An old house or a restaurant? Looks more like an old house, but going to eat at this old house is a treat of its own. Turning into the loose pebble stone driveway/parking lot it feels more like visiting some lost Florida uncle’s home rather than a restaurant. Cruising from the parking lot to the main house one can’t help but wonder what is going on in the backyard. Take a peek. It is ground to plate. There is a herb garden thriving right in the back of the restaurant. How organic is that? It does not get fresher than that! Wait, a table with chairs in the garden? Could one actually dine out there? Under the stars, amongst the herbs…..????
The inside is like a personal dining room with a couple of walled sections. It is very cozy and inviting. There is a very relaxed bar, almost like someone’s kitchen counter with bar stools. Inside the bathroom is a salt cleanser, probably the only restaurant in Orlando with this feature. Outside is this grand patio or veranda. It is covered and faces the road with fans and a nice evening breeze. They allow four legged guests.
2009 Cuvee de Blanc, Huguenot Cellar, Santa Ynez Valley, CA. (Grenache Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc & Gewurztraminer) A clean, crisp, herbaceous, white blend that was surprisingly dry and an easy warm climate drinking wine. Perfect to swirl and sip on a veranda.
Lillet Rouge Aperitif de France Beautiful deep ruby red color. Initial aromas of red grapes, raspberries, and blackberries. It is clean, tart, and fruity. The lemon twist adds another layer of citrus flavors.
Prosciutto croquettes wild ramps, pesto aioli dipping sauce was light, crisp, and creamy. Nice starter.
Fresh bread with thyme, honey, and cinnamon butter. The butter was delicious.
Shrimp and Grits creole bbq Florida rock shrimp, creamy cheddar Logan’s Turnpike Grits. The shrimp was a little overcooked but the flavors were spot on. This dish had a bold creole flavor. The grits were creamy and smooth.
Roast Quail house made chorizo sausage stuffed “hopping john” bbq. Tender deboned quail was seasoned ever so slightly and combined well with the chorizo. Black eye peas and sweet corn complimented this dish well.
Maple Leaf Farms Duck Breast herb risotto, Florida blueberry –cherry marmalade. The risotto was slightly grainy but the duck breast was tender, succulent, and flavorful.
Pecan Pie with vanilla ice cream. Nice textures and taste.
The freshness of ingredients and culinary techniques makes the food sizzle as the shining star. Service was unobtrusive, informative, and friendly. The cozy quaintness of this beautiful cottage with veranda is the quintessential Florida home of a bygone era. The current owner is gracious enough in sharing his herb garden and home to all of us.