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
Las Cazuelas
Address4024 S Conway Road
CityOrlando
Phone407-250-4608
Price$
Scott's Review
Good, authentic Mexican food, clean bright dining area, friendly people. What else do you need?... Read more
Los Primos
Address1 W. Silver Star Road
CityOcoee
Phone407-905-0224
Price$

This is one of my favorite authentic Mexican restaurants in the area. Nothing fancy -- why should it be? -- just good, food.

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Mexican Camel
Address5752 International Drive
CityOrlando
Phone407-375-0000
Price$
Scott's Review
It's an assemblage restaurant –choose a platform, a protein and toppings. But the twist is that it features Mexican and Mediterranean options, so you can make all the wrong choices in two different cuisines.... Read more
MX Taco
Address207 N. Bumby Ave.
CityOrlando
Phone407-730-5241
Price$
Scott's Review
Some who have jumped on the taco-slinger bandwagon would have you believe that a taco is a taco is a taco. But Ryan Manning, who has lived and worked in Mexico as a chef with Ritz-Carlton, will tell you that each region has its own style, with distinguishing salsas, moles and meats. I came back from a recent visit to Mexico where I had one outstanding taco and the next day visited Manning’s new Milk District restaurant, MX Taco, where I had seven. ... Read more
Pepe's Cantina
Address433 W. New England Ave.
CityWinter Park
Phone321-972-4881
Price$$
Scott's Review
Mi Tomatina, the paella place in Winter Park’s Hannibal Square, is now Pepe’s Cantina. While Spanish may still be spoken here, the dialect is more Mexican than Catalan. And there’s a distinct Texas accent, as well. Pepe’s Facebook page (the website is still “under construction) states that chef Jose Baranenko’s menu “puts a new twist on traditional Mexican cuisine.” Inasmuch as fajitas and nachos — and burgers, for that matter — are Mexican it’s only because they migrated from the country to the north. But I’ll not quibble about authenticity. I had a pleasant visit to Pepe’s recently, and if the cantina vibe isn’t quite in sync with such neighbors as Chez Vincent, Mynt and Armando’s — Pepe’s Facebook page is promoting an event called Cinco de Drinko — it isn’t any more out of place than, say, Dexter’s down the block.... Read more
Reyes Mezcalaria
Address821 N. Orange Ave.
CityOrlando
Phone407-868-9007
Price$$$
Scott's Review
From the owners of Osprey Tavern and Seito Sushi in Baldwin Park, this Citrus replacement makes ample use of the patio space, but the inside is just as nice. Stick with the basic Mexican offerings.... Read more
San Angel Inn
AddressMexico Pavilion
Epcot
CityLake Buena Vista
Phone407-939-3463
Price$$$
Scott's Review

It’s a perennial nighttime scene, affected by its location inside the pavilion. The dining area is set up next to the waterway, which transports people in boats on their way to the pavilion’s themed ride, Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros. All the elements work nicely together to produce a terrific atmosphere.

I wish they’d spend a little effort on making the food better.

The menu at least stays true to Mexican cuisine, rather than pandering to Americans’ concept of it, which has been muddled by Tex-Mex, Southwestern and even San Francisco-style burrito restaurants. Here you’ll find no fajitas, an American invention, or cheesy quesadillas. You will receive a conical basket filled with tortilla chips, accompanied by two salsas -- an American tradition that even authentic Mexican restaurants must follow.

That’s the last thing you’ll get for free. Everything else you’ll pay for, and you’ll pay way too much.

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