Reviews of Canvas, Wahlburgers and Tamale Co.; Last chance for Supper Club
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Despite having its headquarters in Orlando and an inventory of 15 or so brands, Tavistock Restaurant Group has only recently opened a restaurant locally. If you consider Lake Nona local.
Not to diss on Lake Nona. It’s certainly one of Central Florida’s most vibrant regions, with the growing Medical City, including UCF’s medical school and a new VA hospital, among others, and the new headquarters of the USTA. (I hope one of those medical facilities is planning to specialize in treating tennis elbow.) And there’s no argument that Lake Nona has been in need of some good restaurants to serve the residents moving into the mushrooming communities.
I finally got a chance to experience the phenomenon that is Wahlburger’s. I had been to the massive grand opening for the Orlando location that included appearances by Paul Wahlberg, who founded the burger franchise, and his brother Mark, the heartthrob actor. The restaurant was packed to overflowing that night.
Turns out that it’s just about as packed most nights, even on a rainy evening midweek, before the hordes of young people start descending on the nearby bars.
If you’re in the vicinity of the Winter Park Farmer’s Market Saturday, do yourself a favor and find a parking space (try Maitland) and visit the Tamale Co. food truck.
I happened upon the truck — which is more van-like, if you want to be technical — while I was strolling along looking for something breakfasty. You might be thinking, “Tamales don’t sound like something for breakfast,” to which I say, “You must be new here.”