Topic: Favorite Restaurants
Do you remember Gary's Duck Inn, Chastains, Meiner's Barbecue, Ronnie's, Gabriel's subs, Rossi's Pizzeria, Lee's Lakeside, the luncheon counters at McCrory's Downtown and in the Winter Park Mall?
Rossi's Pizzeria is the only restaurant still in business today, that I remember from my teen years in the early 1970's. It was my absolute favorite pizza place. For seafood, however, no one could top Gary's Duck Inn at 3974 South Orange Blossom Trail. Gary's Duck Inn was an Orlando favorite right up until it closed in 1996. It was such an Orlando landmark that there is actually a Gary's Duck Inn photo collection at the Orange County History Center in Orlando on Central just west of the Orlando Public Library. Gary's great food and super service is reported to have been the model for Darden's Red Lobster seafood restaurant. I never had the desserts, always ate my fill of shrimp and flounder, but I found this recipe for their famous key lime pie.
Gary's Duck Inn's Key Lime Pie
6 ounces fresh or frozen lime juice
28 ounces canned sweetened condensed milk (not evaporated)
1 (9-inch) graham cracker or chocolate-cookie crumb crust
- bring lime juice to a boil. just as it begins to boil, remove from heat and refrigerate about 15 minutes. stir lime juice into condensed milk and pour into pie shell. place in refrigerator. serve topped with whipped cream and garnish with a slice of lime.