Hawkers Asian Street Fare
Address1103 N. Mills Ave.
CityOrlando
Phone407-237-0606
Price$
Scott's Review

The name Hawkers makes sense once you know the concept, and it only sounds odd if pronounced by someone with a Boston accent.

The idea behind this charming little eatery is to present an array of dishes the type of which might be sold -- hawked -- by individuals who stake out space on the sidewalks and streets of various Asian cities but with, you know, stricter health department guidelines.

I’m resisting the urge to describe the dishes as tapas-like, but most of the menu items are “small plate” in nature. And the best way to experience Hawkers Asian Street Fare is the same as you would a tapeo, except instead of doing a tapas crawl, you might virtually wander these Asian streets and sample a number of delectable items. Try the banh mi sliders (I had the duck version; delicious) and the five spice pork choplettes. The curry Laksa is a wonderful and colorful bowl of myriad flavors with chicken, shrimp and big fat egg noodles.

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Highball & Harvest
Address4012 S. Central Florida Parkway
CityOrlando
Phone407-393-4422
Price$$$
Scott's Review
The Ritz-Carlton at Grande Lakes Orlando recently opened its newest restaurant, Highball & Harvest, which takes the place of the Vineyard Grill. During a media preview dinner, I had the chance to sample several of Jeffers' dishes, and I liked all of them quite a bit. ... Read more
Hillstone (formerly Houston's)
Address215 S. Orlando Ave.
CityWinter Park
Phone407-740-4005
Price$$$
Scott's Review

For some reason, the parent company has decided to rename the restaurant Hillstone. Go figure. Hillstone/Houston's menu might be described as minimalistic. There are no appetizers to speak of, except for a couple of items under a category labeled this and that, which also includes side items. I did try the Chicago style spinach and artichoke dip, your basic dip served with tortilla chips. Although it is not listed on the menu, an appetizer portion of the barbecued ribs entree is also available. This included a half-slab of tender ribs with a slightly sweet barbecue sauce served on top of a mound of fries.

Most entrees include a salad, and the salads were huge. The basic salad featured a large plate of fresh, crisp greens topped with chopped eggs, grated cheese and big bits of crumbled bacon. The mustard honey house dressing was wonderful.

I also sampled a salad of seared tuna and field greens, which could easily serve as an entree. The sushi-grade tuna was seared on the outside and raw inside. The bite-size cubes were placed alongside a pile of exotic greens, which also included fresh avocado, drizzled with a cilantro-ginger vinaigrette.

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Himas Indian Cuisine
Address5135 International Drive
CityOrlando
Phone407-574-4254
Price$$
Scott's Review
Punjabi is the regional focus. The foods are honestly spiced, and the staff is welcoming.... Read more
Hong Kong Alley's Kitchen
Address10663 E. Colonial Drive
CityOrlando
Phone407-969-0886
Price$$
Scott's Review
I'm glad I stumbled upon Hong Kong Alley's Kitchen. I almost took a different route that day and I might never have noticed it. I'm glad I took the right fork in the road.... Read more
Hook & Reel
Address7480 W. Colonial Drive
CityOrlando
Phone407-801-5223
Price$$
Scott's Review
A fun little seafood place with a Louisiana accent. Signature entree is a sort of seafood boil served in a large, poofed up plastic bag. Bibs and gloves are provided, so get as messy as you'd like... Read more
House of Blues
Address1490 Buena Vista Drive
CityLake Buena Vista
Phone407-934-2583
Price$$$
Scott's Review

Its the House of Blues, a boisterous boite that celebrates the diversity and brotherhood of world culture and promotes racial and spiritual harmony through love, peace, truth, righteousness and non-violence. But despite a mission statement that makes it sound like the lunchroom at the United Nations, this is actually a themed restaurant that serves up rhythm, blues and soul and not so incidentally surprisingly good food, most of it rooted in a New Orleans style.

What's surprising about it is that everything is of good quality, prepared and presented with the sort of gourmet flair you'd expect from a fine dining establishment, not a place that is made to look like a juke joint.

Menu highlights include a smoked double-cut pork chop, etouffe and Cajun meat loaf. For appetizers, the Mississippi catfish bites are pretty tasty.

The bread pudding is a must. The Sunday gospel brunch, which features an all-you-can-eat buffet,  is an inspirational treat.

 

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Hungry Pants
Address3421 S. Orange Avenue
CityOrlando
Phone407-412-6300
Price$$
Scott's Review
Quick-serve restaurant for the "plant curious" – many vegetarian/vegan dishes but with options to add animal protein.... Read more