Whereas Common Studios Florida has been constantly up to date over the previous 5 years, it looks as if eating has been ignored for probably the most half. Whereas some eating places have seen menu adjustments, together with extra vegan eating, there hasn’t been any main adjustments – till now. Earlier this yr, Beverly Hills Boulangerie closed its doorways and building partitions went up rapidly. Now, the restaurant changing it, TODAY Cafe, is near having its official opening and it’s a breath of contemporary air in a park that wanted a dose of it. We have been fortunate sufficient to attend an annual passholder preview for TODAY Cafe and we’re excited to share our ideas!
Gone is the dated theming from the skin. Beverly Hills Boulangerie had an unpleasant outdated awning with some random tables and chairs arrange for these wishing to dine outdoors. TODAY Cafe is sort of the exact opposite in each manner. The constructing is awning free, permitting loads of visibility inside because of the large glass home windows positioned on the entrance of the cream coloration constructing with brilliant orange accents. The patio is now fenced off making it really feel like an precise extension to the restaurant as a substitute of simply an afterthought.
Contained in the constructing, it’s the whole lot Common promised it will be – white and orange with studio lighting. Your complete structure inside has been revamped. The very first thing you see as you stroll within the door is the money register counter. Off to the left of the registers is the pastry counter and the remainder of the restaurant is seating. Proper now, it’s exhausting to inform if they’ve sufficient seating for rush occasions, nevertheless it needs to be fairly straightforward to get a seat a lot of the day with how tables they’ve added.
The ordering system proper now could be slightly subpar. Assuming there’s a line, you need to enter the queue in entrance of the bread, pastry, and dessert counter earlier than you possibly can order on the register. In the event you’re in search of bread or pastries then that is ultimate, however when you’re getting in for a sandwich or salad then you need to wait to order till the friends in entrance of you select their choices on the counter. It additionally supplied a possibility for Staff Members inside to upsell the breads, pastries, and desserts, which is okay to a degree, nevertheless it acquired annoying once we have been requested 5 occasions if we needed any of them.
The menu has at the least modified for the higher. Beverly Hills Boulangerie had quite a lot of sandwiches obtainable that weren’t half dangerous, however not price going out of your manner for. The pastries and desserts have been additionally fairly good, however simply forgettable. It’s too quickly to inform whether or not or not TODAY Cafe can have the identical difficulty, however the brand new menu feels contemporary. There are nonetheless the classics there like croissants, danishes, cookies, muffins, and cheesecakes, however some gadgets look phenomenal – significantly the confetti cake.
The Massive Apple Cheese – $11.99
As we attempt to do with any of our critiques, we appeared for a vegetarian merchandise to check out. Two sandwiches might fall into this class – the I ♥ Vegan (which can also be vegan) and The Massive Apple Cheese. We went with The Massive Apple Cheese largely as a result of we most well-liked the bread it was served on versus the I ♥ Vegan. The Massive Apple Cheese pink scrumptious apples, cheddar, pepper jack, Swiss, roasted tomatoes, grilled on farmhouse white bread served alongside fruit or potato salad.
The largest takeaway from this sandwich is the cheesiness. That is undoubtedly a kicked up model of a grilled cheese and it’s a reasonably good one. The cheddar stood out probably the most, adopted by the pepper jack in some bites, however the Swiss cheese was just about misplaced together with the roasted tomatoes. The apples pair so effectively with the cheeses, which isn’t a shock to anybody who has ever had a cheese platter of their life, and the bread was easy sufficient that the components acquired to shine. The one actual criticism is that even half of the sandwich was bordering on too tacky. I couldn’t think about feeling effectively after ending a complete sandwich. We paired this sandwich with the potato salad and it was nothing spectacular. The potatoes might’ve been barely softer, however the mayonnaise combination it was soaked in was mild and non-offensive.
The Bulls & The Bears – $13.99
It’s exhausting for me to withstand brisket after I see it on a menu and I couldn’t within the case of TODAY Cafe. It was a tough selection although contemplating there was quite a lot of different deli staples like pastrami and Italian sandwiches. The Bulls & The Bears is smoky beef brisket, cheddar cheese, arugula, pickled pink onion, horseradish cream, on a crusty baguette.
The brisket was the star of this sandwich – accurately. It was skinny sliced, crispy on the sides, barely salty and smoky, however largely simply meat heaven. The baguette was undoubtedly crispy on high, however had lots of give to it, making the sandwich fairly straightforward to eat whereas supplying an attention-grabbing texture distinction. The horseradish cream and arugula primarily have been misplaced, which was disappointing, however the pickled pink onion added some candy and bitter tones to spherical out the savory brisket and cheddar. We acquired the fruit cup as our aspect with the brisket and it was contemporary, however disappointing. It appeared promising with pineapple, blueberries, strawberries, and watermelon on topped, however the good fruit was hiding the truth that the cup was largely honeydew and cantaloupe.
SoHo – $12.49
We figured that the sandwiches could be the spotlight of the meal, however we nonetheless thought it was vital to attempt a salad, and I’m glad we did. We opted for the SoHo with roasted cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, arugula, farro, avocado, prosciutto, and lemon French dressing.
This salad was merely superior. The arugula was the bottom and it was accented with the cauliflower and Brussels sprouts. The was an excellent quantity of farro on high and loads of avocado and prosciutto blended all through the salad. The lemon French dressing was mild in taste and it wasn’t soaked all through the salad. I might’ve used extra dressing, nevertheless it was most likely the proper quantity for the common particular person. All the pieces about this salad was contemporary. The saltiness from the prosciutto blended effectively with the crunchiness fo the Brussels sprouts and softness of the cauliflower and avocado. It was simply so good.
Chilly Brew Espresso & Nitro Chilly Brew Espresso – $four.29 & four.69
TODAY Cafe has quite a lot of wines and beers to select from, however additionally they have quite a lot of espresso choices. I normally get Nitro Chilly Brew Espresso at anyplace that gives it, so I needed to get a cup at TODAY Cafe and it didn’t disappoint.
At almost 5 it appeared like it will have lots to dwell as much as, nevertheless it was silky, creamy and missing any trace of bitterness. It’s served in a fairly large cup as effectively, which made it price each penny. Only a word although, I didn’t notice they’d each common chilly brew espresso and the nitro chilly brew, so the cashier robotically thought I needed simply common chilly brew after I ordered. I spotted my mistake earlier than paying and it was taken care of promptly and effectively, and so they introduced out each varieties for us to have, however we aren’t reviewing the common model since we didn’t pay for it.
Ought to I eat at TODAY Cafe?
Sure! Anytime Common opens a brand new restaurant, it looks as if they take it as much as the following stage from what was beforehand within the house earlier than and so they undoubtedly did so with TODAY Cafe. The meals is contemporary and attention-grabbing, however not adventurous in any manner for choosy eaters. The breads, pastries, and desserts all appeared wonderful and though the whole lot is priced at theme park costs, it’s honest for the standard of the meals.
What ought to I order at TODAY Cafe?
From the three choices we had, proper now I’d say the must-have merchandise is The Bulls & The Bears. The three issues we had have been all scrumptious, and it seems that nobody actually walked away with a nasty meal after speaking to different diners about their expertise. Learn the descriptions clearly, order the sandwich you assume you’d sometimes get pleasure from, and it is best to stroll away glad!