Negril Jamaican Restaurant
Address2795 Old Winter Garden Road
CityOcoee
Phone407-297-5729
Price$
Scott's Review
Negril is a fast-casual restaurant, more casual than it is fast and it’s pretty fast: most of the food is already prepared and in a steam table set behind glass. The menu has Oxtail, Brown Stews, Jerked dishes and Jamaican Fried Chicken. But every menu listing for a curried dish — available in goat, chicken and shrimp — included the line “Best Curry in Town.” How could I not go with that?... Read more
Nikki's Place
Address742 Carter St.
CityOrlando
Phone407-425-5301
Price$
Scott's Review
Back after a fire forced it to close, Nikki's is as good as always. Good food served by people who make you feel like family.... Read more
Orlando Meats
Address1035 Orlando Ave.
CityWinter Park
Phone407-598-0700
Price$
Scott's Review
Technically a butcher shop, but it sells one of the best damn burgers in town. Recently moved from its original location in Mills 50 to this address with expanded seating.... Read more
Pho 88
Address730 N. Mills Ave. (US 17-92)
CityOrlando
Phone407-897-3488
Price$$

Pho means beef noodle soup and that’s the specialty here. The menu is a bit daunting with over a hundred items, but take your time and choose something that intrigues you.

Vietnamese soups are full meals and you’ll have a hard time eating everything. No need to bother with appetizers, but try the red bean “pudding” for dessert.

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Pie-Fection
Address3120 S. Kirkman Road
CityOrlando
Phone407-523-2200
Price$
Scott's Review
The concept here it that you direct each aspect of the pizza-making process, beginning with the type of crust you'd like, the variety of sauce, cheese choice, and the myriad of toppings. A staffer assembles your pie at your whim and tosses it into a glass-front oven for baking. Pies are pretty good. Also serves a variety of salads and pasta dishes.... Read more
Pio Pio Latin Cuisine
Address2259 S. Semoran Blvd.
CityOrlando
Phone407-207-2262
Price$$
Scott's Review
There are other Pio Pios (Piae Piae?) in the area and although it doesn’t say so on any of the restaurants’ websites, they are all related via ownership. The menus are similar, but, as a pleasant young man at the Semoran Boulevard restaurant explained, “We all serve the same food, but there might be subtle differences like in a sauce.”... Read more
Pizza Ponte
Address1560 E. Buena Vista Drive
CityLake Buena Vista
Phone407-560-9463
Price$$
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
Red Wing Restaurant
Address12500 State Road 33
CityGroveland
Phone352-429-2997
Price$$
Scott's Review

If you’re looking for “old Florida,” you can’t get much older than Red Wing Restaurant. For over 60 years the stone building, which at one time was a private home, has served as a meeting place for Lake County growers, farmers, truckers and others. It’s the sort of place where you might find a boothful of grimy construction workers next to a table with a family with children and not far away a couple on a date.

But you will find some obscure menu items. It isn’t often that you see Buffalo fried frog legs. Even less frequently will you hear me say they were really good. The appetizer featured three haunches, each with plenty of meat, deep-fried and tossed with a hot sauce, a la Buffalo wings, except there was more meat on the legs than you’ll ever find on a chicken wing.

And if fried frog legs don’t appeal to you, or even if they do, you might want to try the fried dill pickles. Why this delicacy is seen so seldom I don’t know. But usually they’re served as dill chips. Here they’re long spears with enough surface area to hold the light batters and even substance to give a good, salty crunch.

Fried green tomatoes had a crisp breading with firm fruit inside.... Read more