The Crooked Spoon was one of the first food trucks in Orlando and quickly developed a loyal following. Chef Steve Saelg, a graduate of Cordon Bleu had so much success with the food truck he decided to open a restaurant in Clermont. In 2013, The Crooked Spoon Gastropub opened its doors in the old Friendly’s location near the Citrus Tower and has become an instant hit in Central Florida. All of my foodie friends have raved about this place.
It’s a very rustic setting with hardwood floors, a handful of TV’s and a huge bar area. We visited on a rainy afternoon, looking for a little relief from the heavy rain and a good hearty meal. We were immediately greeted by a bubbly server named Lauren who took great care of us.
We started with the Chopped Salad. We ordered the full size and decided to split it. The salads are also offered in half sizes. Our chopped salad had green and red leaf lettuce, frisee, red onion, dates, strawberries and farmers cheese topped with candied pine nuts and tossed in a red wine vinaigrette dressing. The strawberries were so flavorful with the candied pine nuts and the cheese added a pungent punch of flavor. There was, however, a lot of lettuce. We would have loved more of the other toppings.
Chad ordered from the blackboard of specials. He had the Fish Tacos with grilled Mahi Mahi tossed with mixed greens in a citrus herb vinaigrette topped with capers and a drizzle of tzatziki sauce. He really enjoyed them.
On the side he had a choice of fries or their homemade potato crisps. He chose the crisps and upgraded to a blue cheese topping which just added to their flavor. Yummy.
I was immediately drawn to the Lobster Grilled Cheese Sandwich. What I thought I was getting was perhaps a grilled cheese sandwich with a tiny amount of lobster meat. What I got was a grilled cheese sandwich filled with a lobster salad- big chunks of lobster mixed with mayo and spices. It was so huge I had to eat most of it with a fork.
I ordered the fries on the side which were good but nothing special. They were lightly seasoned and fried golden brown- but I was too enamored by my huge sandwich to really care about those anyway.
I can see why The Crooked Spoon has generated so much buzz. Next time we are trying the Veggie Pasta with cauliflower and brussel sprout leaves. They also have other items like a Pork Belly BLT and Meatloaf for you meat eaters.