Tin & Taco
Pleasantly grungy recent entry to the popular craft taco field. Some creative offerings, mostly good, but don't expect much in the way of helpful service....
|Address||40 W. Washington St.|
Vanbarry's Public House
From the same people who own Finnhenry's in downtown Orlando and Ollie's Public House in College Park, Vanbarry's succeeds because it doesn't overreach. It does not promise to be more restaurant than it can produce, and so expectations aren't elevated. I don't mean to damn it with faint praise because it does do some things quite nicely.
The burger, for instance, and the Vanbarry's Bacon Jam Burger in particular. It was a thick and juicy patty served on a kaiser roll (you can have a pretzel roll if you prefer) with a modest leaf of lettuce and a couple of pickles and tomato slice. There were plenty of blue cheese crumbles and the bacon jam, though not as good as actual bacon, gave a nice smoky note. Multiple napkins were necessary in the eating. The burger came with stack of nicely seasoned and meaty fries.
The Mac & Cheese Skillet was excellent. The creamy mix included lots of bits of prosciutto for some saltiness. I ate more of it than I really intended to....
|Address||4120 S. Orange Ave.|
The first of (likely) many of the burger chain started by Paul Wahlberger, less well known brother to Mark and Donny. The burgers are good. You'll have to decide if they're worth the wait. One tip: If you don't want to wait for a table, step up to the counter and get your order to go with very little waiting....
|Address||200 S. Orange Ave.|
White Wolf Cafe
This is a funky little place in Orlando's Ivanhoe Row district of antiques shops. When it first opened, in 1991, it was part cafe, part antique shop. But it was clear most people were coming for the sandwiches and salads than the collectibles, and eventually the cafe overtook the antiques store. The atmosphere may be more of an allure than the food, although most of it is quite acceptable. Still, most people see it as a fun meeting place than an eating place....
|Address||1829 N. Orange Ave.|
World of Beer Downtown
The location is the former Lee's Lakeside, once considered the jewel of downtown dining. It would have been nice to see an upscale/casual restaurant go here, but this franchise has turned the space into a pleasant gathering spot. Unlike many other Worlds of Beer, this one has a more extensive food menu, including full entrees. Not the greatest food you can find in the neighborhood, but when steak frites only costs $15, it's hard to quibble....
|Address||431 E. Central Blvd.|