4Rivers Smokehouse Longwood, a set on Flickr.
Well sweet me up and stick me in a smoker! What a concept! A smokehouse attached to a sweet shop. This is the third Smokehouse by Chef John Rivers and the first of its kind with a sweet shop.
What is a sweet shop, you asked? It is a shop that sells homemade ice cream and desserts. Of course all of these delectables are made in house by their capable staff. The large open viewing counter caters for a show as the chefs work their magic. Taking a hint from the people bustling round, it does take character to be pastry chefs. While these fine individuals cover themselves in flour and sugar, there is an ever present smile on their faces. Never thought working with sweet stuff was so fulfilling.
I wonder if there will ever be a 4Rivers joint with no lines in the parking lot. There is always a line wrapped out the door and snaked around a couple of times either inside or out. It is amazing how fast this line moves. Same like the other locations, walk in, order, they slap it on paper and tray, you pay at the end of the counter, and off you go to find a dining spot. This location has a large indoor dining room and a very open patio. The outdoor patio shares space with the attached Sweet Shop. Although it appears as two distinct entrances and venues, it is all the same.
The food is replicated with precision from the Winter Park and Winter Garden location. This is cloning to it’s finest. Exact recipes are exercised in all locations, this being the same. 4Rivers is set to go places. Keep smoking and we’ll keep eating.