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“Nice little find” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Yellow Dog Eats

Yellow Dog Eats
1236 Hempel Ave, Orlando, FL 34734
4072960609
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Ranked #22 of 3,178 Restaurants in Orlando
Price range: $1 - $20
Cuisines: Barbecue, Café, Soups, Sandwiches
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
Orlando, Florida
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17 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Nice little find”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2013 via mobile

This is the type of place that you look for when visiting. Great food, fast service, and people who care. My only complaint and this is not a bad one is a lunch menu would be nice. $30 for two people for lunch is a little pricey in my opinion.

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Dayton Ohio
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81 restaurant reviews
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122 helpful votes 122 helpful votes
“"Fish" joint”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2013

Yellow Dog occupies an old country store in Gotha FL, a stone's throw from the gorgeous mansions of Windermere. Parking is 'round back on the grass, sorta like when Aunt Mabel has a picnic at the farm. The building has had additions, decks, staircases and gardens added over the years and the decor is straight from American Pickers. Tables are scattered all around and, unsurprisingly, a black cat wanders around in the back. The cuisine is upscale BBQ, original twists on old favorites, everything piled high and oozing with gustatory goodness. Presiding over it all is the maestro, owner Fish Morgan, shorts and ponytail and non-stop patter on the PA system. Wouldn't surprise me if he started singing "Margaritaville" (don't know if his voice is any good but he has a better restaurant than Buffett.) Someone took the Facebook challenge and earned a free sandwich by doing a handstand for the crowd waiting to order. Okay a few words about the food...

The marinated mozzarella and cherry tomato salad was just okay. My wife had the Black Lab, a spinach tortilla wrap with veggies, caramelized onions, feta cheese and chicken and a bag of chips. Delicious. I had the Elvis Club, BBQ with bacon, Gouda, fried onions, slaw and kettle chips. Also delicious. There is a modest selection of beers and a wall filled with wine choices. Desserts looked good and Fish shamelessly hawked them but we were full.

This is not an elegant, proper, sanitized establishment. It says "Eats" in the title, for gosh sakes. If you dine outside, there will be flies, just like at the county fair. While you wait in line, Fish might comment on your appearance or try to talk you into the daily special. Yellow Dog is a boisterous, noisy, fun place to get a casual meal that's a cut above other routine sandwich shops and may surprise you with some tasty innovations.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Oshkosh, Wisconsin
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
“Great food - unique environment”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2013

Found this place via a phone app and glad we did. We were looking for something with good food, not too expensive and not a "chain". This place was fantastic! Great food - eclectic atmosphere - just overall unique. I had the "holy crap" sandwich - it was really good and I would recommend it without hesitation. My son and his friend loved the fluffy love and puppy love sandwiches. My husband had one of the pulled pork sandwiches - piled high with all kinds of stuff. It was wonderful! Great place to get away and relax from Orlando without going too far.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Windermere, Florida, United States
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“The Gotha Experience!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2013

We love to take a break from the Orlando attractions, and enjoy the local's favorite gem...Yellow Dog Eats! Great Food is a given, as well as the wine selection. The creme de la creme is FISH MORGAN...the entertaining and transformational owner. You will love his "Fishisms" that he imparts to visitors. An EXPERIENCE IN GOTHA!

  • Visited January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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TORONTO
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“Great experience!! The secret is out!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2013

Fun place! Ecclectic environment! A bit of a wait in line with a friendly crowd to pass the time!!
I had the pulled pork nachos. Amazing sauces and mixtures of flavors. My wife had the tune-type wrap. She said it was very good!!
The place needs to be seen and experienced to know what it's like to give them a very good rating!!

Visited January 2013
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