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“Genuinely worth the drive for a visit. Excellent food.” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Yellow Dog Eats

Yellow Dog Eats
1236 Hempel Ave, Orlando, FL 34734
4072960609
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Ranked #19 of 3,095 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
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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25 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Genuinely worth the drive for a visit. Excellent food.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2013

It's easy to get taken in by all the standard places to eat by the roadside on all the main streets in Orlando and many of them are ok places to eat, but when ok isn't good enough then you should head to places like Yellow Dog Eats. We did some research before our trip of good places to eat and this place seemed to come well recommended and we were so pleased we took the advice. This place was a bit of a drive from where we were staying and being from out of town and following the Sat Nav it's easy to think you may be getting lost... But after the few final turns we ended up outside the restaurant with the chickens roosting in the trees outside and the pitch black car park out the back. Once inside the charm of the place oozes out and you are taken away with the homely feel of the place that is so far removed from the sterile environments in so many of the chain diners. Food is ordered at the counter and you can't help but stare into the pudding cabinet just praying that you have enough room left after your dinner to sample one or maybe 2 of the treats it holds. Soon enough after ordering the call came from the counter that our parties meals were ready and so we headed up to collect them (It's DIY in here but this adds to the charm in my opinion). I'm a big fan of pulled pork and so with so many choices on the menu it was hard to pick, but my roll was stuffed to the brim with pork and I enjoyed every second of it. My partner went for the skinny option with no bun but had lettuce leaves instead and you could tell by the look on her face after the first bite that she was happy with her choice. All of our party enjoyed their dinner, then spent time looking at the sauces and wines on sale around the room. Then the inevitable happened, we ordered from the chiller cabinet. Brownies that will blow your mind and slices of cake the size of a brick. All good things with my appetite. Again the puddings were great and all of these dishes come at a super reasonable price. If you do one thing on your trip to Orlando then make it a trip off the main roads to visit places like Yellow Dog Eats. I can't see how you would regret making the trip. Awesome stuff.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Jupiter, Florida
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29 reviews 29 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
“OUTSTANDING!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

It's hard to convince my significant other to go somewhere out-of-the-way ... Gotha is convenient to Windemere which is convenient to nowhere ... It's harder still when you try explain what Yellow Dog Eats is! Then you pull up and there are wild chickens and roosters roaming around the parking lot.

Can you say eclectic! Fish, the owner, works the room and makes sure everyone is enjoying their experience. The staff is friendly, they know the menu and are more than willing to suggest if you can't make up your mind. The food is awesome! And, Fish has a little country-style store with bottles and jars full of his magic potions.

Great BBQ! Great sandwiches! Great cookies! Great sauces! Great jellies! Great atmosphere! Great staff!


Visited May 2013
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Orlando, Florida
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46 reviews 46 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
“Cute restaurant:”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2013

This is one of the cutest restaurants in the Orlando area. There are many things that I like about it. The restaurant is a super cute two story old little house in Gotha, FL. It can be used for any occasion; friends, family or a date. You can even take your pets (they have an outdoor area/garden with tables set for you and your furry ones).
The menu is great, is all natural and organic with unique ingredients not common in most restaurants. Very original family recipes and their homemade deserts are to die for. Best cheesecake I’ve ever had.
Like them on Facebook for special out of the menu things (mac and cheese with gouda, bacon, special deserts, etc.) Is a must go, at least once.
One recommendation if the owner gets to read this, make a better kid menu.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Orlando, Florida
1 review
“nice and different”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2013

Out of common decoration, but charm... Food and drinks are excellent. This restaurant has a gourmet barbeque menu.

  • Visited April 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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“GREAT Experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2013

We came from Ontario Canada to visit Disney last week (April 2013). My wife looked up where to eat in that area and came across this restaurant. We made the 35 min drive from our hotel to check it out. When it was all said and done I ended up ordering pulled pork sandwich, the johnny rocket and ribs. All three were fantastic!! The staff treated our kids very well and the atmosphere was cool and laid back. Happy hour was also nice! Don't listen to the poor reviews if there is any. This was one of the highlights of our trip!!

  • Visited April 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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