Texas De Brazil
AddressBelz Designer Centre
5259 International Drive
CityOrlando
Phone407-355-0355
Price$$$

Churrascaria means meat. Well, not literally. Churrascaria (tchoo-huh-scah-REE-uh) actually means house of barbecue, but to fans of this type of Brazilian steakhouse, it means meat, meat and more meat. Texas de Brazil is a small chain out of, no surprise here, Texas that is riding the wave of low-carb popularity with a new location on International Drive.

Here's the way it works: you first visit the salad bar, which is more than just lettuce and condiments. You'll find all manner of salad fixings plus such items as hearts of palm, tabbouleh, artichoke hearts, Brussels sprouts, roasted red peppers and, for some inexplicable reason, sushi.

When you've had enough of the salad bar -- and my advice is to go easy there -- the waiters, called gauchos and dressed accordingly -- will start bringing large skewers of meats, sausages, chicken and seafood to your table. And they'll keep bringing them until you tell them to stop. (You do that by turning a small disc on your table over so the red side is showing.)

The thing that keeps this from being just another glutfest is the quality of the meats, which is first-rate. Plus, the overall atmosphere is upscale and attra... Read more

Thai Island
Address2522 S. Semoran Blvd.
CityOrlando
Phone407-412-6909
Price$
Modest little restaurant with good food.... Read more
Tibby's New Orleans Kitchen Altamonte Springs
Address494 W. State Road 436
CityAltamonte Springs
Phone407-951-6928
Price$$
Scott's Review
Like the original, the menu features authentic New Orleans fare. Also like the original, the food here is about as close as anyone in Central Florida has come to presenting a real taste of the Big Easy. For my entree I chose the combo of jambalaya, crawfish pie and file gumbo. Both the gumbo and the jambalaya were excellent. The soup had a wonderfully dark rouxy base with good chunks of chicken and spicy andouille sausage, topped with a bit of fluffy white rice. The jambalaya had sausage and vegetables cooked into the rice. I liked the crawfish in the etouffee, however. A more tomatoey roux served as the base with plump, chewy bits of crawfish and vegetables swimming around an island of rice. For dessert, the bread pudding was crazy good. Big, buttery and gooey with sauce.... Read more
Tilted Kilt
Address11650 Universtiy Blvd.
CityOrlando
Phone407-781-5458
Price$$
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$$$
Scott's Review
Disney's newest top-tier restaurant on the top floor of the Gran Destino Tower at Coronado Springs. It's a Spanish-inspired menu with a special emphasis on seafood.... Read more
Umi Japanese Restaurant
Address525 S. Park Ave.
CityWinter Park
Phone407-960-3993
Price$$
Scott's Review
Umi has a pleasant vibe. The menu features not only the expected sushi selections but also kitchen foods that include robata grilled meats and a couple of ramen soups. Everything is delicious and prettily presented, to boot.... Read more