Maxine's on Shine
Address337 N. Shine Ave.
CityOrlando
Phone407-674-6841
Price$$
Scott's Review

Note: This review is from Shine Neighborhood Kitchen, which has changed its name to Maxine's on Shine.

This is the quintessential neighborhood cafe, a lone business in a downtown residential area. Formerly Bravissimo Wine Bar, this space was a destination for people who simply liked the atmosphere. Now they can also like it for the good food. Clams and mussels Catalan, shrimp & grouper Maltese, and pork osso buco were some of the items I enjoyed. The owners -- who also own the decidedly different Graffiti Junktion -- did wonders with the limited space, which started its life, decades ago, as a neighborhood market. The atmosphere is soft and subdued and so very comfortable.

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MOOR
Address6000 W Osceola Parkway
CityKissimmee
Phone407-586-1101
Price$$$
Scott's Review
MOOR is inside the Gaylord Palms Resort in the space that previously was Sunset Sam’s. There have been subtle changes to the decor, but the main scenery element — a tall ship “floating” in a waterway inside the resort’s massive terrarium of a lobby — remains. Seafood is a forte here, and it's all done well. In fact, the restaurant’s new name is inspired by the connection that ties boat to land, although the menu also suggests an acronym that celebrates the regional cuisine: Mindful Of Our Resources. Whatever, I’ll have some MOOR, please.... Read more
Morimoto Asia
Address1600 Buena Vista Drive
CityLake Buena Vista
Phone407-939-6686
Price$$$
Scott's Review
For the uninitiated — or those who don’t follow challenge cooking shows — Masaharu Morimoto is a star of the programs Iron Chef in Japan and its spinoff Iron Chef America. He has several restaurants that bear his name around the world, including in Mumbai, New Delhi, Philadelphia, New York and Mexico City. Those restaurants are named simply Morimoto and feature the chef’s signature Japanese cuisine. (The nearest Morimoto is in Boca Raton.) The Disney Springs restaurant is Morimoto Asia to distinguish it from the other restaurants. Technically, the restaurant is operated by the Patina Restaurant Group, which also has the two restaurants at Epcot’s Italy pavilion as well as others throughout the country, including Lincoln at New York’s Lincoln Center. My sources told me that the Disney restaurant started out to be a genuine Morimoto but that the chef became disenchanted with the bureaucracy and chose to continue under a licensing agreement. ... Read more
Morton’s The Steakhouse
Address7600 Dr. Phillips Blvd.
CityOrlando
Phone407-248-3485
Price$$$$

Morton's recently renovated its Restaurant Row Orlando location. The decor is imbued with a modern and tony flair, less the stodgy boardroom ambience at some of the other high-end steakhouses. Maybe that's why women seem to feel so comfortable here.

Steaks are cooked under a super-hot broiler, and when the kitchen is on the mark, they're among the best.

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Mr. Cebiche
Address411 N. Donnelly Street
CityMount Dora
Phone352-735-8106
Price$$
Scott's Review
I did enjoy my ceviche, the Mixto Limeno, which included pieces of shrimp, mussels and squid (the menu said that there was also calamari included, but I didn’t fall for it) with a bit of rocoto, a red pepper sauce that is a specialty of Peru. All of it delicious, especially the shrimp.... Read more
Mykonos
Address145 Wekiva Springs Road
CityLongwood
Phone407-788-9095
Price$$
Scott's Review
Longtime Greeker, originally known as Mayerion Mykonos, reopened in a new location after an 18-month hiatus. Food is good, if not completely authentic, though many people have issues with service.... Read more
Mynt
Address535 W. New England Ave.
CityWinter Park
Phone407-636-7055
Price$$
Scott's Review
Mynt has moved into the Hannibal Square neighborhood, and just like its similarly spelled namesake, it's a refreshing addition. It took over the space that was previously occupied by Fresh Cafe. I've always liked the intimacy of this place — it can feel like one of the small restaurants in Brooklyn or the West Village. But Mynt's owner, Sunny Corda, has also reopened the upstairs dining area, where there is a bar, which adds more seating while still maintaining the cozy atmosphere. Corda also owns Saffron on Sand Lake Road's Restaurant Row. But even though both restaurants are Indian, Mynt is quite a bit different. Mynt takes a fresher and more healthful approach to its food. In fact, it uses no ghee, the type of clarified butter that is somewhat of a staple in Indian food. Instead, Corda told me, the kitchen uses more olive oil in the recipes.... Read more
Nagoya Sushi
Address7600 Dr. Phillips Blvd.
CityOrlando
Phone407-248-8558
Price$$
Nagoya is a pleasant and small sushi bar in the back of the Dr. Phillips Marketplace in the Sand Lake Road Restaurant Row area. Jenny Tay and her staff will welcome you like you're long-lost friends, and the sushi will be unwaveringly fresh and expertly prepared.... Read more