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The NFL season and the College Football season is right around the corner and so is the Olympics. Do you need a nice new place to watch your favorite game? Well, the Orlando area has a new Sports Bar in town. I am talking about Miller’s Field.
Miller’s field is owned or co-owned by Craig Miller. You might recognize that name. Craig Miller is the former CEO of the popular successful Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse chain. After leaving his position at Ruth’s Chris , Craig Miller was also a political candidate for the 6th Congressional district. Craig has been working with his son Jeffery on the Miller’s Field restaurant location at the Dellagio Town Center off of Sand Lake Road or commonly known to locals Restaurant Row. Miller’s Field is where the old City Fire restaurant was. The other location or first location of Miller’s Field is in San Diego, CA.
I recently made a trip over to Miller’s Field. The place is about 8500 square feet and has over 50 HD TVs spread out around the restaurant. It is a classic sports bar and restaurant and it’s geared toward the sports enthusiasts. They have a great selection of beers and have a full bar.
My guest and I started with the Fire Cracker Shrimp $9. Our server articulated this starter was like the Bang Bang Shrimp appetizer from Bonefish Grill. The shrimp was lightly breaded, flash fried, coated with a sweet tangy lightly spicy sauce, and served over lettuce. Bang Bang is still #1.
We also tried the Smoked Wings (10) $8.5. The menu states they are lightly smoked and finished crispy. The wings are served with Ranch or Blue Cheese dressing. We elected to have them prepared Buffalo style with Blue Cheese dressing on the side.
The server also recommended their Burgers. Miller’s Field Burgers $9 are prepared medium well unless otherwise specified. The burgers come with their sweet and salty chips. I elected to try their natural cut fries $3.5. The burgers are served with a homemade soft bun, lettuce, tomato, Thousand Island dressing, choice of cheese with a fresh or grilled onion. You can add a fried egg for 1.5.
Miller’s Field House is a great place to watch a game and grab a beer and hang out with your friends.
Extra Mentions- Plenty of parking available (outside or garage parking no charge-valet close by as well) service was good; server was very attentive and friendly. Indoor outdoor Bar is available. TVs were all in great strategic locations. Opens at 4pm during the week, closes at 2am, serves lunch on the weekends and closes at the final buzzer.
Miller’s Field is located at:
7958 Via Dellagio Way
Orlando, Fl 32819
Website http://www.millersfieldorlando.com

 

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Stefano’s Grill Reply

The Unofficial Restaurant Review would like to report a new restaurant coming. “Stefano’s Grill” will take over the location that was once occupied by Boston Market in the Dr Phillips Marketplace. Dr Phillips Marketplace already houses Morton’s, Christinis, Press 101, Carieras, Five Guys and more. It’s a pretty competitive with Italian restaurants but I wish Stefano’s Grill well and I can’t wait to try it once it opens.

URR would also like to report Stefano’s Italian Grille in the Summerport Village in Windermere has closed. I wrote about this place awhile back. I assume they are moving to the Dr Phillips Marketplace? But I am not for certain. If you know this to be a fact or something different please post a comment.

Regards
URR

Eastern Pearl Reply

In my humble opinion we don’t have an abundance of very good Chinese restaurants in the Central Florida/Orlando area. When I have PF Changs as one of my top 5 Chinese places on my list that says something.  Honestly I do like PF Changs and really respect their Asian food and usually the service is consistent. But where are the very good local Chinese places?  One which I like is Eastern Pearl located in Altamonte Springs.

Eastern Pearl is a place to find good Chinese food. This restaurant is located across the street from the Altamonte Mall. EP has been around for many years. This tells me they are doing something right.

The interior is elegant in design and most of the furniture was imported from China. The Lazy Susan tables make the food enjoyable and easy to share.  The culture of the restaurant makes you really feel like you are in China especially with the Waterfall back drops and waterfall sounds. Nice Chinese ambience and setting to eat your Chinese meal.  The menu has your typical Chinese favorites.

I started with Hot & Sour Soup $3.75. The soup was good and it had the right amount of heat and spice on this day.  The Hot & Sour soup was a good starter. I also tried the shrimp roll (2) $3.25. Just your basic egg rolls. Nothing fancy but decent.

On this visit I tried the Pork Lo Mein (lunch special) with white rice on the side. The Pork Lo Mein consisted of julienne pork strips, fresh sliced vegetables, all stir fried in a good seasoned soy based sauce. Just a good dish of lo mein!   They also give you plenty, enough to share.  

The next visit I tried the Chicken with Black Bean Sauce. This dish did not disappoint. The spiced julienne chicken was very tender, with many fresh vegetables like onions, peppers, mushrooms, and salted black beans which make the dish.  This dish was well-balanced and had the right Chinese seasonings fully involved.  Good dish!

IN ADDITION: On all occasions I found the wait staff to be polite and super efficient.  Plenty of parking is available. Easy place to get in and out of for lunch or it’s a place you can take your time and not feel rushed.

If you have any other good suggestions on great Chinese food in our area please drop me a line. BTW looking forward to trying Hawkers Asian Street Fare soon!

Eastern Pearl

 478 E. Altamonte Dr

 Altamonte Springs, Fl 32701

Ph # 407-339-8877 website www.easternpearlrestaurant.com

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Rocco’s Tacos Update 1

Dear Readers,

Just FYI I have learned from Rocco Mangel that Rocco’s Tacos and Tequila Bar is opening soon in Orlando. Rocco Mangel communicated to me that Rocco’s Tacos should be open in July or August in the SW Orlando area. It will be located on Restaurant Row where the Sambra Room used to be at. This place is also adjacent to the Timpano Chophouse. Back to Rocco’s. I recently had lunch at Rocco’s Tacos in downtown West Palm Beach on Clematis street. The Guacamole $12 prepared tableside with Rocco Chips was a hit for starters. I also enjoyed the Rocco’s tacos (Tacos $2.95-$4.25 or platters come with 2 tacos for $10-$12.50 range. I sampled several of the 8 different choices of tacos they had on the menu. The tacos were fabulous! I also enjoyed the vibrant atmosphere Rocco’s had. This will be a great addition to the Orlando restaurant community.

Rocco will be sending me a press release soon and I will be sharing that with you guys!
more info on Rocco’s Tacos @ http://www.roccostacos.com

regards,
URR
See official media release below.
ROCCO’S TACOS & TEQUILA BAR ANNOUNCES FIFTH LOCATION IN ORLANDO, FLORIDA
South Florida Mexican Restaurant Expands to New Territory with Largest Restaurant to Date

(November 21, 2011) West Palm Beach, FL – Owners Rocco Mangel & Big Time Restaurant Group today announced plans for a fifth Rocco’s Tacos & Tequila Bar in Orlando, Florida. Set to open during spring 2012, the new 8,200-square-foot restaurant with a 2,000-square-foot patio and bar overlooking West Sand Lake will be located in the former Samba Room space on “Restaurant Row.” This marks the brand’s first restaurant outside of South Florida and the largest Rocco’s Tacos & Tequila Bar to date.

Since opening the first Rocco’s Tacos & Tequila Bar in West Palm Beach, FL in 2007, the brand has become South Florida’s go-to destination for authentic Mexican dining in a vibrant atmosphere. The new indoor/outdoor restaurant with several large private banquet rooms will offer the same full-sensory dining experience complete with upbeat music, live mariachi bands on occasion and free tequila pourings by Rocco himself. Diners can sample from over 225 varieties of tequila, nibble on guacamole prepared tableside and enjoy a traditional Mexican dinner at the playful restaurant that embodies the true spirit of Mexico. Similar to other Rocco’s Tacos and Tequila Bars, the Orlando destination will be decorated with authentic Mexican flair purchased by Rocco himself at small villages throughout Mexico and Rocco’s signature star-shaped, punched-metal lantern chandeliers.

“I’m beyond excited to introduce the Rocco’s Tacos brand to the Orlando market,” says owner Rocco Mangel. “Orlando is a thriving city that I’ve always loved and I’m confident that we can be a great addition to the scene and energy.”

While the superior cuisine and cheerful décor have put the Rocco’s Tacos brand on the map, it’s Rocco’s “welcome to my house” attitude, contagious energy and show-stopping sense for creating an unforgettable experience that draws patrons in again and again. When regulars hear the buzzword “Tequila!” echo through the restaurant, everyone prepares for Rocco to take his spot on the bar top, dancing feverishly in his legendary shiny-white shoes. The scene reads like one out of Pee-wee’s Big Adventure, sans the angry bikers. Rocco steps on ‘stage’ with a bottle of Patron in hand, ready to pour into eager guest’s mouths. This exhilarating display of merriment has made Rocco’s Tacos & Tequila Bar a cherished destination and this location will be no exception.

The new Rocco’s Tacos & Tequila Bar will be located at 7468 West Sand Lake Road, Orlando, FL 32819.

About Rocco’s Tacos & Tequila Bar: Brought to life by charismatic owner Rocco Mangel, Rocco’s Tacos & Tequila Bar presents a full sensory Mexican dining experience complete with live mariachi bands and free tequila pourings. Sample from over 225 varieties of tequila, either alone or mixed with Rocco’s famous homemade Margarita sour mix, nibble on guacamole prepared tableside or enjoy a traditional Mexican dinner at the playful restaurant that embodies the true spirit of Mexico. Visit Rocco at one of three locations. 224 Clematis Street, West Palm Beach, FL | 561.650.100; 5250 Town Center Circle, Boca Raton, FL, 561.416.2131; 1313 East Las Olas Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, FL | 954.524.9550. Coming soon: Palm Beach Gardens and Orlando! http://www.RoccosTacos.com

About Big Time Restaurant Group: Founded in 1993 by Todd Herbst, Bill Watson and Lisabet Summa, Big Time Restaurant Group is a South Florida-based restaurant operator with five distinct concepts that appeal to a broad range of customers. Offering a variety of stylish, relaxed and inviting options, their restaurants are premier destinations for cocktails, dining and events. Today, Big Time Restaurant Group operates nine locations including City Oyster & Sushi Bar, Big City Tavern, City Cellar Wine Bar & Grill, Rocco’s Tacos & Tequila Bar and Grease Burger Bar. http://www.BigTimeRestaurants.com