• Betty Barfly visits Lion's Pride


    ORLANDO, Fla. - Barely a year old, Lion’s Pride is making its mark on Church St. in downtown Orlando.   If you haven’t been to Lion’s Pride yet, this IS the place to be for any Orlando City Soccer game, the World Cup, or any major sporting event.  This high-end sports bar is home to a 200 inch (yes – 200 inch!) screen for all big sporting events.  More than just a sports bar, Lion’s Pride offers a full menu full of high quality food, a tropical theme drink menu with fresh ingredients along with craft beer on tap, and it’s the official restaurant and official store for the major league soccer team the Orlando City Lions as well as the women’s team,  The Orlando Pride.

    The managers, Stephanie Carattini and Duda Fonseca, along with the Chef, Scott Phillips, treated me to a great tasting of their new menu recently.  Here are some highlights:

    My favorite appetizer is the Steak Bruschetta.  This is something that I’m looking forward to ordering next time I visit Lion’s Pride.  Grilled Filet served with arugula, Parmesan cheese, horseradish, and balsamic glaze; this dish was amazing.  It also pairs well with the Einstok Toasted Porter.  Another appetizer I was impressed with was the Peppered Ahi Tuna.  This dish includes a tuna loin served with the house Lion’s Slaw, avocado relish and Sweet Thai Chili Sauce.  It is the right blend of spice and sweetness.  Other appetizers I sampled were the Wisconsin Cheese curds with Cajun ranch and Spicy marinara sauce and the Caprese salad with fresh Buffalo Mozzarella, basil, and balsamic glaze.  Personally, I think Balsamic Glaze makes everything taste better. And for the main event, I was served up the simply named “the burger “This was one of the best burgers I’ve ever had.  The seasoning was on point – fresh ground peppercorn and sea salt.  Topped with pastrami and egg, the burger is bursting with flavor.  This is a definite favorite of mine.

    Onto the drinks!  

    The cocktails are always made with fresh ingredients at Lion’s Pride.  Their sangria is homemade.  The white sangria is rum based with blended spirits, including wine, peach schnapps and triple sec.  I preferred the red sangria, which is made from whiskey and blended spirits.  Sangria is one of the more popular drinks on the menu, and during Happy Hour, they are discounted.  If you like craft beer, Lion’s Pride has a few on draft, including Dog Fish and Abita Purple Haze.  The specialty drinks are listed as Game Day drinks on their menu and are $9.99 all day.  You’ll notice a tropical and pineapple undertone to these drinks.  My favorite is the Power Striker made with vodka, Elderflower liqueur, lemon juice and a splash of soda.  This cocktail is delicious!  Another popular drink is the Red Card, made with gin, muddled raspberries and nectar and topped with Purple Haze beer.   They brought their own twist to the Russian Mule with a Peach Mule.  This sweet and refreshing cocktail is made with peach vodka, fresh lime, pineapple juice and topped with Fever Tree Ginger Beer.  I also highly recommend the unique drink on the menu called The Winner.  Made with bourbon, , Cointreau, pineapple juice, falernum (a sweet syrup from the Caribbean) and fresh lime juice, the Winner is full of flavor.

    Lion’s Pride has all day specials on buckets of beer - $25 for 4 beers and 4 shots.  They have lunchtime food specials M-F between 11am-2pm.  And enjoy discounted Sangria, beer, and well drinks during their weekday Happy Hour, M-F 5p-8p.  Ladies – check out “Pink Tuesdays”.  There are drink specials for ladies, comedy show, and bingo.  During game days, there is Tailgate Party, which is $30 for all-you-can eat buffet and drinks.  The upstairs is a great location if you’re looking to book a party.  There are comfortable couches and a bar top.  You can also hold your next executive meeting in their conference room.   Next time you want a delicious meal and tasty drinks, make sure to hit up Lion’s Pride. 

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