November 29, 2010
On our annual trip to Orlando to visit my family, there are a couple of things we just must always eat and drink.
A plate of Stone Crab Claws at Houston’s restaurant, rebranded in June as Hillstone, is a must-have. Partnered with the restaurant’s famous Mustard Sauce and three big glasses of unsweetened iced tea (none of that frou-frou mango or passion fruit stuff–this is the real deal–just freshly brewed Tetley or Lipton, I’m guessing) and I am a happy camper.
Not so happy, however, that I didn’t save room for a slice of Hillstone’s tangy Key Lime Pie. It’s especially good thanks to the nuts (pecans?) in the graham-cracker crust. Slices are huge. . .this baby comfortably fed four people!
The Eola Wine Co., located along the main drag–Park Avenue–in downtown Winter Park, is a great place for a nightcap. Here’s my Champagne and Sparkling Wine flight, which included entries from France, Italy, South Africa (!), and the United States. The winner? Piper Heidseick–the French really know what they are doing when it comes to bubbly!
Last but certainly not least, we were introduced to a new barbecue place on this trip: 4Rivers Smokehouse. The lines out the door are proof positive that this place serves up some of the most serious and popular brisket, pulled-pork, and turkey sandwiches in central Florida. The turkey sandwich was peppery and good; the sweet-potato casserole more like dessert than a side dish.