Nick and Tonyia arrived early Friday afternoon and we just sat around, talked and caught up on what's been going on here and at the RV Park. They wanted to take Rich and I out for dinner and asked us to choose a place that we had not been before; someplace different. Most of the restaurants here in The Villages are no different than what you find anywhere else - and the few that are, we have been to. So Nick went on-line and found the greatest little restaurant - the Cotillion Southern Cafe located about 10 or 15 minutes from here in Wildwood.
What they say on their website is absolutely correct! "Come to Cotillion for Real Southern Hospitality, where all food is served ASAP (As Southern As Possible)!
I looked up the restaurant myself and found that this building used to be the Bank of Wildwood and was built some time before 1905! The setting inside beautiful with the table set with lace tablecloths and real china....... The menu provides an array of Southern Cooking and we each tried a different Southern Specialty.
Take a look at these portions.
We started with Cream Cheese with Jezebel Sauce, with crackers for an appetizer and either Butta Bean Soup or House Salad. Starting at the bottom left, Nick chose the Southern Fried Steak with smashed potatoes. That huge bowl just above is Tonyia's Pulled Port Platter, I chose the Southern Style Meatloaf, and Rich, bottom right, elected the Cracker Chopped Steak.
What is so neat.......on every table is Miz Kathi's Southern Cotillion Cookbook with ALL the recipes for the menu items......and you can also purchase the cookbook at the restaurant or on line.
Some pretty good size "doggie bags" went home with us.... But Nick could not leave without a piece of the Nutta Butta Cake - Four layers of chocolate cake, with peanut butter filling and chocolate icing with nutter butter cookie shavings.....