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Kathleen Blake (photo by Rob Bartlett)

Kathleen Blake (photo by Rob Bartlett)

Kathleen Blake 

The Rusty Spoon

This proudly self-described gastropub brings a locavore credo to the downtown core, along with an urban-farmhouse vibe. Chef Kathleen Blake’s rustic menu focuses on locally farmed and raised ingredients, but not obsessively so; Blake is passionate about sustainability and community growth, but also about having fun: “I want my guests to know that all parts of an animal can be delicious, that veggies can be fun, and that dessert is absolutely necessary!”

Despite the great care and attention to detail evident on each plate, the Rusty Spoon’s rustic, simple approach should make you feel right at home, rather than intimidate. Blake says, “I hope [our customers] leave with a full and happy belly, and that they were relaxed and enjoyed every bite.” Our favorite bites? House stuffed eggs, coffee-rubbed culotte steak and grown-up s’mores, as well as the small but snappy menu of house cocktails.

55 W. Church St., 407-401-8811; $$

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