When your squad has a million and one things going on, whether it’s successful business trips or promotions, you celebrate..at least we do. That’s why you see us out and about at Orlando’s best restaurants, giving love and props to each other. Because this last month is Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining Month, we strategically chose participating restaurants because every dollar from each meal goes to The Russell Home For Atypical Children.
“The Russell Home for Atypical Children in Orlando has been in continuous operation for over 60 years without any government support. The Home is the only private, non-profit facility of its kind for severely disabled children in Central Florida.
The Russell Home was the first non-profit institution in the country for brain-damaged children. Today you would find quietly hanging in the home a dusty occupational license dated Nov. 13, 1951, when Mrs. Russell opened her home to the first child to “see if it would work out.” Since then, the home has opened its doors to hundreds of youngsters, sometimes after hearing pleas from desperate parents, and in more than one instance, finding them just left on the doorstep.
The Russell Home provides around the clock specialized care, with love and a home-like atmosphere so vital the special needs of these very special children. The love that is in this home, expressed through the eyes, sounds, and smiles from the children will make you count your blessings for the simple things in life.”
You all have until October 2nd to enjoy select Orlando restaurants that will offer prix fixe dinners for just $33. The appetizers, entrees and desserts are simply amazing.
Last week, we chose SOCO of Thornton Park.
“Soco stands for Southern Contemporary. It’s a new and adventurous culinary approach to dishes that we have all come to know and love. At Soco we are focused on true Southern hospitality, and we are committed to overall excellence.”
SOCO’s Chef Greg has multiple awards, seen on local shows and the front man for celebrity Chef owned restaurants such as Emeril’s and Roy’s.
I started off with the Grapefruit Ginger Fizz
Maker’s 46 Bourbon, Fresh Grapefruit, Egg White, Ginger Beer
Our server raved about this cocktail, she claimed it was a favorite. I’m not really into grapefruit, I find it way too bitter for my liking. She was right, it was very refreshing, no bitterness at all.
Some of the dishes I’m going to share are not on the Magical Dining Menu, be sure to go over the menu I posted. We just really like food, couldn’t stick to the agenda.
We go into most meals family style because we want to try everything. David and I usually end up with the same entree because he’s a typical guy and I have the appetite of a linebacker. So, you’ll only see two entrees in this post. We arrived at 7 pm, you’ll see that the lighting gets a bit wonky because we were there until about 10:30 pm.
Pan Seared Black Eyed Pea Cakes
Lump Crab Salad, Smoked Pimento Butter Sauce
SOCO Style “Chicken and Dumplings”
Chicken Breast, Lobster Dumplings, Local Mushrooms, Edamame, Soy Butter
You can definitely see the Roy’s influence. I appreciate a great fusion dish.
Crispy Macaroni and Cheese Croquettes
Heirloom Tomato Sauce
Corn Crisped Oysters
Pickled Green Tomato Relish, Chicharrones, Herb Cream
Chicharrones, yassss. I love you, Chef Greg!
Caramelized Watermelon and Arugula Salad
Goat cheese feta, bacon lardons, pickled red onion, white balsamic vinaigrette
Grilled Meatloaf on Lobster Mashed Potatoes
Three-meat blend, crispy onion rings, smoked vidalia and
andouille sausage gravy
David and I ordered this for our entrees. Amazing. I kept wondering what I was doing with my life and why haven’t I thought of lobster mashed potatoes.
Chicken Fried Cauliflower “steak”
Asparagus, artichoke, garlic mashed potatoes, vine ripe
tomato gravy (vegetarian)
This was REALLY good. So much flavor that meat eaters were all about this dish.
Moon Pie “Pie”
Rich Chocolate, Graham Cracker Crust, House-made Marshmallow Fluff
Excuse the blur, we had a full on karaoke sesh at this point of the night. WAGON WHEEL IS OUR JAM.
I have another restaurant to write about for Magical Dining Month, but I have to say that SOCO has been my favorite. It’s chic, yet laid back. Come as you are, enjoy convos with the staff, and feast like family.
629 E Central Blvd, Orlando, FL 32801
Click here to reserve your table.