A late start from the Panhandle deposited me in Orlando a shade after 8 o’clock in the evening. After the long drive I was haggard and needed something to eat. I checked into the Crowne Plaza Orlando – Downtown, and against my better judgment decided to eat at the hotel lounge, Bite Bistro and Wine Bar.
Bite Bistro is located at 304 West Colonial Drive on the ground floor of the hotel. High top tables and stools were lined against one wall. Towards the back and the right side tables and booths were available. Pot lights bathed the edges of the bar in light while the center was relatively dark except for rows of liquor bottles which glowed a pale blue. The crowd was fairly thin and basketball played on the flat screen televisions. I sat down and was greeted by the bartender. She handed me a menu and I ordered a beer while I weighed my choices.
Burgers, sandwiches, various appetizers, and wings are all offered on the menu. I decided to stay away from things a hotel kitchen could have issues with and ordered a basket of ten hot wings and a side of French fries.
While I waited for my meal to arrive I watched my fellow patrons play with their cell phones and the Milwaukee Bucks squander a lead. A gentle at the far end of the bar ordered grilled salmon and I silently wished him luck.
The food eventually arrived in two matching white ceramic bowls. The wings were served with two containers of blue cheese dressing and celery sticks. I picked one up and took a bite. The outside was limp and the inside was dry. The chicken wing tasted like it had been sitting under a heat lamp. The hot sauce that covered the wing, however, had a good amount of spice, and I asked for an extra cup. I dipped each sawdust-like wing into the sauce, covered it with blue cheese dressing, and choked it down. There were among some of the most unappetizing wings I have eaten. As for the French fries, they were hot. By far the best part of my meal was the ice cold beer.
The bar was clean and service was very attentive. Despite this, due to the subpar food I cannot see myself paying it another visit to the restaurant. Bite Bistro is open seven days a week. Room service is available compliments of the Bistro from 6:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m. The lounge can be found online, on Facebook, and contacted by telephone at (407) 843-8700.
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