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Smiling Bison now open for lunch (photos)

March 19, 2014
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The Smiling Bison is now open for lunch from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. We stopped by today on  their second day of serving lunch to see how it was.

It was good. Really good.

Our review back in September of last year (“Where the gastronomes roam”) was pretty much glowing, so it was no surprise, but it’s still nice to know that Orlando has yet another impeccable choice for those days when you want to step it up a little around noon instead of the usual tupperware at desk/Chipotle run/nothing.

Pics or it didn’t happen? Well, it happened, and I have the carb hangover to prove it – but if you need visuals, start scrolling.

The Smiling Bison
745 Bennett Road
Orlando, FL 32803
407-898-8580
thesmilingbison.com

The Smiling Bison lunch menu.

The Smiling Bison lunch menu.

 

Vestiges of the old Redlight Redlight permeate the space.

Vestiges of the old Redlight Redlight permeate the space.

 

More menu.

More menu.

 

We're not tired of Mason jars yet.

We’re not tired of Mason jars yet.

 

Pretzels with beer mustard: a Smiling Bison classic, but they weren't our fave today — only because everything else was amazing, and the pretzels were merely great.

Pretzels with beer mustard: a Smiling Bison classic, but they weren’t our fave today — only because everything else was amazing, and the pretzels were merely great.

 

Like this, for instance. The Scotch egg (house-made kielbasa and rye bread crumbs wrapped around a Lake Meadow egg) was killer.

Like this, for instance. The Scotch egg (house-made kielbasa and rye bread crumbs wrapped around a Lake Meadow egg) was killer. Definite new classic.

 

The fried cobia roll: fried fish with Bibb lettuce, roasted tomatoes and remoulade, stuffed into a buttered New England roll.

The fried cobia roll: fried fish with Bibb lettuce, roasted tomatoes and remoulade, stuffed into a buttered New England roll.

 

That killer fish sandwich came with a buttery/garlicky pumpkin-and-farro salad and house sweet-spicy pickles.

That killer fish sandwich came with a buttery/garlicky pumpkin-and-farro salad and house sweet-spicy pickles.

 

"Grilled cheese" seems too simple a name for this concoction of roasted maitake mushrooms, melty Monterey jack cheese and sweet tomato jam.

“Grilled cheese” seems too simple a name for this concoction of roasted maitake mushrooms, melty Monterey jack cheese and sweet tomato jam.

 

The supergrilled awesomecheese came with salt-and-vinegar shoestring fries.

The supergrilled awesomecheese came with salt-and-vinegar shoestring fries.

 

OK, one more shot of that sandwich. Please bottle your tomato jam, Smiling Bison.

OK, one more shot of that sandwich. Please bottle your tomato jam, Smiling Bison.

 

We split a beer for dessert, in honor of the building's former tenant.

We split a hofbrau dunkel for dessert, in honor of the building’s former tenant. Toasty-sweet and spicy.

 

 

 

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  • http://tastychomps.com/ Tasty Chomps

    loved the polish scotch egg and the smiling bison burger with lake meadows egg

  • JigglyBits

    The shoestrings are awesome. Unless you hate Salt-n-Vinegar. But, if you hate SnV, I am not sure we can be friends any more.

  • JPawli

    The not pictured or reviewed Fried Chicken Sausage Sandwich is A-Mazing! It definitely puts the Chik-Filled-hAte chicken sandwich to shame.