Faiyaz Kara, Orlando Weekly

Faiyaz Kara

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Past articles by faiyaz:

Ivanhoe dessert bar Better Than Sex garners a reputation as a house of sweet repute

Is Better Than Sex really better than sex? I suppose it depends on what kind of sex we're talking about, but before this review degrades... → Read More

New details on Disney Springs restaurants, including Paddlefish in the old Fulton Crab House spot, Daily Poutine and more in local foodie news

Plenty of news out of Disney Springs: The restaurant formerly known as Fulton's Crab House will be called Paddlefish when it opens later this fall... → Read More

Armando’s Cucina finally opens in College Park, Union Burger packs it up and moves back to Canada, plus more local foodie news

NOW OPEN At last! Armando's Cucina Italiana & Pizzeria has opened on Edgewater Drive in College Park ... Soupa Saiyan, a Dragon Ball Z-themed Asian... → Read More

Se7en Bites plans a move, Hubbly Bubbly expands into downtown, plus more in our weekly food news roundup

Bad As's sandwich, the food truck specializing in over-the-top sammies, will move into the Se7en Bites Bake Shop building when it relocates to its new... → Read More

Flavor runs deep as the Sanctum sets a new standard for meat- and gluten-free meals in Mills 50

God only knows the sort of gastronomic wizardry taking place in the sanctum sanctorum of the Sanctum, "the most badass plant-based restaurant Orlando has ever... → Read More

Delays at local super-resto DoveCote, Bavaro’s picks up a real Neapolitan pizzaiolo, plus more in our weekly food roundup

Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana has secured the services of Giulio Abussi, a Neapolitan pizzaiolo who could be the best in the city. The pizza and pasta... → Read More

Lie-spotting in our farm to table world: How local is that "local" dish really?

The restaurant world has been set into a tizzy by Laura Reiley's exposé in the Tampa Bay Times ("Farm to Fable," April 13) on unscrupulous practices... → Read More

Black Rooster Taqueria flies in the face of taco convention

Black Rooster Taqueria, the first of many highly anticipated restaurants slated to open in 2016, was the unquestionable "it spot" among the city's scenesters and... → Read More

Brunch begins at Canvas Restaurant & Market, 5 new restaurants and more in local foodie news

Another week, another brunch service. Canvas Restaurant & Market's brunch goes from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. every Sunday in Lake Nona. OPENINGS Makis Place, specializing in large temaki, or... → Read More

Del Frisco’s brings big-city bravado and budget-busting beef to I-Drive

One of the benefits of living in a city rife with chain restaurants is that there's no shortage of high-end steakhouses. Two of the very... → Read More

Metro Diner presents enjoyably embellished comfort-food classics

When the Metro Diner rode into town with all its Guy Fieri hype in tow, the residents of Altamonte Springs got rightfully jacked at the... → Read More

Food Truck Fridays launches at Dr. Phil, Red Mug Diner coming to downtown, plus more in local foodie news

Food Truck Fridays launched March 25 at the Seneff Arts Plaza in front of the Dr. Phillips Center for the Arts. Expect two trucks from... → Read More

Masaharu Morimoto’s palatial, action-heavy resto impresses with style and substance

Orlandoans are all too familiar with the absentee celebrity chef, so when Masaharu Morimoto announced his intent to open Morimoto Asia in Disney Springs, the... → Read More

8 new restaurants, 2 new vendors at Disney Springs and more in local foodie news

The 9th annual Reading Between the Wines event April 20 at the Orlando Science Center will feature New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Berg, author... → Read More

Market on South is becoming a one-stop shop for all your plant-based needs

For the longest time, vegans got the short end of the culinary stick in this town. Ethos Vegan Kitchen and various South Indian joints were... → Read More

Txokos is resurrected, Hotto Potto moves, plus more in our weekly food news roundup

Gina Bugayong, the former chef-owner of Fresh in Hannibal Square, is now the executive chef at Txokos Basque Kitchen in East End Market. Under new... → Read More

The former Coytown Winn-Dixie is set to become an Asian supermarket, plus more in our weekly food roundup

Restaurant ASH, by Hell's Kitchen contestant and Funky Monkey (Pointe Orlando) chef de cuisine Ashley Nickell, will open in the former Funky Monkey (Mills Avenue)... → Read More

Urbain 40's bustling French fare is exquisite, distinctive and pricey

"Like a stunning beauty who holds your gaze no matter what comes out of her mouth, Urbain 40 is easy on the eyes, but you... → Read More

Three new places to satisfy your sweet tooth, plus more in our weekly food news roundup

Ocean Sun Brewing celebrates its grand opening Monday, March 21, in the former Southern Moon Smokehouse space on Curry Ford Road. La Fiesta Mexican Grill will make their move into... → Read More

Siamese steephouse and sandwich joint Krungthep is an instant hit

A stark white space with concrete floors and a gaudy light-up marquee aren't exactly features one would associate with a tea house. For the inveterate... → Read More