Plus, a spirit-free cocktail bar, a Day of the Dead restaurant, and a Publix convenience store.

🍔 Could Florida really get an In-N-Out?

Plus, a spirit-free cocktail bar, a Day of the Dead restaurant, and a Publix convenience store.

By Katie Johnston

Hi and happy Wednesday! 

I’ve got one question for ya — did you eat yet? Because today’s newsletter is about to make you incredibly hungry. I’m sure of it. But before we get into the latest food and drink news, I’m curious — have you been hearing all this talk of inflation and lamenting about how Thanksgiving is going to be pricier than normal this year? Wholesale prices for frozen, whole turkey hens are up 14% from last year and now cost $1.22 per pound as compared to $1.07 last year. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, that’s a 37% increase from $0.89 in 2019 and is similar to prices last seen in 2016.

So what’s causing the increase? As detailed in a recent Orlando Sentinel report, Muge Yayla-Kullu —an associate professor of supply chain management at the University of Central Florida — says it’s due to supply chain and labor problems. More specifically, the higher prices can be traced back to labor shortages in meat-processing facilities as well as backed-up ports.

Speaking personally for a second, sure I’d miss the turkey if we don’t have it come Thanksgiving, but honestly, nothing beats my Mawmaw’s 100-year-old recipe for cornbread dressing. And I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention my grandma’s turnips, my mom’s Chess Pie, or my Big Momma’s hashbrown or corn casserole. 

Apparently, I’m looking forward to a lunch that's still two weeks away; who knew? Anyway, let’s move along to more current happenings, shall we?

Here’s your sign to check out @newcity.coffeeco in Lake Mary if you haven’t yet. The seasonal coffee flight is reason enough itself but there are pastries too! (📸: @ruso.rican) | Wanna see your photo here? Tag either #pulptown or @pulptown on Instagram to be featured as our IG of the Day!

What Orlando is talking about

🍔 Could Florida finally get an In-n-Out? Maybe, if Gov. Ron DeSantis has his way. According to the governor’s press secretary Christina Pushaw, DeSantis has spoken to In-n-Out President Lynsi Snyder-Ellington about opening locations in the Sunshine State as a response to the popular California burger chain closing locations on the West Coast due to vaccine passport requirements. (WKMG

🍹 There’s (finally!) a spirit-free cocktail bar coming to Orlando. The Bandbox will pop up at this month’s Jingle Eve in Ivanhoe before settling in for good in spring of next year in the Horizon’s Vintage space at 1817 N. Orange. (Bungalower

🇲🇽 A Day of the Dead-themed restaurant is coming to the Florida Mall. Cantina Catrina is expected to open this winter and will offer tacos, quesadillas, enchiladas, margaritas, and mezcal, all of which will be available to be enjoyed on a  giant covered patio. The Miami-based eatery celebrates the Día de Los Muertos holiday daily with “contemporary shrines of departed ancestors and Calaveras, representations of human skulls, imported from Mexican artists.” (Orlando Sentinel

🍸 Longtime downtown bar Cleo’s closed for a few days last week but has reopened under new ownership. The bar and the building it’s located in were purchased by Team Market Group (TMG) in December 2020, but they’d kept it as is up until now. Apparently, they have big plans in store for next year; the building houses other TMG-concepts such as Ann Teague’s, Mather’s, Robinson Room, and Aloha Beautiful. (Bungalower

🛍 Publix now offers a 30-minute convenience store option. The grocery chain and Instacart announced a partnership last week in the form of "Publix Quick Picks," a new virtual convenience store. The initiative will allow customers to shop for items with the promise that they’ll be delivered within 30 minutes via Instacart Priority Delivery. The idea started out as a pilot program in Tampa. (Orlando Weekly)

☕️ Zaza Cuban Comfort Food is launching a new holiday coffee tomorrow, the first for the popular Cuban spot. It’s called Coco Buena, and it’s a double shot of the Familia Tradition espresso poured into a three milk blend featuring coconut and topped with a silky layer of milk, shaved coconut, clove, cinnamon, and peppermint. If that didn’t sound tasty enough, you’ll be happy to know it’s available in both hot and iced versions. Feliz Navidad! (Zaza Cuban Comfort Food on Instagram)

🍻 Drink beer, support the library. Ivanhoe Park Brewing is debuting a new beer today, and its name has a lot of history and ties to our local library behind it. Captain Alberson Ale will be available starting at 5 p.m. following a special proclamation ceremony by Mayor Dyer. The beer is named after Captain Charles L. Albertson, who donated his personal collection of 12,000 books to the City of Orlando in 1921, effectively launching the library system as we know it. Proceeds from the sale of the beer will benefit Friends of the OCLS, the nonprofit org attached to the library. (Bunalgower)


🍽️ Take a virtual tour of Second Harvest Food Bank and hear about how to support hunger relief efforts. (Online)

☮️ Start your hump day off with some morning outdoor stretches and much-needed yoga (Winter Park)


🍿Grab the popcorn and a blanket and enjoy a night under the stars with "Ratatouille" (Winter Park)

💻 Join Vesna Bozic, USCIS Community Relations Officer in Orlando, to learn about Temporary Protective Status for Haiti. Explore what it means, who is eligible, and how one applies (Online)

😋Experience Redlight Redlight’s Chef Jes and Brewer Brent's take on rustic grassroots New American with traditional old-world European in a unique pairing of food + drink (College Park )


🎉 Wish a happy 3rd birthday to A La Cart with weekend celebrations feat. live music, tasty food, and local brews Friday thru Sunday (Milk District/East Colonial)

🎶 See Air Supply perform live outdoors at the Frontyard Festival in front of the Dr. Phillips Center (Downtown)

🎶 Experience a taste of Nashville's "Blue Bird Cafe" at Harry Buffalo (Downtown)

🐶 Head to Celery City Craft for beers, live music, and an evening supporting adoptable pups from Pet Rescue by Judy (Sanford)

🎶 Get your tickets and glow sticks ready for the return of EDC at Tinker Field thru Sunday (West Lakes)

🎸 Buy a ticket to see guitarist Greg Diamond at Timucua Arts Foundation (SoDo)


🤖 Load up the kids (nieces/nephews included!) and head to the world's largest show-and-tell: Maker Faire Orlando is back at the Central Florida Fairgrounds thru Sunday (Orlando)

🍷 Grab your boots and dust off your cowboy hat for the annual Cows 'n Cabs event! Take a food & wine stroll of 25+ local restaurants, plus enjoy wine, craft beer and spirits, and live music, all for a good cause (Winter Park)

🛍 Shop local vendors while sipping on a cold drink at Nora's Sugar Shack (Ivanhoe)

🍻 Try all the tasty local beers at Orlando Weekly's annual Beer Fest happening in Festival Park (Milk District)

🎶 Soothe your soul with jazz and support local at the annual College Park Jazz Fest (College Park)

🛍 Shop this monthly pop-up vegan market on the lawn next to Persimmon Hollow Brewing (Lake Eola)

🎶 Get your tickets to The 502s biggest performance yet happening at Will's Pub this weekend (Mills 50)

🍿Enjoy a double feature of movie trash at The Nook with some Grease Lightning (Milk District)

🌴 Take a tour of local backyard oasis on this neighborhood walking tour followed up an after-party at Ten 10 Brewing (Colonialtown North/Mills 50)

🗣 Go down a rabbit hole exploring the fascinating history of Weeki Wachee Springs (Downtown)

🎄 Sign the kids up for breakfast with Santa at Orlando Museum of Art (Loch Haven Park)


🎟 Enjoy some sensory-friendly fun for the whole family! Explore the History Center's newest exhibit, "Giants, Dragons, and Unicorns: The World of Mythic Creatures" (Downtown)

🎶 Reserve a seat at April Brown’s “A Love & Soul Sing-Along” at Timucua Arts Foundation (SoDo)

One more thing

Stuff to Do just released this list of 7 Unique Restaurants in Orlando You Need to Try, and the picks definitely live up to the title, that’s for sure. The rundown includes The Garlic in New Smyrna Beach, which is a bit of a drive but more than worth the trek.

I’m curious — what would you, our discerning Pulptown readers, add to the list?  When it comes to uniqueness and overall experience, what O-Town spots stand apart? Slide into my inbox with your recs and I’ll share ‘em back here later this week. 

‘Til tomorrow, 

– ✌️ Katie at Pulptown

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