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Man Biscuit’s birthday brought many things. Gifts, magic, love, life- and The K Restaurant & Wine Bar. Nestled in the bowels of Downtown Orlando, The K Restaurant is one of those lovely converted homes that you see lining the streets. They typically house things like palm readers, small-time lawyers and yes- trendy restaurants.

Parking was interesting. The entrance to the small lot was a litle hard to find, and harder to turn into. Man-buscuit and I hate driving in Orlando, and these narrow streets and awkward parking are the main reasons why. We managed to loop around the neighborhood a few times, but with the help of our trusty Google Maps we made it there safe and sound.

When we stepped onto the porch and into the foyer of this intriguing place,  we were greeted by a boisterous gentleman who was obviously not the seating host. He somehow managed to get us seated. The decor was boring, but clean. Despite the lack of staff, we were whisked away to flavor town and never looked back.

We ordered the K Chips as an appetizer. They were oh so gooey and delightfully crisp. Basically, they were fresh-fried chips tossed with gourmet blue cheese and chives. The flavor combo was incredible, and the chips provided a very satisfying crunch. Since we didn’t have enough cheese already, we went for the cheese plate. Personally, I love a cheese plate. Especially when the different cheeses are paired with fruit and nuts. The cheese plate was truly delightful. At the low price of $12, you get three contrasting kinds of cheese. The nuts were candied and delicious all on their own–but when tied together with the Artisional cheese, it was crunchy, creamy and dreamy. You can select your choice of 3 from 5 different gourmet cheeses.

Lunch arrived with a flourish. My burger was cooked to perfection. I like a good burger, but I simply adore a gourmet burger. There’s something so shabby chic about going to an expensive restaurant and ordering a burger. The ground brisket was light and rare, cooked to order and finished off with smoked bacon and my choice of cheese (cheddar.) True pleasure on a bun – it was perfection.

Man-busciut was not pleased with his mac-and-cheese – which we decided mutually would have been better at TGIFridays. Its lackluster flavor and minimal toppoing crisp reduced it to little better than a microwave “gourmet” macaroni and cheese. He can tell you more about this on his half of the blog.

The K Restaurant definitely threw me for a loop. As our first freak feeding experience, it was incredible. Aside from the mac n’ cheese disaster, the restaurant redeemed itself by its reasonably priced gourmet appetizers and burgers to die for. I think next time we visit this quaint little place, we’ll have to hit up the wine bar.

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