Here is her full review: Fresh To Go restaurant opens in Waterford Lakes, bringing Fast-Fine food to Orlando
A new dining franchise has entered the Orlando dining scene, Atlanta based Fresh to Order opened April 8th introducing it’s “Fast-Fine” dining concept to Orlando. What is “Fast—Fine” dining? Owner of the Orlando market franchise, Giriam Patel, defines this new restaurant category as fresh, quality ingredients with all menu items scratch-made and served in a casual environment. The large menu ranges from appetizers to salads, burgers, sandwiches, kids items and finally, full entrees that can be ordered in ¾ and full portions. We had a chance to sample through some of the items on the menu recently at a media preview, for an entrée the Salmon is a very nice option.
The Salmon is brought in fresh, not frozen, and cut down into portions in the Fresh to Order kitchens. The Roasted Corn Peanut Relish topping starts with fresh ears of corn roasted over the kitchen grill, then the corn kernels are cut from the cob. The relish imparted a slightly smoky flavor and the grilled salmon was a hearty portion. The entrée was served with a side salad and a Wheat Berry Rice ($14.00) Mr. Patel points out that a comparable dish at area restaurants would be priced about $25.00 and might not be a comparable (larger) portion size when made with the fresh ingredients. The fish was cooked well and fresh tasting, the relish and sauce were tasty accents to the fish. The mixed green salad was dressed nicely in a house vinaigrette, with the Wheat Berry Rice a tasty and unique accompaniment. Finishing out this filling entrée was a grilled piece of fresh ciabatta, a nice touch. For more menu details and tasting notes, check out Taste Cook Sip.
The location of the Fresh to Go in Waterford Lakes is prime; the restaurant surrounded by plenty of parking and located off of the entrance by the Orlando Ale House Waterford Lakes. It’s very easy to get in and out of the Waterford Lakes complex and find parking at prime dining hours. This location is continuing to evolve, as outdoor umbrellas will be added providing a nice shaded patio. Takeout parking spots will be designated very shortly, allowing on the go diners to dash in for takeout or have their prepaid orders delivered curbside. iPads with full nutrition information are currently in development and should be onsite in the next few months. The iPads will allow diner to sort their menu preferences by dietary preferences to include Gluten Free, Low Fat, Vegetarian and Vegan. Currently, all nutritional information is available online for customers to review.
When asked about expansion plans, Patel offered that he is currently in various stages of negotiations with three parcels throughout Orange, Osceola, Seminole and Lake County. It is his goal to have one of those locations open by the end of 2014 and a total of 8 Fresh to Orlando area locations open in the next two years. Look for future locations in suburban areas, away from the attractions. From Orlando he plans to take Fresh to Order to Tampa and then Jacksonville. Big plans! We asked Patel what are the Top 5 things Central Floridians should know about Fresh to Order, the answer was 1) Unique concept 2) Different food options 3) Affordable price point 4) Quality ingredients and 5) From Scratch items, all made in house.
851 North Alafaya Trail
Orlando, FL 32828
Restaurant Hours: Monday – Sunday 11am – 9pm
Lisa Wilk is a wine and food writer who has lived in the Orlando metro area since 1994; she has enjoyed changing and growing right along with Orlando in those years. Now married with a husband, rescue cat, rescue dog and her folks adopted pug- there is always something to do. Lisa enjoys all that Orlando has to offer and hopes that you will Taste, Cook & Sip along- as there is so much to discover. (Be sure to check out her site: http://www.tastecooksip.com/ and she also tweets at @winechix! )