Paddlefish
Address1670 Buena Vista Drive
CityLake Buena Vista
Phone407-934-2628
Price$$$$
Scott's Review
Paddlefish is the reimagined Fulton’s Crab House (née Empress Lily), on the nonfloating structure made to resemble a vintage paddlewheel river boat. It’s less vintage-y with the recent renovation, which gave it a modern look, both inside and out (though the frozen-in-place paddles remain). This is a huge facility, but it features several smaller dining rooms that keep it from feeling like a large main feeding room on a cruise ship.... Read more
Padrino's Cuban Bistro
Address13586 S. John Young Parkway
CityOrlando
Phone407-251-5107
Price$$$
Scott's Review

I'm prepared to call this the best Cuban restaurant in Central Florida, it's really that good. A family operation out of South Florida, Padrino's features both traditional Cuban dishes and some more stylized "bistro" items, and they're served in a pleasant, bright dining room.

My guest and I started our dinner with the classic empanadas, crisp, flaky pastries filled with a spicy ground beef mixture. They were served with a wonderful guava chutney that I could have eaten by the spoonful.

We also had a selection of tostones topped with ropa vieja, ground beef and chicken. The shredded beef of the ropa vieja was a favorite.

For my entree I chose Mayi’s mahi mahi, a colorful dish of red, green, orange, yellow, golden and white that featured a fresh-tasting fillet topped with fresh mango and pineapple chutney, served with mashed sweet potatoes and fresh vegetables.

The owners are usually at the restaurant tending to the customers and making sure that everything is first-rate. And it usually is.

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Pannullo's Italian Restaurant
Address216 S. Park Ave.
CityWinter Park
Phone407-629-7270
Price$$
Scott's Review
Quietly, Pannullo's Italian Restaurant is also celebrating its silver anniversary at its Park Avenue address. It's not the oldest along the avenue -- Cafe de France and Briarpatch outdate it -- but its 25-year achievement is worth noting. Also worth noting: It may have been 25 years since I last dined there, or pretty close. I'm not entirely sure why that is, but knowing of the anniversary and needing a place to meet a friend for lunch, I decided to stop in.... Read more
Paradiso Pizza
Address1502 N. Semoran Blvd.
CityOrlando
Phone407-745-4226
Price$
Scott's Review
Pretty good pizza that can stand up to some New York City shops.... Read more
Parkview
Address136 Park Ave S
CityWinter Park
Phone407-647-9103
Price$$
Scott's Review
The Parkview is a favorite wine bar and restaurant on Park Avenue. Besides a terrific lineup of wines (be sure to check out the wines offered with the Coravin device) the kitchen puts out some good food to accompany.... Read more
Pat O'Brien's
AddressCityWalk
Universal Orlando
CityOrlando
Phone407-224-3663
Price$$
The facade is a remarkable replication of the famous Pat O'Brien's in New Orleans. Food is better than average, especially the jambalaya. This is more of a place to come for the rollicking piano music and the drinks, especially the renowned hurricane, served in the hurricane glass. Careful about the specialty drinks -- with most you're also purchasing a souvenir glass. Ask about your options if you'd rather just have the liquor without the glassware.... Read more
Pho & Roll
Address3334 Curry Ford Road
CityOrlando
Phone407-930-6267
Price$
Scott's Review
Basic Vietnamese fare. Fewer choices than in some other pho-eries, but that's not necessarily a bad thing.... Read more
Pho 88
Address730 N. Mills Ave. (US 17-92)
CityOrlando
Phone407-897-3488
Price$$

Pho means beef noodle soup and that’s the specialty here. The menu is a bit daunting with over a hundred items, but take your time and choose something that intrigues you.

Vietnamese soups are full meals and you’ll have a hard time eating everything. No need to bother with appetizers, but try the red bean “pudding” for dessert.

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