Agave Azul Winter Park
Address900 S. Orlando Ave.
CityOrlando
Phone407-972-3414
Price$$
Scott's Review
A second location for this Mex (with a lot of Tex). The food is inventive and flavorful if not entirely authentic.... Read more
Bugambilias
Address737 W. Lancaster Road
CityOrlando
Phone407-745-5614
Price$
Scott's Review
A simple little authentic Mexican eatery. How authentic? You might have to ask if the have a menu in English.... Read more
El Pueblo
Address7124 Aloma Ave.
CityWinter Park
Phone407-677-5534
Price$
Scott's Review
If you overlook the inclusion of fajitas on the menu, this little hole in the wall (not that wall) serves authentic Mexican food.... Read more
Frontera Cocina
Address1604 E. Buena Vista Drive
CityOrlando
Phone407-560-9197
Price$$$
Scott's Review
There isn’t anything remotely Mexican about the decor and design of Frontera Cocina, the new restaurant from Rick Bayless that has opened at Disney Springs. And that just may be the point. Bayless, the Chicagoland chef who has won no fewer than six James Beard Awards, says his style of Mexican food has “bright flavors” and isn’t heavy because they don’t do much frying. His menu focuses on the Central and Southern regions of Mexico, staying far away from the influences of Tex-Mex or Ameri-Mex, or, heaven forbid, Flori-Mex. That brightness shows in the decor, as well. More modern, with bright splashes of color — orange, blue and green — walls of windows and shelves of tequilas. No artificially cracked plaster walls showing bare bricks beneath and nary a sombrero hanging on a hook. That alone is refreshing.... Read more
Garibaldi Mexican Restaurant
Address925 N. Semoran Blvd.
CityOrlando
Phone407-275-5035
Price$$
Scott's Review
This longtime Mexican favorite among locals recently moved next door to much bigger digs, addling lots of space and a full liquor bar -- real Margaritas! The food is good and the service can be terrific. By the way, this restaurant is not related to the other Garibaldis in the area.... Read more
Grocery Los Hermanos
Address4130 Curry Ford Road
CityOrlando
Phone407-895-5451
Price$
Scott's Review

Like other market/cafes of this type, Los Hermanos offers a variety of foods as lunch specials, each visible for your inspection through the condensation on windows of the steam table. The young woman behind the counter lifted the lids of each pan so that I could see what was underneath. It all looked good, but when she lifted the cover from the chilaquiles, my mind was made up -- that’s what I’m having, I told her.

Chilaquiles are essentially strips of tortiallas that are fried and mixed with salsa and cheese. It’s a sort of Mexican comfort food. (It’s comfort food for at least one gringo, too.) Los Hermanos’ chilaquiles were served with two fried eggs on top. And because it was part of the lunch special, it also came with a load of refried beans and yellow rice. As I carried the container to the grocery checkout counter to pay for it, I was struck by how heavy it was. That was a lot of food for $6.39!

And a lot of good food, too. The chilaquiles had just the right amount of peppery heat, not to much that it burned but enough that you knew it was there. My only disappointment was that the fried eggs had cooked while sitting atop the chilaquiles in the covered pa... Read more

La Fiesta Mexican Grill
Address3000 Curry Ford Road
CityOrlando
Phone407-985-4340
Price$$
Scott's Review
A move from its original space in an office complex across the street gives La Fiesta a bigger and nicer dining area, plus a full bar. Just wish the food was a little better.... Read more
La Hacienda De San Angel
AddressMexico Pavilion
Epcot Center
CityLake Buena Vista
Phone407-939-3463
Price$$$
Scott's Review
La Hacienda is one of the newest restaurant at Epcot's World Showcase. It sits in front of the Mexico pavilion and juts out over the lagoon, which gives it a unique vantage point for the nightly Illuminatons show. The food is not authentic, but it's very good. Be sure to try the chiles toreados y chorizitos, a bowl of bright green peppers and little fat chorizo pork links, sort of a Mexican version of Vienna sausages, all charred and grilled; and one of the mixed grill platters, which have enough for two to share. There’s a wonderful dessert at meal’s end, a tamal de dulce. It’s an actual corn masa tamale only sweet, and filled with guava then topped with strawberry coulis. Delicious.... Read more
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