I’ve seen sushi show up in some unusual places, but I think this might be the strangest: Sunny’s Egg Cafe and Sushi Bar.
I’ve evolved over the years from my view that sushi was something that should be served only from Japanese restaurants. I gave way to the thinking that it was a good way to introduce fresh fish selections onto other menus. Though it started with Thai and other Asian restaurants, sushi as a staple merged onto more mainstream menus. This is the first diner with a sushi bar that I’ve seen.
I have a new favorite vegan restaurant. Not that I had an old favorite, but there is much to like about Market On South, a new market. On, um, South Street. It’s charming, edgy and as enticing as any meat-centric eatery.
Now, I have to be careful here. I’ve learned from writing about vegan restaurants in the past that many of the people who follow the strict regimen don’t seem to have a sense of humor about it. I call it an irony deficiency. One of my favorite columns I wrote as the Chow Hound was about a vegan restaurant. It was located in a space that was a former (and future, as it turned out) gay bar, so I wrote the review as though vegan were a lifestyle choice. I made myself laugh; I made a lot of vegans angry. My goodness, the hate mail I received. Some of them, paradoxically, were out for blood.
So let me be perfectly straight<ahem>forward: The food I tasted at Market On South was terrific and I recommend you try it.
After attending the star-studded and decidedly flashy opening of Morimoto Asia in beautiful downtown Disney Springs, I decided to pop in to Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar, just across the way, which opened with much less fanfare than MA.
Let me just say that as a place to drink, Hangar Bar is way cool. It is, ironically, not large enough to be an actual hangar, and I like that about it. (Turning the World Showplace event space at Epcot into a Hangar Bar with a couple of 747s in it would be pretty neat, too.) It looks like the people who did the decor — let’s call them set designers — had a blast loading the place up with artifacts, posters, maps and gewgaws. The lighting and sound both add to the moodiness. Seriously, this is one beautifully curated venue.
One of my favorite events of the year is taking place this weekend: the Latin Food & Wine Festival, sponsored by the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Orlando. It's a two-day event that includes Savor the Night, a ticketed event that includes unlimited food and drink and a few goodies, and the main food and wine fest, which is free, with food and beverages for sale and entertainment for everyone. I'm honored to once again be invited to be one of the emcees for Savor the Night.
Flying Fish Cafe is next in line for a complete renovation. The popular restaurant at Disney's BoardWalk will not be taking reservations beyond January 31, 2016, and will close Feb. 1 for several months as the redesign takes place.
I also hear that when it reopens, Flying Fish Cafe will have a new bar and lounge, to be built in the sweets shop space between Trattoria al Forno and the Fish. That will be a great addition.
In just the last several years, 200 W. Fairbanks Ave. in Winter Park has been home to three short-lived occupants. The latest, Frank & Steins, a second location for a downtown Orlando beer and brats place, closed on Sunday.
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