American Kitchen Bar & Grill
Address1905 Hotel Plaza Blvd.
CityLake Buena Vista
Phone407-828-2828
Price$$$
Scott's Review
The menu, under the direction of chef Venoy Rogers III, offers an array of choices, including Small Bites that that would suit a group that wanted to share a meal tapas style, and Provisions that offer more substantial meals. (The Small Bites Tour gets you three appetizers for just $25.) Both categories have varied selections but most of them proudly proclaim local ingredients: Canaveral shrimp, Florida corn, Kissimmee mushrooms and such. The location might give some people pause, but this is some of the best food in town. ... Read more
American Social
Address7335 W. Sand Lake Road
CityOrlando
Phone407-454-9992
Price$$$
Scott's Review
Boisterous sports bar out of South Florida with good food, especially the burger. Vibrant happy hour.... Read more
Artisan's Table
Address55 W. Church St.
CityOrlando
Phone407-730-7499
Price$$$
Scott's Review
The restaurant recently moved to a better, more visible location. But it left some of its creativity and artisanalism behind. The food is good but safe.... Read more
Artist Point
AddressDisney’s Wilderness Lodge
Walt Disney World
CityLake Buena Vista
Phone407-939-3463
Price$$$
Scott's Review

Artist Point is a large dining room with a ceiling that soars three or four floors. The decor matches the timber lodge feel of the hotel and features a two-story painting of the American Northwest. Huge cast-iron chandeliers comprising smaller lanterns cast a milky glow. Large windows offer a view of the hotel's courtyard, where water falls over big boulders on its way to the lake (apparently through the swimming pool). And every hour on the hour a geyser faithfully erupts in the distance.

As fancy as lodge dining gets. Start with the Northwest salmon sampler or the smoked tomato and basil soup. The trout is terrific and so is the pork chop. For dessert, choose the apple tart or the bread pudding -- it's a toss-up.

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Attic Door
Address28 W. Plant Street
CityWinter Garden
Phone407-750-7063
Price$$
Scott's Review
Formerly known as J.R.'s attic Door, this Winter Garden wine and music spot is now owned by the folks from Chef's Table at the Edgewater and the Tasting Room, which means they've also added a food element. Good food, too. The gumbo is as good as any you'll find in New Orelans.... Read more
Aurora at the Celeste
Address4105 N. Alafay Trail
CityOrlando
Phone407-207-4700
Price$$$
Scott's Review
Frankly, just reading the menu probably won’t stir any hopes of good food. Skirt steak, grilled salmon, a burger, shrimp and grits (is it a law now that every restaurant must have shrimp and grits on its menu?) – don’t foretell great things to come. But come in, have a seat – there are plenty available most evenings – and let the kitchen, led by chef Mike Trudnak, change your mind.... Read more
B.B. King’s Blues Club
Address9101 International Drive
Pointe Orlando
CityOrlando
Phone407-370-4550
Price$$
Scott's Review

You can expect to chow down on Southern comfort foods, signature items from Memphis, the Mississippi delta and the bayous of Louisiana.

Well, OK, not all of it is authentically Southern, such as the nachos, unless you’re talking south of the border. My guest and I had put ourselves in the hands of the chef who sent out this massive mound of chips and cheese and other accouterments, including pulled pork. The chips were surprisingly crispy, and there were plenty of toppings.

However, I preferred the platter of fried dill pickles, smallish but crisp, and the meaty barbecued ribs with a sweetish sauce.

Better still was the bowl of gumbo ya ya, with smoked chicken, andouille sausage, crawfish and peppers in a roux as dark as the bayou.

For my entree I had the chicken fried chicken, a meaty breast with a jacket of buttermilk breading topped with pan gravy and accompanied by macaroni and cheese.

There's also good live entertainment, including the 10-person B.B. King house band. Don't expect to see the blues legend himself too often, however: even when he's performing in town he isn't obligated to stop in.

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Bad As's Sandwich
Address207 N. Primrose Drive
CityOrlando
Phone407-757-7191
Price$
Scott's Review
A good sandwich shop with a cheeky name.... Read more