The very nondescript Crystal Lake Plaza on Curry Ford Road has recognized alone as a bazaar for bon vivants of types, and not just due to the fact of “The Beef Individuals” at Winn-Dixie. Above the previous handful of many years, Theo’s Kitchen area, Roque Pub, Papa Llama and JJ’s Clean have all burrowed themselves into the plaza’s ageing (and very affordable) confines, bringing a plurality of flavors to a fast diversifying Curry Ford West.
In that mix is Unheard of Catering, the boutique enterprise operate by Tara Vernau-Smith and her spouse, Travis. It originated at East Stop Industry ahead of the few moved functions below to Camp Crystal Lake. It can be no horror environment, not by a very long shot, but I like the thought of a billboard with a hockey-masked Jason Voorhees proclaiming, “The food items here unquestionably slays!”
Agreed, allusions to Friday the 13th are a curious ploy, but I couldn’t quite possibly use a frequent product to describe the fare at Unusual Catering, now could I? Not with a menu showcasing a hodgepodge — albeit a concentrated hodgepodge — of this kind of assorted items as bao, empanadas, poke, hen and biscuits, and charcuterie boards. Admittedly, I didn’t anticipate this sort of an amalgam of killer choices (likely the ’80s camp counselor in me), however I almost certainly need to have.
It can be a fetching space, this eatery, not without having aesthetic parallels to the lounge at Reyes Mezcaleria, with its knick-knack-loaded cabinets, mod lights fixtures and mirrors, and cozy seating. But UC’s dishes are most likely much more linger-deserving than their trappings. I identified myself staring at the vibrant elements of the citrus beet salad ($11) for a superior lengthy even though just before digging in — blended greens and plump blueberries were tossed with rosemary-roasted walnuts, goat cheese crumbles, the salad’s requisite roasted beets and clementine segments. It all appeared so vivid and seductive served inside a gleaming white bowl sitting down atop a veined slab of quartz. It tasted even far better, in particular when drizzled with a citrus-basil vinaigrette.
But when empanadas stuffed with olive-tanged picadillo beef ($10) and bao buns enveloping grilled, Tajin-flecked achiote-orange shrimp ($12) were being set just before us, I understood the eatery was about additional than just appears to be like. The guac, toasted pepitas, pickled pink onions and adobo aioli additional visual attract to the trio of bao, but it also lent a good heft. My quibble was with the jalapeño-cilantro sour cream served with the empanadas – it, conversely, made each and every chunk too weighty. A lighter dip with the very same amount of money of kick would make for a far more well balanced chew.
Tara’s a Pennsylvania transplant, so it truly is no surprise she pays homage to DiNic’s within the Looking at Terminal Market place with a herb-roasted pork sandwich ($12). The shaved tenderloin is served on a hoagie from Amorosa’s (not Sarcone’s) with sharp provolone, broccoli rabe and banana peppers — an include-on Tara claims presents the sandwich some zing. She’s appropriate, and she serves it with a pork au jus to make a single helluva sandwich. We relished it with fries ($4) seasoned with Moroccan spices (cumin, smoked paprika cinnamon to title a several) and served with a pear-ginger jam. The fries went effectively with the lump blue crab cakes ($14) as nicely, which, by the way, ended up disposed of in a subject of seconds.
And in what I can only explain as a gluttonous in shape, so had been the superb strawberry-lavender and blueberry-lemon double cheesecakes ($4), the two manufactured in house and both paralyzingly indulgent. They have been Uncommon’s coup de grâce. One spoonful was like Jason placing a death blow to a person of his unsuspecting victims. It was curtains, lights out, finito.