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Recent Reviews and Other Stuff

Written By Scott Joseph On September 30, 2016

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Taste of Yucatan

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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. 

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Osprey Tavern Lunch

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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.

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The “New” Tony Roma’s

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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.


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