The Gnarly Barley


      Okay, brisket tacos and too many kinds of craft beer to count – this restaurant needs no introduction. In other words, as the saying goes, “you had me at hello.” Located at 7431 South Florida Ave in Orlando, the Gnarly Barley is its own animal- famous for its delicious sandwiches and Tex-Mex themed food. You know those restaurants where the servers and bartenders actually seem to ENJOY their job? Well, this is one of those places. Service with a smile is an understatement-these awesome people are downright happy to be working at such a cool and authentic place. 

     Two special things you’ll find here are the tiger sauce and the habenero relish. The atmosphere is cozy and there are tons of beers to be sampled if you’re not sure what you like. They have $2 taco Tuesday, build your own grilled cheeses, and TV’s outside for those who want to catch the game or the fights. While the outside of the building is rather unassuming and unimpressive, it is a far cry from the quality and awesomeness of the actual restaurant INSIDE. It might look like a flimsy shack but the foundation of the business is STRONG and BOLD. 

     Whether you’re getting together with friends or just want to try a new beer with that special someone, you can do either AND dip into some foods that are definitely more exciting than your average pub offerings. I for one am excited to sample a few of the different beers and take advantage of the specials which vary depending on the day. 



Border Grill Fresh-Mex



      There is never a bad time for TACO NIGHT. With that being said, Border Grill Fresh-Mex is one of the most popular Mexican restaurants in Orlando. With a rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars on Yelp, and a total of 237 reviews, it’s clear to see they have really established a name for themselves. Start your meal off with some fresh chips and GUAC, paired with a strong drink, then give the shredded beef tacos a try. They are well-loved by many, and just one of the many dishes respectively dubbed “AUTHENTIC MEXICAN” by people from near and far. The fact that so many Californians (who grew up on “real” Mexican food, as it is around every corner in that state) speak so highly of this restaurant is enough to make me want to go there.

   With friendly staff, reasonable prices and lovely outdoor seating – what’s not to love? With so many choices in Spanish food in the area, it’s hard to pick a single place to grab a quick bite for lunch or have a get-together for dinner. Whether you want tacos to go our a night out with the family (or a romantic date night), this is probably your best option. Order me a margarita and some shredded beef tacos and I will be there in a jiffy- thanks!