Cask & Larder
If this had been the Cask & Larder that opened originally in Winter Park, it would still be there. (Sister restaurant Ravenous Pig moved into the Cask's old home.)
This is a “Southern-inspired public house,” which means it features stylistic takes on Southern fare. The Larder in the name is a reference to a pantry.
The Cask refers to a beer barrel and is an indication that C&L brews its own beers. (All involved would prefer that you not call it a brewpub.) Good beer, too, plus a fully stocked liquor bar (with some fun cocktails, it should be mentioned).
Cask & Larder is in Terminal 2 of Orlando International Airport, so you can visit only if you're flying out of that terminal....
|Address||1 Jeff Fuqua Blvd.|
Chef Art Smith's Homecoming
Chef Eddie's is a Southern and soul food restaurant that's worth the trip. You'll be able to spot the place by the barbecue smoker the size of a locomotive engine out front.
It's an unassuming space that could be more brightly lit. There are several used and unused and very large aquariums throughout the space. And the dining tables are big, blocky things, suitable for family dining rooms, which is probably where they came from.
I was warmly greeted and shown to one of those tables. I looked over the menu but it didn't take me long to decide what I wanted: smothered pork chops. It was a little harder narrowing down my two side items, but my server said the macaroni and cheese and greens were specialties, so that's what I landed on, even though the chops came with yellow rice and I probably didn't need the double starch.
There were three pork chops, nicely cooked and laid out over the rice. The gravy that smothered them was dark and rich and not floury at all. I like the gravy with the rice as much as with the pork chops.
The sides were, indeed, tasty, and the mac and cheese worth the added starches. The collards had a delicious pungency. The cornbread muffin that also c...
|Address||535 W Church St|
Highball & Harvest
The Ritz-Carlton at Grande Lakes Orlando recently opened its newest restaurant, Highball & Harvest, which takes the place of the Vineyard Grill.
During a media preview dinner, I had the chance to sample several of Jeffers' dishes, and I liked all of them quite a bit. ...
|Address||4012 S. Central Florida Parkway|
Oley’s Kitchen and Bar-b-que
The latest buzz generator in downtown Orlando restaurants is Soco, the first "from scratch" restaurant from Thornton Park Restaurant Group. The menu is Southern contemporary (which is why it's called Soco) and highlights include a stylized vesrion of chicken and dumplings and a three-meat-blend meatloaf on lobster mashed potatoes....
|Address||629 E. Central Blvd.|