Carries exterior

I had arranged to meet a friend at a Winter Park restaurant for lunch, but when we got there we discovered it was closed. Apparently its experimental lunch concept is no more, though no one felt the need to change the information on the website.

Luckily, I remembered a place I’d driven by a few weeks ago, so we hopped into my car and drove to Carrie’s Winter Park Cafe.

Carrie’s serves only breakfast and lunch, closing each day at 2 p.m. My friend and I made it in under the wire, and luckily one of us was in the mood for breakfast and the other wanted lunch.


raglan dancers

I’m pleased to announce that our next Supper Club will be a Harvest Dinner at Raglan Road, Disney Springs. We’ll convene at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 17, for a cocktail reception followed by a multi-course meal of Irish inspired cuisine with pairings of ales, lagers and ciders.

This will be a good chance to meet Raglan Road’s new executive chef, Mark O’Neill, and to see (and taste) his vision for the popular restaurant’s menu. O’Neill, as I told you in an earlier article, is a native Irishman who has cooked in top restaurants in Ireland, Europe and Britain, including the two Michelin-starred Green House in London.

I certainly like what I see on the special menu that he’s put together for our Supper Club. I’m especially anxious to try the fish course and those parmesan and dill gnocchi. I’ve posted the menu below so you can take a look for yourself.

Tickets for the dinner are $100 plus booking fee, with tax and gratuity included. The retail price of this dinner would be $185 but the folks at Raglan Road are offering this special price exclusively for readers of the flog. Follow this link to the Supper Club event page. Seating, of course, is limited, so be sure to book right away.

Looking forward to seeing you at this Supper Club and enjoying the great food and entertainment that Raglan Road always provides.


Southeast Steel Air Fry Competition still

I helped judge a friendly little chicken wing-cooking competition at Southeast Steel the other day. But the twist was that these wings weren’t deep fried, they were air fried.

And to make it twistier, they weren’t done in one of those countertop air fryers but rather in a “conventional” oven with an air frying element built into it. A representative for Frigidaire explains it in the video below.


Will Fly for Food

The travel-booking website Kayak and OpenTable, an online reservation resource, have published “Will Fly for Food,” a compilation of “25 restaurants worth traveling for,” and Orlando’s Tap Room at Dubsdread is on the list.

Tap Room is listed among other worldwide destinations such as Gilda by Belgious in Barcelona, Paddock & Vine in Sydney, and Wirsthaus in der Au in Munich. Ft. Lauderdale’s Serafina by the Sea and Crust in Miami were also cited.

According to Kayak’s website, the list, which you can see here, features “hidden-gem restaurant’s in Kayak’s most popular destinations around the world.” Tap Room at Dubsdread is certainly a local gem but I wouldn’t consider it hidden. Los Angeles’ Musso & Frank Grill is downright legendary, but it, too, is on the list.

So how does the Tap Room at Dubsdread land on an exclusive list along with the likes of カヤカバイザシー in Tokyo?

According to the site’s notes on food data methodology, the destinations were selected based on trending booking data for travel between July and the end of 2019. So, good news for Orlando’s tourism numbers.

The restaurants on the list were generated by diner reviews on OpenTable’s website left during a 12-month period that ended June 30, 2019. To be considered, the restaurants had to have an overall rating of more than 4.4 stars and had to be tagged as a “neighborhood gem” in at least 10 percent of the reviews. Tap Room’s overall score is 4.8 stars out of 5.

If Tap Room at Dubsdread is too hidden for you, enter the address (which, oddly, is not included in the Kayak listing), 549 W. Par St., Orlando, in your favorite mapping app.


Signature exterior

As we await the results of the 2019 Best Indian Foodster Awards for Independent Restaurants, let me tell you about a new Indian cafe in South Orlando that you may want to give a try.

It’s called Signature India and it opened in April in a strip mall at 11352 S. Orange Blossom Trail in Orlando. The place isn’t heavy on decor. There are tomato red walls and oxblood red booth backs and pendant lights over the booth tables. The place is neat and tidy for the most part.