11768 E. Colonial Drive
Orlando, FL 32817
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I recently took part in a food blogger meet and greet at a unique little spot on the corner of Colonial Drive and Alafaya.
That unique little place goes by the name of Kesh Restaurant and is owned and operated by Chef Jerry Helminski. The menu and food at Kesh Restaurant is more deli style with modest dinner fare and a selection of street food items. If the name Kesh is throwing you off and you are thinking about Moroccan food, Chef Jerry did in fact name his restaurant after the Moroccan city of Marrakesh. Not much on the menu is actually Moroccan, but you can usually find a daily special like Kefta Sliders or Tandori Chicken and other street foods like you may find in Marrakesh.
Chef Jerry hails from Chicago and has been a apart of some of America’s most renowned resorts and hotel kitchens in places like Chicago, Atlanta, Orlando and Houston. The menu at Kesh consists of Deli Food, Street Food, Snacks and Milkshakes. The Deli portion of the menu consists of items like the Pastrami Reuben, Turkey Bagel, and The Grilled Corned Beef and Cheddar...all of which are $7.50.
For the Street Food selection, Kesh offers items like Pork Soft Tacos, Pressed Cubans and Pizza Bread. Being from Chicago, you can also make sure that Chef Jerry has included some Chicago style Dogs and even Polish Sausage.
In an effort for to better display his Chef skills, Chef Jerry also hosts a Supper Club every other Saturday with a 4 to 6-course tasting menu. All food is made with top quality ingredients and prepared in an artful and delicate presentation.
Colleen Burns of Yelp* was kind enough to share an order of Blue Cheese Chips
The chips are house-made and are topped with melted blue cheese sauce and a topping of scallions. They were were quite tasty and extra crispy.
My Wife had the Grilled Cheezy .
It was quite an awesome grilled cheese made with Brie, Goat Cheese and Provolone. We found out after wards that you can add bacon too it...and that would have made this sandwich double delicious.
I ordered the Pastrami Reuben that was packed with plenty of meat and served atop grilled rye bread with Sauerkraut, Swiss Cheese and homemade Thousand Island Dressing.
This was a very nice Reuben indeed...I and I am told Chef Jerry even makes the Pastrami meat in house.
Kesh Restaurant is definitely worth stopping by. In addition to lunch and dinner items they also have a sampling of breakfast fare like Breakfast Quesadilla's and Egg Sandwiches.
For something a little different on the sweeter side, you may want to try one of their Milkshakes...with flavors like Peanut Butter and Ginger, Strawberry and Cilantro or Black-pepper and Guava. Very interesting flavor pairings for sure.
Kesh is in the plaza that use to house an Alberton's and a variety of other places...but the main landmark here is that its right next door to the DMV. So the next time you got to stop by for any driver license related stuff...you have a great spot to grab a bite to eat at a very affordable price.