Game of the Name
There's no end to the animal appellations for eateries. Coming soon: The Cray Crawfish
This week, a restaurant called The Hangry Bison, a “burger, bourbon and beer” place, opened in Winter Park. I immediately thought of Chef Josh Oakley’s Smiling Bison, now a cornerstone of the Sanford food scene after relocating from Orlando, and thought the new bovinerie might confuse local diners. And then, noting that bacon-centric Sugar Sow opened recently in Altamonte Springs, I recalled our numerous “pig” restaurants and realized it just doesn’t matter.
I’ve written before about the area’s menagerie of restaurant names, some cute, some bizarre, but as I look over the plethora of swine, fish and fowl, I think our latest beastly entry may be ushering in a new era of slang-augmented eateries, both zoological in nature and not. Hangry, by the way, was inducted into the Oxford English Dictionary in January, along with frugivore ( a fruit eater) and Disneyesque, which we’ve all been at some point.
So here are a few suggestions, free of charge:
* The Nervous Sheep.
* The GOAT Goat (Greatest Of All Time, natch)
* The Cray Crawfish (we already have Crazy Buffet, so it’s not far off).
* The Lit Chicken. (Actually, I might go to a restaurant called The Lit Chicken.)
* French Fries on Fleek. On Fairbanks.
* Shake Shack will be changing its brand to Shook Shack.
Oddly enough, I could find a few beef names, but almost no cows aside from the mutant amalgam that is Cowfish and those Chick-fil-A billboards. And this in a cattle region. Unless Yak & Yeti counts … is a yak a cow?
* Speaking of piggies, Morimoto Asia and The Polite Pig at Disney Springs combine Sunday, June 24th for a Southern/Japanese mashup as Chefs James and Julie Petrakis join Chef Yuhi Fujinaga for Pigs 'N Pints at Morimoto Asia at Disney Springs.
* Dragonfly Robata Grill & Sushi on Sand Lake Road is adding an offering to its menu that’s unusual enough to mention: an unlimited izakaya lunch on Sunday afternoons. The casual Japanese pub-style meal includes all-you-can-eat nigiri, maki, and poké, fresh-made bao, ramen and other treats from chef’s stations around the restaurant. I’ve always enjoyed what comes from Dragonfly’s charcoal grills, so this should be a treat.
* K Restaurant & Wine Bar, Urbain 40 and 310 Park will participate in the James Beard Foundation’s Blended Burger Project, serving burgers made by blending ground meat with chopped mushrooms. The idea is to recreate the iconic American meal as healthier and more sustainable for the planet. Throughout June, diners can partake of the burger, and vote on the James Beard site for their favorites and a chance to win an expenses paid trip for two to the 2018 Blended Burger event at the James Beard House.
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