Lechonera Latina
Address3806 Curry Ford Road
CityOrlando
Phone
Price
Scott's Review
LL is a sort of buffet type of operation, but not exactly. All the food is in front of you in steam trays when you approach the counter, but you're separated from it by a wall of glass. A staff member does the dishing. You choose the type of rice you'd like (plain white, yellow, congris, etc.) and the meat you want to go with it, and a side dish. The staff member then scoops your choices in startlingly large amounts onto a plate or into a takeout container. Then you pay at the end of the counter and either take a seat at one of the tables in the large and unadorned dining room or take your food to a secluded spot where you can pig out in private. Here's the best part. The huge platter of food came to a grand total of $6.39. And there was enough to enjoy over two mealtimes. That makes this a real bargain. Who cares if the place has no atmosphere? See the website for two other locations.... Read more
Lee & Rick's Oyster Bar
Address5621 Old Winter Garden Road
CityOrlando
Phone407-293-3587
Price$

Ask any longtime Central Floridian to name a favorite dive restaurant and Lee & Rick’s is likely to be the reply. There are no pretenses, no airs. You come here for oysters and beer, ample amounts of both. Order anything else and you’re on your own.

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Little New Orleans Kitchen & Oyster Bar
Address9741 S. Orange Blossom Trail
CityOrlando
Phone407-438-6990
Price
Scott's Review
Just a little hole in the wall place, like so many eateries you'll find in New Orleans. Not everything is authentic. The jambalaya, for instance, bears no semblance to any you'd find in the Crescent City. But whatever it was was delicious. Wonderful oyster po'boy, too.... Read more
Los Autenticos Cuban Cafe
Address7339 E. Colonial Drive
CityOrlando
Phone407-282-2322
Price$
Scott's Review
I thought I had made a discovery of a new and wonderful Cuban cafe. Turns out that Los Autenticos has been around for a long time - it's just new to me. But still wonderful nonetheless. Very small place with big-flavored food. Be sure to have a cup of the chicken soup, and then move on to the roast pork or maybe a Cuban sandwich.... Read more
Mediterranean Blue
Address435 E. Michigan St.
CityOrlando
Phone407-422-2583
Price$
Scott's Review

The menu is brief, a small list of sandwiches and salads that stretch the perimeter of the Mediterranean from Greece to Italy. But in addition to the seven or so sandwiches, there were, on my visit, some other specials available, shown to me by the affable server at the counter. These included a delicious looking spanakopita and vegetarian stuffed grape leaves.

I settled on a gyro from the main menu and the grape leaves from the specials. The gyro, which features the mysterious blending of beef and lamb into a single meat that nature did not intend (but which is pretty tasty), was an ample portion, served on a doughy, warm pita. It had tomatoes and onion and a tzatziki sauce that was thicker than usual. Too many tzatzikis are runny and messy. I liked this one.

The grape leaves were big and plump, not like the Tiparello-sized dolmades that most places serve. They were filled with rice and pinenuts. Nice as a vegetarian option, but I missed the meat.

The staff were all friendly and welcoming. Orders are placed at the counter and workers call out names as orders are ready. If they’re not too busy, they’ll bring it to your table. The small din... Read more

Mediterranean Deli
Address981 W. Fairbanks Ave.
CityOrlando
Phone407-539-2650
Price$

People would keep coming back to this cramped little eatery even if the food weren't as good as it is (and it's wonderful). That's because the owner makes everyone feel so welcome, often calling out, "Welcome, my brother," to those entering. He also makes sure that no one leaves without being thanked. I wish more restaurant owners would stop by here to see how customer service should be.

Gyros and shawarmas and falafels are the mainstay. All are ample and delicious.

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Mrs. Potato
Address4550 S. Kirkman Road
CityOrlando
Phone407-290-0991
Price$
Scott's Review
A small potatoria. In south Orlando in the vicinity of Metro West. True to the name, the restaurant serves mainly potatoes, supplemented by a variety of meats, cheeses or combinations thereof. You can get them in the form of a boring, dull baked potato, or you can have the rosti type, which the website touts as "the original Brazilian style."... Read more
MX Taco
Address207 N. Bumby Ave.
CityOrlando
Phone407-730-5241
Price$
Scott's Review
Some who have jumped on the taco-slinger bandwagon would have you believe that a taco is a taco is a taco. But Ryan Manning, who has lived and worked in Mexico as a chef with Ritz-Carlton, will tell you that each region has its own style, with distinguishing salsas, moles and meats. I came back from a recent visit to Mexico where I had one outstanding taco and the next day visited Manning’s new Milk District restaurant, MX Taco, where I had seven. ... Read more