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click to enlarge "Breakfast poutine" from The Coop is a current local poutine option, though less conventional than what Smoke's Poutinerie would bring to the city.

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"Breakfast poutine" from The Coop is a current local poutine option, though less conventional than what Smoke's Poutinerie would bring to the city.

Smoke's Poutinerie has Orlando in its sights, Ravenous Pig now open on Mondays and more in local foodie news 

The poutine trend is about to make a serious gravy and cheese curd-infused splash around the globe. The ambitious expansion effort of popular Toronto-based outfit Smoke's Poutinerie will result in 1,300 new restaurants around the world by 2020, 800 of those in the U.S. alone planned for the next five years. And according to a tweet at me from Smoke's, Orlando is most certainly part of their plans. Do you hear that? It's the sound of your arteries running scared.

And speaking of the Canadian Invasion, there are quite a few joints from the Great White North that have opened or are opening in Orlando: On the heels of Yogen Früz and Paramount Fine Foods, Coffee Culture Cafe & Eatery has opened in the North Quarter (as reported last week), and a Union Burger is opening in Lake Nona soon as well.

I do like Mondays: The Ravenous Pig is now open Mondays from 4-9:30 p.m., and a happy hour from 4:30-5:30 p.m. is part of the extended service. Also, Swine & Sons is now open seven days a week, and their Blue Pig Specials (available Monday-Friday) can be had for just $15 per plate.

New dishes making a debut at this year's Epcot Food & Wine Fest (Sept. 25-Nov. 16) include seared venison loin, bush berry shrimp with pineapple, pepper-bacon mac and cheese and a Scottish Citrus Thistle drink.

Over at the new Florida Mall Dining Pavilion, Puerto Rico's El Meson Sandwiches has opened their first state-side sandwich shop. Also at Florida Mall, the Kono Pizza kiosk serves up portable pizza in a cone ... Tampa's Bavaro's Pizzeria Napoletana & Pastaria opened an outpost in Winter Springs on June 10. They specialize in wood-fired pizzas and rustic pastas ... Ten 10 Brewery plans to open on Virginia Drive at the end of the month ... Belicoso Cigars & Cafe has opened on Park Avenue ... Wild Brew Works & Grille is open in Longwood ... Marlow's Tavern Waterford Lakes, the third location in Central Florida, is now open for business.

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