Prix Fixe, sounds fancy…and expensive, but thanks to Orlando Weekly’s Bite 30 month, a multi-course lunch can be enjoyed for $10 or $15 and dinner for $15 or $30 per person. Prix Fixe is French for “Fixed Price” and usually involves a separate menu, with several selections under a starter course, main and sometimes a dessert course.
Bite 30 started June 1st and runs through June 30th, so you still have a week and weekend to get out there and explore these tasty offerings. I’ve had the pleasure of enjoying K Restaurant, Artisan’s Table, Txokos Basque Kitchen, Paxia Modern Mexican Restaurant, Carmel Cafe & Wine Bar and Marlow’s Tavern – they were all tasty, service was great and all are worth checking out. I choose to review two venues picked from the least expensive menus for both lunch and dinner, specifically to illustrate that you can enjoy a fancy concept at a very affordable price.
B & B Junction’s Turkey Burger with Starter of Sea Salt & Black Pepper Fries. $10 at lunch or $15 for dinner with the addition of dessert and a beverage.
B & B Junction occupies the space that the original 4 Rivers Smokehouse built on Fairbanks Ave, just down from the intersection of I-4. The large covered patio provides ample seating and shelter during inclement weather, the parking lot is still small. Order at the counter and your food is brought to your table with a smile. B & B specializes in gourmet burgers made with local and fresh ingredients, is a farm to table establishment and all beef is grass feed. They also have a nice selection of craft beers on draft and in bottles. Lunch is $10, but dinner is the way to go for bargain hunters. The B & B Bite 30 dinner is $15, which gets you starter, main, dessert and a tasty beverage. The grass fed burgers are yummy, but don’t rule out one of the “Alternative Burgers”. The #11 Turkey Burger was moist, flavorful and delicious! This turkey burger is sure to satisfy and you can enjoy your crispy fries guilt-free. My hubby particularly liked the chopped onions and herbs flavoring the patty, and thought the crisp-cooked bacon was a scrumptious topper.
B & B Junction’s Veggie burger with a side of onion rings.
The #17 Veggie Burger came topped with goat cheese, herb aioli, apple, watercress and tomato. I’ve also tried the #18 veggie burger topped with seasonal wild mushroom, gruyere cheese, truffle aioli, watercress and tomato. The gourmet toppings are a nice treat and the veggie patty had good texture and was cooked nicely. However, on my visits the house-made veggie burger patty was seasoned with yellow curry, which I found overwhelmed the flavor of the deluxe toppings. If burgers aren’t your thing, no worries! Salads and grilled cheeses are included for lunch and add wings to the list for dinner. It’s nice that so much of the B & B menu is included in the Bite 30 special, giving diners plenty of options for lunch, dinner and even repeat visits.
A pint of Midnight Oil craft beer from Swamphead brewery was included with the $15 Bite 30 dinner at B & B Junction.
While you are at B & B, pick up a free Loyalty Card and accrue points with each purchase, towards future discounts. Also, follow them on Twitter at @bb_junction or check their website to find out the burger of the week and their special events, like this great beer pairing dinner they had over the weekend.
Sad that you missed this yummy dinner? Follow them on Twitter or check their Facebook page for special events listings.
I also stopped into Tartini Pizzeria & Spaghetteria in South Orlando for both the Bite 30 $10 lunch and $15 dinner, it was my first two visits to the restaurant. On both occasions I was greeted warmly and offered the Bite 30 menu without asking. (Bonus!) The sleek, contemporary interior was a bit of a surprise, comfy chairs and booths will have you wanting to linger over your meal. I mentioned in passing that the entry fixture looked like a Chihuly and I was told that it was, indeed, a Dale Chihuly chandelier. (Sidenote: If you had a chance to see the Chihuly touring exhibit in 2004 at OMA, you know that his work is a treat to behold. You can currently see a smaller Chihuly exhibit at the Morean Arts Center in St. Pete.)
Chihuly chandelier at Tartini Pizzeria & Spaghetteria
There is a sleek bar which transitions to a large, focal, wood-burning oven. I asked about the set up and was told the oven was one of two of it’s kind in the United States, the other resides at Tartini’s second location in Apopka (not participating in Bite 30). The oven cooking surface raises and lowers, allowing for the oven-cooked items to be completed in just a few minutes.
Pretty neat, which sealed the deal in my mind and I ordered an oven cooked calzone. I was first delivered a complimentary order of bread, also baked in the wood-fired oven. It was made with seasoned pizza dough and served with herb infused olive oil, a yummy start to my meal.
Complimentary bread to start the meal.
Bite 30 Prix Fixe menu, choose one item under each category. Just $10 for lunch.
Beer Battered Mushrooms, a great appetizer choice for your 1st Bite 30 course.
A calzone that would fill up the hungriest of diners. It is served on a 12-14 inch platter.
The beer battered mushrooms were very good. When the calzone arrived, I knew a takeout box would be needed. The large calzone was also served with a side of fresh marinara, which had a fresh and bright tomato flavor. The calzone had a crisp but tender crust, which was flavored with a bit of garlic infused oil.
Tartini Calzone with roasted red peppers, Bite 30 Lunch entree.
On my dinner visit, I headed down with friends so we could each sample a few of the starters, entrees and desserts- a fun way to explore the Bite 30 menu. As with the first visit, the complimentary bread was delivered along with the Bite 30 and regular menus. We decided on a pitcher of Sangria to start (not included) and it was a fruity, but not too sweet, red sangria.
Caesar Salad, course 1 of Bite 30 dinner menu at $15.
Pizza Pinwheels , course 1 of Bite 30 dinner menu at $15.
Truffle Fries, course 1 of Bite 30 dinner menu at $15.
The table thoroughly enjoyed sharing these appetizers and each received compliments. The Caesar salad dressing had authentic flavor and homemade croutons. The Pizza Pinwheels and Truffle Fries were indulgences, but worth it!
Spaghetti Bolognese, course 2 of Bite 30 dinner menu at $15.
Macaroni & Cheese, with Fontina and Parmesan cheeses in a Bechamel sauce. Course 2 of Bite 30 dinner menu at $15.
Lasagna with Bolognese sauce, Marinara on the side. Course 2 of Bite 30 dinner menu at $15.
Margherita Pizza, (12 inch) course 2 of Bite 30 dinner menu at $15.
All of the dinner entrees received compliments, the Spaghetti Bolognese had a meaty sauce that hit all of the right flavor notes. Mac & Cheese was rich, cheesy and decadent- lots of oooo’s and ahhhh’s as the dish was passed. The Lasagna was layered with creamy ricotta and the meaty Bolognese sauce and served in a pool of the fresh marinara sauce, a nice contrast to the richer fillings. The Margherita pizza delivered vibrant flavors and a crisp crust.
Toasted Almond Cream “cake”, course 3 of Bite 30 dinner menu at $15.
Chocolate Mousse Cake, course 3 of Bite 30 dinner menu at $15.
Dessert arrived and the group enjoyed sampling two of the three Bite 30 dessert options. The Toasted Almond Cream Cake is a well-executed take on a classic Tiramisu. The lady fingers are soaked in almond liqueur instead of espresso and liqueur. The Chocolate Mousse Cake was a chocoholics delight, rich and fudgy.
Each of us left with a take out box, a full tummy from our three course meal and a great experience from a new restaurant- all for $15.00 each (plus the cost of the sangria). I perused the Tartini regular menu which offered a nice selection of Italian favorites ranging from antipasti, classic entrees and pizzas, all priced affordably. I would love to see Tartini add a happy hour, or a few house wines, as the wine prices were a bit high for the brands being offered. Otherwise, each of us agreed we would be back to explore the regular dinner menu.
Bite 30 runs through June 30, 2014 and all participating restaurants and menus are located here. Bite 30 is also hosting “Bite Night”, a gourmet tasting event featuring some of Orlando’s top restaurants, a chef challenge competition with Kevin Fonzo of K Restaurant, Kathleen Blake of The Rusty Spoon and Julie Petrakis & James Petrakis of The Ravenous Pig and Cask & Larder. The cooking competition will be hosted by Hollis Wilder, three time Cupcake Wars champion on The Food Network. The evening benefits Edible Schoolyard Orlando and takes place on June 30th. Tickets are on sale now, event details and a two ticket giveaway are here on TasteCookSip, good luck and happy eating!