Designer Greens
Address464 N. Alafaya Trail
CityOrlando
Phone407-282-8588
Price$
Scott's Review

At Designer Greens, which occupies a small storefront space in the Waterford Lakes area, not far from the Home Depot, you have your own personal salad builder at your beck and call. She does the tonging and tossing -- think of it as a salad bar without a sneeze guard.

You design your own salad in several steps. First you decide if you want a half salad or a full salad, which for our purposes we’ll call the Pittsburgh. (Go with a half; it’s plenty.) Then you choose the lettuce, romaine or spring mix.

In step three, you get to choose three toppings (five if you’re headed for Pittsburgh) from a list of about 36. You’ve got everything from artichokes and avocados to mushrooms, sun-dried tomatoes and various cheeses. If you can’t limit it to just three, you can add others at 50 cents each, but this is a slippery slope if you’re going the salad route as part of a dieting regimen.

Step four is optional -- you can add a meat, such as turkey, ham or tuna. Chicken-fried steak is not an option, but chicken tenders are. Beware.

The last step is the dressing, which you can have your salad maker add and toss or request on the side. There are a baker’s dozen opt... Read more

Domu Chibi
Address869 N. Alafaya Trail
CityOrlando
Phone407-730-7260
Price$$
Scott's Review
Domu, the popular East End Market ramenerie, has opened a new concept, Domu Chibi Ramen, in Waterford Lakes. It’s meant to be a quick-serve operation, but they’ve managed to make it quicker serve in at least one aspect. Instead of giving an order to someone at the counter, customers are prompted to use electronic tablets in front of it to place and pay for an order. Heck, you might even want to leave yourself a tip as you pay, because unlike other quick-serve restaurants, you must go back up to the pick-up counter to fetch your own food. I’m guessing if they could, they’d find away for a non-human to call the names.... Read more
Don Julio's Mexican Kitchen and Tequila Bar
Address551 S. Chickasaw Trail
CityOrlando
Phone407-930-3735
Price$$
Scott's Review
It would seem that the place to be on a Friday night if you live in the area of Chickasaw Trail and Lake Underhill Road is Don Julio’s Mexican Kitchen and Tequila Bar. At least it seemed that way the Friday evening my companion and I stopped in. The restaurant in the aptly named Rio Pina Plaza was jumping like veritable frijoles saltarines. It was so crowded that people waiting for tables were standing around on the sidewalk outside the strip plaza storefront. The only seats available, the young woman at the host stand told us, were at either of the bars, the tequila bar in the title or the ceviche bar on the other side of the room. That suited us just fine because it was the ceviche bar that drew my attention to this particular D. Julio’s over the one in Lake Mary or the other location in Waterford Lakes.... Read more
Durian Durian
Address10743 Narcoossee Road
CityOrlando
Phone407-282-2992
Price$
Scott's Review

Durian Durian is one of what undoubtedly will be many new restaurants that will crop up to serve the burgeoning medical city rising in Lake Nona. The food is good but not extraordinary. The service is extraordinarily poor. It is not recommended at this time.

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Eastside Asian Market
Address12950 E. Colonial Drive
CityOrlando
Phone407-615-8881
Price$$
Scott's Review
An Asian market with a corner set aside for a vegetarian cafe. Yes, everything is vegetarian. As a sign next to the menu says, "Deal with it."... Read more
F&D Cantina
Address1125 Townpark Ave.
CityLake Mary
Phone407-915-7012
Price$$
Scott's Review
This is a second try for this Tex-Mex eatery. The first, in Waterford Lakes, didn't go so well and is now closed. They apparently learned some lessons from that one and now are serving solid Tex-Mex fare in a fun atmosphere.... Read more
First Watch
Address1448 N. Alafaya Trail
CityOrlando
Phone407-809-3447
Price$$
Scott's Review
There are other locations of this popular breakfast and lunch spot in the area, but this one is unique in that it has a bar. Not a fully stocked bar, mind you, but a careful selection of appropriate cocktails. The food is good, too, with an emphasis on fresh cooking... Read more
Golden Krust
Address318 N Alafaya Trail
CityOrlando
Phone
Price$
Scott's Review
A small storefront location for what is a Jamaican franchise out of New York. Very friendly staff serving hearty Islands food. The oxtail stew is a specialty.... Read more