Coco Cucina
Address100 S. Eola Drive
CityOrlando
Phone407-601-5750
Price$$
Scott's Review
Coco Cucina is apparently striving for authenticity, and it certainly has an ambitious menu. You have to give them props for putting such things as braised beef tongue, huitlacoche (corn smut) quesadilla and cactus worms tacos on the menu. Those are tough sells even to people who live in Mexico, tasty as they may be.... Read more
Felipe Rodriguez Tequila House + Kitchen
Address900 E. Washington St.
CityOrlando
Phone407-730-2292
Price$
Scott's Review
On my two visits to the restaurant, I was surprised to find the food as good as it was. I don’t mean for that to be a backhanded compliment. But let’s face it: Any place in downtown Orlando that calls itself a tequila house isn’t a place you’d expect to spend much time on food. Fortunately, that’s not the case here.... Read more
Jax Thornton Park
Address617 E. Central Blvd.
CityOrlando
Phone407-440-4295
Price$
Scott's Review
A throwback to the old Jax Fifth Avenue , a once-popular downtown spot. Good sandwiches and cold beer.... Read more
Jinya Ramen Bar
Address8 N. Summerlin Ave.
CityOrlando
Phone407-704-185
Price$$
Scott's Review
With the popularity of ramen at a height, it was only a matter of time before we'd see a chain noodle its way into town. It happened with Vietnamese, it's happening with poke, so why not ramen? Jinya Ramen Bar is the company with a new franchise in Orlando, its first in Florida (oddly, the website lists the names of the cities for locations in other states but the Florida listing is Thornton Park). It took over and remodeled that space in Thornton Park Central that had briefly been Verde Cantina and, before that, a Tijuana Flats.... Read more
Menagerie Eatery & Bar
Address101 S. Eola Drive
CityOrlando
Phone407-601-5219
Price$$
Scott's Review
I’m not exactly sure what Menagerie Eatery & Bar wants to be, and I’m not sure the people running it know either. The menu is a mishmash of cuisines, styles and food genres, which I suppose befits a place called Menagerie. The restaurant’s Facebook page says it is “chef driven,” but nowhere could I find the name of a chef. Or a driver, for that matter.... Read more
Oudom
Address100 S Eola Drive
CityOrlando
Phone407-849-3739
Price$$
Scott's Review
Oudom, a Thai and sushi restaurant, is the latest to take over the Graze/Prickly Pear/ Lotus/Mingos space in the Sanctuary condominium building in downtown Orlando. Five restaurants in seven years isn't too bad, is it? Maybe Thai will be the magic sauce for this place. Or curry. Or whatever. A restaurant in this location needs to count on frequent vists from neighbors. A menu with a lower price point can help in that regard.... Read more
Soco
Address629 E. Central Blvd.
CityOrlando
Phone407-849-1800
Price$$$
Scott's Review
The latest buzz generator in downtown Orlando restaurants is Soco, the first "from scratch" restaurant from Thornton Park Restaurant Group. The menu is Southern contemporary (which is why it's called Soco) and highlights include a stylized vesrion of chicken and dumplings and a three-meat-blend meatloaf on lobster mashed potatoes.... Read more
Stubborn Mule
Address100 S. Eola Avenue
CityOrlando
Phone407-730-3400
Price$$
Scott's Review
The folks who own RusTeak, the casual bistro with locations in Ocoee and College Park, have taken over the corner restaurant/bar space in the Sanctuary Condominiums building in downtown Orlando and installed the Stubborn Mule. This space most recently was occupied by Sonoma Kitchen, which originally was called Sonoma Draught House, and before that was a place called Beacon. If you’re a fan of the food at RusTeak, you’ll probably like what you taste at the Stubborn Mule. That’s not to say the menus are identical, but they do both have the same feel and approach to casual American cuisine. The Mule’s menu is smaller, something that isn’t unexpected considering that this is a smaller venue and the focus here, as with previous occupants, is more to offer edible sustenance to go with the sloshable quaffs. Indeed, the restaurant’s name is derived from the currently repopular classic Moscow Mule cocktail served in a copper cup.... Read more
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