This seems to be the year of milestones, at least for area restaurants. Beefy King, of course, is getting a lot of attention, as it should, for hitting the half century mark. And Christner's Prime Steak & Lobsters has been touted for its 25 year anniversary, even though the first 20 were as Del Frisco's Prime Steak & Lobsters.
Quietly, Pannullo's Italian Restaurant is also celebrating its silver anniversary at its Park Avenue address. It's not the oldest along the avenue -- Cafe de France and Briarpatch outdate it -- but its 25-year achievement is worth noting.
Also worth noting: It may have been 25 years since I last dined there, or pretty close. I'm not entirely sure why that is, but knowing of the anniversary and needing a place to meet a friend for lunch, I decided to stop in.
My most recent visit to the restaurant at the corner of Orange Avenue and Virginia Drive, just across from Lake Ivanhoe, had me thinking that the name should be Still instead of Stir. It was very quiet and largely unattended.
Actually, I think we're meant to present the restaurant's name as STIR. According to the About Us page on its website, the name is an acronym for Sip, Taste, Indulge and Relax. And you may do all those things at this restaurant and bar, which is located in the space that most recently was Nova (whose name was a syllabic abbreviation of North of Virginia). Whether you'll want to is another question.
Tasty little bits and tids. Take all you want, but read all you take.
FRLA Central Florida Chapter is partnering with Orlando After-School All-Stars to support the annual “Round Up For Kids” fundraiser. From June 8 to Junly 31, guests at participating restaurants can help homeless youth by simply rounding up their checks to the nearest dollar amount. All proceeds benefit the Summer of Dreams, which supports homeless youth in Central Florida with meals, academic enrichment, tutoring, mentoring, and a backpack filled with school supplies for the fall. Last year, the Summer of Dreams program served 1,151 homeless students in Central Florida.
Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando’s first annual “Dine for Paws” fundraiser is Tuesday, June 5. What is that, you ask? Simply dine out at any of the participating restaurants on June 5 and 15% of proceeds will be donated to Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando, an animal welfare agency. Participating restaurants at this link.
Cocina 214 has the Best Happy Hour, according to the voters in our Foodster Awards for Independent Restaurants. It beat out second place winner Santiago's Bodega by a mere two votes. Moonfish, the Restaurant Row seafood restaurant, was third.
Cocina 214 features a happy hour from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday with $5 214 Rocks, 214 Frozen and El Diablos; $3 Draft Beers; and $5 well drinks.
Santiago's Bodega has hours happy daily from 4 to 6 p.m. and again from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. with half off all wines by the glass, drafts, and premium well drinks, plus $5 tapas selections.
Moonfish, from the Talk of the Town Restaurant Group, gets happy daily from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. with special pricing on draft beer, select red & white wines by the glass, spirits, martinis and fresh fruit infusion cocktails.
Congratulations to all the winners. Maybe we should all get together for a drink or something.
Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto sends his thanks to the readers of Scott Joseph's Orlando Restaurant Guide for voting Morimoto Asia Best Restaurant Overall for 2017. In the video, chef de cuisine Yuhi Fujinaga accepts the platinum plaque at the Disney Springs restaurant.