I hope everyone is recovering from stuffing their faces with all of that Thanksgiving deliciousness! I know I’M officially over eating turkey for the rest of the year! Now we prepare ourselves for Christmas and all that comes with it: gifts, food, and more food.
So last week, my boss and his family introduced me to their favorite restaurant in town. He had done nothing but rant and rave about this place all week long, so you can imagine how eager I was to see if it was it that it was hyped up to be…and damn did it exceed my expectations!
Josie’s Pizza and Wings is a local family-owned restaurant in MetroWest (Orlando, FL). From the outside of the restaurant, you don’t know what to expect. It’s directly next to a 7/11 gas station, and looks a little smaller. Let me just tell you not to judge a book by its cover because 1) It’s WAY bigger inside than it looks on the outside and 2) The vibes this place gives off are so warm and welcoming, you’ll want to stay for hours. I had the pleasure of meeting the owner who is also a very nice man. You can easily tell that he is all about good quality, good food, and good service.
My boss suggested we try some of the craft beers that Josie’s offered, so we got a bucket of 5 beers for a whopping $15! For the quality of beer, that’s an awesome price.
If you like darker beers with a lighter flavor, the Big Storm Wave Maker would be best for you!
Mama’s Little Yella Pils is a Pilsner that has a lighter flavor as well. Really tasty!
If you’re into IPA’s (which are way more hoppy), I would try the Hop Head Red. They also have a few other options for IPA’s. I personally don’t like IPA’s because they are way too bitter for my palette.
This Pumpkin ale is obviously seasonal, but it was probably one of my favorite of the bunch. Plus every basic girl needs to have a Pumpkin Ale in her life at least once!
If you’re more of a fruity person, I would get the Abita Purple Haze. It’s light and fruity, but still really tasty.
After having quite the buzz and working up an appetite, our boss told us we should definitely go for a calzone, and we would all split some wings.
My boyfriend and I split the large “Josies’s” calzone which is stuffed with Italian sausage, green pepper, onions, black olives, pepperoni and mushrooms and is served with marinara sauce on the side.
This calzone is MASSIVE, so I would suggest splitting it with some people, or if you’re really hungry you can stuff your face with just it.
My boss then let me pick a couple of sauce flavors for the wings. There were 5 adults, so we ordered 40 wings. I chose the Citrus Chipotle BBQ and Honey & Hot. His family usually orders the herbed butter garlic sauce and a few plain mild wings with side of their homemade secret hot buffalo sauce. This sauce is SO necessary because it doesn’t taste like your average Frank’s Hot Sauce.
HEAVEN. IN. MY. MOUTH!!!!!!
These wings are LITERALLY the best wings in town! We even came back 4 days later to have them again! They have everything you’re looking for. Josie’s definitely doesn’t skimp you by serving tiny little chicken wings. These wings are big, crispy, crunch, and so freaking good!
You can tell that Josie’s doesn’t serve mediocre plates. They make sure every plate is perfect before bringing it out to their customers. There was no excess fat on the wings, and each and every single one was so crispy. NOT burnt, but crunchy with every bite. I can’t even choose a favorite flavor because they were all just so good!
Many of my friends who I brought back on Saturday were saying that PG’s in Kissimmee, FL were the best wings they had ever had UNTIL they came to Josie’s. Trust me when I say it’s worth every single cent spent.
When we came back on Saturday, my boyfriend and I decided to split a personal 10 inch cheese pizza. My favorite food is pizza, so when I say someone’s pizza is yummy, you have to believe me.
Please forgive my picture quality. For an intimate atmosphere, Josie’s lights are dim.
The dough is light and fluffy, you can tell the cheese is fresh, and the sauce doesn’t overpower the pizza. Yuuuuuuuuuuuuuummmmmmmm
When I go back again (because I WILL be back), I’m going to give the specialty pizzas a try. Each time I saw a server bring out someone’s pie, I easily drooled.
If after reading this post it doesn’t want to make you head over to Josie’s (1225 S. Hiawassee Rd., Orlando, FL), then I can assure you you’re missing out on LIFE itself!
Remember who put you on to great eats and tag me in your pictures if you try these places!
Til next time I grub…
Livin Comida Loca