Some folks may remember my commenting on “Grandma’s Kitchen” last time I was in Orlando:
Well, after “The Night Of The Fleabag” hotel, I decided to reward myself (for surviving ;-) with Sunday Roast. They have a special Sunday dinner from noon to about 4 pm that is a traditional English Sunday Roast. My Mom would put a slow roast in the oven, then we would go to church. About 3 hours later, home from church, we had dinner (as the ‘largest meal of the day’) at about 12:30 to 1 pm (depending on when the minister got done… you can bet I was “eyes on” the clock waiting for him to finish!)
While we usually had beef (as Dad was from Iowa and liked beef more) some times it was lamb (as Mom and I loved lamb). Well, you get your choice of meat at Grandma’s Kitchen. I chose lamb. I couldn’t resist getting a couple of fork fulls “down the old hatch” prior to thinking of taking a picture, so “some bits are missing” ;-) (See the ‘fork marks’ in this side of the Mashed Potatoes ;-)
It’s a giant plate (platter, really) of lamb, mashed potatoes, gravy, peas, carrots, cabbage, and under the Yorkshire Pudding, some roast potatoes. Oh, and a tub of extra gravy in the background.
Yorkshire pudding, for you Americans and others who don’t know it, is a kind of puff pastry like a fluffy bun… not sweet like desert pastry, but not like yeast breads either. Smother in gravy and go. (They kept offering me more, so I think you can have several of them if you like, but I only barely finished the meal as it was, leaving a bit of mashed on the plate… having a couple of more Yorkshire Puddings would have been way too much for me… and I’m 100 kg, or 220 lbs or just shy of 16 Stone (if I did the math right ;-)
In the background you can see the bottomless glass of iced tea. After a suitable time had passed (most of a BBC Top Gear episode on the TV over the desert counter…) I was able to contemplate desert. I went for Apple Pie with Custard.
This is not American Apple Pie. Americans make pie that is terribly sweet. Then dump a load of cinnamon in it too. Might as well put it on toast and call it a breakfast pastry. Americans will be disappointing in this pie and want to dump sugar on it. Me? It’s like a pie my Mother used to make. You can taste the Apples. It is an Apple pie, not a cinnamon flavored Sugar Pie over apple slices… Similarly, the custard is not American Sweet. It is a rich creamy English Custard. ( I got to wait 5 minutes while it was made fresh… they do that…) I loved it. A nice pie that lets you taste the apples and custard. If you want a Sugar Shot for desert, look elsewhere. If you want real subtle flavors of proper English desert, this is for you.
Dinner runs about $11.50 (regular lunch specials are about $6) and adding desert and the iced tea brought it all up to just under $20 (including tax). IIRC, the pie was a bit under $5 with topping. Iced tea was about $2.
One of the best deals I’ve found on a real honest meal of wonderful food, “just like home”, and as I waddled out, definitely plenty of quantity…
I picked up one of their cards, and will add some information from it, once I find where I put it ;-) For now, just realize that if you are in Orlando on a Sunday, and want a real honest English Sunday Dinner, you know where to get it.
One caveat: Normally as the seasonal demand runs down, they stop making the Sunday Dinner about late June. (As it gets hot, fewer folks order the large meal). This year, as was commented by the owner, they’ve kept making it “as demand has been high”. So if you want to keep it around all summer, just keep ordering it… I know I will. When you are ‘living on the road’, finding a place that has food that’s “like home” is very special. There’s a lot of places with great “commercial food”, and lots of places with fancier food, but there is something very special about “real food”…