Family Tradition Cafe - Bayside Lakes - 4 Stars
"We must walk consciously only part way toward our goal, and then leap in the dark to our success." - Thoreau
Sysco is like a gabelle on the food industry, having become a necessary evil that has monopolized restaurants nationwide. Sadly, because of Florida's strict farm-to-table laws and an inability to source dynamic ingredients locally, it is the only game in town with only a few smaller competitors. But despite that Goliath battle, guess what? Family Tradition Cafe is the David that has been able to rise above the moldering fray of also-rans and managed to put together an array of flavorful enjoyable comfort food items with the greatest of ease.
Family Tradition clearly cares about what they serve. My server was Kim, and she was very knowledgeable about the menu offerings. They offer a few traditional specials that rotate on a daily basis. I ordered Country Fried Steak and Eggs that was offered that day. It was served in a very pedestrian manner and you know what? - I'm fine with that. I am okay with it because the grub was executed flawlessly. The potatoes were cooked perfectly, the eggs were fried to perfection. The steak was nothing beyond the standard everyone expects to be served, but again, the execution was there. I also ordered a Sloppy Joe and a 1/3 pound burger to go. Like the breakfast, these lunch items were seething with flavor and good stuff that you would expect from a family-style restaurant. The real test of a restaurant is consistency, so I came back here two months later to see how they handled the challenge. I ordered the same breakfast except I exchanged the country fried steak out for the smoked sausage. The meal was cooked in the exact same manner with the exact same brilliant skills - they passed the test with flying colors.
There is nothing gourmet here, nothing special. Just a good ole' basic meal prepared flawlessly. Big Boy says give it a go, because it doesn't have to be fancy to be fantastic.