Tibby's New Orleans Kitchen Altamonte Springs
Address494 W. State Road 436
CityAltamonte Springs
Phone407-951-6928
Price$$
Scott's Review
Like the original, the menu features authentic New Orleans fare. Also like the original, the food here is about as close as anyone in Central Florida has come to presenting a real taste of the Big Easy. For my entree I chose the combo of jambalaya, crawfish pie and file gumbo. Both the gumbo and the jambalaya were excellent. The soup had a wonderfully dark rouxy base with good chunks of chicken and spicy andouille sausage, topped with a bit of fluffy white rice. The jambalaya had sausage and vegetables cooked into the rice. I liked the crawfish in the etouffee, however. A more tomatoey roux served as the base with plump, chewy bits of crawfish and vegetables swimming around an island of rice. For dessert, the bread pudding was crazy good. Big, buttery and gooey with sauce.... Read more
Tibby's New Orleans Kitchen
Address2203 Aloma Ave.
CityWinter Park
Phone407-672-5753
Price$$
Scott's Review

Tibby’s is the latest project from the team that created the outrageously successful Tijuana Flats chain of Tex-Mex eateries: Brian Wheeler, Camp Fitch and Wheeler’s father, Chester. But don’t expect to find a Cajunified version of Tijuana Flats. This is a full-blown, full-service restaurant with an extensive menu of appetizers, entrees and desserts, and from what I tasted, all quite authentic. If what I experienced is any indication, Tibby’s will make those of you who are still lamenting the demise of Jockamo’s say, “Jockamo’s? Who dat?” All of the basic NOLA dishes -- shrimp remoulade, crawfish etouffe, jambalaya, gumbo -- are here and they're all done well, based on family recipes. This one looks like it's going to be a winner.

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Tilted Kilt
Address11650 Universtiy Blvd.
CityOrlando
Phone407-781-5458
Price$$
Scott's Review
A take on the Hooters concept with busty young lasses wearing short, tight kilts. Tilted Kilt, at least the one I was invited to visit, on University Boulevard, serves adequate food, but nothing extraordinary. But I will say they take seriously their motto that “a cold beer never looked so good.” The beer is indeed served well-chilled. So that’s something.... Read more
Tilted Kilt International Drive
Address7653 International Drive
CityOrlando
Phone407-226-6886
Price$$
Scott's Review
A take on the Hooters concept with busty young lasses wearing short, tight kilts. Tilted Kilt, at least the one I was invited to visit, on University Boulevard, serves adequate food, but nothing extraordinary. But I will say they take seriously their motto that “a cold beer never looked so good.” The beer is indeed served well-chilled. So that’s something.... Read more
Todd English’s Bluezoo
AddressWalt Disney World Dolphin
Walt Disney World
CityLake Buena Vista
Phone407-934-1111
Price$$$$

Todd English, of course, is the charismatic celebrity chef best known for his Olives restaurant. I’m not sure English even knows where this restaurant is -- his name is used in a licensing arrangement -- but the people using his name do their best to keep his reputation intact. Occasionally they succeed. Still, at these prices - $18-$52 – it should be wonderful every time.

English did name the restaurant, or at least his kids did. During a trip to an aquarium one of them commented that it looked like a large blue zoo. Putting the two words together and not capitalizing them was someone else's idea, I'm guessing. One of the restaurant's design elements, which were orchestrated by the estimable Jeffrey Beers, is a circular grill where whole fish are supposed to spin around. English told me he calls it the Dancing Fish. Never seemed to work quite as expected whenever I was there.

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Toledo -- Tapas, Steak & Seafood
Address1000 Buena Vista Dr.
CityLake Buena Vista
Phone407-939-3463
Price$$$
Scott's Review
Disney's newest top-tier restaurant on the top floor of the Gran Destino Tower at Coronado Springs. It's a Spanish-inspired menu with a special emphasis on seafood.... Read more
Too Much Sauce
Address1430 N. Mills Ave.
CityOrlando
Phone407-270-7747
Price$
Scott's Review
I cringed just a little when I first heard about Too Much Sauce, not because of the name, which is indeed cringeworthy, but because it is yet another in the long line of assemblage restaurants. Maybe it wasn't a cringe; it might have been an eye roll. I definitely sighed. But I found this new restaurant in the Mills 50 district to be absolutely charming and much less annoying than the average choose-from-each-column concept. And, not incidentally, the food was good.... Read more
Tornatore's Cafe & Pizzeria
Address3818 Edgewater Drive
CityOrlando
Phone407-292-2248
Price$
Scott's Review
Formerly Caffe Positano, this charming neighborhood restaurant changed its name after it was featured in an episode of Food Network's "Restaurant: Impossible." It's basic Italian/American fare, but it's all done well. Pizza slices are New York perfect. Most dishes are pasta centric, but they're all good.... Read more