Some dining notes from a recent trip to New Orleans
Had I been asked, I might have counseled for a different name.
Not that I’m a prude; anything but. However, there’s something slightly intimidating about walking up to someone at a food counter and saying, “I’ll have the Bad As’s sandwich.” Besides using a word that many people find slightly offensive, the spelling, which includes that odd apostrophe, makes one wonder just how it should be pronounced.
Then there’s the issue of the logo with a demonic looking figure about to bite into a sandwich with a disturbing set of teeth.
With all that going against it, a restaurant had damn well better have a good product.
Last year, it wasn’t surprising to see the Central Florida Culinary Community come together in the days and weeks following the massacre at Pulse nightclub. They gathered to provide food for first responders and for family members of hospitalized victims and contributed in myriad other ways.
The anniversary of the murders, June 12, has been designated by the city as Orlando United Day — A Day of Love and Kindness. And once again, area restaurants are coming together to make a difference.
The Central Florida Chapter of the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association is spearheading an initiative called Round Up for Kids. It’s really simple: If you dine in one of the participating restaurants on June 12, just round up your check to the nearest dollar and FRLA will donate the difference to the Orlando After-School All-Stars and the Summer of Dreams, a program that reaches out to the area’s homeless children.
At the top of the list of participating restaurants are our friends from Taverna Opa and Tapa Toro. I’m never surprised to see them leading the way to help out in the community. For a full list of participating restaurants, visit this website.
And for restaurateurs, if you’d like to sign your restaurant to help out, contact Marjorie Stone, Central Florida Chapter Director for the FRLA, at 850-524-1747.
And by the way, those acts of love and kindness don’t have to be restricted only to June 12. Just saying.
Jax Fifth Avenue will move in to the space that was recently vacated by Baoery in Thornton Park.
It's a return to downtown Orlando for Jax, which is owned by Jack Thompson. The original Jax Fifth Avenue was in College Park, where Ollie's Public House is now. But at one time there was a Jax on Court Avenue, just south of Central Boulevard. Jax is known for its large deli sandwiches and pickle jars.
Thompson sold the restaurant on Court Avenue to Casey's in 2006 and took over the former Swiss Chalet restaurant in Lake Mary in 2007. He sold that restaruant in 2012 and is not affiliated with it although it continues to operate under the Jax Fifth Avenue name.
There has never been a Jax Fifth Avenue on 5th Avenue.
Renovations on the Baoery space are underway, and Jax is expected to open in August. In an email, landlord Craig Ustler said that he chose Jax for the space because of Thompson's experience and because he felt "Jax was the right fit for the space."