Opened by Joe and Alda Rees a little over two years ago, Strand holds down the venerable corner of Mills Avenue and Park Lake Street in a location that for years was Chuck’s Diner. You know, right across from the Dong A Asian Market in the Mills 50 District.
Joe holds forth in the open kitchen, Alda alongside. The chef/proprietors serve their take on a “New American” cuisine featuring local and sustainable ingredients. Prominent credit is given to those purveyors and partners who help stock the larder.
I stop in the Strand regularly and always enjoy my visits. The full menu changes often. It includes appetizers, salads, entrées, desserts and a list of standbys that are permanent fixtures on the menu. One of the standbys is an excellent Steak Frites.
The wine list is diverse with choices from California, France, Germany, Spain and Italy. Being a fan of French wines, I like this list. Craft beers fans can sample from a wide range of choices on tap and in bottles.
My most recent visit to the strand was on a cold January night. I studied the menu online beforehand and planned ahead to order duck confit. This hearty dish served with creamy flageolet and bitter frisée is perfect for a chilly night.
Oysters Rockefeller were on the menu. After a discussion with the server, oysters were ordered and a glass of Cote de Rhone dispatched to the table. Soon there was nothing left to do but enjoy my dinner as it arrived. With a smile in appreciation for both the oysters and the duck, I was happy and content with these choices. Suddenly, the January chill didn’t seem so bad.
Strand is at 807 N Mills Ave, (Mills and Park Lake) in Orlando’s Mills 50 District. The restaurant is friendly and welcoming to solo diners such as I on my recent visit. I need to get by the Strand more often.