Slate
Address8323 W Sand Lake Road
CityOrlando
Phone407-500-7528
Price$$$
Scott's Review
When Slate first opened, in 2015, I wasn’t much of a fan. It wasn’t that I couldn’t recommend the Restaurant Row newcomer, I just didn’t see any reason to. Either it’s found its focus or I’m getting softer, but I enjoyed my recent visit to Slate. It seems to be a smoother operation, and it has settled comfortably into the Restaurant Row region.... Read more
Splitsville Luxury Lanes and Dinner Lounge
Address1494 Buena Vista Drive
Disney Springs
CityLake Buena Vista
Phone407-938-7467
Price$$
Scott's Review
Notice the name says Luxury Lanes, not Luxury Dining. Come here for bowling fun and maybe have a bite. Dining should be done elsewhere (when you're not wearing rented shoes).... Read more
Strand
Address807 N. Mills Ave.
CityOrlando
Phone
Price$$
Scott's Review
The menu is simple and straightforward but hits several appropriate notes. Steak frites, grilled chicken and crab cakes for more substantial entrees and burgers and sandwiches for something snackier. Fish and chips are worth having.... Read more
Stubborn Mule
Address100 S. Eola Avenue
CityOrlando
Phone407-730-3400
Price$$
Scott's Review
The folks who own RusTeak, the casual bistro with locations in Ocoee and College Park, have taken over the corner restaurant/bar space in the Sanctuary Condominiums building in downtown Orlando and installed the Stubborn Mule. This space most recently was occupied by Sonoma Kitchen, which originally was called Sonoma Draught House, and before that was a place called Beacon. If you’re a fan of the food at RusTeak, you’ll probably like what you taste at the Stubborn Mule. That’s not to say the menus are identical, but they do both have the same feel and approach to casual American cuisine. The Mule’s menu is smaller, something that isn’t unexpected considering that this is a smaller venue and the focus here, as with previous occupants, is more to offer edible sustenance to go with the sloshable quaffs. Indeed, the restaurant’s name is derived from the currently repopular classic Moscow Mule cocktail served in a copper cup.... Read more
T-Rex Cafe
Address1676 Buena Vista Drive
Walt Disney World
CityLake Buena Vista
Phone407-828-8739
Price$$$
Scott's Review

It's big, it's loud, it's splashy, and it's more than a little cheesy, but T-Rex can be a lot of fun, especially for kids old enough not to be frightened out of the bejeebers by life-sized animatronic prehistoric lizards. The food is basic, nothing fancy, nothing stellar. But all in all it does a better job than its sister restaurant Rainforest Cafe.

I sampled a soup and entree. The entrée had two items that are offered separately on the menu, barbecued ribs and rotisserie chicken. The soup was a tomato basil, listed on the menu as lava tomato basil. Turns out lava is fairly sweet; who knew?

The ribs, a generous half slab, were tender and the bones easily relinquished the meat, but there wasn’t a lot of distinctive flavoring. The same was true of the chicken, an even more generous half bird. It was nicely cooked and had juicy flesh. But there were no seasonings, no flavor. It’s a common problem with restaurants in tourist areas to dumb down the seasonings so as not to offend the common palate. Pity. The platter also included a healthy portion of waffle-cut fries. Maybe healthy isn’t the right word, but you know what I mean.

... Read more
Tap Room at Dubsdread
Address549 W. Par St.
CityOrlando
Phone407-650-0100
Price$$$
Scott's Review

Finally, a good restaurant at Dubsdread. It’s Sam Snead’slike (the owners here were involved in developing the Sam Snead’s Tavern concept)  with an emphasis on simple foods.

The pot roast and filet mignon are standouts, and if you get the Buffalo shrimp, ask the kitchen to make them spicy. And the Tap Room burger is superb.

The rustic dining room is fronted by a wraparound porch that overlooks the Dubsdread Golf Course. It's a lovely spot to enjoy Sunday brunch, and as luck would have it, the Tap Room serves an excellent one.

... Read more
Tasting Room
AddressEdgewater Hotel
99 W. Plant St.
CityWinter Garden
Phone407-230-4837
Price$
Scott's Review

From the couple who brought you the wonderful Chef's Table at the Edgewater, this space - just in the next room - offers a more tapas-like menu with a New Orleans glint. Grilled pork belly, fried chicken livers, boudain balls are all good choices. Service is first-rate.

... Read more
Teak Neighborhood Grill
Address901 S. Orlando Ave.
CityMaitland
Phone407-335-4835
Price$
Scott's Review
The Maitland location is a new outpost for the popular MetroWest burgermonger. And make no mistake: burgers are the forte here.... Read more