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Jimotti’s is a bit of an odd place. Odd name, too, at least to my ears, which want to hear something Italian.
But Jimotti’s is Japanese and has a surprisingly substantial menu of kitchen foods and a more compact roster of sushi, sashimi and specialty rolls.
I was in the mood for ramen when I stopped in and ordered the Tonkatsu Ramen from the list of seven or more choices. But I thought I would get a piece of nigirizushi to nibble on while I waited, and I was impressed enough to want to come back for a full sushi complement sometime.
For those who said they’d never cross the street to eat at La Fiesta Grill, there’s news: it has crossed the street so you don’t have to.
It took a little over a year for the move to occur, but the Mexican restaurant has finally taken over the space that previously was Southern Moon (Holy Smoke barbecue before that and an Eckerd Drug Store in the beginning). The announcement was first made when Ocean Sun Brewing announced it would begin making beer in an adjoining space. Ocean Sun opened in March.
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Next Supper Club
at Oceanaire Seafood Room
For our Holiday Supper Club — the final Supper Club of 2016 — we’re going back to an old favorite: Oceanaire Seafood Room.
As those of you who have been reading me for years know, I credit Oceanaire with being among a few fine restaurants that raised the level of seafood quality in Central Florida. And when it comes to hosting a Supper Club, they raise the level there, too.
Our dinner will be on Friday, Dec. 16, with seating in the private dining room at 7 p.m. The special Scott Joseph’s Supper Club price is $98.37 — that’s total, gratuity and tax included.