I not long ago attended a reception held on the rooftop area of Bites & Bubbles, the Mills 50 cafe that previous calendar year moved from its first handle on Mills Avenue in close proximity to Marks Avenue to its existing spot in Mills Park. There was minimal to consume at the reception, so as my companion and I were being leaving, we spotted two seats at the bar downstairs and resolved to remain for supper. It was a beautifully delightful encounter.
Bites & Bubbles opened in 2018 but I experienced not visited it when it was at 912 N. Mills Ave. (Extensive tale, an additional time.) You may possibly bear in mind that was the address of the authentic Funky Monkey Wine Bar, which opened correct about this time of yr in 2008, and in point Bites & Bubbles is owned by the very same people today, Eddie Nickell and Nick Oliveri.
At a person time Nickell and Oliveri had a person of the area’s most significant collections of brands underneath its Funky Monkey Restaurant Team company. They included one more Funky Monkey at Pointe Orlando Prickly Pear at the Sanctuary condominiums in Thornton Park Nick’s Italian Kitchen following door and in a building across the parking good deal from the Mills Avenue FM, Bananas Modern Diner, which turned Mills Brew Pub, which turned Divas Supper Theater.
The FMI empire fell apart in late 2014 when the owners filed for individual bankruptcy, thanks in aspect, according to an posting in the Orlando Sentinel, to a disgraced businessman who had been subleasing the previous Prickly Pear place, although subleasing would suggest payments were currently being made, which they evidently have been not.
Nickell and Oliveri continue to experienced the making at 912 N. Mills, and it was the quick home of Restaurant Ash, a sandwich store headed by their chef daughter, and even briefer as Brooklyn Coffee Corporation with distinct entrepreneurs just before eventually becoming Bites & Bubbles.
Soon after all they’ve been by means of, it’s pleasant to see they’ve gotten their mojo back again.
The Mills Park restaurant is multifunctional, with a downstairs eating room and bar with outside patio seating and the open up-air rooftop with a different bar and lounge seating. The downstairs decor has just the suitable amount of money fake opulence, with crystal chandeliers hanging more than the bar and unclothed tables.
As its identify indicates, Bites & Bubbles’ menu is significant on more compact plates, with several cheese board picks and appetizers, with sandwiches and some extra substantial fare, this kind of as steak frites and a New York strip, also available.
I chosen a porchetta sandwich with melted cheese on a toasted baguette that was slathered with mustard. The meat was moist and effectively seasoned and I liked the freshness of the bread.
My companion requested the duck body fat burger and it would be tough to envision a far more impressive burger presentation. It showcased two thick patties with melted cheese oozing down the sides and stacked on leading of lettuce and tomato, Grilled onions ended up on top and it all made pretty a distance amongst the prime of the bun and the bottom. It was apparent that this was heading to be a knife and fork burger. Despite the fact that the floor beef was meant to be infused with duck unwanted fat, the patties experienced minimal flavor, and sadly they’d absent a bit further than the requested medium rare. But I need to say it was an experience to take in it.
Each sandwiches came with fries that tasted as although they, way too, experienced observed some duck extra fat. Crispy and delectable.
The lady who served us at the bar was attentive and efficient, and other team members greeted us and other friends graciously.
This building has had a revolving-doorway roster of corporations in its seven yrs, from Segadredo espresso to a taco shop to a cigar-themed cafe. Possibly Nickell and Olivieri can preserve Bites & Bubbles for a longer run.
Bites & Bubbles is at 1618 N. Mills Ave., Orlando (map). It is open up for evening meal Monday via Saturday. The phone variety is 407-270-5085.