Carrie's Winter Park Cafe
Address240 N. Pennsylvania Ave.
CityWinter Park
Phone407-628-0068
Price$
Scott's Review
Formerly Canopy Cafe (and Tolla's before that), this little breakfast and lunch spot has a fully covered and screened patio for almost al fresco dining. It also has really good (and loaded) omelets.... Read more
Cask & Larder
Address1 Jeff Fuqua Blvd.
CityOrlando
Phone321-280-4200
Price$$
Scott's Review
If this had been the Cask & Larder that opened originally in Winter Park, it would still be there. (Sister restaurant Ravenous Pig moved into the Cask's old home.) This is a “Southern-inspired public house,” which means it features stylistic takes on Southern fare. The Larder in the name is a reference to a pantry. The Cask refers to a beer barrel and is an indication that C&L brews its own beers. (All involved would prefer that you not call it a brewpub.) Good beer, too, plus a fully stocked liquor bar (with some fun cocktails, it should be mentioned). Cask & Larder is in Terminal 2 of Orlando International Airport, so you can visit only if you're flying out of that terminal.... Read more
Castaway's Sports Bar & Grill
Address504 N. Alafaya Trail
CityOrlando
Phone407-377-5895
Price$$
Scott's Review
Sprawling sports bars with plenty of TVs and decent food.... Read more
Cavo's Kitchen & Bar
Address900 E. Washington St.
CityOrlando
Phone321-352-7600
Price$$
Scott's Review
Cavo’s doesn’t pretend to be any more than it is, which is basically a bar with a food menu.... Read more
Chases on the Beach
Address3401 S. Atlantic Ave.
CityNew Smyrna Beach
Phone904-423-8787
Price$$
Scott's Review

Let’s go to the beach! Aw, come on, it’ll be fun; I’ll drive. Chases on the Beach is not a destination restaurant itself, but if the beach is your destination, Chases is a good place to grab a meal. The cheeseburger is fine for lunch. For dinner, try the grouper or the scallops. (Ask the cook to put the crab cake on the side).

Chases is named for the owner Chase Breiner (although there is no apostrophe in the name; go figure.) An old hotel was previously on the site. According to the restaurant manager, local laws say you can rebuild only on an existing foundation, so the restaurant complex has an odd look and shape, with various buildings and levels.

It serves as a sort of mini-play-ground/food and drink emporium. The food is a basic compilation of seafood dinners and beach-food sandwiches. I wouldnt make a special trip just to have the food. But this is a good place to grab a bite if your day involves a trip to New Smyrna Beach .

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Chatham’s Place
Address7575 Dr. Phillips Blvd.
CityOrlando
Phone407-345-2992
Price$$$$
Scott's Review

Chatham's Place has gone through some changes, and much more than the fact that there are no members of the Chatham family involved in the restaurant. That's not an issue; Louis Chatham, who served as executive chef, and his mother, Bettye, who ran the dining room in those first years, sold the operation years ago to Chatham's sous chef, Tony Lopez, the maitre d', Maurice Colindres, and a hostess, Carol Conwell. The three of them kept it going as strong as ever, perhaps stronger. It was clear that this was an operation of love for the three of them, and they worked together to make it a continued success.

Many of the dishes that became signatures back in Louis Chatham's days remain on the menu, including the Florida black grouper, which has been one of my favorite Central Florida entrees for many years. It features a fresh fillet, thick and white, lightly sauteed and topped with pecan butter and scallions, dusted with just a soupcon of cayenne pepper. The pecan butter places the dish firmly in the south and the pepper points it towards New Orleans. But with the use of Florida black grouper I think we can just claim this one as one of our native dishes, don't you?

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Chef Art Smith's Homecoming
Address1602 East Buena Vista Drive
CityOrlando
Phone407-560-0100
Price$$$
Scott's Review
A Florida style restaurant from celebrity chef Art Smith. Many good things here, but the fried chicken, which is supposed to be a signature item, isn't as good as others.... Read more
Chef's Table at the Edgewater
Address99 W. Plant Street
CityWinter Garden
Phone407-230-4837
Price$$$
Scott's Review
Owners Kevin and Laurie Tarter were ahead of the Winter Garden renaissance when they opened their intimate restaurant in the historic Edgewater Hotel there in May of 2008. Eleven years later, the West Orange County hamlet is a hopping with good restaurants and evening entertainment. And the Tarters have expanded their domain with the addition of the Tasting Room, which occupies a space in front of the Chef’s Table’s dining room, and, earlier this year, the acquisition of the Attic Door. But the Chef’s Table remains the jewel, a leisurely evening of three courses, with wine pairings if you like, served by a friendly and attentive staff.... Read more