Chi-Kin
Address813 N. Mills Ave.
CityOrlando
Phone407-730-8658
Price$
Scott's Review
Menus don’t get much more succinct – succincter? – than the one at Chi-Kin, a new quick-server in the Mills 50 district. It’s basically chicken, as you probably phonetically guessed, and Korean fried chicken to be more precise. (Preciser?)... Read more
Cuba 1800's
Address8700 E. Colonial Drive
CityOrlando
Phone407-270-4707
Price$
Scott's Review
I can’t really see the difference between this place and similar restaurants specializing in Cuban cuisine. But I can tell you I liked the food very much. And the casual picnic-style atmosphere. And especially the way I was welcomed by the staff of Cuba 1800’s.... Read more
Da Kine Poke
Address699 N. Orange Ave.
CityWinter Park
Phone407-629-6320
Price$
Scott's Review
Inside the Meat House (which may or may not now be The Local), Da Kine is a mostly takeout purveyor of the Hawaiian poke, basically fresh raw fish in a bowl with other ingredients. ... Read more
Designer Greens
Address464 N. Alafaya Trail
CityOrlando
Phone407-282-8588
Price$
Scott's Review

At Designer Greens, which occupies a small storefront space in the Waterford Lakes area, not far from the Home Depot, you have your own personal salad builder at your beck and call. She does the tonging and tossing -- think of it as a salad bar without a sneeze guard.

You design your own salad in several steps. First you decide if you want a half salad or a full salad, which for our purposes we’ll call the Pittsburgh. (Go with a half; it’s plenty.) Then you choose the lettuce, romaine or spring mix.

In step three, you get to choose three toppings (five if you’re headed for Pittsburgh) from a list of about 36. You’ve got everything from artichokes and avocados to mushrooms, sun-dried tomatoes and various cheeses. If you can’t limit it to just three, you can add others at 50 cents each, but this is a slippery slope if you’re going the salad route as part of a dieting regimen.

Step four is optional -- you can add a meat, such as turkey, ham or tuna. Chicken-fried steak is not an option, but chicken tenders are. Beware.

The last step is the dressing, which you can have your salad maker add and toss or request on the side. There are a baker’s dozen opt... Read more

Domu Chibi
Address869 N. Alafaya Trail
CityOrlando
Phone407-730-7260
Price$$
Scott's Review
Domu, the popular East End Market ramenerie, has opened a new concept, Domu Chibi Ramen, in Waterford Lakes. It’s meant to be a quick-serve operation, but they’ve managed to make it quicker serve in at least one aspect. Instead of giving an order to someone at the counter, customers are prompted to use electronic tablets in front of it to place and pay for an order. Heck, you might even want to leave yourself a tip as you pay, because unlike other quick-serve restaurants, you must go back up to the pick-up counter to fetch your own food. I’m guessing if they could, they’d find away for a non-human to call the names.... Read more
Earl of Sandwich
Address1750 E. Buena Vista Drive
CityLake Buena Vista
Phone407-938-1762
Price$
There's more to the name here than just a play on a historical figure. John Montagu, the 11th Earl of Sandwich, is involved in the business, although the project was started by his son Orlando, who is not in line to inherit the title. There's another Earl involved: Robert Earl, founder of Planet Hollywood. Legend has it, of course, that it was the fourth Earl of Sandwich who came up with the idea of slapping meat between some bread. The usual story is that he was a gambler and didn't want to put down his cards, but Lord Sandwich, the current one, told me over sherries in the House of Parliament a few years ago, that his ancestor was also a womanizer and it may have been a lady in his other hand. Whatever, the sandwiches here are very good and impressively thick. You may actually need both hands. The 4th Earl would not approve.... Read more
El Pueblo
Address7124 Aloma Ave.
CityWinter Park
Phone407-677-5534
Price$
Scott's Review
If you overlook the inclusion of fajitas on the menu, this little hole in the wall (not that wall) serves authentic Mexican food.... Read more
Golden Krust
Address318 N Alafaya Trail
CityOrlando
Phone
Price$
Scott's Review
A small storefront location for what is a Jamaican franchise out of New York. Very friendly staff serving hearty Islands food. The oxtail stew is a specialty.... Read more