Arguably one of Orlando’s staunchest farm-to-table advocates, Chef Kathleen Blake opened The Rusty Spoon on Church Street in 2011, before the renaissance of downtown dining. Though humble, Blake deserves a lot of credit for forging the path that now connects dozens of local restaurants to farmers and butchers in Central Florida. A three-time James Beard Foundation Award nominee, Blake excels with locally sourced fare that lets the flavors of the season speak for themselves. While many light and calorie-sensible dishes abound, the 55 Burger (grass-fed beef stuffed with bacon and Gruyère, then smothered with onions) is practically mandatory.
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