Milk District Orlando

Bad As’s Sandwiches was originally founded as a food truck but now includes a brick and mortar restaurant, taking over the space once occupied by Se7en Bites Bakery in the Milk District of Orlando.

Founded by Chef John Collazo, whose resume includes KASA and Raga restaurants, Bad As’s Sandwich was his first operation run by himself. He wanted to ‘wow’ food truck lovers in Central Florida with their wild and frankly, badass sandwiches.

Some of their sandwiches include the Big Boy, a huge sandwich sure to please the inner fat boy in each of us, made with Adobo roasted pork, bacon, pepperoni, tater tots, and more.

I ordered the special of the day: El Anormal, with adobo roasted pork, chorizo, chipotle jack cheese, pickled fried onions, topped with savory aioli and drizzled with a sweet guava glaze. It was a spectacle behold, oozing with meat and cheese and sauce, but was so, so satisfying of a sandwich. Make sure to ask for wet naps to go with this though.

Bad As’s Sandwiches
207 Primrose Dr, Orlando, FL 32803
Phone: (407) 757-7191
http://badasssandwiches.com/

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In my pursuit to discover the sweet spots of Orlando, I stumbled upon a neighborhood establishment located in the Milk District off of Primrose/Robinson Street at the former location of Spooky Black Cat Cafe.

Se7en Bites has been in business with some of the best restaurants in Orlando, delivering creative dessert mini-pies to locations such as Pom Pom’s and Blue Bird Bake Shop.

Owner and Pastry Chef Trina Gregory-Propst is now expanding upon her magical pies and fabulous desserts to offer breakfast, brunch, lunch, and locally blended coffee from her new storefront.

Chef Trina elevates simple ingredients to create sweet and savory signature recipes that will satisfy your taste buds.

Favorites include her signature Salted Caramel Dark Chocolate Pecan Pie, Homemade Biscuits with Peach Ginger Jam, Savory Breakfast Bread Pudding with Hollandaise, Pimento Grilled Cheese and Bacon Sandwich and the Meatloaf Sandwich, a throwback to downtown’s classic Sandwich King (Se7en Bites is in the former Sandwich King location). Weekend must-tastes are the warm Cinnamon Rolls and Biscuits and Gravy.

And, if you’re wondering…the name “Se7en Bites” has quite a special meaning in Chef Trina’s life and food philosophy. Chef Trina has maintained an amazing 187-pound weight loss for more than seven years. Her gastric bypass surgery limits her to just seven bites of each meal, which inspires her to make every bite count.

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Chicken Pot Pie
Comfort food classic. This signature recipe is house-made with celery seed crust and filled with hearty ingredients. It was hard to put the fork down!

 

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Salted Caramel Dark Chocolate Pecan Pie
Happiness in a tin can – my personal favorite. Brought this pie home with me and it only took one bite a day to satisfy my craving – and cherish the pie a little longer. Made with a salted butter crust mixed with caramelized pecan filling in dark chocolate.

 

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Iced Coffee (left) and Orange Blossom Iced Tea (right)
The coffee is cold brewed overnight to create a full bodied rich taste. I also found the Orange Blossom Iced Tea to be refreshingly different and delightful to have for any time of the day. The tea combines a citrus and floral flavor that is fresh and not too sweet.

 

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Dark Chocolate Salted Peanut Butter Bacon Crumble Cupcake
Dark chocolate salted peanut butter cupcake topped with Italian butter frosting , bacon bits, and peanut brittle.

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Duffin
Hybrid of a donut and muffin. Cake donut dipped in brown butter cinnamon sugar.

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Chocolate Chip Coconut Biscotti

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Hazelnut Coffee Cake
A modern twist of Trina’s grandmother’s recipe. Hazelnut brown sugar coffee cake with brown butter glaze.

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Dark Chocolate Stout Cake
Dark chocolate salted pudding layers topped with sliced crumbs to create rich texture.

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Pumpkin Spice Shortbread and Pumpkin Spice Ginger Cream Cake.

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Pumpkin Spice Shortbread and Pumpkin Spice Ginger Cream Cake. Celebrate Fall with some seasonal sweets!

 

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Pom Moon Pie Ingredients
Graham cracker sandwich with a vanilla bean bacon crumble marshmallow center dipped in chocolate. Dedicated to Pom Moongauklang from Pom Pom’s Teahouse & Sandwicheria. The moon pie captures the perfect blend of crunchiness, saltiness, and sweetness!

Se7en Bites is a new neighborhood gem that is becoming popular among the locals. Many of the dishes are house-made using genuine whole ingredients with consistent quality. The oak paneled walls and booths creates an inviting space for a casual breakfast or lunch. I will have to visit soon to try out their special breakfast items!

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For more information, visit:

http://www.se7enbites.com

Pastry Chef/Owner: Trina Gregory-Propst
General Manager: Kevin Thornton
Email: delishinfo@se7enbites.com

Address: 207 N Primrose Dr, Orlando, Florida 32803
Phone: (407) 203-0727
Hours of Operation
Tue – Fri: 7:30 am – 3:30 pm
Sat – Sun: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Se7en Bites Bake Shop on Urbanspoon

Photos taken by Krystle Nguyen with the Nikon D5000 DSLR

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This past Tuesday, I ventured out to the intersection of Robinson St and Primrose Drive near the T.G. Lee milk factory for Tasty Tuesdays in the Milk District. I’ve actually come by here a few times in the past month or so on the way home from work to pick up a few items to try for dinner. The convenient thing about this event set up is that all the bars (The Milk Bar, Sandwich Bar, Spacebar, etc.) along Robinson Street in the Milk District area open up to allow you to bring the food in so you have a place to sit with your food. You can order a drink, alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverage of your choice, and enjoy the food with out having to stand around awkwardly or on the street corner squatting like you’re fresh off the boat.

The Milk District has steadily grown in popularity these past few years – I don’t think the name for it has been around for even that long – since Lonely Planet featured them for a CNN article on the top destinations in 2012 which included Orlando.

Check out this great 76 second video from Robert Reid, editor of Lonely Planet on the “real” Orlando, which includes pieces on the Jack Kerouac house in College Park, Viet town in Mills 50 district, and the Milk District

The area is growing and so is Orlando, and I think Tasty Tuesdays is a wonderful event to bring this place to life even more.

Food trucks change almost weekly, so check the Tasty Tuesdays’ Facebook page here for detailed info:
http://www.facebook.com/TastyTuesdaysOrlando

I visited a few trucks that evening, and took a few to go as well. My first stop was Big Wheel Food Truck where I tried their Asian braised duck wings and the heirloom chicken quarter dishes. I’m always amazed at how Chef Tony Adams can create a menu that is so unique, locally-based, and so tasty every week, and served gourmet-style straight out of the food truck at that. I trotted off to the Spacebar to find a seat and snap a few shots while enjoying a nice bottle of Captain Eli root beer from the bar.

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Asian Braised Duck Wings $9, duck wings slow braised in soy, mirin, nuoc cham, hoisin, scallion, sesame, rice wine vinegar, sugar, and local honey and served with Fresh Scallion Japanese Sticky Rice and Roasted Enoki Mushrooms

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Roasted local heirloom chicken quarter with chorizo, pequillo pepper, and Old Hearth stuffing with dark meat chicken with some creme fraiche $10.50

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Inside the Spacebar of the Milk District

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BBQ Chicken and gouda empanada from La Empanada truck, pretty much one of the most amazing empanadas in existence

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I also visited my old favorite, The Crooked Spoon food truck (check out their video on The Cooking Channel’s Eat Street!! ).

I wanted to see how they were holding up since my last visit many months ago, and I am happy to report that they are still as amazing as ever.

I ordered the Crooked Spoon burger, their signature angus beef burger with onion marmalade, spring mix of greens, tomato, swiss cheese, and chipotle aioli all encased in a lightly charred, toasted brioche bun. The burger was cooked to perfection, soft, flavorful, savory and sweet. One of the very best burgers in Orlando bar none. It’s served with a side of housemade rosemary seasoned potato chips in a paper bag. I could seriously eat this every day.

Hats off to the team over there at the Crooked Spoon for all of their hard work in that hot trailer kitchen and still creating some wonderful dishes for us to taste.

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The Tasty in Tasty Tuesdays in the making

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Homemade rosemary seasoned potato chips

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The Crooked Spoon burger, one of the best burgers in Orlando, an angus beef burger with onion marmalade, spring mix of greens, tomato, swiss cheese, and chipotle aioli all encased in a lightly charred, toasted brioche bun

The Crooked Spoon Food Truck on Urbanspoon

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Pom Pom’s Teahouse and Sandwicheria, located on Bumby Avenue just south of the heart of Orlando’s Milk District (the area around the T.G. Lee’s Milk processing factory), serves up some of the most creative and scrumptious sandwiches in our area.

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Here at this indie, homey sandwich shop – with walls bedecked in local artwork – there are over 20 types of sandwiches to order, with each ‘wich is set to a playful, yet delicious gourmet theme.

Like the Mama Ling Ling’s Thanksgiving, a monstrous turkey, ginger cranberry chutney, gouda, stuffing, mashed potato, cream cheese served with a side of gravy, so now you can have that after Thanksgiving dinner meal -itis feeling all year round.

Or try the villainous Fu Man Chu, made with a sweet Hoisin barbecue sauce based Asian Pulled Pork, watercress, goat cheese, ginger cranberry chutney, and spicy red onions, a perfect lunch for all those deviants out there. It’s got sweetness from the barbecue and cranberry chutney, a little tart from the red onions, savory from the pulled pork, creamy from the goat cheese. It all sounds like quite the mess, but it’s all strangely satisfying and fulfilling.

Pace yourself, these sandwiches are large and can easily be shared between two people. There is also a wide variety of diverse salads to tantalize your taste-buds.

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These days, you can probably more often find Pom Moongauklang, owner and operator of Pom Pom’s Teahouse and Sandwicheria, dividing her time between this shop and mixing it up and creating wonderful little fusion tacos at her new venture Tako Cheena in the Mills 50 District, but the staff here is on their best behavior even when Pom Pom is away. They were some of the friendliest and down to earth staff I’ve had the fortune to dine with in a while.

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The place is pretty small and can get quite busy, so sit back, relax and enjoy one of the many house blend or specialty teas like the Rooibos Love tea. End the meal with one of their fabulous desserts like the Red Velvet cupcake imported from nearby Bluebird Bakery. One thing I love about Pom Pom’s, despite the very hip ambiance, is their eclectic clientele: from trendy hipsters to twenty-something working ladies in heals to college students on a first date, everyone is here together under one roof enjoying good food. On the weekends they are sometimes open 24 hours, when interesting late-night conversations over tea and sandwiches are sure to ensue. A tiny teahouse with a big heart in the City Beautiful.

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Pom Pom's Teahouse and Sandwicheria on Urbanspoon

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Beefy King – Orlando FL
or Long Live the King!

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Beefy King off of Bumby Ave is a Orlando landmark, home of the famous Beefy King roast beef sandwiches and “tasty spuds” (tater tots) sides. Lunch time is always busy here, filled to the brim with Orlando natives and transplants. From businessmen to students out for the summer, all united under this 1960s era relic for a nostalgic taste of the high school cafeteria style, crispy fried tater tots.

The chairs and booths and diner style stools all look the same as they were in 1967 when Beefy King first opened. For a city with so many openings and closings each year, the staying power of Beefy King is uncanny and shows that Orlando’s love for the roast beef sandwich here is timeless.

The roast beef sandwich is indeed a step above the Arby’s style roast beef sandwich, its juicier and more natural tasting, going perfect with their horseradish sauce or barbeque.

They also serve ham and pastrami sandwiches.

Address:
424 N. Bumby Ave.
Orlando, FL 32803-6028

Tasty Chomps Rating!!!!
4.5 out of 5 Beefy Chomps!!!!

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Beefy King’s roast beef sandwich, some tater tots, and a root beer all is right in Orlando foodie heaven
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Beefy King on Urbanspoon

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