H&H Rolls Out Sunday Brunch, plus Recent Reviews & News
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Highball & Harvest Starts Sunday Brunch
Our friends at Highball & Harvest, the contemporary Southern restaurant at the Ritz-Carlton Orlando, are adding Sunday brunch to the repertoire starting this weekend. H&H has consistently been offering excellent and inventive food since it opened just two years ago. I’m looking forward to seeing what chef de cuisine Nathan Hardin and pastry chef Stephane Chéramy have cooked up for brunch.
The opening brunch menu is set to feature such things as Smoked Pork Eggs Benedict with BBQ Hollandaise; Burnt Rosemary Rubbed Prime Rib; Salt Crusted Salmon; and a station for omelets or eggs any way you like them. You can see the full menu here.
There’s also a raw oyster bar, live entertainment and bottomless mimosas.
Brunch will be served from noon to 2 p.m. Cost is $58, $20 for kids 12 and under. It’s a pretty spacious restaurant, but you should call 407-393-4422 for reservations just so they’ll know how much of that BBQ Hollandaise sauce to whip up.
Highball & Harvest is at Grande Lakes Orlando, 4012 Central Florida Parkway, Orlando.
I ended up having a pleasant meal at Thailicious in Longwood. It didn’t seem promising when I walked through the door and stood waiting to be greeted. A waiter breezed right by me without so much as a how do you do. But almost as quickly as he whooshed by, another young man stepped right up and offered me the kind of warm welcome a visitor to a new place should receive. He showed me to a a small table at a banquette.
I was less encouraged when it became clear that the first fellow would be my server, and I wish I could say that he warmed up a bit. But clearly something was distracting him.
I did something I haven’t done in a long time recently. Or maybe I should say I didn’t do something. During my most recent trip to New Orleans, I didn’t get a muffuletta. I lived, and I most certainly didn’t go hungry. (I’ll tell you about a couple of outstanding meals soon.)
But I did sort of miss it. So when I saw that Dancing Pigs Deli’s menu highlighted its muffuletta, or muffaletta, as they prefer to spell it, as one “that would make a Cajun envious,” I figured I could right the wrong of three weeks ago in NOLA.
No, I don’t think any Cajuns will be turning green over this version. (And by the way, the sandwich is an invention of Italian immigrants to the area, but let’s not quibble about that.)
I stopped by Chroma Modern Kitchen + Bar in Lake Nona the other day in advance of its Sept. 21 official opening. Chroma is the latest concept from Orlando based Tavistock Restaurant Collection and a sister restaurant (or brother, I could never figure out how to tell) of nearby Canvas Restaurant & Market. Clearly, TRC is dedicated to improving the dining scene in Lake Nona, not surprising considering that the Tavistock Development Company is one of the major developers in that part of town.
The restaurant was in the throes of training when I visited, both in the front of the house with the serving staff and in the back with the small army of cooks. I also got to sit in while executive chef Jason Bergeron led the servers through a tasting of several of the dishes that will be on the small-plates menu. I was encouraged by what I saw -- and tasted -- and can't wait to visit it once it's up and running.
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Olympia Restaurant, one of Orlando’s oldest family operated restaurants, is for sale. At least the land that it sits on is on the market. Co-owner Vasilios Vasiliadis, said that he and his brother have put the property on the market although so far there have been no takers.
As I teased back in July, BB Junction is vacating the original 4 Rivers Smokehouse location on Fairbanks Avenue and a taco concept is moving in.
Hunger Street Tacos has been operating as a catering unit for the past two years. The owners hope to achieve with tacos what John Rivers did with barbecue. (Indeed, a brisket taco is one of their featured menu items.)
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