A few weeks ago, I traveled to Neptune Beach, Florida to visit my beautiful friend Pam! I was desperately needing warmer weather, palm trees, girl time, and some time away from the cold northeast. It was a quick trip, but it was exactly what I needed. It felt good to run in shorts, sweat, walk along the beaches, and of course, eat good food. Pam is a foodie and has the best taste in not only food but handbags and shoes. I have closet envy!
Onto the food...This is Pam's favorite restaurant and when she suggested we go and meet up with some of her friends, I said YES and PLEASE! Restaurant Doro is absolutely DELICIOUS, gorgeous decor, impeccable service, and the chef treated us like the queens that we are!
I started with Burrata, which was creamy, delicious, and oh so fresh. It was light and the perfect size appetizer. No need to have extra bread with this dish as it had so much flavor that it would have taken away from the dish itself.
I ordered the Lamb for my entree and oh goodness this was so AMAZING! It was cooked perfectly. The snap peas added that extra crunch, but the lamb was the star. I, of course, licked my plate clean and savored every single bite. Tender, juicy, and just PERFECT!
At the end of the dinner, Chris brought us three different desserts, which were out of this world. I do not have any photos of these, as I was devouring the homemade ice cream that was topped with sesame seeds. Who would have thought to add crunchy lightly toasted sesame seeds to ice cream...GENIUS! (PS: You can tell that this was a good experience with all the upper case letters, bold print, and exclamation points...Sorry, but I'm not sorry!)
I had the pleasure of talking with Chris after our dinner as Pam is good friends with him. Chris is friendly, knowledgeable, and passionate about the restaurant and creating fresh, organic, unique flavors that will definitely make your taste buds and belly very happy. Chris opened Doro in Neptune Beach Town Center in late August last year. This is the first restaurant that he has owned and operated, but he has been working in the industry for most of his life. He started as a dishwasher when he was 16 years old and then went to attend the Culinary Institute of America. He was the personal chef for Matt Lauer for over 12 years. Chris's goal is to keep it SIMPLE and FRESH!
Make sure to follow Restaurant Doro on social media, so that you can follow events, happenings, and obviously beautiful photos of food! Get inspired and if you are EVER in the Neptune Beach, Florida area, stop in and tell Chris that I sent you!