Thursday, April 2, 2015

Boca Winter Park adds brunch, Fleming's wants you to get extra-happy, and Noodles & Co. expands their reach

Posted By on Thu, Apr 2, 2015 at 1:30 PM

click to enlarge CHEF JAKE BRENCHLEY (PHOTO VIA BOCA)
  • Chef Jake Brenchley (photo via Boca)

Boca Kitchen Bar & Market in Winter Park announced today that Jake Brenchley, their original "concept chef" recently named executive chef, will add Sunday brunch, launching this weekend on April 5. Considering Boca's airy open-patio feel and the beautiful weather we've been enjoying (not to mention our constant hunger for new brunch spots), the timing couldn't be better. The menu will include breakfast sandwich options, a rotating fruit-topped waffle special, and five Benedicts, all made with sous-vide Lake Meadow Naturals eggs: Garden Benedict (English peas, heirloom tomatoes, edamame hummus, avocado); Boca Benedict (jalapeno cornbread, BBQ pork, Tabasco hollandaise); Oscar Benedict (crab cake, fried green tomato, Meyer lemon hollandaise); Lox Benedict (smoked salmon, herb crème fraiche, asparagus, crispy capers); and Charleston Benedict (caramelized onions, duck sausage, mushrooms). We'll rise for that. 

click to enlarge PHOTO OF BOCA WINTER PARK BY ROB BARTLETT
  • photo of Boca Winter Park by Rob Bartlett

All-night happy hour! April 8, Fleming's Steakhouse (in Orlando and Winter Park) extends their 8-9-10 bar special to encompass the whole evening. Normally the special, which offers eight different wines and cocktails and eight high-end bar snacks for $9 each, runs between 8 and 10 p.m., but Wednesday the fun begins at 5. Special drinks include a boozy chocolate milkshake spiked with Bulleit rye; plates include lobster lettuce wraps, short rib empanadas and Fleming's Prime Burger (catch Serious Eats' rave on that burger and you'll be storming the doors). Full menu below. 

"Bar" La Carte Items:
Ahi Tuna Tacos
Lobster Lettuce Wraps
Filet Mignon Flatbread
Baked Brie
Short Rib Empanadas
The Prime Burger
Warm Cinnamon-Dusted Donuts
Deconstructed Balvenie S’more

Wines & Cocktails:
Prosecco (Mionetto, Italy)
Bourgogne (Jean-Claude Boisset, France)
Rioja (Bodegas Izadi, Spain)
Bordeaux (Chateau Blaignan, France)
Peach Harvest Mule (Svedka Peach Vodka)
Bourbon Peach Martini (Maker’s Mark Bourbon)
Spiced Mango Smash (Kraken Black Spiced Rum)
Chocolate Lava Milkshake (Bulleit Rye Whiskey)

click to enlarge DECONSTRUCTED BALVENIE S'MORE (PHOTO VIA FLEMING'S PRIME STEAKHOUSE)
  • Deconstructed Balvenie S'More (photo via Fleming's Prime Steakhouse)

Last but not least, praise FSM! We're sure it's due to the intervention of His Noodly Appendage that we have a third Noodles & Co. opening in Orlando (this one near Fashion Square Mall) at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 14. They'll kick off the new space with their new spring offering, BUFF Bowls: Four of Noodles & Co.’s most popular pasta bowls – Japanese Pan, Whole Grain Tuscan Fresca, Pesto Cavatappi and Bangkok Curry – with a double portion of veggies, served over spinach in place of the noodles, and less than 400 calories. Paleo-friendly(-ish)!

click to enlarge BUFF BOWLS FROM NOODLES & CO.
  • BUFF Bowls from Noodles & Co.

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