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
Bar Louie
Address7335 Sand Lake Road
CityOrlando
Phone407-608-5190
Price$$
Scott's Review

This is one of the best deals in town if your timing is right. During happy hour, which goes until 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, drafts are $3, specialty drinks are $5 and glasses of wine only $4. Plus, all appetizers are half price. You can pig out and drink yourself silly and have plenty of money left for a cab ride home. This is more of a bar than a restaurant, so expect an ambiance to match.

I stopped in on an early Friday evening as part of a party of six. We discovered that it was still happy hour, and therefore we could have anything from the appetizer list at half price. (The drink specials were pretty good too.) We decided to make a feast of appetizers and forgo dinner.
We ordered the Szechwan rib bites (regularly $8.99), chicken nachos ($9.99), cheeseburger sliders, ($8.99), crispy calamari ($9.99) and Buffalo wings ($7.99).

The sliders were quite good, greasy enough to be chic but meaty enough to satisfy. And the nachos were sufficiently glopped with grilled chicken, cheese sauce, beans, guacamole and sour cream. The rib bites were not spicy at all, as a Szechuan designation would lead us to believe. And they weren't all that tender, either.

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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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