Don Pepe Taqueria and Mexican Grill


This was definitely a pleasant surprise. I never thought I would see the day when Poinciana had a Mexican restaurant. I guess dreams do come true. Don Pepe is located on Cypress Parkway and Doverplum. In The Promenade plaza. Known to many as the Publix plaza. A bit hard to find, but well worth the search.


When I entered I was greeted by Daphne. She filled me in on the protocol. You come to the counter, you order, she gives you a number, you have a seat, and she brings the food out to you. Nice and simple. The authentic Mexican music playing in the background reminded me of my Dad singing early Saturday mornings. Most places in Kissimmee play any regular Spanish music.

Chips and Salsa were very good. The salsa was not as spicy as I expected it to be, but flavorful. The chips were nice and crunchy. Had way too many of them. Nice. The folks who seem to be the owners were not very welcoming. Mind you, they were working hard in the back, but in no moment asked how everything was going and how the food tasted. Daphne seemed to be the only one making the magic happen.

You can’t ever go wrong with Jarritos. Tamarind was the way to go today. Yes, you are reading that correctly. 100 percent sugar.

Enchiladas Verdes with cheese. I had asked Daphne what she suggested and this was her choice. I like ordering them with cheese. Was expecting white cheese, but the yellow did not disappoint. I noticed people of different races coming in. That makes me happy to know food crosses all cultures.


It was a very generous portion. The prices are not bad at Don Pepe’s. While siting there several locals ordered the natural juices. That will be my choice for the next time.

The decor was amazing. I am a fan of Mexican restaurants since I grew up in Chicago, but have never seen this type of set up. Love it. I am hoping to come back with @vbterp and try some of their tacos. That tends to be our go to order in any new Mexican restaurant.


Operating hours are pretty good.  Open late. They have only been opened for a year, but I see them being successful in this area. I am hoping the community will be open to a Mexican restaurant. Don Pepe has found a niche here and should be here to stay. Daphne, gracias por todo. The service was awesome and the food was great.


Definite TWO THUMBS UP!!
Don Pepe Taqueria and Mexican Grill

853 Cypress Parkway

Kissimmee, FL 34759

(407) 978-6550

 

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King O Falafel


My baby @vbterp and I finally made it. I have been seeing reviews and hearing from @droolius that this was the place to be for Mediterranean food.


The place was clean. To be honest, not at all what I expected. I thought it was a fast food joint. Wow. Was I wrong. We were greeted by two gentleman as we entered. One of the guys did the cooking and the serving. He was explaining what was good on the menu.


Great looking menu and free wifi is always a plus.


Lebanese House Salad. @Vbterp had this one. I got to taste a few bites. Great tasting salad. As many of you know I and not a salad lover, but this was spot on.


Lentil Soup. This was mine. By the way, I forgot to mention that this is included with the meal. You have your choice of soup or salad.


@Droolius had mentioned they had some good Falafel so @vbterp and I had to order half a dozen. Very nice. First time @vbterp had tasted Falafel. I would say that was a good introduction to it.


Chicken Ticka. This was mine. Loved it. I was warned by the staff that it was spicy. I had to let him know I was Latino and I love me some spice.


Kifta Kabob Platter. @Vbterp loved this dish. She was a big fan of the veggies on the side. I have to say it’s hard to find veggies that are cooked well. King O Falafel does a great job with these dishes.

Was hoping to taste their Baklava, but @vbterp and I were too full. We will be going again.


@Vbterp and Foodbidden: TWO THUMBS UP!! Make that FOUR thumbs up!!  Amazing food at a decent price. Good portions. Clean restaurant. Friendly staff. Great menu items. I would say Kissimmee has a winner here.

5045 Irlo Bronson Memorial

Kissimmee, FL 34746

407 979 4940

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Alma Bella Restaurant

 

Sadly, this restaurant has closed. Please continue supporting local businesses, so this does not happen in our community. Updated: 5/3/16

 


Photo courtesy of Arlin De Leon (CEO of Alma Bella)

This is again one of the perks of my job. Being able to drive around and find local owned restaurants. This place use to be a Philly Cheesesteak restaurant. Won’t mention the name since it really never impressed me. As I was driving today I noticed a change in the awning and the colors. It’s right next to the 711 so it’s a bit hard to see.


Photo courtesy of Arlin De Leon (CEO of Alma Bella)

When I walked in I was greeted immediately. By Arlin who is the owner and another young lady who sadly I did not get her name. I was on the phone and had asked for a menu. Their slogan says “Healthy food makes your day”. I won’t lie I was a bit thrown off since I hardly see any Latino establishments with a healthy slogan.


The choices looked great and I must say it all looked freshly made. I always arrived at about 11am. I was told of the daily specials and about the menu items as well. Very impressed with the variety of options. And yes, they do make Philly cheesesteaks. Arlin is capitalizing on the old customers who came here before and proving that a Latina owned business can make an array of foods.


My choice for today was the BBQ Chicken. Never had I tasted anything so succulent. Flavorful and the meat came off the bone by just looking at it. They yellow rice and corn was something I haven’t tasted before, but that mix was very good. The salad is a nice touch to the lunch special. The beans were tasty as well.


Here was my favorite. Smoothie de Lechosa. I know you want to know what that is. Google it and after you find it online order one. Arlin suggested this one. I was going to go with my everyday Coke. I am glad she talked me out of it. Great smoothie.  They offer a variety of healthy smoothies in their menu.

This was an easy TWO THUMBS UP!! Arlin has just opened two weeks ago and is truly going places with her restaurant. I will be going again and bringing my family with me. If you are in the area give it a try. Tell them Foodbidden sent you. Arlin will smile for sure.

Arlin, again. Thank you so much for your kindness. Muchisimas gracias.

Find them on Instagram and Facebook. Their pics of their menu items look great.
Alma Bella Restaurant

1943 E Irlo Bronson Memorial

Kissimmee, FL 34744

407-978-6269

Alma Bella Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

St John’s Vianney Fish Fry

This was a special night for @vbterp and I. @aabreu had been mentioning for a few years now that her church had a Fish Fry.

The delicious event happens every Friday after Ash Wednesday at the end of February and continues for six weeks. 

Tonight was the last evening of the fish fry until next year. @Vbterp and I were not scheduled to work so we made our way to St. John’s to meet up with @aabreu and @luiabreu. 

Our first question was. Do we have to be part of the church? You do not. Anyone and everyone is welcomed to the Fish Fry. It’s held in the gym, so there is plenty of leg room. 

These people were not scared off by the rain tonight. Everyone was here to get their fried fish fix. The priest said a quick prayer and announced, “START YOUR ENGINES!!” I won’t lie, as soon as he said that my stomach started to growl.

 

Yes. Beer and wine are served for a nominal fee. They have complimentary coffee, lemonade, and iced tea. 

So many items to choose from and so little time. @aabreu had forewarned us that the portions were huge. The problem with me is that my eyes were bigger than my stomach so I had to be careful when I ordered. I wanted a little bit of everything. 

The event has been held for the past 12 years with great success because of its variety of volunteers. Adults and young adults make this event come to life.

The process is very simple. You line up, a person approaches you and asks what you want, you order, you arrive to a table, you pay with cash or personal check, (no credit cards), and they give you a number. The volunteers walk around and look for your number and serve you at your table.

We sat with some of @aabreu’s friends from the church. I noticed these people sitting against the bleachers. These are the people who have ordered to go. That line got longer as the evening progressed.

 

@luiabreu ordered the Clam Chowder. The chunks inside made this chowder look so good. 

 

@vbterp had the Fried Shrimp with yellow rice. The yellow rice was provided by La Fuente and Taka Taka’s Cafe.

My dish was the Fried North Atlantic Cod Fish with slaw and French fries. They had hot sauce packets as well which made me a happy man. The fish melted in my mouth. It was exquisite. 

 

Homemade Mac and cheese made by members of the Women’s Council. This was very good. 

 

The place started getting crowded as the evening went by.

 

Proof that the rain didn’t stop anyone from showing up. Rihanna did pop in my head though.
Overall, amazing Fish Fry. Big Gracias to @aabreu for the invite. We are still full and probably will be for the next week. The funds collected are put back into the church and the school. It was nice to see people come together for a good cause.
@vbterp and I will be back next year and I plan to bring @droolius and @eatlocalorlando with me.

 

Foodbidden Two Thumbs

 

St. John Vianney Catholic Church

6200 S Orange Blossom Trail

Susan’s Courtside Cafe


Another hard day at work and as soon as court was done I ran to Susan’s Courtside Cafe. I have been here before, but have never blogged about it.


It’s a nice place. Love the look and feel of it. It feels like you are entering Susan’s home.
 


The decor is outstanding. There is an article in the Orlando Sentinel regarding the house being haunted. Very interesting.


I really do feel like I am in someone’s home just hanging out. It says to be one of the stops on the Haunted House tours in Kissimmee. You should check it out.


Unsweetened Tea with lemon. This is a great way to finish a spring time day.


Reviews raved about the personal pizza so I had to go for it. A bit sad they didn’t have sausage. They use breakfast sausage patties. So, I decided to get the bacon and onions pizza. I am sure http://watch-me-eat.blogspot.com would love this.
 
 Overall, nice staff. Pizza took a bit but not too bad. Great looking place, good food. Great prices. Check them out when you are heading to court. : )
 
 


Foodbidden Two Thumbs!
 
 
 Susan’s Courtside Cafe
 18 South Orlando Ave.
 Kissimmee, FL 34741
 
 
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Panna

 

After an easy assignment I was heading home and had to stop at Panna. I have seen ads about it and my buddy @eatlocalorlando had also told me about it. Located in Hunters Creek. 

Pretty nice operating hours. They have other locations, Davie, Doral, and Weston Florida. Not sure how popular they are there but it’s pretty new to this area.   

You get a tracker after you order and you have a seat wherever you like. Glad the instructions on the table tell me where to place the tracker.   

The place and the decor is nice. Not at all what I expected. The ladies at the register are there to greet you when you enter. 

  

The flat screens are a big plus for me. I could see myself coming here for a soccer game. 

Cafe Latte is always a must. It was tasty but I have had better. I am sure it was just me that wasn’t feeling it.
  

Empanada with beef and cheese. This was tasty. It was shredded beef, but I didn’t really taste any cheese inside. I am sure it was melted inside. 

 

Foodbidden One Thumb Up! 

Overall, nice looking place. The food was just decent. I will have to come again and try other dishes. 
Panna
13526 Village Park Dr
Orlando, FL 32837
(407) 270-7891 
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Julie’s Broadway Cafe and Bakery


After an interesting day at the courthouse I decided to unwind and head out to downtown Kissimmee. Broadway Cafe has been along for as long as I can remember, but now it’s Julie’s Broadway Cafe.
 


Do not be fooled by the exterior. The goodies are inside. I have to admit I have been here three times before. I have walked out because of terrible service. That was over three years ago. Lucky for me, Three years ago Julie’s has taken over and the staff were amazing.
 


The place is spotless and the morning Spanish tunes are playing to put you in the mood to eat. Although, this morning was mostly traffic jam info on I-4. Of course.
 I must also give a big shout out to the two guys who gave up their change to help me out in paying at the register. Good people are hard to find nowadays.
 


Cafe Latte. Their industrial machine is no joke. This was a mean cup of coffee that left me wanting more. As I type this blog I am craving one. They have a variety of drinks to offer and their menu is pretty extensive. They even do catering. Daily lunch specials are not to be missed.
 


Eggs, Ham, Sausage, Bread. The bread was nice and soft and toasty. Everything was flavorful and made to perfection. A++ for this breakfast. There were two locals who were complimenting the cook in the back. I was very impressed with the presentation and the taste.
 


They are open from 7am to 7pm Monday to Friday. They did have a sign posted saying they would be opening Saturdays from 9am to 4pm.
 
 Overall, good tasting food, reasonable prices, great customer service. Anytime you are in the historic district of downtown Kissimmee be sure to stop by and say hello to Emily and the gang.
 
 
 Emily and family, Thank you so much for your great customer service and yummy food. I should have asked for all of your names. Until we meet again.


Foodbidden Two Thumbs!!
 
 
 Julie’s Broadway Café and Bakery
 16 Broadway
 Kissimmee, FL 34741
 (407) 483-7936
 
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Location:16 Broadway Kissimmee, FL 34741