trying out various fare.

Thats what I am, and so is my friend Dan. Along with a friend of ours (who shall remain nameless but will contribute the photos) we are on a journey to explore the various types of cuisine we can find in the Greater Orlando area. I will probebly do most of the posting, I mean, what can I say? I am the more "bloggy" of the three of us.

Regardless, I hope you join us on our journey. Me and Dan are going to be posting our thoughts on each place that we go, along with pictures taken by my friend. Hopefully these reviews and photos will help other Orlando foodies find the "best in the best" in the world of food.

THE SCORING SYSTEM:

Our scoring system is going to be pretty basic. And in all honesty, what do you expect? Me and Dan are just a pair of normal guys, nothing fancy. I mean we do not have "refined" palates so you won't be hearing about how the salad had "the smokey note of hickory along with the pleasant aroma of almond" or anything like that. We are Critics for the People! If we like, I figured most people will.

In that vein, our scoring works as follows: 1-5 Score, 1 meaning "Nasty/Foul/Never Order Again" to 5 meaning "Supreme, Would love to eat, Recommend to All."

Further, we will rate the Ambiance/Style on a Pass Fail basis, as well as the Service. The ratings for those are Poor, Adequate, and Exceptional.