Even though I have limited real estate on my kitchen counter, my rice cooker has a permanent dedicated space. Food processor, mixer, slow cooker -- all relegated to the pantry or even the garage. But the rice cooker is used too often to put away. I've been known to make a full meal out of rice with just butter, salt and pepper.
So a new restaurant called Sticky Rice certainly got my attention. I'll admit, though, that I was a bit wary. That's because Sticky Rice moved into a small space on Colonial Drive in the Mills 50 district that in a very short span of time has been home to at least two (and I think three) really disappointing restaurants.
But those memories faded during my visit to SR. The food is good, the staff, though not especially warm or fuzzy, work hard, and the overall experience is positive.
I've lost track of all of the restaurants that have tried to make a go of it in the little freestanding building at 2420 Curry Ford Road in Orlando. Little is the operative word there. The space is so small that it didn't provide enough seats to support most restaurant concepts. I don't think that most of the people considered the "butts in seats" calculation -- the number of customers that must be served each day -- that would be necessary to provide enough income to sustain a business.
So when it was announced that the next business to move in would be a pizzeria, I thought brilliant, that's just the sort of restaurant that can work in such a space. Besides a potentially lower food cost, pizzerias are historically reliable for takeout business, which does not require a seat therein to put a butt.
Victoria & Albert's has added to its constellation of star-studded awards. Forbes Travel Guide released its 2018 ratings and awarded the celebrated restaurant its highest rating: five stars. It had previously been ranked at four stars. It now joins the likes of Alinea in Chicago and New York's Jean-George.
Winnie's Oriental Garden, the Chinese restaurant on Orange Avenue in Winter Park, is expected to close in "a few more months," according to Nick Leung, son of the restaurant's owner and namesake, Winnie. Leung said that his mother "is ready to retire and I can't handle it on my own." The restaurant opened in the summer of 1995.
Leung said that his mother has a preliminary agreement with the owner of Black Bean Deli, the popular Cuban eatery whose original location is just around the corner on U.S. Highway 17-92.