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Recent Reviews and Restaurant News

Written By Scott Joseph On April 29, 2021

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Deli Desires

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On a shelf just below the counter at Deli Desires where customers place orders and pick up their food is a row of boxes of Diamond Crystal Kosher Salt. I mention it because that may very well be the only kosher item in the place.

Not that Deli Desires is trying to pass itself off as a traditional kosher deli. How could they when the second item on the menu board, just beneath the Jewish staple latke, is a bacon sandwich?

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Korean Gogi Grill

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I had a perfectly pleasant meal recently at Korean Gogi Grill on Sand Lake Road’s Restaurant Row. I enjoyed the surroundings, the graciousness and good humor of the staff, and the food (mostly).

Gogi occupies a building on an outparcel in the Marketplace at Dr. Phillips. It’s a lovely space with a modern decor. Tables are wired for those wishing to cook their own meats and the comfy chairs – and plates and napkins and just about everything else in the restaurant are emblazoned with the restaurant’s name, which is Korean for meat.

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Restaurant Revitalization Fund application process begins Monday

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The Restaurant Revitalization Fund, part of the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan, will begin accepting applications on Monday for the $28.6 billion in grant funds to aid restaurants, bars, caterers, food trucks and other foodservice operations that lost money due to the pandemic.

Almost no one believes the funds are sufficient to meet the demand.

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Other Stuff

Mother’s Day dining options include a Tap Room brunch, charcuterie course, weekend specials and chef tributes

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Mother’s Day is sneaking up on us, just like mom used to do when she thought we were up to something.

I’m hoping that you and your mom – and all the others close to you – will be fully vaccinated by May 9 so that you can finally treat her to a proper Mother’s Day brunch. The Mother’s Day category in our Holiday Dining listings will have plenty of options for you, but consider some of our favorites.

Tap Room at Dubsdread will be featuring a version of its popular brunch buffet, with roasted leg of lamb, herb encrusted prime rib and grilled mahi mahi, among other items. Visit the website for reservation details

Tornatore’s is doing something a little different and offering a charcuterie class at noon. You and mom can learn about making your own charcuterie board with cured meats and cheeses, dried nuts, fruits and crackers. And while you’re learning you can sip on bottomless mimosas and endless glasses of wine while nibbling on appetizers and dessert. Class is $100 per person and space is limited. Call 407-292-2248.

Our friends at Mia’s Italian Kitchen will celebrate mom all weekend with two entree specials available Friday through Sunday. Choose between prosciutto wrapped chicken involtini ($26), stuffed with ricotta, parmigiano, roasted red peppers, basil, roasted garlic mashed potatoes, and roasted romanesco; or jumbo red shrimp scampi ($24), with house-made pappardelle, lemon, butter, white wine, garlic, and parsley. Reservation details at the website.

The chefs at the JW Marriott Orlando Bonnet Creek are featuring dishes they cooked with their moms as kids. Such as, Chef Justin’s Sage & Rosemary Biscuits & Gravy; Chef Alex’s Salmon Cakes; and Chef Jonathan’s Texas Sheet Cake. Reservations are required: 407-919-6300
$65 per person $35 per child (4 – 12 years of age) Complimentary (3 and under)


Poll: Would it matter to you if a restaurant’s staff members were fully vaccinated?

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Now that all adults are eligible to receive a Covid-19 vaccination, even youthful restaurant workers may now get one. If a restaurant advertised that 100 percent of its staff has been fully vaccinated, would you be more likely to dine there?

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