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Zoetic Sushi

210 S Park Ave.
Sanford, FL 32771
(407) 461-2954

Chef Chuck Cobb has taken the traditional art of Edomae Sushi and brought it to downtown Sanford, not only elevating the already growing scene in the area, but also adding another Omakase spot to Central Florida.

What is really unique about this private chef’s tasting is that it is located in the ZL Home’s modern high end showroom right in the heart of historic Downtown Sanford.

This Japanese style dates back over 200 years. The Edo Sushi Style grew up on the streets of Tokyo as a necessity. Since the sushi was prepared and sold on the streets at a time long before refrigeration, Street food vendors cured the fish with salt, vinegar and soy sauce.

Chef Cobb hand picks the freshest fish imported weekly from Tokyo Japan, and fresh fish suppliers locally. After thoroughly inspecting the fish he begins the process of aging the fish to bring out the umami of the fish.

Varieties of fish like Spanish Mackerel, Golden Eye Snapper, Sweet Bafun Uni from Hokkaido, Cold Water Scallops, Hairy Crab, Spiked Crab and Cuttlefish are used in the Omakase Presentation. 

Chef Cobb also uses the finest ingredients he can find to round out the presentation with items like Tamaki Gold rice, and Akazu Vinegar, which is vinegar made from the run off of Sake-Lee and then fermented and aged.


Kegani or hairy crab and Heikeigani a spiked crab.

Hijiki Seaweed Salad made with Hijiki seaweed with lotus root, ginger sesame oil, red and green peppers. You will never want any other seaweed salad after this.

A tasty one bite serving of Hokkaido scallop with uni and ikura(salmon roe).

This presentation of miniature sardines, hairy crab, quail eggs, and gold flakes was pretty unique, even if you are not a fan of some of these ingredients, when mixed together it was spectacular.

Shin-Ika (Cuttlefish)

Suzuki (Japanese Seabass)

Sliced Giant Pacific Octopus with micro greens in a sake based citrus tea.

Hamachi (Japanese Amberjack)

A cut of Bluefin Akami Tuna and a cut of Chutoro Medium Fatty Tuna.

To end our evening, Chef Cobb put together a fabulous dessert made with shaved ice, coconut ginger and turmeric yogurt with fresh dragon fruit and mint.


We were really impressed with Zoetic Sushi and Chef Cobb, everything was fresh, fragrant and a real delight to the palate, and of course we were thoroughly entertained. The setting inside of of the ZL Homes building also makes this Omakase experience feel very unique.

If you would like to book a seat, and yes you must book ahead, your options are the following:

Thursday: 9 Course Nigiri Sushi Chefs Choice Tasting with either a 6:00 pm tasting or 9:00 pm.

Friday: 15 Course Omakase Sushi Tasting with seatings at 7:00 pm or 9:00 pm

Saturday: 15 Course Omakase Style Sushi Experience with seatings at 7:00 pm or 9:00 pm.

Sunday: 9 Course Nigiri Sushi Chefs Choice Tasting with either a 6:00 pm tasting or 8:00 pm.

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Caffe Positano -Sanford


1665 WP Ball Blvd.
Sanford, FL 32771
(407) 531-1151
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Food is not a commodity at Caffé Positano’s…it’s a passion. Owned by two brothers and two cousins, the authentic Italian foods and flavors of Positano, Italy have been brought to Central Florida.

Close friends since childhood, these family members prepare food with only the finest ingredients. Virtually each meal is prepared for you as you order. There are no pre-cooked or pre-packaged foods in this kitchen.

The sauces are made fresh each day; the house salad dressing is made from scratch with olive oil, red vinegar, and seasonings, and then whipped into a creamy consistency. No thickeners or cream are added.

Vegetables are cooked “AL DENTE”, which means they are not over cooked, in order to retain vitamins, flavor, and texture. They use only the finest imported Italian pasta, and Gnocchi, which can often be heavy, but here it is melt in your mouth and as light as a feather and is made fresh daily in house.

The use of extra virgin olive oil is a must and they do not use any type of tomato paste. Be assured that only the finest ingredients are used to prepare your meal. In an age where pre-cooked and pre-packaged foods are the norm, you can come to Caffé Positano’s and enjoy a relaxed environment with a freshly cooked meal…the way it’s supposed to be.

The Apopka Location is the original, and offers a bit more of a higher end sit down and eat restaurant experience, whereas the Sanford location is a straight up cafe. They do have plenty of seating and table service, but it's more of a cafe environment than the original in Apopka. 


The Garlic Knots here are top notch! Loaded with butter, garlic and Parmessan, these things will disappear fast.

The Caprese was simple and delicious with fresh sliced tomato, thick slices of fresh Mozzarella, olive oil, basil and black olives.

We really enjoyed the Calamari, Nice and lightly battered with a good crispness and not chewy at all.

The Eggplant Rollatini was awesome as well, with eggplant stuffed with Ricotta cheese and topped with mozzarella and tomato sauce.

Stromboli was simply amazing. You can order this in a variety of ways, this one was a simple pepperoni, mushrooms and extra cheese. The dough was buttery and magnificent, and it was fully loaded. 

Surprisingly, the hot wings, and the curly seasoned fries here were quite impressive as well.

The Baked Lasagna with Ricotta, Mozzarella Cheese and Meat Sauce was quite delicious.

I love a good Veal Parmigiana, but it is getting increasingly harder to find. The one at Caffe Positano is on the money...delicately smashed, breaded, fried, and served with the right amount of tomato sauce and pasta, puts this dish in my favorites category.

We really enjoyed the simplicity of the Sanford location with great service and even better food. This place is good for a quick bite, or a sit down and eat meal with the family. 

My next venture shall be to the original in Apopka, but I was very impressed with the Sanford spot.

Caffe Positano Sanford is open on Monday to Thursday from 11:00 am to 10:00 pm, Friday and Saturday they are open to 10:30 pm, and Sunday they are open from 11:00 am to 10:00 pm.

Caffé Positano Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
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Fuel BBQ


120 S Park Ave.
Sanford, FL 32771
(407) 328-4848
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It’s still amazing to me, being born and raised in Sanford FL., that the little small town and not much of a downtown has, almost overnight become a foodie and craft beer destination.

There is literally blocks and blocks of craft beer places to visit, and almost as many restaurants, from fast casual to full service, the food scene in Sanford has been making quite a bit of noise lately.

The owners of The Alley, a family owned and operated live music venue in the Historic District of Downtown Sanford that specializes in live performances of all genres of music that has been in business since 2005, decided to get in on this all new foodie craze and opened up Fuel BBQ.

Chris and Michelle Johnson decided to open the small space they had next to the Alley Bar and turn it into a fast casual simple service BBQ joint with an emphasis on Old School Slow and Low BBQ.

With the help of Pit Master Clay Watson, who also moonlights in a blues rock band, they put together a pretty simple and straightforward menu of BBQ classics like Brisket, Ribs, Jim Beam infused High Octane Pulled Pork, Grilled Chicken and a variety of sides.


The St. Louis style ribs are pictured here with the customary side of cornbread and BBQ Beans. The ribs were very tender and fell off the bone, but the flavor was not very impressive, and these had some fatty sections, more than what I am accustomed to. The beans however, are delicious. 

Meats are available by themselves, or on a Kaiser roll bun. The Brisket at Fuel is pretty impressive. It has great char and bark, and really good flavorings. This one was served up on a Kaiser Roll with nothing else except for choice of available housemade BBQ Sauces that are at the table.

High Octane Pulled Pork is made with the traditional pork butt that you would get on the basic menu selection if you order Pulled Pork, but this one is made with a High Octane Jim Beam Bourbon sauce to give it a little extra kick.

The Bus Stop, is a sandwich creation of Brisket and regular Pulled Pork with Coleslaw, although the coleslaw is on the side. As you can see from the above photos, I am not very impressed with the creativity at Fuel BBQ. I understand the part of ordering meats, or a sandwich, but the sandwiches are just really plain and boring, even this one...I feel like I missed the Bus. I am probably spoiled by some other local places as well, but adding a few extra things to these sandwiches would go a long way.

I did really like the variety of table side sauces they had available, especially the Mustard.

Overall, It was good, not great BBQ. I really feel like if they put a bit more creativity into making sandwiches and maybe a few different menu items...and a tad more seasoning into their overall smoke process, they could be really really good.

Fuel BBQ is Closed on Monday, but they are open everyday from 11:00 am to 9:00 pm, with the exception of Friday and Saturday, as they stay open until 10:00 pm.

Fuel BBQ Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
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