I was surprised when my GPS led me to 1375 S. Semoran Blvd. and the Taste of Yucatan. I was pretty sure I’d paid my last visit to this address years ago. And I’d been here many times before.
Over the years, the free-standing building, which began its life as a Captain D’s seafood restaurant, has had many tenants. After the captain ran this particular franchise aground, it became Thai Chili, which in the late ‘90s was part of a then-surging Thai scene.
Then Two Fat Chefs moved in. That was the name of the restaurant, please don’t accuse me of fat shaming.
The Osprey Tavern, the Baldwin Park restaurant that opened in March last year, recently added weekday lunch to its repertoire. So it seemed like a good excuser for a return visit to a place that just seems to get better as it goes along.
The lunch menu has a few echoes from the dinner bill of fare. The “All Hands on Deck,” for instance, the curiously named burger, identical in description and price, $16, at lunch and dinner. Or the Hanger Steak, the curiously priced entree, $22 at lunch and $28 at dinner, even though both feature an eight ounce piece of Painted Hills meat. (Description nearly the same, though the accompanying “cheddar cauliflower” becomes “cauliflower gratin” at sundown.
I recently got a glimpse of a brand new restaurant that’s about to open and had a chance to taste some of the innovative dishes it will serve. It’s called Tony Roma’s and it will have its official debut in October.
I know, I know. Tony Roma’s has been around for, what, 45 years? But the brand, which is owned by Orlando based RomaCorp, was due for a refresh. (Because, 45 years.)
So the International Drive location has undergone a massive renovation that will serve as a global prototype (you can find Tony Roma’ses in 30 countries, so that’s about as global as you can get).
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Next Supper Club
at Hamilton’s Kitchen
Only 8 Seats remain
Our next Supper Club will be a return visit to Hamilton’s Kitchen at the Alfond Inn. Since our last outing there, a new executive chef has moved into the resort’s kitchens, so this will be a chance to see what changes Jason Klingensmith has made. He and his crew have put together a scrumptious sounding menu. It’s going to be a good one, I can tell.
The dinner is being offered at $92 per person, plus tax ($97.52). Gratuity is included in that price so there is nothing else to pay.
We’ll begin with a reception at 6:30 p.m. with dinner at 7:15. I’m looking forward to seeing you there. Please note that there is a limited number of seats available.