Soco Thornton Park is celebrating its ninth anniversary with a special “throwbacks” menu featuring diner favorites over the past not-quite-decade. “This is a limited time promotion,” said chef/partner Greg Richie, “which will last through the month of September.”
It’s a three-course prix fixe menu for $45 with an optional $20 wine pairing.
Some of the highlights include the Boiled Peanut Hummus appetizer, one of the dishes I thought best embodied the restaurant’s Southern contemporary concept when it first opened, and Cornmeal Crisped Oysters.
Among the entrees are Richie’s Three Meat Blend Grilled Meatloaf, with asparagus and onion rings and served on mashed potatoes. (Originally they were lobster mashed potatoes, and you can upgrade yours for $12). There’s also the Creole Spiced Shrimp and Grits with cornmeal crisped okra, and Chicken Fried Cauliflower Steak, one of the better vegetarian entrees I’ve had.
See the full menu and available pairings below.
Always best to make reservations. Soco is at 629 E. Central Blvd., Orlando. It’s open for dinner Tuesday through Saturday. Also open for weekend brunch. The phone number is 407-849-1800.
Soco’s 9-year Favorite Throwbacks Menu
Boiled Peanut Hummus
Pickled Vegetables, Pita Chips
Creamy Maine Lobster Bisque
Three Cheese Tortellino
Cornmeal Crisped Oysters
Chicharrón, Green Tomato Relish, Herb Cream
Three Meat Blend Grilled Meatloaf on Mashed Potatoes (add lobster +$12)
Asparagus, Crispy Onion Rings, Smoked Vidalia-Andouille Sausage Gravy
Creole Spiced Shrimp and Grits
Nora Mills Grits, Cornmeal Crisped Okra, Smoked Bacon Tomato Emulsion
Molasses Brined Heritage Pork Chop
Crispy Grits Cake, Collard Greens, Pimento Mornay
Chicken Fried Cauliflower Steak
Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Vine Ripe Tomato Gravy
Potato Chip Crusted Chocolate Cake
Peanut Brittle, Salted Caramel Sauce
Meyer Lemon Curd Tart
Shortbread Crust, Berries, Orange Chantilly
Add Wine Pairing $20
Sunbreak Old Vine Chenin Blanc
Carmel Road Pinot Noir
Mia Cantina Sparkling Rose