Farm Fresh To Table
By Dave Nevill Jr. at OrlandoFoodScene.com
Located on Church Street in Downtown Orlando, The Rusty Spoon is the de facto spot to find unique, European-inspired, ever-changing, farm fresh-to-table cuisine. Owned by a family duo with extensive restaurant experience, Chef Kathleen and her husband have created an inviting and unique restaurant that is sure to delight.
The interior is spread out nicely, making for a comfortable experience that is relaxing while at the same time sophisticated. With photographs of farms from all over Florida adorning the walls, you will never question their commitment to the farm-to-table ideology. Places like Lake Meadow Naturals and Waterkist Farm are just a few local purveyors of organic produce and meats.
The menu changes often, and the more popular items, like the charred local squid and octopus salad, get a seasonal treatment based on what is fresh from the local suppliers. The flavors are sweet, spicy and earthy thanks to the fresh watermelon, rocket greens and pickled peppers.
My first course was the ravioli, handmade and filled with a combination of ricotta and goat cheese. The flavors were mild, and were boosted by the fresh shiitake mushrooms and sweet crisp Zellwood corn from Long & Scott Farms in Mount Dora. I followed the ravioli with the “55” burger. The combination of salty from the bacon, sweet from the onions, creamy from the gruyere cheese and aioli sauce made for a flavor explosion. It’s more than a mouthful, so you might be better off eating this with a fork and knife.
Meeting with the owners and talking with the staff, it’s clear to see that everyone involved in this fantastic local restaurant not only cares about your experience, they care about what they put on your plate. You will have a hard time finding anything at this price point that can come close to it.