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
MOOR
Address6000 W Osceola Parkway
CityKissimmee
Phone407-586-1101
Price$$$
Scott's Review
MOOR is inside the Gaylord Palms Resort in the space that previously was Sunset Sam’s. There have been subtle changes to the decor, but the main scenery element — a tall ship “floating” in a waterway inside the resort’s massive terrarium of a lobby — remains. Seafood is a forte here, and it's all done well. In fact, the restaurant’s new name is inspired by the connection that ties boat to land, although the menu also suggests an acronym that celebrates the regional cuisine: Mindful Of Our Resources. Whatever, I’ll have some MOOR, please.... Read more
Mythos
AddressUniversal Studios
Islands of Adventure
CityOrlando
Phone407-224-4534
Price$$$
Scott's Review

Mythos is one of only two full service restaurants at Islands of Adventure (Confisco Grille is the other). It wanted to be a fine dining restaurant when it first opened a decade ago, but that never happened. Of course, it's difficult to be a fine dining restaurant when you take your last reservations at 4:30 in the afternoon (the park closes at 6 p.m. most days).

But the atmosphere is pleasant, and the food is mostly good. Learn from my mistakes, though, and don't bother with anything fancy, like crabcake sliders. Go for the Mythos burger, a big, juicy thing with melted cheese and rashers of bacon. Then head immediately for the Incredible Hulk roller coaster. I dare you.

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Narcoossee's
Address4401 Grand Floridian Lane
CityLake Buena Vista
Phone407-939-3463
Price$$$$
Scott's Review

Narcoossee's has always been something of a disappointment to me. I always left it wishing it had been better than it was, which was mostly so-so.

But now the restaurant is on a new path. The chef has refreshed the menu, and it seems the kitchen has a renewed interest in turning out more exciting dishes. If you're really adventurous, try the crispy whole snapper, presented as though swimming on your plate. If that's too graphic, have the togarashi-spiced tuna and jumbo prawn. If the roasted beet salad is available, grab it.

Now serving a very pleasant waterfront brunch. Read about that here: http://goo.gl/ZVqxjb... Read more
Nona Blue
Address9685 Lake Nona Village Place
CityOrlando
Phone407-313-0027
Price$$$
Scott's Review
Nona Blue Modern Tavern opened May 2013 and has been been keeping the tables filled ever since. The first time I visited was a Monday, and the place was doing the sort of business that some restaurants in town would cherish on a weekend. Part of that, of course, is the newness and part is the aforementioned scarcity. And some of it has to do with the allure of Graeme McDowell, the golfer, who is one of the owners (along with Joe Davi and Bill Bona). Whether they will keep coming is yet to be seen, but with a few tweaks here and there -- especially in the area of service -- they should be able to keep those seats filled. I liked what I saw when I first walked into the place (once I found the front door, which is not easily spotted). I liked what I smelled even more. The air was infused with the aroma of hickory smoke, and it had me immediately craving something wood-smoked. The menu makes full use of that grill. There isn’t anything particularly daring or innovative on it, just your basic tavern fare. You’ve got your burgers, your steaks and seafood offerings. And quite a long list of appetizers, called shareables on the menu, some of which are priced as much as some of the fu... Read more