This is a second try for this Tex-Mex eatery. The first, in Waterford Lakes, didn't go so well and is now closed. They apparently learned some lessons from that one and now are serving solid Tex-Mex fare in a fun atmosphere....
|Address||1125 Townpark Ave.|
F&D Cantina Thornton Park
F&D, the food and drink restaurant group, has opened its second, or maybe third, Mexican/Tex-Mex brand, F&D Cantina, in Thornton Park. The restaurant moved in to the space that was Jax Thornton Park since 2017. Prior to that in was Baoery and more famously Cityfish. It began its life, in the early 2000s, as Central City Market when the mixed-use building was new....
|Address||617 E. Central Blvd.|
F&D Kitchen and Bar
Crispy Pig Snacks is the defining dish at F&D Kitchen and Bar. It shows the creative promise that this Lake Mary restaurant could achieve, but it also demonstrates where it falls short.
F&D occupies a space that has in fewer than eight years has been home to four restaurants I can name off the top of my head, and I’m pretty sure I might have missed one or two. Some of them, such as Jinja, Shan and Rikka, all had menus with an Asian influence.
The menu of the current occupant is mostly anchored in North America, with a decided dedication to Central Florida, at least in terms of sourcing. The chef is Pete Morales, a graduate of Johnson and Wales University in South Florida, and an alumnus of the estimable Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink in Miami, as well as other popular restaurants, including Yardbird Southern Bar & Table and Swine Southern Bar & Table. (How did people come up with restaurant names before the ampersand was invented?)
Most of the menu is straightforward, though nothing I would call boring. There were several interesting selections....
|Address||1541 International Parkway|
F&D Woodfired Italian Kitchen
Though open only four weeks when first reviewed, F&DWIK already has a comfortable homeyness about it. The inside dining area is still too small — about 32 seats — for a profitable business model. But the outdoor patio has been expanded, covered and will eventually have a companion bar to the one inside....
|Address||2420 Curry Ford Road|
This is the sort of place I like to come to for breakfast, and when I found myself in Winter Park at an unusually early hour, I stopped in. I ordered the Fairbanks omelet, wtih bacon, ham, sausage, onion, finely diced green peppers, and a few mushrooms folded into an eggy package with melted cheddar on top. It was accompanied by chunky home fries that were nicely crisped but not nearly as greasy as I would have liked them to be....
|Address||1800 W Fairbanks Ave|
Farm & Haus
This is mainly and takeout or delivery operation, though there are some tables available to dine "in" at the East End Market. The food has good integrity, but be prepared to pay for it. (Note that although it lists dinner, it closes most nights at 7.)...
|Address||3201 Corrine Drive|
Farm & Haus Winter Park
Nothing farmy or hausy here. The food is worth discussing. It is both good quality, as it is at the original location, and a bit odd, at least in the terms of the Cobb salad....
|Address||526 S. Park Ave.|
|Address||2464 S. Atlantic Ave.|
Pompano, cobia or anything else that happens to be freshly caught is likely to show up on the menu here. The pompano was oven-roasted and presented on a bed of jasmine rice with black beans and pico de gallo and mango. It was daubed with a flower of avocado butter and accompanied by a poblano chili, which offered a not-too-spicy counter note to the sweetly mild firm-fleshed fish.
The cobia was poached in extra virgin olive oil, which raised the richness of the fish a few notches. It was served with toasted coconut rice and accompanied by a citrus vinaigrette.
It’s a casual, beachy kind of place that tends to be a bit loud.... Read more