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Another in a series of looking back at Classic Orlando Restaurants.

We've been discussing some of the restaurants celebrating milestones this year. Beefy King at 50, for example, and several others including Christner's Prime Steak & Lobsters and Pannullo's Italian Restaurant at 25.

I was surprised to learn about another restaurant to reach the quarter-century mark: Sharon's Homestyle Cookin'.

Although it's been cooking, or cookin', if you prefer, for that long, it has only been in its current location for about three years.

FIRST ON SJO -- The space at 140 N. Orlando Ave., Winter Park, previously held by Carmel Kitchen will be taken over by Cinco Taco + Tequila.

Not a whole lot of information about the restaurant, but I'm going to go out on a limb and assume it will offer tortillas filled with various meats and accouterments and specialize in beverages with an alcohol made from blue agave.

More soon.

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PARIS -- Day One: Landed in Paris and met my driver for the ride into the city center — obligatory ride around the Arc de Triomphe and down Champs-Elysées — to Hotel Bel Ami in the sixth arrondisement, just south of Boulevard Saint-Germain, about a block from the busy street behind Les Deux Magots cafe.

It’s the beginning of the Food Secrets of France tour that I’m co-leading with chef Kevin Fonzo through Art In Voyage — Beyond Travel. I had barely enough time to check into my five-star room (more on that another time) before meeting the group in the lobby to head out on our first tour, a sampling of markets and food shops.

We rode with our guide, Dina, on the Metro to the area above République near Marais. We started walking — on what would be a great day of walking — to Marché des Enfants Rouges, one of the city’s more famous markets, named for the children of an orphanage in the 16th century that were made to wear red.

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A demitasse of details.

  • Ivanhoe Park Brewing is set to open — softly, of course; no one opens hardly anymore — June 29 at 1300 Alden Road, Orlando. Orlando mayor Buddy Dyer will untap a keg — or is that unkeg a tap? — at a private event in the afternoon. Mortals are allowed in at 4:30 p.m.
  • Speaking of brewers, the kitchen at Orange County Brewers in downtown Orlando has been overrun by lobsters. (I almost called them by their colloquial name, but that would have been too salacious.) Red Claw Lobster Rolls and Pizza Pies has a lobster laden menu that even includes lobster pizza.
  • À La Cart Street Food and Craft Beer (are you picking up on a theme here?) has name three permanent food trucks for its Milk District Property: PokeKai, Vinny & Kory, Steak it Easy. Sometime in July, which is pretty close.
  • Foxtail Coffee Co. (we’re still talking brewing, technically) is opening its first drive through only location at 805 Lee Road, Orlando. Also July.
  • I got a note from the folks at Rosen Resorts with details about their restaurants’ Magical Dining Month menus. Already? Let’s get through the rest of June, all of July and most of August first.
  • Don’t forget that Bite Night is Monday, June 25. Search Orlando Weekly’s website for ticket info.
  • Is anyone taking bets on when the craft beer fad fizzles?