The guy at the next booth, a Realtor, apparently, with no secrets, has a booming voice, so I shouldn’t be surprised that I’m sitting in a place that used to be called Loudmouth Grill. That place was short lived. In fact, I didn’t get around to visiting it before it closed. From what I had heard from others, I didn’t miss much.
Now it’s a business called Fresh Made Kitchen, which sounds more like a slogan than a name. It’s embracing all of the current buzzwords and phrases: Chef driven, food focused, hormone free, free range. I think most of us have become inured to these terms.
Although it is a multipage thing (with pictures; my goodness the pictures!), the menu is fairly straightforward. All-day breakfast items, sandwiches, flatbreads, meat, poultry and fish. Several of the entrees sounded intriguing, and I wish I had chosen one of those instead of the omelet I got.
It was called The Works, which brought to mind a bulging egg device, with bacon, sausage, green peppers, mushrooms, tomatoes and spinach spilling out the sides. Instead, it was fairly average as far as omelets go, and too small to bulge anything. I guess I could feel better about myself for eating cage-free eggs from non-steroidal hens.
I selected the fresh fruit option as the side dish, which included blackberries, watermelon squares, sliced strawberries, pineapple chunks and blueberries presented in a romaine lettuce leaf. Also average.
I liked the staff people and their enthusiasm, especially the young man who came into the entryway as several other guests and I were looking over the menu. Actually, the entryway, a sort of rotunda, has enlarged photos of the food hanging on the walls, lighted as fine art would be, and newcomers stand and consider them as though in a gallery. Anyway, the young fellow welcomed everyone and said he was available for questions — perhaps he was a docent — and that he’d be waiting at the register whenever we were ready. Another fellow who cleared my plate asked if I’d like a refill on my drink, even though the drinks are self-serve. That was nice.
This is a quick-serve operation: order at the register, pay, and the cashier will hand you a device to take to any table in the large space. The device somehow lets the staff know which table you’re at and the food will be brought to you when it is ready. (I don’t think it was a malfunctioning device that caused a server to bring me the wrong omelet at first, it was just a simple mistake by the server.)
There is a central bar that probably had booze with the last tenant but now has juicers, coffee dispensers and seating for diners. Music plays a bit loudly, but, unfortunately, not loud enough to drown out the guy at the next table.
Fresh Made Kitchen is at 8965 Conroy Windermere Road, Orlando. It is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. The phone number is 407-909-1170.