Pisces Rising
Address239 W. 4th Ave.
CityMount Dora
Phone352-385-2669
Price$$
It’s a beautiful setting on a hill overlooking Lake Dora, and as the name might suggest, fish is the forte. Try one of the fresh fish offerings or the scallops entrée. If you feel like biting into some gator, you’ll like the bayou chicken (as in "it tastes like").... Read more
Pisces Rising
Address239 4th Ave.
CityMount Dora
Phone352-385-2669
Price$$
Apparently, I haven’t dined at Pisces Rising in Mount Dora since the middle of 2004. At least that’s the date on a yellowed framed copy of a review I wrote in June of that year. Since then, I’ve learned, there have been at least a couple of ownership changes, so I figured it was time to check it out again. Not only ownership changes, the concept is different, too. Originally a seafood centric restaurant — Pisces, after all — its menu is decidedly less fishy in its current iteration. Actually, I’d be hard pressed to put my finger on a central menu theme. Dishes jump from region to region and even to different countries. But a general goal, it seems, is to Floridate them with a local twist using ingredients from nearby farms.... Read more
Pizza Ponte
Address1560 E. Buena Vista Drive
CityLake Buena Vista
Phone407-560-9463
Price$$
Scott's Review
A quick-serve restaurant that not only serves a decent slice of pizza pie but also has very good sandwiches.... Read more
Planet Hollywood
AddressDisney Springs
Walt Disney World
CityLake Buena Vista
Phone407-827-7827
Price$$$
Scott's Review
After a year-long renovation, Planet Hollywood has been refurbished to resemble a large observatory to better fit in with the Disney Springs backstory. (Never mind that it's really a planetarium.) Inside, it's a little like dining in an IMAX theater, with massive projections of music videos that stretch the three-story auditorium/dining room. Food Network star Guy Fieri contributed to the new menu. Food is impressive mostly in the size of the portion.... Read more
Polite Pig
Address1536 Buena Vista Drive
CityOrlando
Phone407-938-7444
Price$$
Scott's Review
From the owners of the area's popular Ravenous Pig, this Disney Springs quick-serve specializes in barbecue and cocktails on tap.... Read more
Proper & Wild
Address155 E. Morse Blvd.
CityWinter Park
Phone407-543-8425
Price$$
Scott's Review
From the owners of Sanctum Cafe, this meat-free restaurant has vegetarian and vegan options, and all of it is very good.... Read more
Ravenous Pig
Address565 W. Fairbanks Ave.
CityWinter Park
Phone407-628-2333
Price$$$
Scott's Review

The Ravenous Pig calls itself “an American gastropub,” gastropub being a British term for a pub that serves more than a basic bar menu. This wonderful restaurant goes way beyond that. Chef/owners James and Julie Petrakis met while attending the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, and they obviously learned a lot while there. The menu changes regularly, but everything is worth trying. The Pig’s burger was the winner of Scott Joseph’s Orlando Restaurant Guide’s first Burger War!

Beyond burgers, try the pork belly if it's available, and the steak frites is one of my favorites. As with those served with the award-winning burger, these fries have a spritz of truffle oil. From the pub menu during a lunch visit, I chose lobster tacos, lamb mezze and pork ribs. The tacos were wonderful, three crispy shells with lightly fried chunks of lobster and crunchy hot peppers. The mezze had lamb ribs, tender and aromatic, and lamb meatballs. The pork ribs were one of the few disappointments. They had precious little meat, and what was there was soggy and mealy.

Roasted cod was another good entrée. A beautifully white fillet, flaky and cooked just so, was served with a pure... Read more

Reel Fish Coastal Kitchen
Address1234 N. Orange Ave.
CityWinter Park
Phone407-543-3474
Price$$
It wants to be thought of as an inland contemporary fish camp, but there isn't anything campy about it. But the seafood is good, so there's that. ... Read more