Polls are now open for Best Fine Dining in our Foodster Awards for Independent Restaurants
So what constitutes fine dining? It's a higher level of fod quality along with an elevated style of service. Tablecloths are usually employed, and quiet conversation is possible. Good wines are available, often with a sommelier to make recommendations. You know a fine dining restaurant when you're eating in one!
Are you an arepas fan? If so, you're going to want to get over to the intersection of Curry Ford Road and Chickasaw Trail and try Naguará K'arepas.
If you're not an arepas fan, you should also go here; you'll soon be a fan.
If you're not sure whether you're a fan or not, it might be that you just aren't familiar with them. Arepas are essentially little round corn cakes made with masarepa, a ground cornmeal. Think of a fatter type of tortilla or a South American version of a pita.
I'm sure the owners of Gaviota, the Peruvian restaurant that opened late last year in the former Nick's Italian Cafe in Thornton Park, have a good reason for opening a second location so soon -- and so close by.
The new -- or newer -- Gaviota is on Colonial Drive, just over three miles away. But perhaps even curiouser than the proximity are the differences between the two restaurants.
The Thornton Park Gaviota is in the sleek Sanctuary condominiums building. It offers white tablecloth dining inside and a patio overlooking Eola Drive.
Apparently the Pharmacy has found the cure for its ills.
Its closure on Aug. 18, first reported here and represented on its Facebook page as a one-week "kitchen remodeling," was due to financial problems. As was said at the time, the Restaurant Row speakeasy-style bar and restaurant was in need of new investors. Those investors have been found and the restaurant will reopen Thursday, Aug. 31, according to owner Loren Falsone.
Teak Neighborhood Grill, whose neighborhood has been MetroWest since it opened in 2010, has opened a second location. Teak Neighborhood Grill -- Maitland occupies the space in the Village at Lake Lily apartments that was formerly the home of RanGetsu Japanese restaurant. RanGetsu closed in March of 2016.
It's here! Visit Orlando's Magical Dining Month, which somehow defies all principles of the modern Gregorian calendar by running more than five weeks, begins Aug. 25 and runs through Oct. 1.
More than 100 restaurants are participating this year, up from 65 in 2016, including for the first time some well-known Disney restaurants. So even with 38 days, you're not going to be able to visit them all. (No. NO. Stop arguing, you just can't do it.) Also up this year is the cost, $35, two bucks more than 2016, and they're not even paying Emeril Lagasse an endorsement fee this year.
So you're going to have to do some research to narrow your decision. Here's how I go about choosing which Magical Dining Month restaurants I'll visit.
Taste! Central Florida, the brand new benefit event now in its third decade, took place on Aug. 19 at the Orlando World Center Marriott. More than 3000 people attended to taste and sip the wares of dozens of restaurants and beverage purveyors. The proceeds are still being tallied, but it's expected to have raised at least $300,000.