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Recent Reviews and Restaurant News

Written By Scott Joseph On February 4, 2021

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Chicken Fire

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During February, Scott Joseph’s Orlando Restaurant Guide is featuring restaurants that are Black-owned or that have Black chefs in observance of Black History Month.

Chicken Fire is really misnamed – the Fire ought to have top billing.

Chicken Fire is a restaurant singularly focused on serving Nashville hot chicken, a version of fried chicken that is marinated, breaded, deep fried and then coated in a paste fashioned out of molten lava. And it is wonderfully delicious.

Kwame Boakye began offering his heavenly bit of hell to Central Floridians from a mobile food van. Then, in December, he opened in a storefront location near the corner of Colonial Drive and Bumby Avenue. Such was the popularity of Boakye’s product that the weekend the new restaurant opened the kitchen went through one thousand pounds of chicken.

(It’s also so popular that it has no website and no published phone number. But more on the ordering process in a moment.)

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Caribbean Sunshine Bakery

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During February, Scott Joseph’s Orlando Restaurant Guide is featuring restaurants that are Black-owned or that have Black chefs in observance of Black History Month.

Caribbean Sunshine Bakery is much larger than it appears to be from the outside. At least the restaurant at John Young Parkway and W. Colonial Drive (there are two others in the area). There, it shares a strip mall with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, a Dollar Store, a couple of churches and various other businesses.

The front door would suggest a small fast food operation on the other side, but the inside is more vast, with a couple of different service counters and full service dining area. I stepped inside to pickup the order I had made online and was greeted warmly. After a short confusion regarding what name the order was under – one of several confusions caused by the online ordering system – I was on my way back downtown with my delicious smelling food.

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Other Stuff

Darden and Feeding America give Second Harvest refrigerated food pantry truck

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The good news: Darden Restaurants has partnered with Feeding America, the largest hunger-relief organization in the U.S., to provide assistance, including enhancing mobile food pantry programs with refrigerated box trucks, in five communities in the country with high levels of food insecurity.

The bad news: Orlando is one of the five communities.

Which could also be seen as good news, since Central Florida’s problem with hunger, especially among children and people of color, has been a well-known issue, one that has been exacerbated by the pandemic.

 

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Newsy Nuggets: A deli to pig out at, plus other new restaurants and locations

Deli Desires

  • Orlando is getting a new deli. Of some sort. It’s called Deli Desires and has been operating as takeout and delivery operation through its Instagram page. It is opening softly each weekend at its new storefront in Colonial Town at 715 N. Fern Creek Ave., north of Colonial Drive. It’s purported to be a Jewish style deli but the first item on a menu it has posted in its Instagram feed is bacon, so I have my doubts. Another graphic collage states it is non kosher. No schvitz.

DD’s logo features a wolf, which makes me wonder if it’s an homage to the late lamented Wolfie’s from Miami. Or maybe Wolf’s in New York. Also late, not as lamented. Some of you out there, those of you who are old enough to qualify for a Covid vaccine, might remember that the New York Wolf’s opened a location in downtown Orlando in 1990. It was in the office building at 255 S. Orange Ave. and it was less than the real deal. Didn’t last long. Hope Deli Desires does better. It will operate Friday through Sunday to begin, with a limited menu. And takeout only from onsite ordering.

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Celebrate Valentine’s Day at Tabla

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Remember when love was the only thing in the air and you didn’t have to wear a mask to protect yourself from it?

Last year we managed to get past Valentine’s Day before the shutdowns began. This year, though there is encouragement as the vaccines continue to roll out, Valentine’s Day dining probably won’t look like it has in years past. But there will still be opportunities, whether onsite, on a patio or with a sumptuous takeaway, for you and your quarantine companion to celebrate on Feb. 14. I mean, if you’re still speaking to each other.

 

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