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“Like in the island” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Melao Bakery

Melao Bakery
1912 Boggy Creek Rd, Kissimmee, FL 34744
407/348-1777
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Ranked #7 of 21 Bakeries in Kissimmee
Cuisines: Puerto Rican
Dining options: Breakfast
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Dining options: Breakfast
Orlando, FL
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65 reviews 65 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 35 cities Reviews in 35 cities
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
“Like in the island”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2014

Great place to eat Puerto Rican food. Large lcd screens will show you what is available and the prices. A little overwhelming at first, there are different lines to place orders and can be confusing.The place is always packed and makes you feel like you are in PR. However, once order is placed they will call your number to pick up. Tripleta sandwhich is excellent, and mofongos are very good. Quesitos from the bakery and a coffee are a must to try. Recommended place, when you go, you might be even be greeted by Puerto Rico's own Carlos Merced.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Puerto Rico
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“recomended”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

I recomend this restaurant, the food is amazing, the employees are frendly and the location was good.

Visited April 2014
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Orlando, Florida
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143 reviews 143 reviews
134 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 32 cities Reviews in 32 cities
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
“Latin Explosion at Melao Bakery”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

There is a smorgasbord of happenings here. Relax, we are on Island time. Everything moves at the pace of the Caribbean sea. There is no amount of time spent on family, breaking bread and enjoying each other’s company.

At first entrance it appears chaotic. People milling around. A couple of lines, some people ignoring the lines and cutting in front. Watch out for children dashing around your ankles. Grandma screaming her order from a table to people in line. Music blasting, smells wafting in the air. Stop. See this is why this place is special.

The aromas of love, joy, togetherness, family, friends, a culture that transcends from food to music, to family. Yes, my friends this is the essence of Melao Bakery. It should be the essence of every eating place. With this kind of energy everything just slows down and people start to enjoy living.

After you take a few salsa steps and sway to some merengue, realize that there are three areas of ordering. As you face the counter, far left is the sweets and desserts section. Order in that line, pay in that line. Center is the take out cooked to order food. All the mofongo is delivered from here. Order there, pay there. Right is the hot food buffet line. Join line, let the attendant know if you are taking out of dining in, order away and pay at the end of the line.

From the Buffet Line- Beans, rice, sweet plantains, and roast pork. The flavors and textures are more tantalizing than a reggaeton track. This is stick to your ribs goodness that just keeps hitting until the last bite.

Cow Heel Soup – Every great culture has one of these hearty blends of love in a bowl. This is a thick well seasoned and balanced dish that really just sooths the soul. The cow heel is tender and melts in your mouth. Nourishment for the soul.

Mofongo with Shrimps and Garlic Sauce – This is a delicate balance of ripe and green plantains with pork fat to create a luscious silky mold that still has large enough chucks of bits to recognize what you are eating. Everything is not pulverized into a smoothie, rather each ingredient stands out yet they are combined. Incredible. Full flavored garlic just announces who is the boss. Notably one of the better mofongos around Orlando.

Assorted Pastries – I am not going to attempt to figure this all out. Honestly, I walked up to the counter and started pointing at anything that looked delicious. How did I do? Guess the price for this entire box? $10. Best $10 ever spent. The pastries were fresh, with full flavors. There was an understated sugariness that allowed the items to flourish and not induce a diabetic shock. I’ll make the drive back just for this.

Flan – I did not expect this little thing, but it is convenient. The taste was a smooth blend of sweetness.

Tres Leches – Anything with milk is great, three times the milk and there is a treat. Lusciously sexy.

Even though this is primarily a food establishment, I’ll venture to say that this place allows for a cultural gathering in Kissimmee. It feels like a warm embrace from grandma as she welcomes you home. For that kind of unconditional love, I’ll make the hike again.

  • Visited April 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Jacksonville, Florida
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51 reviews 51 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“The best Puerto Rican food in the state of Florida”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

This place is hands down the best Puerto Rican restaurant, not just in the Orlando area, but in the whole state of Florida. They have two serving lines; ready and special orders to the right, and lots of bakery items on the left. They capture the real essence of Puerto Rican food and flavors. Every bite of that food takes you back to mom's home cooking. It's like tasting a slice of heaven! Off of 1912 Boggy Creek Road. You cannot go wrong on any item these folks sell. The juices are also outstanding, especially the passion fruit juice or "parcha".

  • Visited March 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Kissimmee, Florida
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51 reviews 51 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
111 helpful votes 111 helpful votes
“Very Rude Staff, Small Servings, Tasteless Food, Over Priced”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

I live really close to Melao. A few years ago it was not so bad but it has just gotten worse and worse. I got very sick of some of their pastry's. The only good thing I can say is they have good french fries. When you go in there you better know Spanish as no one there can speak English without great difficulty. And while I do believe in God, I don't think businesses should try to force religion on their customers and that's what they do here.

  • Visited March 2014
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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