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Spotlight: Inay’s Kitchen


Even with the pin on my phone’s Google Maps app indicating I had arrived at my destination, I had a hard time spotting Inay’s Kitchen, a Filipino restaurant in Ocoee. Despite the open signs in the window, which were covered with bamboo matchstick blinds, I had a hard time identifying it as a restaurant. Once I figured it out, I went inside and was greeted by a sign inside the door instructing me to proceed to the back of the space. That’s where you’ll find the actual Kitchen, tended to by the actual Inay and a couple of other women. The available dishes are on display behind glass in a steam table. Don’t be intimidated by them; any of the …
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Spotlight: Antonio’s House of Pizza


I sometimes feel that navigating all the restaurants with Antonio in their names is like playing a pizza version of Where’s Waldo. By my count, there’s a pizzaiolo’s dozen of eateries named Antonio, and that doesn’t count the one’s named Anthony’s. Add now to the list Antonio’s House of Pizza, the new, though not original name for the business that was Maestro Cucina Napoletano. Little has changed about the interior, though tables now have red and white checkered cloths. The old behemoth pizza oven, which still has Maestro emblazoned in white across the bright red exterior, remains in in the kitchen in full view from the small dining area. The pizzas that come out of it are a bit different, …
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Spotlight: Eastside Asian Market


There’s an interesting little Asian market on the East side. It’s called Eastside Asian Market. What makes it more interesting is that along with the aisles and shelves of specialty foods and dry goods that you won’t find in your basic Publix, a corner of the store is dedicated to a small cafe with an exclusively vegetarian menu. In fact, a note at the top of the menu board next to the kitchen reads, “Everything is vegetarian. Deal with it.” There isn’t a whole lot to deal with. The menu is succinct and the food is good. Despite the vegetarian note, some ingredients are referred to by their meatarian names, such as ham and beef. It was “ham” in the …
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Spotlight: Tiffins


When I think about the top tier restaurants at Walt Disney World Resorts I usually think of Flying Fish, Citricos and California Grill, though the latter has declined somewhat in terms of experience. What those restaurants have in common is that they are accessible without the requirement to purchase a ticket to one of the theme parks. Which is not to say there aren’t good restaurants inside the parks. Certainly Hollywood Brown Derby at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Monsieur Paul at Epcot’s France pavilion offer a higher standard than a basic meal. In that category of restaurants I now include Tiffins, a surprisingly adventurous and slightly upscale restaurant appropriately located inside Animal Kingdom. What does it say that two of …
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Spotlight: Enzo’s On The Lake


I thought it would be fun to take a look back at some of our classic restaurants, venerable dining spots that have withstood the vagaries of the industry and the fickleness of the public to endure and even thrive. This week: Enzo’s on the Lake. Enzo Perlini opened the restaurant in 1980 along with his then wife Jo Anne. They bought a private home on Lake Fairy and converted it from a house to a restaurant. The couple divorced in 2000 but they remained business partners. When Perlini was diagnosed with leukemia, he relinquished day to day operations to Jo Anne. Perlini died in 2006 at the age of 61. Jo Anne is still at the Longwood restaurant. So are …
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