At "The Taste of West Orange" Best Fest in 2013, That One Spot won "Best Food." Not "Best Burger," "Best Fries," or "Best Use of Feta On a Monday Night." Simply "Best Food." As one can see, the gourmet burger joint has a penchant for leaving fans at a loss for words. Even the typically verbose comfort food blog Burger Beast summed up their review with a single syllable: "Wow."
The mass praise is the result of That One Spot's imaginative burger recipes. The chalk board menu is erasable for a reason: the chefs refuse to hold their imaginations back. Beef patties, which are forged from a blend of chuck, brisket, and short rib, are often paired with surprise toppings such as roast beef, coconut curry, banana cream sauce, and even Spam. Plenty of traditional burgers are always on hand though, with add-ons that include everything from pecan smoked bacon to corn-encrusted mac and cheese.
The chefs at Clarke Grub & Pub import two things from Louisiana: authentic Cajun flavors and New Orleans's inimitable energy. While diners feast on crawfish boils and shrimp-and-andouille cheddar grits, locals charge up on the stage to sing karaoke or answer trivia questions. On certain evenings, the bar even hosts motorcycle nights, which lure in hordes of bikers and a smattering of confused farmers looking to buy a hog. Bartenders sling drinks from a full bar to ensure that these events maintain a social, jovial vibe.
Beef 'O' Brady’s caters to families and sports fans alike with fresh-grilled eats and draft beers served in a casual dining space featuring wood-paneled walls adorned with sports memorabilia and comfy booth seating. The menu warms stomachs small and large with a collection of Black Angus burgers, 15-inch pizzas baked on a stone hearth, and signature wings served baked or grilled in a variety of two dry rubs and 12 sauces. Twenty-one high-definition TVs continually broadcast live sporting events such as NFL Sunday ticket games indoors while diners can opt to enjoy a meal on the outdoor dining patio. The restaurant also features a private back room for large groups and special events.
Inside Wow Fika—whose name roughly translates to “coffee break” in Swedish—cups of espresso steam atop handmade European wood tables. Though the chefs change up the menu of continental café fare approximately every six weeks, past dishes have included swedish-meatball sandwiches and chicken salad among other comfort-food classics. In addition, a Swedish pastry chef fills the kitchen with sweet confections including traditional Swedish and Romanian cakes and creative ice-cream treats. For catered affairs, Wow Fika's culinary experts can concoct themed prix fixe menus that include all Italian or Greek dishes, or only foods that begin with the letter “Q.”
When things get going at Let's Skate Orlando, it feels like one giant party. Up to 300 people can circle the skating rink at once, fueled by the beats and melodies of bumping tunes. Lights turn the 25,000-square-foot facility into a mosaic of dancing colors, like what happens when you microwave a bunch of markers. In between laps, guests can unwind over hot dogs, pizza, and other snacks at the concession stand. All this makes the rink a go-to spot for birthday celebrations, so unsurprisingly, five party rooms surround the rink, each one done up in a fun, kid-friendly theme such as pirates, princesses, and rock stars.
Occupying the pond-splattered land between Johns Lake and Black Lake, the 18-hole course at Stoneybrook West Golf Club presents golfers with a watery test of their drives, chips, and putts. Indeed, water comes into play on all but three of the holes, but the ponds aren't the only hazard lying between golfers and the round of a lifetime. Architect Arthur Hills also worked more than 1,500 palm trees and numerous bunkers into his design, and the sheer length?7,101 yards from the back tees?can cause problems in its own right. Thankfully, shorter hitters can find some relief by playing from one of the three forward tees, though strategy, execution, and accurate birdcalls remain key to a good game.