I’m not at all sure what makes Krazy Greek Kitchen krazy. It all seemed rather normal to me. Or maybe spelling it with a K is similar to calling the sushi ingredent surimi krab. Maybe it’s just a imitation crazy.
Whatever. Krazy Greek Kitchen sits across from Central Park in what is the de facto downtown Lake Mary. It has a wraparound terrace for outdoor dining and on the night I visited there was live music in the park, which itself was still aglow with colorful holiday lights.
The menu features most of your classic Greek dishes, or maybe that should be klassic.
I was in the Conway area of the city recently on personal business, which I completed right around noon. So I set out to find a place for lunch and happened upon Sazoncito Latin Food, which has apparently been around for almost seven years.
It’s a small storefront in a strip mall with an impossible amount of food on display on a steam-table buffet behind the counter. As with other Latin food restaurants in the area, you choose a rice, a meat or protein and sides and move along the line as a server scoops your choices into a container.
Scoops isn’t quite the correct word – it’s more like shovels. I recall thinking as I watched the young woman serving me that she was going to need a bigger container. But somehow she got all of it inside.
Oudom, the Thai and Sushi restaurant in Thornton Park’s Sanctuary condominium complex, is closed. A sign on the window of the South Eola Drive business says the closing is “due to deep cleaning” and it will reopen on Tuesday, Jan. 11.
A bright orange sticker on the same window from the State of Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) reads, “This establishment is closed to protect public health and safety.” The sign has a date of Jan. 5.
Bye-bye to another Bubbalou’s and Stonewall but good stuff, too.
It was just in September that we learned the original Bubbalou’s Bodacious Bar-b-que, on Lee Road in Winter Park, had closed. Now comes word that the Apopka location on Rock Springs Road has also shuttered. As with the Winter Park store, circumstances created by the pandemic are the reason, although a post on the restaurant’s Facebook page said: “There’s no one to blame. There’s no situation to blame.” But the post also stated: “For almost the past two years, we have stayed ahead of the pandemic and everything surrounding it. With all of the obstacles we have faced, we have given it our best shot, but can no longer justify staying open.” That leaves the Altamonte Springs and Conroy Road, Orlando, locations the only remaining.
While we’re on the subject of closings, Stonewall, the gay bar on Church Street across from Exploria Stadium, has also closed. I mention it only because it originally opened as a bar and restaurant, Stonewall Bistro, and over the last 14 or so years made other attempts to serve food along with booze. Booze won.
The newish Marketplace at Avalon Park has added breakfast hours, with Pico de Gallo and Nola at Avalon Park serving breakfast burritos, tacos, pancakes, biscuits and more along with joe cups from Rosso Coffee Bar. You can also get a mimosa when Avalon General Store opens at 11 a.m. to make it a boozy brunch, because as we’ve already established, booze wins.
I’m happy to announce a new collaboration with The Community Paper, the widely read publication covering College Park and Downtown Orlando. Each month in a column called Local Flavor, I’ll be offering a recipe from chefs and favorite restaurants for you to try at home.
For January, I have the popular Cranberry Walnut Chicken Salad from Greg and Terry Granda of Shakers American Cafe in College Park. This is an easy one because it requires little cooking – no cooking at all if you use cooked chicken you already have on hand, such as from a rotisserie chicken.
Take a look at the recipe on The Community Paper’s website and give it a try. And if there’s a chef’s recipe you’d like me to try to get for future editions, let me know.