Red Claw Opens Inside Orange County Brewery in Downtown Orlando
Written and photos by contributor Angela Quiroga. Be sure to follow her at @a_cuteangleeats
While widely known for its fresh seafood, Florida as a whole may not be synonymous with lobster rolls, as that that specialty tends to belong to the North. However, in my persistent search for them in the Sunshine State, I came across a small counter space inside Orange County Brewers serving up some juicy, packed lobster rolls.
Red Claw is a fairly new addition to the Downtown Orlando food scene. They have a small space located inside the Orange County Brewery, found off Orange Ave. and Jefferson St.
In this shared space, you can find a few tables and bar space to sit and enjoy your meal- and of course, there’s always the option of pairing a brew with your food.
Red Claw serves up a mean lobster roll- packed with lobster meat, it spills out the sides as you take a bite, and full of flavor. Their rolls are served in three different styles, all priced at $16. Maine and Florida style are both cold rolls, while the Connecticut style is a warm roll (the lobster is served with warmed butter). The rolls come with a side of kettle chips, which are a perfect crunchy accompaniment to the soft rolls.
Their menu also boasts a few appetizers and pizza pies, not all including lobster as an ingredient. However, if you want to continue the lobster theme, you can’t forget The Kathleen- a pizza pie topped with lobster, pesto and basil, and three kinds of cheese-, the lobster nachos or the lobster artichoke dip.
Non Seafood Options
For those who find themselves not so keen on seafood, Red Claw offers the usual standard pies, as well as their Wild Game pizza which is market priced based on seasonal ingredients and the wild game meat of the day.
Red Claw brings a welcome balance to lobster rolls- gone are the days of chasing after food trucks for a chance at an authentic roll, and there’s no need to wait for a table at a sit-down seafood restaurant when you’re short on time. Here’s to a quick lunch spot offering up flavor and the best of the claw.
**Parking for Red Claw is easiest around Jefferson St. and off Orange Ave. at the parking meters found off the streets. Keep in mind that most of these have a 2 hour maximum, so if you’re planning on strolling around Downtown for longer, your best bet is a parking garage.
Thank you to Angela Quiroga, a contributor to the blog, for writing this wonderful review of Red Claw. All opinions and photos featured below are owned by her. Be sure to follow her at @a_cuteangleeats