Shakers American Cafe is the winner of the 2017 Best Breakfast Foodster Award. The readers of Scott Joseph’s Orlando Restaurant Guide chose Se7en Bites Bake Shop for second place and Winter Park’s Briarpatch for third.
In casting her vote, Lucy Minnie Schnauzer (probably not her real name; just guessing) wrote “Shakers American Cafe always has fresh, creatively plated breakfast entrees. The new owners make it a friendlier place to go.”
Chris Huff wrote, “Seven Bites! The whole menu is fantastic.”
I found myself in Kissimmee the other day, which isn’t nearly as sinister as it sounds. I mean, it’s not like I was hit over the head and thrown into a trunk of a car and woke up alongside US 192. There was no trunk involved.
But as I came to, I saw a new restaurant called Ataj Indian Cuisine. I dusted myself off and went inside.
Now, there’s no reason for us to get into a discussion of preconceived notions for restaurants in this part of town. Let’s just say that a disappointing number of businesses seem to ascribe to the theory that they don’t really need to try very hard to impress customers because, being in a tourist-dominated area, a new wave of customers comes in every week. It’s unfortunate, but it happens.
The finalists for the 2017 James Beard Foundation Awards were announced Wednesday. The two Central Florida chefs nominated for the Best Chef South category, Kathleen Blake of the Rusty Spoon and Brandon McGlamery of Luma on Park, did not advance to the finals.
I had to double check the list to make sure that I hadn’t accidentally been sent last year’s list of finalists — three of the five nominees were also on the 2016 short list. They include: Slade Rushing, Brennan’s, New Orleans; Jose Enrique, Jose Enrique, San Juan, Puerto Rico; and Vishwesh Bhatt, Snackbar, Oxford, Miss.