SmokeDonuts sign

Smoke & Donuts, the barbecue and fried dough business that started as a food truck, then entered into a partnership in a restaurant space at Mills Park, then moved back out to be a food truck again will once again transition to brick-and-mortardom when it moves into its new space in the Milk District this week. It has been renovating a former popcorn store next door to Se7en Bites Bakery, close to A La Carte where it has had its truck parked lately.

OverRice, a Filipino and Hawaiian specialty that has also been operating as a food truck business, will take over the Mediterranean Gourmet space at 1084 Lee Road, Orlando. No time frame has been announced.

Capital Tacos, a Tampa-based taqueria that has been operating out of the ghost kitchen on Dollins Avenue in Orlando, will go live at 7484 University Blvd., Winter Park, in the near future. Another site is planned for Clermont.

Hope to see you at Edible Orlando’s Field to Feast this Saturday, Nov. 5, at Long & Scott Farms, Mt. Dora, with food from Disney chefs and wine pairings orchestrated by George Miliotes. Tickets are $195 per person and available at edibleorlando.com. All proceeds go to benefit Kids Café Program of Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida.


Sugar Mill

The Old Spanish Sugar Mill, which announced in August that it would close for renovations after a new vendor took it over, has reopened, though the name now is Old Sugar Mill Pancake House. The previous name must have sounded too ethnic. The popular DeLeon Springs breakfast stop had been operated for 61 years by members of the Schwarze family. Guest Services, Inc., a Fairfax, Va., company that operates concessions in state and national parks throughout the country, won the bid to operate the restaurant for the next 10 years. The concept remains the same, with guests sitting at tables outfitted with griddles onto which pancake batter is poured. Many, many people consider this to be fun.

Bruno’s Oysters has opened at Plant Street Market in Winter Garden in the facility’s Barrel Room. Culinarily speaking, whenever something with Bruno in its name opens, it’s usually either Bruno Fonseca or Bruno Zacchini of Pizza Bruno. In this case it’s Fonseca, who also operates The Foreigner, a non-Asian omakase dinner experience that pops up in different places but will eventually have a permanent home in Audubon Park. If the Winter Garden seafood joint was owned by Zacchini, it would be called Oysters Bruno.


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When a restaurant has a name like Grilled Cheezus you can expect some creativity in menu names as well.

Grilled Cheezus, of course, is a grilled cheese sandwich specialty restaurant with two locations, one at the downtown UCF campus and another on Mills Avenue in the former Funky Monkey/Bites & Bubbles space, which is the one I visited. The Mills 50 location was also home, for a brief time, to Restaurant Ash, which also specialized in sandwiches. I think it’s fair to say that if it had served sandwiches the caliber of the ones at Grilled Cheezus, Restaurant Ash would still be there.

But let’s get back to the menu.


Russells sunset

The next Supper Club, a Gastronomic Dinner at Russell’s on Lake Ivanhoe, is Thursday, Dec. 8, at 6:30 p.m. at the Ivanhoe Village restaurant, 1414 N. Orange Ave., Orlando.

The five-course dinner with pairings will be curated by chef/partner Emmanuel Clement, who has put together a very special menu that goes above and beyond Russell’s regular fine menu. “We want to make this extraordinary,” said co-owner Philippe Villain, “and Emmanuel has put together some really fine dishes.” See the menu below (I personally can’t wait for the sweetbread and truffles).

We’ll gather on Thursday, Dec. 8, with a reception, including a welcome cocktail, at 6:30 and dinner at 7 p.m. Russell’s is setting aside the entire lower lakeview dining room just for us.

Cost of the dinner is $175 per person (the price includes tax and gratuity). Reservations are required and can be made by calling the restaurant at 407-601-3508. Tell them you want to reserve a spot for Scott Joseph’s Supper Club.

As always, Scott Joseph’s Supper Club does not require membership. The only requirement is that you appreciate fine food and wine. And single diners are always welcome to join us.

Here’s the menu:


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That freestanding building at 1230 W. Fairbanks Ave., just west of Orlando Avenue, in Winter Park has been home to a few concepts, including Bread & Co., Nakada’s Kitchen, which was inside Bread & Co., and Wonton Asian Kitchen. Before it housed restaurants it was a beauty salon and day spa.

The current tenant is Tous Les Jours, which opened a year ago. Like B&C, its pastry line is French-Asian. Unlike it, it is part of an international franchise based in South Korea. According to its website, “Since its launch in the United States in 2004, Tous les Jours has developed into a reputable bakery & café franchise,” which makes you wonder what sort of ill repute it started out with.