Cheeser’s Palace Considered a Favorite Among Locals in Clermont
CLERMONT — Tucked away in downtown, Cheeser’s Palace Cafe has become a local favorite over the past 11 years with its breakfast, lunch and specialty events.
Regular customer Thomas Corace, of Clermont, joked he had dining withdrawal when the cafe was closed because of a power outage during Hurricane Irma. “The tomato soup is fantastic along with cakes and grilled cheese,” he said.
Owner Amanda Walsh said her father owned a successful restaurant in south Florida for 25 years until he retired. Walsh said she grew up in a restaurant and owned a catering company for two years before opening Cheeser’s.
“The community told us there was such a need for quality, healthy food, it was a natural progression from catering into the restaurant,” she said.
The name, Cheeser’s, came from a cheese retail gourmet store her parents owned in Ohio.
At the Clermont location, Walsh offers specialty cheeses from around the world on the menu and customers are able to purchase them by the pound.
Walsh’s daughters, Samantha, 14, who works in the kitchen, and Emma, 14, is a food runner “extraordinaire.” Walsh’s husband works a job five days a week, but she said he is often at the restaurant on the weekends.
Breakfast specialties include 11 different varieties of eggs Benedict, waffles, omelets, crepes and traditional breakfast items.
The eggs Benedict dishes are the most popular items for breakfast, Walsh said. One viriety is the the Florida citrus shrimp and crab Benedict for $11. Walsh said the eggs Benedict dishes are served over a croissant, giving them a different flavor profile.
“I used to get the eggs Benedict, but then I got into the omelets, specials like pulled pork, macaroni and cheese and sausage with chili sauce,” Corace said.
Lunch items include the Red Baron Sandwich (spinach and artichoke dip topped with buffalo pulled chicken served on Ciabatta bread) and the Italian “Po Po” Sandwich (ham, pepperoni, bacon, grilled onions, Mozzarella cheese and pesto mayonnaise), which was named by the Clermont Police Department.
The King’s Flat is another popular selection, featuring grilled steak, shrimp, Asiago cheese, grilled onions and tomatoes topped with Blue Cheese and greens for $13.
Homemade deserts include the strudel of the day, cake of the day and a variety of chocolates.
And, if you’re wondering, the restaurant’s pin-up girl logo featured on the storefront, Celeste, was not patterned after a real person.
Cheeser’s Palace Cafe, 707 W. Montrose St. in Clermont, is open from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. Reservations are accepted and special palate or dietary restrictions can be accommodated.
To view the menu, go to www.CheesersPalace.com or the restaurant’s Facebook page.