Buster's Bistro
Address300 Sanford Ave.
CitySanford
Phone407-732-6880
Price$$
Scott's Review
Buster’s Bistro is a bar. A Belgian bar, to be precise. But BB’s menu is more ambitious than most bars, with such selections as Short Rib Carbonnade, Vol-au-Vent, and Tikka Masala Curry. The results are as varied as the selections.... Read more
Chianti's Pizza & Pasta
Address685 Towne Center Blvd.
CitySanford
Phone407-878-5900
Price$$
Scott's Review
There's nothing special about the atmosphere, but the food is very good, and the service is sincere. I liked my lobster ravioli, and the "Big Meat" pizza was good, too, although it could have used a bit more of the big meats. There is a second location in Longwood.... Read more
District
Address112 W. 2nd St.
CitySanford
Phone407-330-2730
Price$$$
Scott's Review
The District, a restaurant in Sanford, is small, has a limited and fairly mundane menu, and is enjoying the kind of popularity that apparently allows the staff to be slightly arrogant with newcomers. There is a small dining room and a bar area next to it. If the dining room is booked, as it was when I visited recently, the hostess may wave toward the bar and tell you it’s open seating “in there.” I selected a seat at the end of a bar-height communal table “in there” and a bartender came around to hand me a menu.... Read more
Fifth Element
Address1133 Rinehart Road
CitySanford
Phone407-548-6777
Price$$
Scott's Review
Oddly named Indian restaurant with good food in a boring strip mall locale.... Read more
Hollerbach’s Willow Tree Café
Address205 E. 1st St.
CitySanford
Phone407-321-2204
Price$$

Voted the second best German restaurant in the U.S. but readers of GermanDeli.com for 2009. (Bavarian Grill of Plano, Texas, was number one; go figure.) I don't know if I'd go that far, but I'm prepared to call it the best German restaurant in Central Florida.

Although the surroundings leave something to be desired, there’s good German food to be had here. Have a schnitzel, or the sausage platter, but beware: it’s a lot of food.

The place is especially festive Thursdays through Sundays when there is entertainment. Oom-pah-pah!

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Jimotti's
Address2545 S. French Ave.
CitySanford
Phone407-952-3329
Price$
Scott's Review
Jimotti’s is a bit of an odd place. Odd name, too, at least to my ears, which want to hear something Italian. But Jimotti’s is Japanese and has a surprisingly substantial menu of kitchen foods and a more compact roster of sushi, sashimi and specialty rolls.... Read more
Old Jailhouse
Address113 S. Palmetto Ave.
CitySanford
Phone407-548-6964
Price$$$
Scott's Review
The Old Jailhouse is legitimately housed in a small building that was the Seminole County Jail from 1914 until 1959. Before that, it was a blacksmith and wagon shop from 1890, the year it was constructed, until 1895, and it was the E.E. Brady Livery Feed and Sales Stables from 1910 until it became the jail. More recently it was home to Sanford Dry Cleaners and, here’s irony for you, the Seminole County Health Department. Old Jailhouse’s opening represents the return of Bram Fowler to the local restaurant scene. Fowler made his mark at Journeys in the Longwood Village Shopping Center. Here, Fowler serves as the director of operations and executive chef.... Read more
Smiling Bison Sanford
Address107 S Magnolia Ave
CitySanford
Phone407-915-6086
Price$$
Scott's Review
Joining the ever growing list of independent restaurants is a second location of the Smiling Bison, the funky little cafe and bar on the near east side of Orlando. Anyone familiar with the original may not recognize the new place. Whereas the Orlando Bison is divey with a fun and grungy vibe that suggests a pop-up venue, Sanford’s seems more adult and established — like a real restaurant. Part of that is due to the age of the building and its old time-y mien. It feels as though it has been there for generations. If this were a new Disney restaurant, they’d slap a sign on the front of the place that reads “ Est. 1910” and include a backstory detailing its provenance and just exactly what first caused the bison’s grin. What will be familiar to the already loyal Bisonians is the food, which has always been creative, full of integrity, and with a promise of brilliance at times.... Read more
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