Yellow Dog Eats Review

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With so many great places to eat close to home, we don’t typically venture away from our area. When we’re already out away from home, we take opportunities to try new places. So, traveling home from Orlando on a Saturday morning, Matt suggested Yellow Dog Eats. I was not familiar with Yellow Dog Eats, but Matt had suggested it to friends quite a while back. Now it was our turn to try it out, so here is our Yellow Dog Eats Review!!

Couple sitting at Yellow Dog Eats

On our way to Yellow Dog Eats, we realized they don’t open until 11:00am, so it was perfect timing for us to arrive at 10:58!!  We were their first customer of the day, but it didn’t take long for this place to fill up!! 

deli counter with sides and beer bottles

There are only a couple parking spots out front, but plenty of parking in the back. If you come in the back, you can walk through to the front counter to place your order. You can find a seat, and listen for your order name to be called over the speaker to pick up your order. 

outdoor seating at Yellow Dog Eats

Also, you have the option to find a seat, and a server will come take your order at your table. We chose to sit in the covered outdoor seating area.  

First Impression of Yellow Dog Eats

woman with a VW Bus

As we walked up from the parking lot, and approached the VW Bus, I had to take a selfie!!

Yellow Dog Eats outdoor seating with picnic tables and VW Bus

Walking into the outdoor seating area, we instantly loved the vibe. The beach theme, mixed with 60’s & 70’s mixes so good together. Over the sound system, they were playing all 60’s & 70’s music! 

Staff is super friendly, and several workers checked in on us during our visit. Impressive, since this is not the industry norm. 

What We Ate At Yellow Dog Eats

Holy Crap sandwich from Yellow Dog Eats with coleslaw and bag of chips

Matt had the Holy Crap. Originally a weekly special, it soon became a favorite. Multi-grain bread, filled with honey mesquite roasted turkey, avocado, pecan-smoke bacon, goat cheese, red ones, and basil mayo, then pressed. Turkey is not typically what Matt would choose, but he thought “What the heck, turkey sounds good.” Not to mention, the name Holy Crap caught his attention. With the first bite, Matt was very impressed. The combination of ingredients worked well together. 

Mr Smokey sandwich at Yellow Dog Eats with beer glass, and chips

I went with the Mr. Smokey, which is pulled pork, smoked pineapple slices, crispy fried onions, pecan-smoked bacon, and Fish’s Gold BBQ sauce. I’ll admit, I was a little nervous when I saw the BBQ sauce was yellow, because I am not a mustard person. So this is not a BBQ sauce I was usually choose, but I have to say, I LOVED it! 

woman eating BBQ at Yellow Dog Eats

After eating a couple bites with a fork, I decided to pick it up, delve in, and take a bite. Let’s just say, it can be a bit messy! I’m not a big bun person, so I think next time I’d get this without the bun. 

Desserts & Drinks At Yellow Dog Eats

Two beer pints on table

With a couple of bars, both inside and out, Yellow Dog Eats has lots of brews on tap. And even more in bottles and cans to choose from. 

deli display filled with baked goods

Plenty of handmade desserts fill a display case in the main ordering area. The almond joy brownie, and oatmeal raisin cookie sandwich are the two we decided to take home with us, so we could share with the girls. 

What Else To Know

Chef owner, Fish Morgan, attended the Culinary Institute of America, and is known for his natural ability to create a unique eating experience. Not only does Yellow Dog Eats smoke bacon, pork, and may other things on location, but they also pride themselves on using 15 varieties of locally grown greens.

Front of Yellow Dog Eats Restaurant

Yellow Dog Eats is now 20 years strong at their original location of historic Gotha, FL, in the 1910 Brockman House. Their intent is to reflect their own personal character, just like the original owners of this place,. Back during a time when our country was graced with stores, as unique as the owners. We feel they have succeeded in doing so. You can read more about the history HERE.

Yellow Dog Eats sign

Or you can find them at the New Smyrna Beach, FL location when visiting the East coast. 

We would love to go back for an evening and enjoy some love music, which is offered Thursday through Saturday at both locations. 

Be sure to follow them on social media for daily specials on the menu.




Perk: They are not far from Disney, so take some time to get off property for some local eats!! 

There is no doubt, Yellow Dog Eats is full of heart & soul, and totally worth a visit. We would love to hear your thoughts, and we hope our Yellow Dog Eats review is helpful.

For more dining ideas in Central Florida, check out:

Frontera Cocina in Disney Springs

Cody’s on 4th in Mount Dora

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22 thoughts on “Yellow Dog Eats Review

  • May 27, 2019 at 8:17 pm

    What a fun place!! I’m pretty sure we ate at their New Smyrna location!! Your food looked wonderful!

    • May 28, 2019 at 8:46 pm

      Now we want to visit their New Smyrna location too!!

  • May 30, 2019 at 11:24 am

    I really should not have read this while I was hungry. LOL. The food looks amazing.

    • May 30, 2019 at 1:54 pm

      Right? I don’t think I could ever get sick of pulled pork!

  • May 30, 2019 at 11:55 am

    What a fun place! We visited years ago on one of our Florida trips and keep meaning to get back – you’ve reminded me why we need to make it happen!

    • May 30, 2019 at 1:55 pm

      Hope you get back soon!!

  • May 30, 2019 at 12:23 pm

    The food looks fantastic! And it is close enough for me to try! Thanks Julie!

    • May 30, 2019 at 1:55 pm

      Can’t wait to hear your thoughts when you visit!

  • May 30, 2019 at 4:53 pm

    That looks delicious! I want to try Mr. Smokey

    • May 30, 2019 at 8:14 pm

      It will be tough to try something else next time, it was so good!!

  • May 30, 2019 at 11:19 pm

    This place looks and sounds fabulous! ?

    • May 31, 2019 at 8:53 am

      A Great Find for sure!!

  • May 31, 2019 at 9:28 am

    This place looks totally fun. Get your hands dirty fun, with a cold brew to wash it all down. Great review.

    • May 31, 2019 at 12:05 pm

      Thanks!! Best way to eat… dirty and brews!!

  • May 31, 2019 at 9:52 am

    Those desserts look so good, I’m hungry now 😀

    • May 31, 2019 at 12:05 pm

      YES!! Happy we decided to take some home!

  • May 31, 2019 at 4:04 pm

    We love New Smyrna Beach. Good to know what to eat next time we visit. Those sandwiches sound yummy

    • May 31, 2019 at 4:15 pm

      Oh good. I can’t wait to see how much you like it!

  • May 31, 2019 at 11:14 pm

    Yum… The sandwiches looked delicious. I liked the decor of the restaurant too.

  • June 3, 2019 at 8:01 am

    This place looks awesome! I love restaurants that mix flavors in ways that surprise you. And the atmosphere looks like a cool place to hang out! We don’t get to Florida nearly enough but I am pinning this for the next time we do! It looks like our kind of place!

    • June 3, 2019 at 9:20 pm

      For sure a great place to hang out!!

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