By William Jacko
Special to The Laker/Lutz News
Moody Judy’s specializes in hot dogs, Cubans and unique sandwiches, and of course ice cream—and fun. Judy Lambert owns the café, and would not have it any other way.
“I love food, meeting people and making sweet memories,” Lambert said. “My goal is to create a meeting place where family and friends can enjoy good food and laugh together.”
Lambert jokes with her guests, suggests tasty food combinations and sets everyone at ease with her playful sense of humor. She is not really moody — she thinks of herself as creative and silly.
A good example are the fun names on her menu: Junkyard Dog, Garbage Dog, Inferno Dog, Fancy Schmancy Grilled Cheese, Gator Tracks and Fat Elvis.
For hot dog lovers, Moody Judy’s is the perfect place to indulge because it carries Vienna Beef and Sabrett dogs, both in the natural casings, as well as a skinless Nathan’s.
“We make an authentic Chicago dog from the poppy seed bun to the sport pepper,” said Lambert. “Our Coney and footlong dogs are served with our homemade chili, onions, mustard and sometimes Fritos. We have the best coleslaw, and use it not only as a side, but also as a topping for a dog, burger or chicken sandwich.”
Moody Judy’s also has salads and sandwiches, including its popular Fajita Clucker that is loaded with grilled chicken, onions and various types of peppers. Also, on the menu is their Cuban with fresh roasted Mojo pork and Cuban bread Italian roast beef, cheesesteaks and burgers, served on fresh bakery bread or tortilla.
For dessert, the shop offers 31 flavors of ice cream, many that are chocolate based, like its Fat Elvis, which is chocolate, peanut butter and bananas. It even has a special frozen concoction called Exhausted Parents — a blend of ice cream, bourbon, espresso and bittersweet chocolate. Nondairy choices include soy vanilla chocolate chip and mango carrot and Italian ices.
Lambert is not limited by the options on her menu.
“If we have it, we will make it any way you want, the way you want it,” said Lambert. “People associate food with memories, or want something they had before. I love recreating those memories and duplicating what you’ve experienced in the past.”
In addition to taking care of her customers, Lambert also believes in taking care her community.
“One of the gifts of being a small business is being a part of the community,” said Lambert. “We participate in local fundraising events for schools and the Moose Lodge, and this summer we’re participating in a food drive for underprivileged local children.”
Moody Judy’s is located in the Arbor Square Plaza at Connerton on U.S. 41, in Land O’ Lakes.
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