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Spotlight: Mrs. Potato


I wonder what Mrs. Potato’s maiden name was. Does she call her kids tots? I’m also wondering if Mrs. Potato is Brazilian or Swiss? The Mrs. P in question has a small potatoria in south Orlando in the vicinity of Metro West. True to the name, Mrs. Potato serves mainly spuds, supplemented by a variety of meats, cheeses or combinations thereof. You can get them in the form of a boring, dull baked potato, or you can have the rosti type, which the website touts as “the original Brazilian style.” But technically speaking, rosti potatoes originated in Switzerland. If you saw them, however, you might think they were the product of Mel’s Diner, as they are essentially hash browns. Well, …
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Spotlight: Mesa 21


Most people will likely gravitate directly to the patio at Mesa 21. The waterfront seating with a view of Lake Ivanhoe has long been the draw of this space, ever since the building was erected, circa 2004, and Gargi’s moved there from across the street. Gargi’s is gone, and Mesa 21 has moved in. While some now grouse that the view across the lake is marred by the ongoing construction related to the I-4 updates — what’s it been now, 15 years? — they probably assume the patio is the place to be. Not necessarily. I experienced both over two visits to Mesa 21, and while the patio is certainly nice and I appreciate the waterfront in a downtown location, …
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Spotlight: Firefly Kitchen And Bar


When my order of Chicken & Dumplings eventually arrived, I immediately noticed something was missing. I mean other than a spoon to eat it with. It seemed to be devoid of dumplings. So not chicken & dumplings. Chicken &. This was at Firefly Kitchen and Bar, the business that has taken over the former Taps space in Winter Park Village. I confirmed the dumpling deficit after I was given a spoon — a teaspoon instead of soup spoon — and fished through the thick and tepid broth. Although ordered as a first course, the soup was served simultaneously with the burger that I had ordered as an entree. So I pushed the bowl aside and concentrated on the burger. I …
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