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Resort Hotels: Shingle Creek - A Land Remembered

 

What: Fine American cuisine
Where: In the golf clubhouse
Price Range:  $$$$+
Hours: Daily 5:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Reservations: Recommended; (407) 996-3663 or extension 17025

A Land Remembered, located in the golf course clubhouse a short stroll from the main building, takes its name from a historical novel by Patrick Smith about three generations of Florida pioneers. It’s for sale at the Golf Shop nearby and is a favorite of hotelier Harris Rosen.

The restaurant is on the intimate side, seating 120 at comfortably separated tables and booths, the lighting provided by quaint lampposts topped with metal palm fronds. The noise level is wonderfully muted and there is a small section of outdoor seating. The adjoining bar is nice place to meet or wait for a seat; from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m., it serves some tasty appetizers.

The food has gained the place a very good reputation as you might expect of a steakhouse that serves five diamond prime steak from the famed organic Harris Ranch prepared by chef James Slattery, who trained under Emeril Legasse at the Universal Emeril’s and Tchoup Chop restaurants. But be forewarned, if you’re not careful, you can wind up paying more than $100 a head here — before wine!

Steaks and other cuts of beef are the order of the day and include a mammoth 24 ounce prime rib with horseradish sauce. A “surf and turf” option features South African lobster tail. Sauces for your steak cost extra, as do simply but expertly prepared vegetable sides.

A separate, slightly less expensive section of the menu offers fish dishes, at market prices, and non-beef specialties like chicken and “lamb tequesta.” Appetizers and soups and salads may be a tempting alternative if you want a lighter meal. The desserts are architectural wonders, especially the chef’s unique take on key lime pie.

You can spend $500 for a bottle of wine here, but there are more moderate choices, as well as a good selection of wines by the glass. Your server will be happy to suggest a good pairing. There is a private dining room seating 22 for small groups and celebrations.

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