4 Rivers Smokehouse
Address1600 W. Fairbanks Ave.
CityWinter Park
Phone407-474-8377
Price$
Scott's Review
It's easy to spot Four Rivers when you're driving down Fairbanks Avenue; just look for the place with the line outside. Folks are happy to queue up for this 'cue, especially the brisket. But the pulled pork is pretty darned tasty, too. There is no indoor seating, just some picnic tables on a covered patio. But no one seems to mind.... Read more
4Rivers Smokehouse Winter Garden
Address1047 S. Dillard St.
CityWinter Garden
Phone407-474-8377
Price$
Scott's Review
 A second location for the wildly popular Winter Park barbecuerie. This one has better parking and indoor (read: air-conditioned) seating. But the barbecue is the same -- excellent. Lines are just about as long here, too, but with two cash registers it moves a bit faster. Try the brisket, a house speciality, or the ribs. The baked cheese grits are pretty tasty.... Read more
AJ's Press
Address182 W. State Road 434
CityLongwood
Phone407-790-7020
Price$
I knew I was going to like AJ's Press the moment I stepped inside. That's when I was welcomed, warmly and genuinely, and when, upon hearing that it was my first time there, someone shoved a Jalapeño Bacon Hush Puppy at me. AJ's Press is, despite the name, which makes it sound like a news organization, a Longwood sandwich shop in a small strip mall near the railroad tracks. The Press part of the name refers to the device that applies heat and pressure to flatten the sandwiches, á la a Cuban sandwich.... Read more
Balagan Kosher Mediterranean Cafe
Address4000 Central Florida Blvd.
CityOrlando
Phone407-882-0701
Price$
Scott's Review
Located in the University of Central Florida Student Union, Balagan isn't much more than a hole in the wall. There's no seating inside the cafe -- get your food and take it to a table in the corridors of the Union, or outside for a picnic. I had a huge beef shawarma that I decided was too much to eat at one sitting. So I ate half and wrapped the rest up for later. But when I got to my car, I couldn't help myself and I finished it off. Delicious. One of the few kosher options in Central Florida. Balagan also operates a concession during events at the UCF Arena.... Read more
Bar Harbor Seafood
Address2000 Premier Row
CityOrlando
Phone407-447-6455
Price$
Scott's Review
Bar Harbor Seafood, one of the companies that provides fresh fish, shellfish and other goodies from the sea to area restaurants, has been serving lunch from its South Orlando warehouse space for about a year now. I only learned of it recently, and stopped in thinking it would be an obscure, sparsely attended out-of-the-way lunch spot to try out. Well, it certainly is out of the way. But sparsely attended, no. In fact, I haven’t seen lines this long for a counter restaurant that didn’t specialize in barbecue and have the name Rivers attached to it for quite some time. Bar Harbor’s wholesale facility is on Premier Row, just west of South Orange Blossom Trail, in Orlando’s Central Park. Its neighbors are other warehouses and showrooms, and I’m thinking it was a lot of the workers from those other businesses that were cramming into the decidedly too small space where lunch orders are taken. (It’s the same space where the company offers retail seafood orders to those who don’t buy their fish by the tonnage. The menu features fish and chips, Ipswich clams, sushi rolls, cod sliders and such. Most of the cooking seems to be done somewhere else on the property -- one of the work... Read more
Big Kahuna's Island Style Bowls
Address1450 Tuskawilla Road
CityWinter Springs
Phone407-543-3700
Price$
Scott's Review
Poke, the Hawaiian specialty of raw fish and added accouterments. Nicely done here, but the assemblage process can be overwhelming.... Read more
Black Bean Deli
Address1835 E. Colonial Drive
CityOrlando
Phone407-203-0922
Price$
Scott's Review
The decor is modern and youthful, and there is plenty of seating, indoors and out, at real tables. Food is pretty much the same. The Cuban sandwich may be the best one in the state of Florida.... Read more
Black Hammock Fish Camp
Address2316 Black Hammock Fish Camp Road
CityOviedo
Phone407-365-2702
Price$

Black Hammock sits on the shore of Lake Jessup, which has the distinction of being home to the largest number of relocated “nuisance” gators. This is not a place where you want to take a swim. It’s also not a restaurant for you if you’re queasy about fried food. That’s the forte here. You can have frogs legs, various types of fish, or, in a delightful twist, gator tail. Chomp them before they chomp you.

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