Let’s start 2019 out right with a Supper Club at Big Fin Seafood Kitchen. We’ll convene at the Dellagio Plaza restaurant on Friday, Jan. 18, at 6:30 p.m.
Executive chef James Slattery and chef de cuisine Darlene Christeleit along with sous chefs Brie Austin and Paulo Santos have put together a menu of food with a story, paying homage to regional events of 2018 with a look ahead to the exciting possibilities of the New Year.
And each course will be paired with wines that have been aged in bourbon or tequila barrels, which will be an interesting component on its own.
The concept of the permanent food truck rally that is À La Cart brings with it one great advantage over other food truck gatherings. Yes, there is available seating, something that is often nonexistent unless you haul your own lawn chairs. And much of that seating is inside a pavilion, which not only offers said seating -- at tables! -- and shelter from the elements but also has a bar serving an impressive array of craft beers.
Nice things all. But the nicest advantage is something I didn’t realize at first. Something was missing here from other food truck rallies, and its absence makes À La Cart all the more enjoyable. The mostly permanent location allows the participating trucks to operate on electric power and leave their loud, smelly, gasoline chugging generators off.
I don’t supposed it’s absolutely necessary to know who the four guys of Four Guys Pho in Casselberry are but it does beg the question. Though as far as I know, no one loses any sleep over not knowing who the five guys of Five Guys Burgers are. (They are the Murrell brothers from Washington, D.C., though the fifth one wasn’t born yet when his older brothers started the business, posing another question that will go begging for now.)
The website for Four Guys Pho says that the Vietnamese restaurant is also the project of brothers, though no names are offered. And when I called the restaurant to ask, the gentleman who answered the phone said that if I wanted to know their names I would have to come to the restaurant because he wasn’t authorized to give that information out over the phone.
Maybe it should be called the Soup of the Secretive Siblings.
Whatever. The food, especially the pho, was quite good when I visited recently.
It took more than a year, but the transition — and bifurcation — of North Quarter Tavern into City Pub, a bar and restaurant, and Bitters & Bottles Cocktail Lounge is finally complete. The two new businesses opened with the New Year.
City Pub’s website describes itself as a “chef-driven gastropub” with Adam Dierks at the wheel. The menu features the expected burgers, flatbreads and other pub grub, such as fish and chips, cottage pie and roast chicken. Is there such a thing as an autonomously driven gastropub?
City Pub occupies the corner space, including the front patio, that North Quarter Tavern held.
It's difficult to find independent steakhouses, most have been bought up by national chains. But they're still out there, and we've got some terrific ones in Central Florida. Which is the best steakhouse? That's up to you.
The restaurants listed here are among the best steakhouses in town. You may select up to FIVE of your favorites you'd like to see advance to the finals.
Four our purposes here, a steakhouse is defined as a restaurant that prominently features steaks and chops on its menu. If you have a favorite steakhouse not on the list, you may write the name of the restaurant in. But please, be certain that the restaurant isn't listed elsewhere on the roster already. If it is, your write-in vote -- and any subsequent votes it receives -- will be deleted; the votes will not be added to the previous entry.
Also, remember that the Foodster Awards are for Independent Restaurants with three or fewer locations. Any chains written in will also be deleted. No chains.
Nominations will close on Jan. 16. The restaurants receiving the most votes will advance to the finals.