310 Lakeside
Address301 E. Pine St.
CityOrlando
Phone407-373-0310
Price$$
This is a second location for a restaurant called 310 Park South, which was named for its address on Park Avenue in Winter Park. But 310 Lakeside is not at 310 Lakeside, it's at 301 Pine. Very confusing. The food here is mostly straightforward -- steaks, pastas, salads. And most of it is done well enough. The lake on whose side the restaurant sits (actually, it's across the street) is Eola.
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Ace Cafe
Address100 W. Livingston Street
CityOrlando
Phone407-996-6686
Price$$
Scott's Review
Ostensibly an American version of a London eatery (not quite), Ace is dedicated to motorcycles, music and food. In that order.... Read more
Artisan's Table
Address55 W. Church St.
CityOrlando
Phone407-730-7499
Price$$$
Scott's Review
The restaurant recently moved to a better, more visible location. But it left some of its creativity and artisanalism behind. The food is good but safe.... Read more
Avenue Gastrobar
Address13 S. Orange Ave.
CityOrlando
Phone407-839-5039
Price$$
Scott's Review
I’ll admit that I approached Avenue Gastrobar with the expectation that it would be like all the others -- glitzy on the surface with no substance in the kitchen. But my sampling of the menu convinced me that someone back there cares about what is coming out. A soup of the day, oddly named black bean soup, had all the characteristics of having been made in house. I say that it was oddly named because it wasn't a conventional black bean soup with turtle beans in a blackish broth. It did have the requisite Turks beans, but its broth was white and had a pleasant buttery note to it. A good soup but not the sort of thing you expect when you hear black bean soup. For my entree I chose the chicken pot pie, which featured chunks of breast meat and vegetables in a creamy white sauce (this time the sauce was exactly as anticipated). It was served in an oval casserole and was topped with an impossibly flaky poof of puffed pastry. It did not seem integral to the dish but rather like a lid that could be lifted off. Sort of looked like maybe the pot and the pie were baked separately and assembled for serving. Whatever, I liked it.... Read more
Big Fin Seafood Kitchen
Address8046 Via Dellagio Way
Dellagio Town Center
CityOrlando
Phone407-615-8888
Price$$$
Scott's Review
There has been a change in ownership, but the original chef, James Slattery, remains. (He's also one of the new owners.) Quality of the seafood is first rate, the atmosphere fun and casual.... Read more
Big River Grille & Brewing Works
AddressDisney's BoardWalk
CityLake Buena Vista
Phone407-560-0253
Price$$
It’s much more interesting for its on-site beer brewing than the food, which is rather mundane. This is a non-Disney-owned restaurant, operated by Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant Group out of Tennessee.... Read more
Brick House Tavern + Tap
Address8440 International Drive
CityOrlando
Phone407-355-0321
Price$$
Scott's Review

Brick House fancies itself as a "man cave." Take that as you will. I wish they'd spend less time thinking about the man cave concept and a little more about the food, which is marginal. Brick House is a fledgling chain out of Houston.

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Ceviche
Address125 W. Church St.
CityOrlando
Phone321-281-8140
Price$$
Scott's Review

Authentic tapas just like you'd find on a tapeo (sort of a tapas version of a pub crawl) in Madrid, served in a spacious Spanish atmosphere. Be sure to stop by the Flamenco Room, Thursdays through Saturdays -- the entertainment is some of the best you'll find in town.

The name is probably the least authentic thing about this place -- Ceviche is more of a Latin American thing than a Spanish one. The rabo de toro (oxtail to you) was braised in red wine so that the meat was as tender as it could be and was falling off the bone, or off the tail, as the case may be. The cross-sections were served on a bed of cubed potatoes.

I also liked the braised baby lamb ribs, but mostly because of the white beans mixed with chunks of chorizo that accompanied the flavorful lamb.

My guests and I all agreed that one of the best dishes we sampled was the berenjenas fritas, thin slices of eggplant fried crispy like potato chips. Simple and delicious.

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