P&D Soulfood Kitchen

Written By Scott Joseph On November 10, 2022

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I would have been upset that I got practically nothing of what I ordered from P&D Soulfood Kitchen if what I ended up with hadn’t been so darn good.

P&D is mainly a takeout restaurant in the Village Square complex on Goldwyn Avenue in Orlando. The building doesn’t look like it would be home to a restaurant – it’s more office-like – and P&D occupies a small space inside a door accessed down a hallway on the first level. Finding it was considerably easier than finding a website and way to order online.

In fact, it doesn’t seem that P&D has a website, and an order portal could only be accessed via a Google search. There you can find a menu and place an order for delivery or pickup through a third-party. (Even if you plan to pick up your order, as I did, you have to go through DoorDash, UberEats or one of the others.)

But I found my way to the online form, made my selections, including side dishes, and clicked the button to complete the order. About two minutes later I received a call from the restaurant telling me nearly everything I had ordered – including the side dishes – was not available. That sort of thing happens when dining at a restaurant, too, but it’s easier to open up the menu again and choose something else. Not so easy when you’ve already shut your computer down.

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Oley’s Kitchen and Bar-b-que

Written By Scott Joseph On April 23, 2015

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I had a perfectly pleasant lunch recently at Oley’s Kitchen and Bar-b-que, on Rio Grande Avenue near the corner of Michigan Street. It isn’t anything special or fancy, just plain, good food.

The woman who greeted me seemed to be the only one working there at the time, but she was handling all the duties just fine. She graciously offered me the menu and something to drink, then returned a few moments later to take my order.

Oley’s specializes, according to its menu, in both Southern/soul and Caribbean cuisines, so of course I had to have some of each. From the former I got the barbecued ribs, from the latter, stew chicken, not to be confused with chicken stew.

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Nikki’s Place

Written By Scott Joseph On October 29, 2014

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If you were to look only at the website for Nikki’s Place without first visiting the restaurant in the Parramore district restaurant, you might expect something quite different than what it actually is, a quaint neighborhood diner. In fact, you might be expecting someplace quite grand and celebrated. And if you reverse the order and check out the website after a visit, you might wonder if you’d been to the same place.

That’s because the website for Nikki’s Place was apparently designed by someone who was trying to get the attention of Internet search engines by inserting key phrases into the copy. Go to the site and try to count how many times the phrase “best restaurants in Orlando” appears. That’s so that if someone, perhaps a potential visitor to the City Beautiful, types that phrase into, say, the Google search bar, Nikki’s Place might be one of the top results. (By the way, be warned that the website has an annoying autoplay video with rather loud music, too).

The problem is that Mr. Google and other search engine moguls long ago figured out that people were trying to game the system and the algorithms that determine search results have been rewritten several times over. Search with that phrase now and Nikki’s will not appear until several pages in. And that’s how it should be.

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