This is not your average wine bar. But then knowing George Miliotes, no one would have expected it to be.
Miliotes is the George of Wine Bar George, the latest venue to spring up at Disney Springs. It’s big, situated in a newly constructed two-level building with a balcony overlooking the walkway below and part of the lagoon just beyond.
Wine, of course, is the main draw here, and the list, personally curated by Miliotes, is extensive and varied. He wisely included popular names, go-to wines that people order out of habit or because they’re intimidated by some of the more obscure names.
But if Miliotes gets to those people before they place their order, chances are they’re going to be trying something they’ve never heard of. And in all likelihood, they’ll have a new favorite wine.
I thought it would be fun to take a look back at some of our classic restaurants, venerable dining spots that have withstood the vagaries of the industry and the fickleness of the public to endure and even thrive. Today: Enzo’s on the Lake.
Enzo Perlini opened the restaurant in 1980 along with his then wife Jo Anne. They bought a private home on Lake Fairy and converted it from a house to a restaurant. The couple divorced in 2000 but they remained business partners. When Perlini was diagnosed with leukemia, he relinquished day to day operations to Jo Anne. Perlini died in 2006 at the age of 61.
Jo Anne is still at the Longwood restaurant. So are a lot of servers who have been working there for decades. And Enzo’s has maintained a loyal base of customers, many of who drive great distances to dine there.
What made it all so particularly galling was who started it. What made it so satisfying was who ended it.
For those not part of the Twitterverse and for those who may have missed this particular tweet storm (easy to do these days), Brett Anderson, the restaurant critic for the Times-Picayune newspaper in New Orleans who was attending a journalism conference in Orlando last week, made a prejudiced and stereotypical lament on his Twitter feed:
The gold Foodster Award for Best New Restaurant went to 1921 by Norman Van Aken. The Mount Dora restaurant has become a hit with Dorians and people in Orlando who find the drive for excellent food so worthwhile.
In the video, Van Aken talks about some new projects in Miami and the possibility of bringing one of them to Central Florida.
Everybody loves a good sandwich, but making a good one is an art. Our next Foodster category will honor those who have dedicated themselves to fine sandwichery.
These are the nominees for Best Sandwich. You may vote for as many as five nominees. You may also write in a candidate, but please, make sure the name isn’t already on the list — if it is, your entry and any subsequent votes for it will be deleted. Also, do not nominate a restaurant with more than three locations.