Brunch at Cask & Larder

Awesome new place – Cask & Larder. I don’t know how long they’ve been open but it’s new to me. The are on Fairbanks in Winter Park right where Orange Ave merges into Fairbanks. Had brunch there Sunday with friends. The waitress described the food and vibe perfectly “elevated southern”. It’s comfort food with amazing twists. The wait staff is professional but friendly and do an outstanding job of describing the food. You can tell they actually eat there and understand what the chef is trying to do.

Photos from their website…

Cask and Larder Southern Public House

Cask and Larder Southern Public House

Cask and Larder Southern Public House

Cask and Larder Southern Public House

In the dining room…

they have a big chalk board that list all the farms they order from. They use as local as possible and everything is made with such care and creativity. The plates are beautiful, colorful, and you can’t wait to dig in. I almost forget to take pictures before I attack. In fact we ordered the Bakeshop on a Boardfrom the Brunch Menu and never had the chance to take a picture! The boys started the meal with the Public House Bloody Mary – pepper infused deep eddy vodka, lemon, and pickles. Nice kick to it and some kind of unexpected spice. We were guessing cinnamon or nutmeg. The girls ordered Seelbach Cocktail – smooth ambler bourbon, Cointreau  sparkling wine, bitters. This was the only thing I didn’t like. Matt thought is was the rye bourbon but whatever it was it was really bitter. Even with adding ginger-ale I still didn’t like it. Not a problem, there are many many other enticing cocktails to try next time. I’m not a fan of bloody mary’s but I might order theirs next time. The Bakeshop on a Board consisted of raspberry jam and peanut butter mousse profiteroles (one suggestion if you are sharing this board – one profiterole has the jam and the other the peanut butter mousse so split each one first. We each took one without realizing – and these things were AMAZING) apple cider glazed fritters (equally as amazing. The glaze was caramelized and almost crunchy) cinnamon coffee cake, and zucchini bread. The last two were ok. Nothing crazy. But the profiteroles and the fritters – ridiculous.

So here’s our meal (every last drop was eaten) …

Fried Green Tomatoes with escabeche vinaigrette and tomato jam
Fried Pumpkin Blossoms with chow chow and “ranch” dressing with beets
Southern Ma’am – grilled brioche, swiss cheese, ham ham, fried egg, and greens
Fried Chicken & Waffles with orange ricotta, maple balsamic, and blackberries
Grits – anson mills grits, bbq border springs lamb, soft boiled egg, georgia gouda

what’s not pictured are the biscuits and gravy and the grits with ham jam. Delicious as well. This is most definatley my new favorite place. Unfortunately you really, really need reservations. Book them on their website through Opentable.com