Every month Orlando Eats highlights a sampling of our top tastes in Central Florida; three random nibbles that delighted, surprised, or befuddled with their brilliance. In March, it was all about sammies, sarnies, subs, and panini. Whatever the name, we’re drawn to them. We love and hate sandwiches. We love eating them, we hate that they’re built for maximum efficiency. Such an ephemeral joy.
Worth noting that we’re not including dishes we tried at the recent Beard in Baldwin event as most of the tastes there aren’t menu staples here in town. Without further ado, our Best Bites at Orlando restaurants in March 2019.
Tuna Poke Burger @ PokeKai – $10 (we think)
This poke tuna burger between rice cakes (think rice hash browns; crispy outside, airy inside) with avocado and seaweed salad was our easily our top taste of March. We adored this thing. It’s sloppy as hell, wonderfully tasty, and best enjoyed on a sunny day with a cold Pils at À La Cart Orlando
PokeKai at À LA CARTE
609 Irvington Ave
Orlando, FL 32804
Find them HERE
Grilled Lemongrass Pork Bánh Mì @ ChauHaus – $9
This best bite was “sandwiched” between two excellent dishes (Fish Sauce Wings and Pho Dac Biet) – a testament to how much we liked it. It starts with a light, airy and oh-so-crispy roll from Olde Hearth Bread Company and a gloriously fragrant grilled pork. House mayo, pickled carrots and daikon, cilantro, and jalapeño bring the two together as a harmonious whole.
ChauHaus is being called a popup (located inside of Winter Park’s Sushi Pop) but it’s basically Sushi Pop’s very good Vietnamese lunch menu with a few poke bowls thrown in. Available Wednesdays through Sundays from 11am to 3pm.
ChauHaus @ Sushi Pop Winter Park
115 E. Lyman Avenue
Winter Park, FL 32789
Porchetta Sandwich @ Hinckley’s Fancy Meats – $14
Orlando Eats was throwing a dinner party last year. We needed terrine. Something soulful and unique. There was nowhere – nowhere – in Orlando to get a proper terrine (we wound up making it ourselves). The horror. Enter Hinckley’s Fancy Meats @EastEndMarket
We can’t tell you how fortunate Orlando is to have a real-deal butcher like Hinckley’s. There’s innovative terrines, rillettes, lardo, and handmade charcuterie and sausages aplenty, but the sandwiches, particularly the porchetta, are equally fantastic. Olde Hearth Bread Company makes another appearance here – it provides the ciabatta in which kicky salsa piccante, broccoli rabe, and roasted peppers accompany the roasted pork. Hinckley’s makes its porchetta by rolling up pork loin, rib and belly, slow roasting, and seasoning with Celtic Sea Salt, fennel seed, parsley and a liberal amount of lemon zest.