Orange Bear Restaurant – Bonita Springs, Florida

I’ve had my beady little eyes on the Orange Bear Restaurant for over a year and now that my car’s issues are out of the way it was time to check out what was happening on the west coast of Florida. Originally the OB were located inside of a Flea Market which even interested me more since the food seemed like the exact opposite quality of what I would expect to find there.

Recently they moved into the Bonita Springs Moose Lodge which just added a beautiful Tiki Bar space to the bar/restaurant portion of the lodge. So before you even ask, you must be a member of the lodge BUT you’re allowed 5 visits before you have to officially become one. After having eaten at the Orange Bear, I’d become a member with the quickness if I lived in the area.

The Orange Bear Menu (click to enlarge)

The Orange Bear Menu (click to enlarge)


The amount of food my wife Marcela, my friend John and I ordered was pretty impressive but even more impressive is that it was all very good. The Onion Rings were the only thing that maybe needs a little livening up with some sort of dipping sauce.

So the fresh cut Fries are topped with a homemade Chili and house-made Fat Tire Beer Cheese Sauce, this alone was worth the trip. The Chili had no beans (just how I like it) with a bit of sweetness and the Cheese Sauce was out of this world. The Chili Cheese Dog has the same two toppings on a Nathan’s Dog, no complaints here.

The Potato Skins, again house-made and not some microwaved number were topped with Jalapeños, Bacon, melted Cheese and a side of Sour Cream. Lucky for me, no one at the table was a Potato Skin fan so these were all mine.

The Chicken Wings had some nice heat to them and for the truly daring there is the Bear Suicide Wing Challenge: 10 Wings in 10 minutes with no Milk or Ranch sauce. Eat the Wings in 10 min & get them for Free, a Tiki Bar Shirt, an Orange Bear Shirt and a 10 dollar Gift Card.

There are a few Burgers & Sandwiches on the menu. Since I knew Marcela was going for the Bacon Bourbon Cheddar Burger and John for the Noble, I went the plain ol’ Cheeseburger route. My Burger while good was no match for the Sautéed Bourbon Onions and Bourbon Sauce on Marcela’s or the Yuengling Pulled Pork & Spicy BBQ Mustard Sauce on John’s sandwich. I’ve learned over the years, you win some and you lose some.

The only thing I didn’t get to try was the Pizza and that’s ok, everything else more than made up for it.

Onion Rings

Onion Rings

Chili Cheese Fries

Chili Cheese Fries

Potato Skins

Potato Skins

Hot Wings

Hot Wings

Regular Cheeseburger

Regular Cheeseburger

Bacon Bourbon Cheddar Burger

Bacon Bourbon Cheddar Burger

The Orange Bear Restaurant - Bonita Springs, Florida

The Noble (Pulled Pork, Ham, Bacon & Spicy BBQ Mustard Sauce)

Chicken Tenders

Hand Breaded Chicken Tenders

Fresh Cut Fries

Fresh Cut Fries

Chili Cheese Dog

Chili Cheese Dog

Pretzels w/Beer Cheese Sauce

Pretzels w/Fat Tire Beer Cheese Sauce

When In Doubt, Go Orange:

The Orange Bear Restaurant
25101 Old 41 Road, Bonita Springs, Florida 34135

The Frog Pond – St. Pete Beach, Florida

We were told at the front desk at the hotel in St. Pete Beach that the Frog Pond is a great locals breakfast spot. I mean, you didn’t have to tell us that twice.

When I search around online for pics the first thing I encountered was the Italian Sausage Frittata. No need to look further, I knew what I was eating.


I’m with my wife Marcela who orders the Eggs Benedict w/Grits and my friend John who can’t help himself and also orders the Italian Sausage Frittata but without Onions. For good measure we agree to share the Cinnamon Roll French Toast.

Marcela let me sneak a bite and her Eggs Benedict and Grits were right on point.

Now, for those of you considering ordering the Italian Sausage Frittata, it is perfect slice of breakfast with Eggs, Potatoes, Onions, Italian Sausage & Cheese. I loved it but let me warn you….I think you should share it. That’s not something you’ll normally hear me say but as I about half way through it I was stuffed and already looking forward to early afternoon nap. Don’t let that happen to you and or who knows, maybe you want that to happen to you. Me?I had plans for the rest of the day.

I left enough space for one….ok maybe two bites of the Cinnamon Roll French Toast. I’m big on Cinnamon Rolls but not a fan of French Toast but I dug this this. Marcela who’s got a major sweet tooth really enjoyed it.

One last thought, what great service and friendly people. So glad we had a chance to experience the Frog Pond while visiting St. Pete Beach.

Eggs Benedict w/Grits

Eggs Benedict & Grits with very little Butter

Italian Sausage Frittata w/Toast

Italian Sausage Frittata w/Toast

Italian Sausage Frittata after Toast removal

Italian Sausage Frittata after Toast removal

Cinnamon Roll French Toast

Cinnamon Roll French Toast

The Frog Pond
7390 Gulf Blvd St Pete Beach, FL 33706
727-363-7205

Goody Goody Burgers in Tampa, Florida

Goody Goody Burgers - Tampa, Florida

If you live in South Florida like I do then the name Goody Goody probably doesn’t mean anything to you. Now, if you mention Goody Goody Burgers & Butterscotch Pie to folks in Tampa you’ll get a totally different reaction. For comparison, it’s similar to what happens to old school Miamians when talking about Royal Castle Sliders and their legendary Birch Beer.

Goody Goody closed up shop in 2005, seventy five years after that location had originally opened. And just like that it was gone…..or so everyone thought until Richard Gonzmart (Columbia Restaurant Group) spent nine years of off/on negotiations to make sure he would be able to carry on the legacy of Goody Goody in Tampa.

I was one of the lucky few to have been invited to try out the Goody Goody Burger, Fries and Shake(s) at the test kitchen in the Columbia Museum.

We (my wife Marcela & my bud John) were offered either a Vanilla, Chocolate or Strawberry Shake. We each opted to choose one flavor, mine was Chocolate. The Ice Cream for the Shakes is made in house so I knew what I was in for. My favorite in order of preference was Vanilla, Chocolate then Strawberry. Nothing really against Strawberry but I’ve never ordered one in my life. I’m mostly a Vanilla guy with Chocolate on occasion.

Thick Chocolate Shake

Thick Chocolate Shake

The fries are fresh cut and seasoned after frying with a mix of spices. You can’t go wrong with fresh cuts. I asked about either a Cheese or Chili Cheese version and was told that yes, they will be available when the actual store opens up. Next time I gotta try stuffing them into the Burger.

Fresh Cut Seasoned Fries

Fresh Cut Seasoned Fries

So the Goody Goody Burger is placed before me. I take in its beauty and flip it and remove the bottom bun to look at the sear, it’s a nice one. The Onions which are given a rough chop along with some Pickles and the Goody Goody Sauce make up the contents of the Burger. I hadn’t mentioned but it’s definitely important to that the Beef is fresh and locally sourced.

On my instagram post I said it was “incredible“. It is unlike any Burger out there which is of course a good thing or should I say a Goody Goody thing (Sorry I couldn’t help myself).

The Goody Goody Burger w/Goody Goody Sauce

The Goody Goody Burger w/Goody Goody Sauce

Unfortunately I wasn’t able to try the famous Butterscotch Pie but that leaves me with a good reason to return when they open up in the next couple of months.

I’ve gotta thank the Columbia Restaurant Group, the Goody Goody Hamburger folks including Chef Dave Ellis and Jeff Houck for setting it up & giving us a historical perspective on everything (which is always important).

Worth a Watch:

Budweiser, Bud & Burgers Official Beer of Hamburger House Party

Budweiser Bud & Burgers Logo

With National Hamburger Month (May 2016) right around the corner I wanted to let you know that I’ll be partnering with Budweiser – Bud & Burgers for a few things throughout May.

Most importantly, at Hamburger House Party Budweiser will be featured in an interactive area where all attendees will receive an ice cold Budweiser sample to enjoy with all the Burgers available.

BudCan Burger

Bud Can Burger

When you get a chance, check out the Buds & Burgers portion of the Budweiser website for some great Burger recipes including my favorite the Bud Can Burger which is their take on a Juicy Lucy (Stuffed Burger).

Stay tuned for more details.

REMINDER: Brunch Event This Weekend + Lee Schrager Tries Fast Food Breakfast

America's Best Breakfast - Brunch

Just a friendly reminder that the incredible Brunch (See The Full Menu) to celebrate Lee Schrager’s new book America’s Best Breakfasts is this Sunday. You can still buy the all inclusive food & drink tickets with or without a book at AmericasBestBreakfasts.com

While we’re on the subject of Lee Schrager and breakfast you should definitely check out my friend Laine Doss’ video entitled Breakfast Feast where Lee Schrager tries Breakfast Dishes from Burger King, McDonald’s & Taco Bell.

You can read the whole story by clicking SOBEWFF’s Lee Brian Schrager Tries Fast-Food Breakfast for the First Time