Taverna Opa
AddressPointe Orlando
9101 International Drive
CityOrlando
Phone407-351-8660
Price$$$
Scott's Review

This is not a place for a nice, quiet, romantic dinner, unless you consider a sound level louder than Hard Rock Café and dancing on top of a table with a scantily clad belly dancer to be romantic.However, the noise level heightens only after 7 pm when the entertainment begins.

But it’s not all ambience here. The food is surprisingly good. There are the usual items: domades, moussaka, pastitsio and the like. But you’ll also find more unusual things, such as lamb ribs, Greek country sausages, taramosalata, and a house-made yogurt that is crazy good. Don’t come here if you’re in a bad mood. On second thought, do, it’ll cheer you up, and you’ll have good food besides.

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Texas De Brazil
AddressBelz Designer Centre
5259 International Drive
CityOrlando
Phone407-355-0355
Price$$$

Churrascaria means meat. Well, not literally. Churrascaria (tchoo-huh-scah-REE-uh) actually means house of barbecue, but to fans of this type of Brazilian steakhouse, it means meat, meat and more meat. Texas de Brazil is a small chain out of, no surprise here, Texas that is riding the wave of low-carb popularity with a new location on International Drive.

Here's the way it works: you first visit the salad bar, which is more than just lettuce and condiments. You'll find all manner of salad fixings plus such items as hearts of palm, tabbouleh, artichoke hearts, Brussels sprouts, roasted red peppers and, for some inexplicable reason, sushi.

When you've had enough of the salad bar -- and my advice is to go easy there -- the waiters, called gauchos and dressed accordingly -- will start bringing large skewers of meats, sausages, chicken and seafood to your table. And they'll keep bringing them until you tell them to stop. (You do that by turning a small disc on your table over so the red side is showing.)

The thing that keeps this from being just another glutfest is the quality of the meats, which is first-rate. Plus, the overall atmosphere is upscale and attra... Read more

Tilted Kilt
Address11650 Universtiy Blvd.
CityOrlando
Phone407-781-5458
Price$$
Scott's Review
A take on the Hooters concept with busty young lasses wearing short, tight kilts. Tilted Kilt, at least the one I was invited to visit, on University Boulevard, serves adequate food, but nothing extraordinary. But I will say they take seriously their motto that “a cold beer never looked so good.” The beer is indeed served well-chilled. So that’s something.... Read more
Tilted Kilt International Drive
Address7653 International Drive
CityOrlando
Phone407-226-6886
Price$$
Scott's Review
A take on the Hooters concept with busty young lasses wearing short, tight kilts. Tilted Kilt, at least the one I was invited to visit, on University Boulevard, serves adequate food, but nothing extraordinary. But I will say they take seriously their motto that “a cold beer never looked so good.” The beer is indeed served well-chilled. So that’s something.... Read more
Turquaz Turkish Cuisine
Address5648 International Drive
CityOrlando
Phone407-413-5350
Price
Scott's Review
Nothing about the experience -- food, service or atmosphere -- is recommendable.... Read more
Vinito Tuscan Tavern
Address4971 International Drive
CityOrlando
Phone407-354-0404
Price$$$
Scott's Review

In the odd location of the Prime Outlets mall on International Drive, Vinito is serving authentic Italian dishes, classically prepared by Naples native Raffaele Marsilio. Have the spagetti Geraldina, named for Marsilio's mother, who taught him to cook. Or have the veal Marsala, one of the best renditions in town.

The calamari was quite good, too. The squid was tender and the breading was light and fried just so, then sprinkled with a little salt. Perfect.

For my entree I chose the green pepper filet mignon, a wonderfully tender steak cooked to a perfect medium-rare and served with a tangy peppercorn sauce tinged with rosemary. A truly delicious sauce.

Desserts are worth lingering over.

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Vito's Chop House
Address8633 International Drive
CityOrlando
Phone407-354-2467
Price$$$$
Vito's Chop House is a first-rate operation, a highend steakhouse with a touch of Tuscany. The atmosphere is masculine but comfortable, the service is practiced and sure, and the steaks are of the finest quality and an omigod size that will have you requesting a takeout container before they're even placed in front of you.... Read more
Yard House
Address8367 International Drive
CityOrlando
Phone407-351-8220
Price$$
Scott's Review
Beer it the forte here, with 140 tap handles, all connected via tubes to an overhead refrigerated keg room. Beyond that, there isn't a whole lot more to get excited about. The food menu is also quite large, and although it initially reads like any other bar menu in America, it also has pan-Asian notes that go completely unexplained. There is an extensive list of burgers and your usual bar appetizers, such as calamari (fried or kung pao'd) and spinach cheese dip, interspersed with moo shu egg rolls and chicken garlic noodles.... Read more
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