When I went to Orlando, I expected sunshine, beaches and a bit of Disney magic. I got all of that…with the added bonus of an assortment of delicious local foods.
My first meal was in the lovely B.Resort. I really enjoyed my stay here, but what I enjoyed even more was the food!
American Kitchen serves up fresh, local foods. They even grow their herbs in house. In the morning, they serve up a delicious breakfast buffet complete with Mickey waffles and custom made omelettes. I ate dinner here and thoroughly enjoyed my meal. Some highlights include:
We started with the Spoon Bread Skillet, a dense skillet bread made with roasted corn, and served with the most amazing pimento and aged cheddar dip. I also enjoyed the Cape Rock Shrimp Mac-n-Cheese is creamy macaroni and cheese with gruyere and fontina cheese with tender Cape Rock shrimp.
Cinnamon Raisin Apple Dumpling was outstanding. Just the right amount of caramel and a perfect pastry crust.
Chef Art used to be Oprah’s personal chef. Yeah. He cooked for OPRAH. Now, this super popular chef has opened his own restaurant this summer. I was lucky to be able to eat here during my trip. It was my favourite meal!
The space itself is outstanding. The table that we sat at was made from a 160 year old tree that was damaged in a storm. The particular tree is a camphor oil tree, and you can still see/smell the oil within the table. All the metal in the table is from Flora as well, and there’s a mural from a Tampa artist.
The dishes are southern inspired, so I could not pass up ordering his house fried chicken.
Art’s Fabulous Fried Chicken (and really, who wouldn’t order it with a name like that?) was fantastic. The chicken is brined in buttermilk for 24 hours, and then fried and served up with house made hot sauce, mashed potatoes and a cheddar drop biscuit. You can also request to have only white meat- yum! The chicken was crispy and tender, and so filling that I barely touched the fluffy mashed potatoes.
Save room for dessert, you won’t regret it!
The Pecan Pie was hands down the best pecan pie that I have ever tasted. The recipe is over 100 years and came from his family farm. It was so moist, dense, and not hard and chewy like some pecan pies can be. I kinda still dream about this pie.
His most popular dessert however, is his Hummingbird Cake. This is a banana pineapple cake with cream cheese frosting. It was really good, but the pie stole my heart.
Chef Art Smith’s Homecoming Kitchen, 1602 East Buena Vista Drive, Orlando, FL
We stumbled upon these amazing cookies when we were in the East End Market. It was their opening day, and there was a super long line. Never one to avoid a cookie, I joined the line and the cookies were almost sold out when I reached the front.
Luckily, I got my hands on a pistachio chocolate chip cookie, and it was to die for. Chock full of chocolate chips and really moist. Yum!
Gideon’s Bakehouse, 3201 Corrine Dr Orlando, Fl 32803