Fun Food Ideas for Jan 1-17: Gnarly Barley and More

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Five quick tips for fun and food in Orlando for the week ahead, including Gnarly Barley, hair-of-the-dog brunches, and dinner at the museum.

When you think about strawberries, you probably don’t think January, but you should! Here in the Sunshine State, we’re right in the middle of strawberry season. Whether you stop at the supermarket, the farmers market, or pick them yourselves, Florida strawberries are a great way to kick off the year, maybe sipping a Fresa Maria?

As we head into 2022, you can always look to Edible Orlando for what’s in season and what’s going on around town. Edible Orlando writer John Graham has scoured the calendar for five upcoming foodie events in Central Florida you don’t want to miss in the week ahead.

Hangover Helpers, Cheez-It Chicken

A few spots around town are taking advantage of 2022 starting on a Sunday – and you (probably) not working – to offer “hair of the dog” brunches. Harp & Celt will be doing full Irish breakfast with both white and black pudding. Starting at 11 a.m., Broken Strings Brewery is serving up Brock’s BBQ (and $20 parking spots) for folks walking over to the VRBO Citrus Bowl.

If you’re headed to Camping World Stadium on Sunday, maybe check out some of the new items Levy Restaurants has temporarily added to the concessions menu. In honor of last week’s Cheez-It Bowl, you can now devour a pimento Cheez-It sirloin burger with bacon. Lake Meadow Naturals is providing the birds for a fire-roasted pulled chicken sandwich in Buffalo sauce and topped with blue cheese and White Cheddar Cheez-It crackers. Breaded cheese curds are on the menu too.

Food Truck Shuffle, New Gnarly, Dining Among the Art

Monday marks a changing of the guard at À La Cart. One of the semi-permanent food trucks there, SwedeDish, has departed the street food and craft beer location, so Korgette is moving in seven days a week. The vegan food truck specializes in falafel, bowls, and loaded fries. Check out that photo of mushroom pulled “pork” with house-made slaw, onions and jalapeños! (Don’t worry SwedeDish fans — owner Viveca still plans on “popping up” around town from time to time.)

Way back in June of 2020, we told you how Gnarly Barley was leaving south Orlando. The home of cold beer and hot sandwiches is now in soft open at its new location in Ivanhoe Village. You might remember the spot as previously home to Sette, Stir, or way back to Brian’s. Gnarly Barley is still working out the final menu, but one tip for fans of their “sammis.” They listened and added fries to the menu: waffle fries with pulled pork, blue cheese, pico de gallo and tiger sauce.

The Orlando Museum of Art is staging a dinner Friday with visiting artist Clyde Butcher (pictured) in the middle of his displayed work. Butcher is known for his large-scale nature photography. This OMA exhibition is called “Cathedrals of Florida” and features the Everglades and Florida wetlands. Dinner includes an entrée of filet mignon or grilled tempeh and mushrooms. Tickets are $300 per person which covers dinner, drinks, and a Clyde Butcher gift bag. Parties will sit at their own private tables.

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