Soco
Address629 E. Central Blvd.
CityOrlando
Phone407-849-1800
Price$$$
Scott's Review
The latest buzz generator in downtown Orlando restaurants is Soco, the first "from scratch" restaurant from Thornton Park Restaurant Group. The menu is Southern contemporary (which is why it's called Soco) and highlights include a stylized vesrion of chicken and dumplings and a three-meat-blend meatloaf on lobster mashed potatoes.... Read more
Sodo Sushi Bar and Grill
Address25 W. Crystal Lake Street
CityOrlando
Phone407-286-4225
Price$$
Scott's Review
Sodo has a new sushi bar and grill. It’s called Sodo Sushi Bar and Grill. It took over the space of the oft troubled Olv, whose name had no hidden meaning or acronymic message. Sodo, or SoDo, is shorthand for south of downtown, which is where it is. And that’s a good place for this new restaurant, too, because there aren’t any other sushi joints anywhere nearby. Bars and grills, yes, but not sushi bars and grills. All that seems to have been required to transform the Olv space into a sushi restaurant was to plop a refrigerated case on top of the bar. Voila — or dekiagari, as they say in Japan — sushi bar. ... Read more
Something Fishy
Address2107 E. Semoran Blvd.
CityApopka
Phone407-703-4850
Price$$
Scott's Review
The fast-casual treatment for seafood. Good quality, nice people.... Read more
Sticky Rice
Address1915 E. Colonial Drive
CityOrlando
Phone321-800-6352
Price$
Scott's Review
There are several restaurants in the area that specialize in Asian street fare, but Sticky Rice sticks to the foods of Laos. The title dish comes in a plastic bag instead of a bamboo steamer as it might on the streets of Vientiane, but you eat it the same, by pulling off a bit with your fingers and dipping it into one of the provided sauces.... Read more
Stubborn Mule
Address100 S. Eola Avenue
CityOrlando
Phone407-730-3400
Price$$
Scott's Review
The folks who own RusTeak, the casual bistro with locations in Ocoee and College Park, have taken over the corner restaurant/bar space in the Sanctuary Condominiums building in downtown Orlando and installed the Stubborn Mule. This space most recently was occupied by Sonoma Kitchen, which originally was called Sonoma Draught House, and before that was a place called Beacon. If you’re a fan of the food at RusTeak, you’ll probably like what you taste at the Stubborn Mule. That’s not to say the menus are identical, but they do both have the same feel and approach to casual American cuisine. The Mule’s menu is smaller, something that isn’t unexpected considering that this is a smaller venue and the focus here, as with previous occupants, is more to offer edible sustenance to go with the sloshable quaffs. Indeed, the restaurant’s name is derived from the currently repopular classic Moscow Mule cocktail served in a copper cup.... Read more
Tabla Winter Park
Address216 N. Park Ave.
CityWinter Park
Phone321-422-0321
Price$$
Scott's Review
Though smaller than the Orlando location, the Winter Park restaurant offers a dining experience that is simultaneously intimate and distanced, using the interior dining room with its full-wall window looking out to an atrium with covered dining under a never deciduous tree. And if that isn’t enough, there are also tables on the sidewalk fronting Park Avenue.... Read more
Tamale Co.
Address2411 Curry Ford Road
CityOrlando
Phone407-203-6505
Price$
Scott's Review
Long anticipated brick and mortar operation for a favorite food truck. Get the tamales -- it's not called Taco Co.... Read more
Tamarind Indian Cuisine
Address501 N. Orlando Ave.
CityWinter Park
Phone321-207-0760
Price$$
Scott's Review

Tamarind brings fine Indian cuisine to an area of town that could use some diversification. The main menu is extensive, with categories of chicken, lamb, seafood and vegetarian entrees as well as a selection of tandoori items and dosas. The lunch menu has a fraction of the items found on the dinner menu, which was disappointing at first -- I wish I had had more options, especially in terms of soups and appetizers, which are essentially nonexistent at lunchtime, a samosa being the only exception.

But everything I sampled was wonderful, and service was warm and gracious.

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