Have you seen the “pub” take over? It seems like every eating destination in Orlando has a new shiny pub to it’s list of residents. In short the pub is loosely considered a neighborly watering hole. Old World British establishments were of beers and ales with frosted glass windows to block out passersby.
Not so much at BloodHoundBrew. This shiny new zinc roofed building is the extension of an existing building. The remodeled structure add more square footage indoors and out. An expansive open patio wraps the front and back of the building with interior back lit red and blue walls creating a very sheek look. There is live entertainment from PowerGrid Band, outdoor and indoor bars, comfortable indoor chairs and high tops outside. The classic rock band is a bunch of guys from the hospitality industry. They rock out!The slight dip in temperature for us warm blooded Floridian types drags out several huge outdoor heaters. The only thing frosty here is the beer.
Modern pubs take food to a whole new height. The chef at Blood Hound Brew combines yuca, chorizo, BBQ, and plantains for starters, salads, burgers, street foods and full blown entrees’. As in any pub worth it’s malt, there are several selections of craft and bottled beers, most of them locally brewed right here in Florida. Of course there is a full liquor bar to dazzle with the back lit wall. There is a very neighborly feel considering it is at the entrance to swanky Dr. Phillips, Windermere, Metrowest, and Millenia.
Hound Shanks – Glazed pork ribs. Fall of the bone tender. Nice balance of acidity and sweetness. No stand out flavors. Nice touch of onion straws.
Tostones – flattened fried plantains, chimichurri chicken, onion straw slaw, and melted cheese with zesty rojo sauce. Looks a little messy, but well balanced flavors.
Shipyard Pumpkin Head Beer – Had a full mouth feel of pumpkin and spice flavors. Medium bodied with broad finishes.
Hurricane Reef Caribbean Pilsner – Medium light bodied with subtle barley flavors.
Service is prompt and generous, with the patio being a little more relaxed than the interior. This establishment has definitely struck a cord with balancing what the neighborhood demands and the current trends in food. It can be said, “This is not your grandfather’s pub.”