There are neighborhoods in this city where food-minded locals should go out of their way to visit, but College Park isn’t one of them. And that’s sad. And infuriating. Because this quaintest of downtown neighborhoods, so chock-full of restaurants both casual, fine-ish and in between, deserves better.
When K Restaurant changed ownership, then permanently closed early this year, it marked the end of an era of destination dining along Edgewater Drive. Is there really a motivating rationale for non-College Parkers to head to College Park to eat? Adriatico? Christo’s? Jade? RusTeak? All decent, but none are compelling enough to visit if you live in, say, Oviedo, Maitland or SoDo. The Tap Room at Dubsdread for a burger? Hell, good burgers are a dime a dozen in every neighborhood in this city. Digress Wine and Bagel Bruno are certainly worthy stops, but neither qualify as restaurants per se. For the sheer number of eating establishments along a one-mile strip of Edgewater Drive, you’d think there’d be a few that would qualify as destination-level, à la Park Avenue in Winter Park. But no.