Recent Reviews and Restaurant News

Written By Scott Joseph On March 5, 2020

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Smoke & Donuts

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I guess the name Smoke & Donuts is now something of a double entendre. It started – and continues to operate – as a food truck, specializing in barbecued smoked meats and, as the name promises, donuts.

But now owner Ian Russell is offering his food truck menu in a non-wheeled environment in partnership with a Mills 50 business called Belicoso Cigars & Cafe. Hence the double meaning of smoke. We won’t get into any Freudian allusions that might arise from cigars and donut holes – sometimes a donut is just a donut. And sometimes it very much is not, but I’ll come back to that.

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What is it about the space at 4979 New Broad St. in Baldwin Park that prevents its occupants from being successful? Or should the space be blamed?

First there was Lago, an Italian restaurant whose owner seemed to be repelled by by his customers. It lasted from 2009 to 2012. Manny’s Original Chophouse moved in in 2018 and out in 2019.

Now it’s home to Galeria, with a confusing mishmash of styles, uneven food preparation and service that is spotty at best.

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Other Stuff

Nominations Open for 2020 Best Tacos Foodster Award

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Here are the nominees for the Best Tacos Foodster Award for 2020.

During the nominating phase, you may vote for up to three of your favorites. The restaurants getting the most votes will advance to the finals.

Click Read More to see the list of nominees and place your vote.

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Field to Feast Raises Nearly $100K to Fight Hunger

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The day couldn’t have been more perfect for the seventh annual Field to Feast, sponsored by our friends at Edible Orlando with Walt Disney World Resort. The day was sunny and crisp, and luckily the light wind was blowing the smoke from a brush fire away from Long & Scott Farms where the event took place on Saturday, Feb. 22.

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Tasting Table: Toledo – Tapas, Steak & Seafood

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In this episode of Tasting Table, in collaboration with WFTV-Channel 9 and icFlorida, we visit Toledo, the Spanish style restaurant on the top floor of the Gran Torino Tower at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort. For more Tasting TAble videos, download the WFTV Now app for Apple TV, Roku and other streaming devices. Click Read More to see the video.

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