I’ve been meaning/wanting to try this place for ages. Friends and folks I’m connected with in Social Media have been raving about it (Kim originally wrote about a year ago; see below), and I decided it was something I couldn’t ignore. So a friend and I made a plan to start out a recent evening here followed by a performance at our new arts center.
The Strand is a local joint, and I always love supporting local. Situated on the tail end of a little shopping strip in one of our “artsy” neighborhoods, I was a bit underwhelmed by the atmosphere when first stepping in. Honestly, though, it grew on me more as I spent more time in the dining area, and I think it takes on more of a personality in the evening after the sun goes down.
When it came to deciding what to order off the menu I kept it plain, simple, and delicious: Pork chop, mashed taters, and green beans. And I must say each was packed full of flavor and left me completely satisfied. Food does always have to be fancy to be enjoyed – just made with love and flavor.
I’ll definitely be going back to The Strand for another visit…for five! I’m interested to check out their lunch menu, so that’ll be coming soon.
Original post by Kim:
Have you ever been to the same restaurant twice in one day? Thanks to a great lunch last week at The Strand, I can say I have, since I decided to head back that same night for dinner.
First, let me say, I love everything about what The Strand is doing. There’s nothing fancy, pretentious or over the top about the place. It’s a small, simplistic restaurant with a modest menu in the Mills50 District of Orlando, but it just works. Everything from the paint color to the flat screen TV disguised to be retro to the straightforward menu of something for everyone appeals to me.
In fact, The Strand’s focus is to “feature the “New Old,” contemporary interpretations of classic culinary fare” and I think they’ve done exactly that. The bar is limited to craft beer and wine, but their selections are spot-on … you don’t even miss the cocktail option.
Hope you have a chance to check it out soon–if you do, let us know what you think!