This week, Nineteen61 and Nutwood were recognized by Florida Trend. Florida Trend is a monthly magazine that generally covers economic, government, public policy and environmental topics. Each year, the magazine publishes a Best Of dining list - Golden Spoon Awards. Florida Trend’s Golden Spoons are the oldest and most coveted dining awards in the state. The magazine started the awards 40 years ago as a guide to executives traveling around the state. The awards are chosen by the editors without regard to advertising.
Back to Nineteen61 and Nutwood!
Nineteen61 in Lakeland
1212 Florida Ave S
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The classic Golden Spoon recognizes outstanding fine dining restaurants that have demonstrated consistency in high standards and longevity, usually earned after three years in business or more.
Here's what Florida Trend had to say about Nineteen61...
There’s more than a Latin accent here. Marcos Fernandez and team cook Cuban and Spanish dishes with the passion and elegance of 21st century food lovers. There’s avocado chimichurri with angus churrasco and Manchego risotto wth ropa vieja. Fernandez spikes corvina ceviche with hot leche de tigre and adorns it with enoki mushrooms and micro cilantro. Follow with mousse of Peruvian chocolate. Return for prix fixe Thursday lunch.
Nutwood in Winter Haven
132 Ave. B SW
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Nutwood received a Best New award. Florida Trend's selection of Best New Restaurants focuses on restaurants open for less than two years. It salutes ventures embracing new ideas and trends; some may be casual, inexpensive and experimental; some are fine dining debuts that may eventually become Golden Spoons.
Here's what Florida Trend had to say about Nutwood...
The food revolution has landed happily in this far corner of Polk County in the talents of Steven Rojas, an Argentine soccer player turned globe-trotting chef. Now he presides over the kitchen in a tiny house that hosts his modern menu of handcrafted food from select ingredients. Rojas makes his own ricotta and condensed milk syrups, cures his own ham, pickles mustard seeds and seeks out rare cuts of prime beef and local produce. Try bacon-cheddar buttermilk waffles at brunch, roast chicken with purple polenta at dinner. Smart wine and savvy service, too.