Carolina barbecue, by way of New York, planned for Pointe

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Brother Jimmy logoAnother new restaurant has been announced for the soon-to-undergo-renovations Pointe Orlando.

Brother Jimmy’s, a barbecue restaurant, will take over the second level space that was previously occupied by Adobe Gila’s. It is scheduled to open in late 2019.

Brother Jimmy’s specializes in North Carolina barbecue and is based in New York City. One of its first restaurants opened in 1989 in on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. It has no locations in North Carolina.

I’ll just pause a moment so the North Carolinians out there can grab some smelling salts.

The restaurant’s motto is “Put some South in Yo Mouth.”

Sure, I can wait a few minutes longer; take all the time you need to compose yourselves.

Your table is ready: On your mark, get set, eat.

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Portscotho table

One of the more annoying things about going out to eat is showing up at the restaurant on time for your reservation only to be told the table isn’t ready and you’ll have to wait in the bar.

And then you wait in the bar. And wait. Until finally a party decides they don’t need a third coffee refill and there are no more dessert crumbs to glean from the table and they finally leave.

Reservationology is not an exact science. It’s a guessing game at best and an exercise in futility at worst. The restaurants do their best to estimate how long a table of average diners will take to eat a meal and then turn around and allow unaverage diners to book tables.

So we wait in the bar.

But on a recent trip to the United Kingdom, I noticed a trend. Several times when went online or called a restaurant to make a reservation, I was told that I would have to surrender the table after a certain amount of time, an hour and a half sometimes, two hours later. If it was an online reservation, I had to click a box to acknowledge that I understood the policy and agreed to relinquish the table.

Wine dinner at Rocco's Italian Grille will feature the wines of Castello di Querceto

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Rocco castello

Rocco Potami, the chef and owner of Rocco’s Italian Grille & Bar in Winter Park, is hosting a Castello di Querceto wine dinner on Tuesday, July 9, and it’s looking to be the dinner deal of the summer.

The evening will begin at 6:30 p.m.with a welcome sparkler of Rotari Brut 2014 and will be followed by a five course dinner, each paired with a wine from Castello di Querceto's portfolio. And the cost is $85 plus tax and gratuity.

If you know the quality of Potami’s food — and you should — you’ll know that that’s an amazing value, even without the wines. His Veal & Beef Ravioli in a white truffle sauce, which happens to be the second course, is enough to get me to sign on. But there’s plenty more good stuff on the menu. I got a sneak peek of it and I’ll share it with you below.

To reserve your space for the dinner, call the restaurant at 407-644-7770. Seating is limited, so don’t wait too long on this one. Rocco’s Italian Grille & Bar is at 400 S. Orlando Ave., Winter Park.

Here’s the menu:

Bad As's accepts Foodster Award for Best Sandwich

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bad ass plaque

I stopped in recently to present the Foodster Award for Best Sandwiches to Bad As’s, the Milk District restaurant.

Accepting the award were Danielle Linares and Yevgeniy Ignatov.

And this is a reminder that we’re in the nominating phase for Best Vietnames. Head over the the Foodsters page and place your vote. Nominations will be accepted through July 9 and the finalists will be named on July 10.