Fodor's Expert Review The Rusty Spoon
Lovingly raised animals and locally grown produce are the menu foundation at this Downtown gastropub owned by chef Kathleen Blake, a four-time James Beard Award nominee. An ideal spot for a business lunch or dinner before a basketball game, theater, or concert, the wood-and-brick dining room is a comfortable backdrop to hearty, seasonal American meals with Italian and Southern elements. Creatively stuffed eggs and buttermilk-soaked Vidalia onion rings are top starters. The salads—with ultrafresh greens—are always sensational. All pastas are made from scratch, whether a "remodeled" ravioli with roasted organic Seminole pumpkin, radicchio, and cremini mushrooms, or hand-cut wide noodles with a beef tenderloin/pork ragu with chile oil. The Dirty South seafood stew is a signature take on bouillabaisse. End with a very grown-up version of s'mores.
55 W. Church St.
Orlando, Florida 32801, USA
- Locally sourced and Florida-specific ingredients
- \"Lake Meadow\" salad, with local greens and sautéed chicken livers
- Impressive service