I drove out to Ocoee the other day and found myself back in 1988.
Well, not really, but as I had dinner at Bates New England Seafood & Steakhouse, I couldn't help thinking of when Boston's Fish House opened in Winter Park. That was when good seafood restaurants were hard to come by in Central Florida, which is odd to think of today considering we're essentially surrounded by seawater.
It's even odder that one of the best new seafood restaurants in town was flying its fish in from New England.
So does Bates. And just like Boston's before it, it features New England specialities like Ipswich or whole belly clams and seafood platters of breaded and deep-fried fish, shrimp, scallops and other things from the sea.
There's still over a month left to go in the 2017 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival, which began on the last day of August this year and runs through Nov. 13. Not only is the festival longer than in years past, it's also bigger, spreading out farther into Future World West than before.
I think it's high time for another Supper Club, how about you?
For some time now, I've been telling people about the new and improved Tony Roma's Orlando. The restyled restaurant is not the Tony you used to know, it really is a better place, both in the the atmosphere and the food.
Then I figured, why not just show you? So I've partnered with the Tony Roma's to put together an evening of good food and drink. We'll even spice things up by starting with a hands-on activity making Chef Bob's Spice Rub -- and you'll get to take your concoction home with you.
Cost of the evening is $82 plus tax -- $86.92 -- which includes gratuity. That's a four-course dinner with pairings. It's a special offer just for you.
The entries are in, and now the polls are open for you to vote in the quest to find a honey-fied Orlando signature dish.
As you'll recall, the initiative, which was started by Orange County mayor Theresa Jacobs and being facilitated by Visit Orlando, called upon area chefs to create a dish using honey as a prominent ingredient. Honey was chosen because it is an abundant crop in Central Florida.
Victoria & Albert's has been voted Best Fine Dining in Scott Joseph's Foodster Awards for Independent Restaurants. Bull & Bear at the Waldorf Astoria was your second favorite and Norman's at the Ritz-Carlton was third.