Orlando Classics is an occasional look at Central Florida restaurants that have been in business for at least 25 years.
Whenever anyone asked about Orlando dives — and you’d be surprised how often people ask — there were always two immediate answers: Wally’s and Lee & Rick’s Oyster Bar.
Wally’s, as those still in mourning know, closed last year. And while it is scheduled to reopen soon with a new owner, its diveyness will have to be determined.
But Lee & Rick’s, now in its sixty-ninth year, is still around and just as unrefined as always. From the cheesy boat facade to the concrete bar with big hunks chipped away from years of shuckers banging their knives on it to pry open oyster shells, this Orlando institution is a delight for the senses.
Nominations are now being accepted for the 2019 Best Sushi Foodster Award for Independent Restaurants.
Listed below are the initial nominees. During the nomination phase, you may select up to three restaurants. The top vote getters will advance to the finals. To place a vote, check the box next to the restaurant’s name then click the VOTE button below the poll.
Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant and The Boathouse at Disney Springs have been named to OpenTable’s list of the top 100 restaurants in America for a Big Night Out. According to Caroline Potter, OpenTable’s chief dining officer, a title I want to hold, "The list spotlights the restaurants that have all the ingredients for the perfect big night out -- upbeat energy, innovative cocktails, robust wine lists, and, of course, outstanding food.” Pretty much sums up Raglan Road; I may have visited the Boathouse on an off night.
Our friend Jamie McFadden of Cuisiniers Catering will be one of the dancing participants at Sweet Dreams: Dancing for TRANSitional Housing, sponsored by Bliss Cares. The event, on July 13, will raise funds and awareness for people in the transgender community, many of whom are homeless. The event will pair 11 amateur dancers with professionals who will compete for trophies. You can get ticket information here. You can also pledge to support McFadden at that link, too.