The readers of Scott Joseph's Orlando Restaurant Guide have voted Nora's Sugar Shack as having the Best Craft Beer in our 2017 Foodster Awards for Independent Restaurants. Second place goes to Sloppy Taco Palace and Rogue Pub came in third.
Nora's, located in an old converted house on Virginia Drive near Orlando's Ivanhoe District, has many passionate fans. Read what they had to say.
It's been over nine months since Joseph Burnett, the chef instrumental in shaping Osprey Tavern in its early days, left that Baldwin Park restaurant. At the time, owner Jason Chin said there would be "new and exciting menu changes." There was conjecture that the menu would be made more tavernlike, in terms of both food and pricing.
On a recent visit, I did not find major changes on either front. There are some pubby offerings, such as Cottage Pie and Tavern Burger, though as far as I can remember a burger has always been available. But at $15, said burger is hardly priced like bar grub. And if you're inclined toward the Whole Grilled Branzino or Creekstone All Natural Ribeye, you can expect to pay $32 and $39 respectively.
But I've never had an issue with OT's price point. The quality was always commensurate.
I had a meeting in Mount Dora recently so I decided to combine the trip with a visit to Wave Asian Bistro & Sushi. I'm glad I didn't make a special drive just to eat at this new restaurant. Much of the experience was merely mediocre.
A sushi appetizer of assorted nigirizushi, including shrimp, salmon, tuna and surimi, was lifeless.
The Beef Rice Bowl was disappointing, too, but mainly because I had ordered the Chicken Tempura. With my appointment time looming, I just accepted the dish, which featured bits of chewy beef in a heavy soy based sauce and a sprinkling of sesame seeds.
Visit Orlando announced Wednesday that if there is to be a signature dish to represent Orlando and Central Florida, it will be a dessert, and honey will be a main ingredient.
George Aguel (above), president and CEO of Visit Orlando, made the announcement at the organization's Business Insights Luncheon at Hilton Orlando.
The decision came after a task force of local chefs and food and beverage specialists met with Orange County Mayor Theresa Jacobs regarding the lack of a dish or culinary item that could be identified with the area. Originally, as I reported back in April, chefs were challenged to submit a dish -- any dish -- that they believed could fill that void. The winner was to be announced at the launch of Magical Dining Month.
Delicious Disney, the exquisitely upscale dining event that lets the resort's top chefs go wildly creative, has added a date for a special dinner at California Grill at the Contemporary Resort.
A Culinary Tribute to Mickey Mouse's Birthday will be the theme for the newly added dinner on Saturday, November 18. The dinner will feature "unique and inspired culinary creations coupled with deliciously creative wine pairings..."
I've written about previous dinners here and here.
Several months ago, I was invited to speak to a group of students in the culinary program at Florida Technical College in Kissimmee. I was impressed with the students and their commitment to becoming good cooks. They asked really engaging questions that showed an interest in learning. And I was impressed with the facilities -- the classrooms, kitchens and even a cafe were set up in a strip mall on U.S. 192, a good model for repurposing other ghost malls in the area, perhaps.