Hamilton's Kitchen
Address300 E New England Ave
Alfond Inn
CityWinter Park
Phone407-998-8090
Price$$$
Scott's Review
Hamilton's Kitchen has a new chef, Marc Kusche, and a freshened menu. It's like the reset button has been pushed. And now the experience is more along the lines of what I was hoping for a year ago. Kusche comes to the Alfond Inn by way of the Four Seasons Residence Club Aviara in Carlsbad, California. His menu makes good use of the bounty from local growers and has a nice mix of seafood and meat, though it seems that the former is the forte. I can't say that anything in particular has been done with the dining room since it opened last year, but it seemed to be different. It didn't have that college dorm dining hall feel — maybe it was that it wasn't as crowded this time, or maybe there have been enough subtle changes in lighting to make a difference. Whatever, it was more comfortable now, even with open kitchen. (It is called Hamilton's Kitchen, after all.) I was happy to make the return visit to HK and I'm even happier to now put it on my list of recommended restaurants.... Read more
Hampton Social
Address9101 International Drive
CityOrlando
Phone689-800-6760
Price$$$
Scott's Review
It might be enough for the Hampton Social, a new restaurant at Pointe Orlando, to be all atmospherics. Its mien is a coastal yacht club with a stressful casualness, a yacht club whose members wear unscuffed boat shoes. ... Read more
Hangry Bison
Address480 N. Orlando Ave.
CityWinter Park
Phone407-677-5000
Price$$
Scott's Review
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Hangry Bison Winter Garden
Address250 W. Plant St.
CityWinter Garden
Phone407-347-9099
Price$$
Scott's Review
A second location for this popular Winter Park restaurant with award-winning burgers.... Read more
Häos
Address123 W. Church St.
CityOrlando
Phone407-203-4099
Price$$
Scott's Review
Burgers and barbecue in a large sports bar-like space.... Read more
Hard Rock Café
AddressUniversal’s CityWalk
CityOrlando
Phone407-351-7625
Price$$$
Scott's Review

Orlando is the home of the corporate headquarters for HRC, so you’d expect the restaurant here to be superlative. And it is. It’s a massive structure, and I doubt the music plays any louder at another location. The food is basic, but more than passable.

Texas chili was a good chili, but I would hate to be there when it was served to a real Texan and he or she discovers beans in it. You can find chili in Texas with beans in it, but you'll probably also find the cook strung up out back.

Then there is the Tuscan chicken salad, which could just as easily have been named Tallahassee chicken salad, or Berlin chicken salad, or even world-class chicken salad because there certainly wasn't anything remotely Tuscan about it. OK, there were some slivers of salami and provolone cheese (which mostly comes from northern Italy, by the way) mixed in with mesclun greens, red peppers, mushrooms and asparagus. The greens were topped with cubes of grilled chicken and tossed with a red wine vinaigrette. Despite its geographical misplacement, it was a good salad.

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Hemisphere
Address9300 Jeff Fuqua Blvd.
CityOrlando
Phone407-825-1344
Price$$$
Scott's Review
Nearly 30 years old, this restaurant on the top floor of the Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport has had ups and downs. It's currently on an up following a remodel and a refocus on the high quality food it started with.... Read more
Highball & Harvest
Address4012 S. Central Florida Parkway
CityOrlando
Phone407-393-4422
Price$$$
Scott's Review
The Ritz-Carlton at Grande Lakes Orlando recently opened its newest restaurant, Highball & Harvest, which takes the place of the Vineyard Grill. During a media preview dinner, I had the chance to sample several of Jeffers' dishes, and I liked all of them quite a bit. ... Read more