I take it as a generally positive sign that after I order a bowl of clam chowder the first thing the cook does is grab a handful of fresh clams.
That’s what happened when I stopped in for lunch at Happy Snapper, a seafood market with a hot food menu in the Pine Castle area south of downtown Orlando.
It’s a small shop and the inventory of fresh fish, displayed in the counter on crushed ice, is limited. Don’t expect to find the array of a Lombardi’s or Bar Harbor. It’s more the type of place where you ask, “What’s fresh,” and plan your menu from there rather than go expecting to find a certain fish or shellfish for your evening’s dinner.
The menu is compact, as well, but offers a good representation of fruits of the sea.
It wasn’t even a year ago that I told you about a new restaurant on Curry Ford Road called Forever Naan.
Unfortunate name, that.
It was doing full versions of classic Indian dishes – Butter Chicken, Lamb Curry – and doing them good enough, but for whatever reason it closed.
In its place now is Kathi Rolls, named for a food made popular by street vendors in Kolkata. A kathi roll, sometimes spelled kati though it’s pronounced kha-thee, is essentially a kebab served in a folded paratha. So it’s basically an Indian wrap sandwich. Or a subcontinental taco. As served at this eponymous restaurant, it’s also very good.
Restaurant Elize, which took over the Rusty Spoon last year, has named Leon Mazairac executive chef. Mazairac was the 2017 winner, along with sommelier Goos van den Berg, of the Copa Jerez, a food and sherry pairing competition held in Spain, when he was then head chef of Restaurant Podium in Utrecht, the Netherlands. He was also recognized in 2016 for his talent with a prize from French restaurant guide Gault et Millau, and has been the culinary host of a Dutch television show called BinnensteBuiten (Inside Out).
Mazairac’s LinkedIn profile lists his previous post as signature chef at Bernie’s Beachclub in Zandvoort, Netherlands.
Nominations are now being accepted for the 2020 Best Burger Foodster Award for Independent Restaurants.
The restaurants listed on the poll below have been winners and top nominees in past Foodster votes. You may vote for up to three of your favorites. The restaurants getting the most votes will advance to the finals.
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The real hell about weekend brunch is having to wait until 11 a.m. to get a Bloody Mary or mimosa. The folks at Soco feel our pain and will now start serving brunch on Saturday and Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Great, now I have to get up a half hour earlier.
Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida will host its first Chef’s Night of the year on Feb. 6 featuring the Concept Development Team for Walt Disney World. They’ll prepare a four-course dinner and, who knows, maybe come up with a great idea for a new Disney restaurant at the same time. Dinner is from 6 to 9 p.m. at Second Harvest, 411 Mercy Drive, Orlando. Tickets are $125 per person or $200 per couple. If you’re single, you can team up with someone and get the discount; no one checks marriage certificates. But do know that your contributions go toward Second Harvest’s Culinary Training Program. Call 407-514-1070 or go online at FeedHopeNow.org.
Orlando’s Selam Ethiopian & Eritrean Cuisine was named to Yelp’s Top 100 Places to Eat in 2020. The list is based on ratings and reviews on Yelp’s website. Selam was our Foodster Award winner for Best New Restaurant in 2018. Also on Yelp’s Places to Eat list: Southern Charm Cafe, Cape Canaveral; Daybreak Pleasant Street, Gainesville; and German Knoodle, St. Petersburg. Here’s the full list.
In here, it will never be Friday’s again. The Crossroad’s TGI Friday’s has closed permanently. If you were to call that location’s phone number, you’d be placed on hold with elevator music. Permanently.