For you regular readers y’all know that food is a big topic here on the blog. Admittedly, I struggle everyday, all day making good choices. You also know that I am weird about eating out. I’m not a picky eater because I love food, but I am a judgemental eater. I easily get weirded out by restaurants and those that prepare my food *germaphobia*
I met a friend last week for dinner and I felt so compelled to write a review because it was such a great experience. Let’s dig in to why I had to write about my meal. My friend suggested we meet in the Dr. Phillips area of Orlando. We met at Stefano’s Grill. I figured,”grill” there had to be something I could eat. I have to start by saying our waiter greeted us like we were in his home, I felt so welcomed. He then asked about our food preferences – what??!!! Asked about allergies, he shared that they have gluten free meals-YES, gluten free (hallelujah!!) and that they can accomodate requests because they make everything from scratch! Everything made fresh…ahhhhhhh, music to my ears. He shared the specials in great detail (which I loved), he explained all of the produce is organic and locally sourced, except the tomatoes which are brought in from Italy, they are not messing around #quality —it keeps getting better. I said that I like to eat healthy and he shared some of his favourite picks with me. He genuinely cared about our dining experience, not just take the order and place the food in front of you.
Now let’s get into the food. Stefano’s Grill has something for everything. It is an amazing grill with a variety of incredible steaks to rival any steakhouse but they also specialize in Italian fusion (look at their website and get ready to drool) .
There is something on the menu to satisfy every kind of appetite. Their gluten free menu is what I was really curious about. Gluten free meals can be tough to make, especially pasta which is very tempermental.
We decided to start with an appetizer their house special crab cake (no filler or heavy breading- just big chunks of crab)
and the claims
Both were incredible.
I opted for the fresh caught salmon for my entree and it came with pasta, I asked for the gluten free.
My friend went with the Kale salad and added shrimp to it.
Wow! SUCH GOOD FOOD -yes all caps.
I have to say they nailed the pasta. The sauce was incredibly infused into the pasta–how did they do that?! I don’t eat pasta so this was a real treat. My salmon was cooked perfectly. It was such a great meal, I really have to rave about it. I havent eaten that well and felt that comfortable at a restaurant in a long time. The staff came by frequently and asked about the meal, they really wanted to know.
My only regrets:
-not trying my friends Kale salad – but I was too busy inhaling my dinner.
-not having enough room for dessert
When you are in Orlando go and eat there (thank me later). They also offer a Sunday brunch that has a lobster omelette…what the what?! I will definitely be going back.
I give it 4 Carrie stars which is the highest honor I can.
Travel Tip Tuesday
Whenever I travel I always talk to locals and find out where they go for food. If the locals eat there you know there has to be some good eats! This tip has never failed me. I have had the best Key Lime pie in Key West Florida, out of this world Jerk chicken in Jamaica, incredible (and authentic) Thai food in Toronto (yes Toronto-Canada!)
Most people are incredibly honest about food and their food experiences–so ask!
Question of the day (three parter):
-What is your best travel food tip?
-Where have you had the best _________ ??
-If I came to visit you, where would you recommend I go and eat?