Graffiti Junktion
Address700 E. Washington St.
CityOrlando
Phone407-426-9503
Price$
Scott's Review
The original Graffiti Junktion has moved a couple of blocks east to the corner of Summerlin Avenue. Graffiti Junktion, if the name doesn’t already give it away, goes more for a grunge aura, not that there’s anything wrong with that. In fact, it seems kind of appropriate. The decor relies heavily on the graffiti part (must have been easy to decorate -- just leave a few cans of spray paint out overnight and when you come back in the morning, voila!). Its subname is an American Burger Bar, so red, white and blue figure into the scheme. I had the burger called the Lone Star, a big thick patty, cooked close to the requested medium-rare, topped with thick rashers of bacon and cheddar cheese and slathered with barbecue sauce. It had crispy lettuce, tomato and pickles on a fresh bun. And it was accompanied by a generous portion of slender, spiced fries. Good burger.
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Graffiti Junktion College Park
Address2401 Edgewater Drive
CityOrlando
Phone407-377-1961
Price$$
Scott's Review
This is a second location for the popular burger monger from Thornton Park. The name should tell you everything you need to know about the decor, although I'll add that it can be very, very loud. Burgers are good, but they also do some terrific bar snacks for watching the games on the many televisions. (Don't expect to hear anything from the tv's speakers.)... Read more
Grills Lakeside Seafood Deck & Tiki Bar
Address4315 N. Orange Blossom Trail
CityOrlando
Phone407-291-8881
Price$$
Scott's Review
An inland version of a popular Port Canaveral seafooder. The lakeside locale is pleasant, the food is good and the servers will make you feel welcome.... Read more
Hamburger Mary's
Address110 W. Church St.
CityOrlando
Phone321-319-0600
Price$$
Scott's Review

A nice family restaurant, but we're talking more of the Sister Sledge "We Are Family" kind. Fun spot on Church Street with an eclectic crowd and big sloppy burgers.

It's the first national chain to market specifically to the gay community. You might have figured it out if you had wandered in on a Tuesday for Bingo Night, hosted by local celebrity Miss Sammy (hint: it's not short for Samantha) or for the Maryoke sing-alongs on Wednesdays.

At other times, you might not have noticed anything different about the place at all. Indeed, on one of my lunch visits, there was a family at the next table, a father, mother and baby in a stroller. Everyone is welcome at Mary's -- she does not discriminate. She is a terrific hostess, but I don't think anyone would call her the best cook in town, especially if you should wander away from the list of burgers. Suffice to say the place will never be called Meatloaf Mary's.

Stick with the burgers, and you'll be fine. The hard part is deciding on which burger to have. There are 11 variations, with names such as Queen Mary, Sloppy Mary, Spicy Mary and Blue Boy burger. And if you missed the Sister Sledge reference, I doubt you'... Read more

Hangry Bison
Address480 N. Orlando Ave.
CityWinter Park
Phone407-677-5000
Price$$
Scott's Review
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Johnny's Fillin' Station
Address2631 S. Fern Creek Ave.
CityOrlando
Phone407-894-6900
Price$

This is a bar -- a loud, no-apologies-for-our-raucousness kind of bar. But they have the ability to make a damn fine burger, one that has won multiple Foodie Awards over the years. The award comes and goes because consistency is a problem, but if you catch them on a good day, you'll see why the place is packed.

The Buffalo wings are another good choice for those so inclined. One nice thing about Johnny's: although it is a primarily a bar, it sells so much food that it does not qualify for the nonsmoking exemption that the State of Florida so ridiculously allows to freestanding bars. So you have the experience of the barroom experience without the need to burn your clothes the next day.

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Marlow's Tavern Pointe Orlando
Address9101 International Drive
Pointe Orlando
CityOrlando
Phone407-351-3627
Price$$
Scott's Review
Marlow’s Tavern is now open at Pointe Orlando. Marlow’s is a “neighborhood pub” that has heretofore occupied only Georgia neighborhoods. The Pointe restaurant is the first outside that state and the company’s tenth. The burgers were most impressive. Big, thick patties on fresh buns with good-quality toppings. I sampled the black and blue burger, with gorgonzola and applewood smoked bacon (I get the blue part with the cheese but I’m not sure the bacon qualifies as black). I also tried the “everything and the kitchen sink” burger, which, thankfully, does not contain any porcelain or stainless steel. It did have bacon, caramelized onions and crispy onions, wild mushrooms, cheddar cheese, tomato, lettuce and chipotle barbecue sauce. They were served with hand-cut fries, and I think they represented a good value at $11 and $12 respectively. ... Read more
Marlow's Tavern Winter Park
Address1008 S. Orlando Ave.
CityWinter Park
Phone407-960-3670
Price$$
Scott's Review
As with my experience with the Pointe Orlando Marlow’s in October, I still feel burgers are the forte here. A friend and I stopped in for dinner earlier this month shortly after the restaurant opened its doors. Rick chose the Tavern burger but I went for something new, the crispy brick chicken that has been added as a summer menu item. The chicken featured a grilled airline breast (with the wing joint attached) served with summer ratatouille that included chickpeas, zucchini, asparagus and grape tomatoes, dressed with a kale pesto picatta. It alls sounds complex but it was fairly mundane. I kept coveting Rick’s burger, a thick patty, oozing with juices, grilled to a lovely red medium-rare, topped with shredded romaine lettuce, a thick slice of tomato and some red onion, all on a softly fresh sesame seed-studded bun. This place knows how to do a good burger.... Read more