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Pharmacy – Orlando’s Secret Eats

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Somewhere in the vicinity of Orlando’s famed Restaurant Row, there is an elevator door with no signage and no flash in the hallway of an otherwise unassuming office building. But hit the green button and you are instantly thrown back into the 1920’s, a time when alcohol was illegal, a time when the  speakeasy was a gathering club where one could purchase alcohol during the days of Prohibition. Welcome to Pharmacy.

Recently I was invited to a blogger’s dinner at Pharmacy and had the opportunity to sample many of the tasty treats on both the “Elixirs” and “Prescription” menus. Elixirs being the drinks to make the medicine go down, the Prescriptions being the medicine. The medicine that should be taken to ease the irritation of the strong elixirs. And by strong, I mean strong. The drinks packed a powerful punch, each carefully crafted with science. Each elixir uses the freshest herbs to create a one-of-a-kind experience with bitters, tonics and sodas.

However, I came for the food. While the menu does change according to the season and ingredients available, the one constant is the team of husband and wife Head Chefs Loren Falsone and Tyler Brassil. I had the opportunity to talk to Loren during our dinner and her experience is impressive. A graduate of Johnson and Wales University, she was named the Best New Chef in 2000 by Food and Wine Magazine before relocating to Orlando to become the Executive Chef at Seasons 52. Taking a look at her, it is hard to ever picture her as your what people think of a stereotypical Chef, yelling all the time and angry. Or maybe that is just my experience with the Chefs I used to work with back in my restaurant days. Loren was very gracious and charming, and most importantly, extremely passionate about food.

Here is just a sampling of the food we enjoyed at Pharmacy – first off the appetizers:

A piece of thick bread with tomatoes, a poachedd egg and sliced procuitto on a white plate

Tomato and Proscuitto Brushcetta with Burrata Cheese and Fram Poached Egg

A brown bowl of rock shrimp in garlicky butter

Whole Buttery, Garlicky Cape Canaveral Rock Shrimp

A wire basket with round fried balls of cheese with a background of other dishes on a table

Tellegio Fritters

A cast iron pan of crispy fried cheicken with a lime wedge

Florida Fresh Tang Fried Chicken with Lime, Scallions and Sesame

A plate of a whole pizza with cheese, tomatoes and scattered greens

Margharita Flatbread

A white plate with a large half bone with marrow and bread neatly lined up on the bone

Roasted Cowart Ranch Beef Bone Marrow

This was my first time experiencing the taste of bone marrow. I rarely eat meat so I took advantage of this opportunity to try something new. I actually liked it, much to my surprise.

For our entrees we all tried to order different things for the table so we could see a wider variety of the menu.

A slice of red snapper fish on a bed of cellophane noodles and seaweed salad on a white plate

Roasted Yellowtail Snapper

A large steak on a bed of red and white quinoa and tomatoes with juices on a white plate

Cast Iron Roasted Strip Steak

a large slice of grilled oxtail on a bed of mashed tomatoes topped with greens on a white plate

Braised Oxtail and Grilled Short Rib “Paillard” Au Jus

A large pork chop on collard greens on a white plate topped with onion rings

Double Cut Brined Pork Chop

And lastly dessert:

A large gooey sticky bun next to a scoop of butter pecan ice cream in a silver cup on a square white plate

Hot Maple Pecan Sticky Bun woth Southern Butter Pecan Ice Cream

Pharmacy is able to make accommodations for most dietary restrictions including Vegetarian, Vegan and Gluten-Free. Just ask.  I am looking forward to taking some guests here- imagine how impressed they will be when I know just where the secret elevator is, then I can only imagine how much they will love the elixirs and prescriptions. This is just what the Doctor ordered.

*Since I was invited to a blogging event I did not assign my normal sprout ratings. That will happen the next time I visit as a “regular” guest. *

Pharmacy website

Pharmacy Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Helen Corbin

Friday 9th of June 2017

How fun is that? The dishes look amazing and very unique. Looking forward to going there when we’re in town. It’s great that you get invited to experiences like that and can then pass them on.

Sharon walsh

Thursday 8th of June 2017

We've been inside this place! I know where it's hiding ?. But we didn't get to eat there that night but now I definitely have to make a point of going back for dinner. It ALL looks great. Please, please, please let us be your guests ?