Sunday, December 16, 2018

Yellow Dog Eats

Orlando Urban Sketches held a sketch crawl at Yellow Dog Eats (1236 Hempel Ave, Windermere, FL 34786). Artists were scattered around the outdoor seating are taking in the vibe with their sketches. There were chickens running around the parking lot out back, and an old red VW van offered a private dining area for a few guests. The restaurant has branched out to New Smirna Beach.

The menu features great local BBQ and pulled pork sandwiches. Sandwiches have names like, Florida Cracker, What the Fig, White Trash and The Rufus. There are tacos, nachos and salads as well, and even some signature vegan options. It can be a bit intimidating to order at first. There was a crowded line to order but the staff kept that line moving.

What I love is the rustic atmosphere with wooden picnic tables and cement garden tables outside. There is a stage area so local bands must play there on some nights. The outdoor seating area is also dog friendly. A black lab was curled up under on families table. The menu has paw prints all over it.

When our group finished our sketches, we gathered together in the back table to throw down and compare sketched. I am always fascinated to see what other artists choose to focus on. If you ever want to go out for an informal dinner with your family and pup, this is a great local option for some very large BBQ sandwiches.

Prints are available for each sketch for $250 and many originals can be purchased for $400. White museum grade shadow box frames are $100 more. You can e-mail Thor at

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