Marketplace at Avalon Park
Address3801 Avalon Park East Blvd.
CityOrlando
Phone407-730-3515
Price$$
Scott's Review
A new food hall in downtown Avalon Park with myriad food vendors, including Brazas, NOLA, Cheese to Share, Pico de Gallo and Rosso Specialty Coffee. Joining them are Bowigens Beer Company; BBQ50 with conventional ‘cue; KBBQ, from the originators of the Korean BBQ Taco Box, one of Orlando’s original food trucks; Sip ’N Roll ice cream; and Lemon Shark Poke. ... Read more
Marlow's Tavern Pointe Orlando
Address9101 International Drive
Pointe Orlando
CityOrlando
Phone407-351-3627
Price$$
Scott's Review
Marlow’s Tavern is now open at Pointe Orlando. Marlow’s is a “neighborhood pub” that has heretofore occupied only Georgia neighborhoods. The Pointe restaurant is the first outside that state and the company’s tenth. The burgers were most impressive. Big, thick patties on fresh buns with good-quality toppings. I sampled the black and blue burger, with gorgonzola and applewood smoked bacon (I get the blue part with the cheese but I’m not sure the bacon qualifies as black). I also tried the “everything and the kitchen sink” burger, which, thankfully, does not contain any porcelain or stainless steel. It did have bacon, caramelized onions and crispy onions, wild mushrooms, cheddar cheese, tomato, lettuce and chipotle barbecue sauce. They were served with hand-cut fries, and I think they represented a good value at $11 and $12 respectively. ... Read more
Mason Jar Provisions
Address805 W. Washington St.,
CityOrlando
Phone407-270-4322
Price$$
Scott's Review
Simple, small menu of good food.... Read more
Max & Meme Cafe
Address1050 State Road 434
CityLongwood
Phone407-429-4956
Price$
Scott's Review
At the suggestion of my server (whose playfulness and good nature added to the enjoyment), I had the pot roast lunch, a full plate of tender, falling-apart tender meat with a plop of mashed potatoes holding a well of dark gravy and steamed green beans and carrots. More than enough to eat, and priced under $9. What’s not to like? M&M also has a full roster of breakfast items, and the BLTs at the next table looked so good I almost ordered one to go.... Read more
Maxine's on Shine
Address337 N. Shine Ave.
CityOrlando
Phone407-674-6841
Price$$
Scott's Review
Note: This review is from Shine Neighborhood Kitchen, which has changed its name to Maxine's on Shine. This is the quintessential neighborhood cafe, a lone business in a downtown residential area. Formerly Bravissimo Wine Bar, this space was a destination for people who simply liked the atmosphere. Now they can also like it for the good food. Clams and mussels Catalan, shrimp & grouper Maltese, and pork osso buco were some of the items I enjoyed. The owners -- who also own the decidedly different Graffiti Junktion -- did wonders with the limited space, which started its life, decades ago, as a neighborhood market. The atmosphere is soft and subdued and so very comfortable.... Read more
Metro Diner
Address985 N. State Road 434
CityAltamonte Springs
Phone407-917-8997
Price$$
Scott's Review
I wonder if there is a time during the day, any day of the week, when Metro Diner isn’t overflowing. When I visited after 1 p.m. on a weekday recently, there were multiple groups of people, both inside and out, waiting for tables to open. Such, apparently, is the power of a popular television show like Diners, Drive-ins and Dives on the Food Network. I’m not sure the Jacksonville restaurant’s reputation would have preceded it to its new location in Altamonte Springs without host Guy Fieri’s raves. Not that the raves are not deserved. The food is impressive and sincere, and the atmosphere leaves no question about the diner designation.... Read more
Milkhouse
Address201 N. Bumby Ave.
CityOrlando
Phone407-237-0575
Price$$
Scott's Review
Milkhouse certainly has a splashy presence. Located, as the name clues, in the Milk District, the area of town surrounding the T.G. Lee Dairy facility at Bumby and Robinson Avenues, its name is spelled out in a blaze of marquee-like light bulbs as though announcing the production of a lactose-tolerant Broadway musical.... Read more
Monroe (The)
Address448 N. Terry Ave.
CityOrlando
Phone407-734-2102
Price$$$
Scott's Review
Latest concept from the Good Salt Restaurant Group (Osprey, Mezcalaria) in downtown Orlando's burgeoning Creative Village.... Read more