Chatham’s Place Reply

I have been eating out in the Orlando area since 1984. It’s now 2012. I have seen a lot of restaurants come and go. We have only had a few gems left in this town that have been around for a long time that serves great food, and has impeccable service.  One of the few gems left I am referring too is Chatham’s Place.  In my opinion this is an old school Orlando high-end restaurant that gets it right on all levels. Chatam’s reminds me of one of my old favorites that closed many years ago Lee’s Lakeside. It falls in that type of bucket regarding food, service, atmosphere, and price range.

If you are trying to impress business clients or if your family member is having a birthday or if it’s your wedding anniversary or another special occasion, or you are just looking to be wined and dined, Chatam’s Place will not disappoint your expectations.

I started with the House Special Salad $10.50. The salad consisted of baby greens, tomatoes, cucumbers, red onions, croutons, radish, crumbled gorgonzola, with balsamic vinaigrette.  And right before the salad was served they brought us a fresh warm loaf of bread stuffed with a feta cheese spread.  The bread was warm and delicious married with fresh cheese, and the salad was like salad you would make at home when you are cooking your favorite meal.  On two different unexpected occasions during the dining experience the server brought small dishes of appetizers and the server politely said “this is compliments of the chef” just another nice touch that was added to the evening.

One of their signature dishes I tried is the Florida Black Grouper $33.00. The Black Grouper is served with a pecan butter sauce and scallions. This fish did not disappoint. The fresh filet of fish was not too thick; it was sautéed in pecan butter sauce with scallions with some cayenne pepper that gave it a nice kick and flavor which also lowered the sweetness from the pecans. The Florida Grouper was outstanding; it was so well-balanced in flavors.

I also tried the 6oz Filet Mignon $34.00. The steak was a Center Cut Angus Beef Tenderloin which was cooked in a Madeira Demi-Glaze. I also elected to add the Peppercorn Cognac Sauce$3.50. The steak was prepared to exactly medium as requested. The well seasoned steak was quite tender and the peppercorn sauce was well-flavored. It is tough to find a better filet than that.

Chatham’s Place also serves about 6 different sides to choose from. They range from $4.50-$8.50. I tried the Cauliflower Gratin $8.50 and the Steamed Broccoli $8.00. Both side items were good but l liked the Cauliflower over the Steamed Broccoli.

Chatam’s is a memorable fine dining experience; Chatham’s Place is a rare restaurant in the Orlando area that delivers superb quality in every menu offering: spectacular food and wine, outstanding service and a subdued, elegant ambiance at a reasonable expense. They also have a piano player on the premise that does an excellent job playing the right music awhile you dine.

After twenty-four years of fine dining experience, this small restaurant provides a warm, quiet dining room with elegant touches in dark wood decor. The refined, well-trained serving team is professionally dressed in blue blazers and ties demonstrating that no detail is overlooked. All the staff members were seasoned professionals. They each have a detailed knowledge of the preparation of each dish on the menu, which includes entrees of fresh fish, crab, chicken, lamb, duck, and of course aged beef. The culinary skills of the kitchen staff are more than sufficient. Each phase of the meal was executed with delicate precision. I can’t say enough good things about this place. I hope this place is around many more years, the Orlando restaurant culture needs places like this.

Chatam’s Place is located off of Sand LakeRd in the Dr. Phillips area. Parking was no problem. Reservations strongly recommended. Chatman’s is located at 7575 Dr Phillips Blvd, Orlando, Fl 32819. Telephone # 407-345-2992. Website =


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MVP’s Clubhouse & Restaurant 3

MVP’s Clubhouse & Restaurant has just opened! South West Orlando has a new big modern Sports Bar. MVP’s is located at Conroy & Apopka Vineland Rd. Before MVP’s it was a Perkins. Yes, the Perkins near Isleworth that Tiger Woods made famous. Its locally owned my a gentlemen in Windermere. MVP’s had a soft opening during the Bayhill Tournament last weekend for special guests and family. MVPs is now fully open. They are open 11am-2am daily. Their phone number is 407-217-5929. MVP’s website is not fully live yet but you can see them on Face Book.

The unofficial Restaurant Review


Olde Dixie Fried Chicken 2

Well, the local guy was recently on a hunt for some good authentic southern fried chicken in our city. Since I was not in a hurry, I was not looking for a KFC, Popeye’s or Maryland Fried Chicken. I was looking for something special. I was looking for a place the locals go. I was looking for a place my granny (if she was living) would approve of. And yes, the Unofficial Restaurant Review comes through again. I am talking about the almost legendary Olde Dixie Fried Chicken. This place is located on Orange Ave near or close to Pine Castle. This place has been around for decades; actually I am told next month in April 2012 Olde Dixie Fried Chicken will have been open for 50 years. There are not many restaurant landmarks left in Florida like this that have been around this long. Let me tell you a few facts. It is not fancy. It is not expensive. No ambiance. Light on décor, but Olde Dixie Fried Chicken serves up some of the best fried chicken in the South folks and that is a fact!
I tried the 3 piece chicken dinner with 2 sides. The chicken was hot, juicy, tender, and cooked to perfection. The breading is so light, you think you’re eating broasted chicken. For my sides I had the baked beans (ok), and the mashed potatoes and gravy. I really liked the mashed potatoes and gravy. It also came with small plain store bought dinner rolls. They also serve good tasting sweet ice tea. What is fried chicken without sweet ice tea? Next visit I am trying the French fries, I understand they are quite popular. The star of the show is clearly the fried chicken. As I mentioned it’s not a five star place but it has 5 star fried chicken. This old school place clearly has a PHD when it comes to making fried chicken. Yes it’s that good!
How does this old school place work? You place your order at the counter. You then have a seat in the dining room which is near by. The server will bring out your order to your table. The servers clean up after you. The servers were all polite and friendly and acted like they cared. When you are finished you pay at the register. FYI they only take cash. Most chicken dinners only range from $5-&7. It’s very reasonable.
Olde Dixie Fried Chicken is located at 5925 South Orange Ave, Orlando, Fl 32809. They are open Monday – Saturday 10-9, Sunday 10-8. Ph# 407-855-0681

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Korean BBQ Taco Box Reply

I have to admit, I’m late to the food truck craze sweeping Orlando and other cities like Chicago, NY, LA, etc. There are lots of fine food trucks in our city. It was a tough decision on which truck to start with. But I eventually started my new street food adventure with Korean BBQ Taco Box. They are usually located on East Colonial Dr/50 during the day, in a gas station parking lot. Back to that in a few.

This being my first experience with a food truck, I didn’t really know what to expect. I was surprised to learn that I had to wait for my food to be prepared, about 10 minutes or so. I asked the attendant what to go with. He asked if I like spicy. I said yes. He suggested the spicy pork taco box. I was expecting several tacos. I got one full size taco with a bbq chicken wing and a small piece of an egg roll and other Korean sides. The taco was fantastic with the semi sweet spicy tangy flavored marinated pork inside the soft taco. I was not impressed with the chicken wing that came with it, too much hassle to deal with standing up or eating a chicken wing in your car. Could of eaten another taco, yes it was that good. Another day I also tried the chicken teriyaki taco. It did not disappoint, quite delish, chicken was up seasoned well, overall good taco.

Price range for Korean BBQ Taco Box is $6-$10.

Back to my remark about the gas station. I tried to order a drink from the BBQ Taco Box truck and the guy stated they did not have drinks and it was best for me to walk inside the gas station and purchase my drink there. So I placed my order with him, walked over the gas station and waited for my order. I was the only customer there, and it still took a good 10 min plus to process my order. I assume all orders are cooked to order.
Well, my first food truck experience was good. Can’t wait to try another in the Orlando area.

Check them out on social media at Korean BBQ Taco Box’s twitter account for locations on where and when they will be. Enjoy eating!

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City Fire American Oven & Bar Reply

The last time Orlando restaurateur Manny Garcia, 67, opened a new restaurant was about 15 years ago. But the CEO of Winter Park-based restaurant manager Atlantic Coast Management Inc. — who formerly operated Pebbles which he sold in 1998, and Harvey’s Bistro and Manuel’s on the 28th before they closed in 2009 — planned to keep up with the times in his latest venture: City Fire American Oven & Bar, in southwest Orlando. However, City Fire American Oven & Bar that was located in Dr Phillips at the Dellagio Town Center off of Sandlake Road has CLOSED. I wrote a review on this place and I will miss it. Over the months they changed their menu. They really had some hits on the old menu in my opinion and for some reason they changed it up?  Regardless, its closed. Will miss it.  However they still have another City Fire location open in The Villages at Lake Sumter Landing 1018 Canal St The Villages, Fl 32162.