Had the pleasure of meeting the owner and head chef of The Rusty Spoon, Kathleen Blake when she won the Fish to Fork cook off at Omni Amelia Island Plantation. Told her I would come visit next time I was in Orlando. In addition to being absolutely lovely, she's been a two time James Beard Award nominee, named among best chefs in the southern United States, and recognized by Women Chefs and Restaurateurs as a leader in community service and culinary arts. She's been doing farm to table before it was a thing! If you ever go to Orlando and want a great dining experience, make sure you dine at The Rusty Spoon!!
i was in search of some local eats and after sampling two local restaurants in my short stay in Orlando, i will say Rusty spoon tops it. (in fact, i planned to return with my friends the next day but it was completely booked). the cocktails were amazing, and the food , truly refreshing. i had a salad of grilled octopus and it was really a delight. the s'mores was heavenly little bit too heavy and BIG, so i had to just leave it unfinished.
I used to go there because I knew the bartender very well. Always had good drinks and they have a hamburger that is absolutely delicious. Even after he left I have continued to go. The last two times , we had absolutely horrible service. A round of simple drinks including beer and mixed cocktails literally takes 25 minutes to arrive, when the restaurant is two thirds empty. I am normally not very hard to please and in the last person to complain, but waiting 25 minutes for a drink is not right. In addition one of the beers was completely flat, and it had a weird color in the waitress even pointed it out, but she brought it anyway. I do still absolutely love their special hamburger, but I have crossed this place off of my list forever. Bad service ruins my night, it just makes the whole experience very uncomfortable.