“Why sandwiches? Because people love sandwiches. We can go from grilled cheese to a burger with Foie gras. These are all sandwiches! People are looking for comfort food in a bite.”
– Chef John Collazo
After six months of hanging out in SODO in early 2015, Bad As’s Sandwiches was kicked out due to code enforcement. Chef John and his wife opened up their Rolodex to make contacts and find locations for their food truck. The eviction was a blessing in disguise. After only one week out of the SODO district, their following increased by five times!
Bad As’s Sandwiches patrons had a craving for their menu including their braised pork belly sandwich, the Ninja, their most famous. They kept coming back for more.
Another problem arose. Chef John and his wife needed more space and a professional kitchen. The Bad As’s Sandwiches customers had spoken, it was time to open a brick-and-mortar restaurant to satiate their cravings seven days a week.
Meet Chef John Collazo
Chef John Collazo has always known his love of food was something to be explored. At an early age, he spent hours in the kitchen honing his skills with the help of his mentor, his mother. At just 17 years old he started building a culinary career as a kitchen manager in an upscale sports lounge in Allentown, Pennsylvania. In 2000, he chose The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College in Philadelphia to further develop his culinary expertise. He helped open different concepts in New York, Philadelphia, Nantucket, and Martha’s Vineyard – holding high-level positions in award-winning restaurants like Anaelle and Hugo, KASA Restaurant & Bar, and Raga Restaurant. In 2015, he fulfilled his dream of becoming his own boss and created the on-the-go concept of Bad As’s Sandwich. The menu, created to ‘wow’ food truck lovers in Central Florida, focuses on a combination of elevated flavors and creativity using fresh ingredients with a unique flair. The Orlando Sentinel describes it as, “a spin on a food beloved by so many.” In 2016, the concept expanded into a brick-and-mortar spot in the heart of Orlando. Chef Collazo hopes his food will bring joy to his customers and inspire a love for flavorful ingredients.
BAD AS’S BURGERS
4205 Curry Ford Rd
Orlando, FL 32806
(407) 601- 4363
Monday to Thursday: 12 pm - 4 pm Re-opens 5 pm-9 pm
Friday & Saturday 11 am - 10 pm
NEW HOURS SUNDAY: 12 pm - 9 pm