We Ruv Yellow Dog Eats

This weekend, the ladies of Orlando Food Scene participated in the FoamFest 5k. As usual, I’ll  gladly jump in on these runs, as long as we all promise to consume lots of good foods and libations after.  This weekend was no different. Following more than three miles of running, crawling, climbing and swimming (yes, I fell into the lake) I could not think of anything better than a shower and some awesome grub. Megan suggested we hit up Yellow Dog Eats, located in Gotha.  I’m glad she did. I could list about hundred reasons why I love this place, but I’ll try to get to the point.

Pulling into the parking lot, I had a great feeling about it. The house is over a hundred years old and surrounded by welcoming greenery and a beautiful garden. This place is sure to make anyone feel at home. I should also mention that it’s dog friendly, and the outdoor garden where we dined was guarded by a beautiful black kitty cat. Once inside we were greeted by owner and Chef, Fish Morgan.  Chef Morgan made it a point to welcome each guest in line while sharing with us daily specials, recommendations, and his unique personality.

While in line we had a few moments to check out the place. The atmosphere was unique and homey. The walls covered with dog tchotchkes, photos, and witty signage, it is clear that this is not just a café; it’s home to a unique and friendly staff. Upstairs is a beautiful private dining room, as well as a few larger tables and more of the finds and antiques you’d expect to see after entering downstairs. We also got a look at the extensive wines for sale while in line. Bottles range from six to two hundred dollars and the variety is impressive. Not to mention the place smelled like smoked meat. I was sold.

The menu is extensive, as there is something for everyone. They offer sandwiches, salads, barbeque and dozens of vegetarian options. Take a look at the link on their website here if you don’t believe me.

We started our meal with Mozzarella and Tomato salad tossed in fresh pesto and topped with a balsamic drizzle. It was fresh, herby and sweet, just as it should have been.  For our main course; Heather, Meg, and I all choose the Fire Pig, and I am certain we hit the jackpot.  The pork was tender and smoky, pairing perfectly with the apple wood smoked bacon, coleslaw, and fried onions. Topped with sriracha and citrus BBQ, the wrap was crunchily smoky and sweetened just slightly by the BBQ sauce and cranberries in the coleslaw.  I chose to drizzle some of Chef Fish’s Fire BBQ sauce, which was the perfect addition to an already perfect wrap.  Our dining companion ordered the Holy Crap, which was gone before we could photograph it. When we asked her for a description all we got was “awesome.” This is on my list to try.

Seven days a week  from two to five, Yellow Dog has happy hour, 2-4-1 wines and beers, and we all agreed that the pineapple mimosa, strawberry mimosa, and the sparkling wine were worth sticking around for. The beer list is very extensive and includes several craft varieties.  Also, while you’re there do not miss a chance to try the dessert offerings. We split a carrot cupcake, Snickers Cheesecake (which, by the way was actually Butterfingers  but could not have been more delicious), and the White Chocolate Raspberry cheesecake. Don’t judge us, we work out. All three were phenomenal. The cheesecakes were creamy and light, while the carrot cake was moist and filled with a cream cheese center.

Overall, Yellow Dog Eats delivered exactly what we knew it would.  If you’re looking for one of the most unique cafes in Central Florida, stop in. You won’t be disappointed.

 

Address: 1236 Hempel Ave, Windermere, FL 34786
Phone:(407) 296-0609
Hours:

Monday-Sunday 11:00 am – 9:00 pm