I had a great feeling about Oblivion Taproom as we’re pulling up to it and parking. There’s something telling me that this is going to be my kinda place. I had already already checked out the menu online beforehand and while it’s Burger heavy, there were quite a few other items that had my attention like the Pork Lovers Nachos and the Italian Corn Dog.
I enjoyed my first meal here so much I returned on the following day to try out a few more dishes. Everything you see in pictures below was eaten over the course of 2 different days, by my wife Marcela and I on the first night and with the addition of Droolius on the 2nd night.
On both nights we started out with their Smoked Chicken Wings. These fellas are seasoned with a BBQ dry rub, smoked and then “crisped”. They were nice and indeed crispy with a smokey undertone. The homemade ranch sauce was of the gods.
The Italian Corn Dog was right on point. If you’re a fan of Corn Dogs and a fan of Homemade Sausages then this guy should be in your future dinner plans. The batter was slightly sweet and may have benefited from a spicy sausage, just some food for thought.
The Oblivion Bites which are The Pork Belly, Chicken Wings, Chicken Fingers, Pork Chicharrones and Seitan Bites are all available in different flavors: Purgatory (Mild), Heresy (Medium), Treachery (Hot), Teriyaki Garlic, Lemon Pepper and BBQ. Droolius had been raving about the Crispy Pork Belly. He decided to order his plain since he likes to use some as a topping for his burger. They were great, crispy (just like their name) and worth using as a topping for a burger or any other sandwich for that matter.
When someone does Onion Rings right you have to commend them because as simple as they might appear to be, I’ve been on the receiving side of some real grease bombs. The beer for the batter used for these o-rings comes straight from one of the taps of the Craft Beer they serve. Since they didn’t specify which I’ll assume there’s a possibility there could be a slight change depending on what’s in season, great rings though.
Who loves Smoked Pork? Ooooh Ooooh..Me..Me!!! Of course when I see Pork Nachos on the menu I naturally think there’s some Pulled Pork on Tortilla action but I’m wrong, it’s Pork on Pork. The Pork Nachos are Chicharrones topped with Pulled Pork, Cheese and Jalapeños with a side of their homemade Salsa and Cumin-Lime Sour Cream. When I took my first bite, my mind couldn’t really grasp what I was eating. This is a meal in itself and is definitely meant for sharing. It was very good and an original idea that had me thinking about it for days afterwards.
Oblivion Taproom has Daily Specials and on the first night it was themed for Star Wars with Obi-Wan Cannolis and Chewbaccon Burgers on the menu. Droolius ordered a Korean Burger marinated in Teriyaki that’s topped with Kimchee and a side of Tater Tots in Hawaiian Raw Garlic Flavor.
Much like the Oblivion Bites, the Spud Show are either Fresh Cut French Fries, Tater Tots, Potato Wedges, Sweet Potato Fries and Fresh Chips available in Chive & Onion, Parmesan Garlic, Cajun, Old Bay, Hawaiian Raw Garlic and Chicken Salt flavors. He seemed to enjoy his Korean Burger and I was able to sneak off a few of the tots with the garlic. The garlic smell was so potent I thought it was coming from my plate originally.
I saw Pretzel Burger and it was an automatic decision. The Pretzel Burger’s got Caraway Beer Mustard on a Pretzel Bun with a dipping side of Cheese Sauce. At first I was hesitant to dip the burger because it was great all by its lonesome. You really should dip it every-time except for maybe the first time. The fresh cut fries with Parmesan Garlic were pretty good but not as good as the wedges with Cajun seasoning I had the following day.
The Hog Wild Burger with its Chopped Pork, Caramelized Onions, Bacon, homemade BBQ Sauce, and Sharp Cheddar on a Brioche Bun was an atomic attack on my senses. The minute that plate reached home base in front of me it was only a matter of time before it’s life ended. There were lots of smells and flavors going on that just did me right, sensory overload. The Potato Wedges topped with a Cajun seasoning were the big winners in the sides category. I didn’t find it necessary to dip the wedges in Oblivion Taproom’s homemade Ketchup.
After my first meal I was planning my return trip. After my second I was scheduling a vacation around visiting them. There’s still some things on the menu I’d like to check out and lucky for me, I’ll be back in town in a couple of weeks. Now if I could only convince my mind that it’s not too far far away.
To Oblivion and Beyond:
5101 E. Colonial Drive Orlando, FL 32803