Guavate
Address422 S. Alafaya Trail
CityOrlando
Phone407-281-4700
Price$
Scott's Review
Guavate, a Puerto Rican restaurant, apparently has been around for several years but has somehow escaped my notice. I’m sure some of that has to do with its location, which is eastern Orlando. Actually, if you use Semoran Boulevard and the East-West Expressway as bisecting lines, Guavate is in the southeastern quadrant, which makes it a bit more off of my radar. I understand that there is such a place as Avalon Park in that vicinity. But Guavate is well before that mythical land. And I ended my ignorance of the little eatery with a blissful little lunch recently. One of the servers greeted me warmly when I walked in and didn’t protest when I insisted on choosing my own table. She kept her good humor as I quizzed her about the menu and asked for recommendations. I’ve been on a mofongo kick lately, so I ordered the Mofongo de Yuca that is listed under the Side Orders heading. For my main plate, I chose the Carne Frita Encebollada lunch special, which includes a choice of side dishes, none of which is mofongo. But it was my server who suggested that it could be my choice, which I appreciated.... Read more
Hong Kong Alley's Kitchen
Address10663 E. Colonial Drive
CityOrlando
Phone407-969-0886
Price$$
Scott's Review
I'm glad I stumbled upon Hong Kong Alley's Kitchen. I almost took a different route that day and I might never have noticed it. I'm glad I took the right fork in the road.... Read more
Izziban Sushi and BBQ
Address5310 E Colonial Drive
CityOrlando
Phone407-270-8811
Price$$
Scott's Review
This is undoubtedly the largest sushi restaurant I’ve ever seen. Izziban Sushi & BBQ occupies a warehouse sized building on the shore of Lake Barton, which lies between Semoran Boulevard and Orlando Executive Airport. There have been a few failed businesses here, including a gay bar. There is an immense indoor dining area and a couple of very large sushi bars, including one that is shaped like the bow of a big boat. There is also a large covered patio, screened in but with nice views of the lake and planes taking off from the airport. Its rusticity is more suitable for the type of fried foods you’d find at fish camps, but it isn’t inappropriate for sushi to be associated with a waterfront locale. And sushi isn’t all that is done here. The kitchen food menu is also rather sizable, and if you so choose, your table can be the kitchen, as most of them have built-in griddles and devices that can be used for grilling meats or hot-pot cooking. The cuisines range from Japanese to Korean.... Read more
Junior's Pizza
Address3920 Dean Road
CityOrlando
Phone407-677-9000
Price$$
Scott's Review

The sauce was the best part of the pizza I sampled here. It was pulpy and had a good tomatoey flavor, but wasn’t domineering. The crust was a perfect thickness, not too thick and not cracker thin. But it was a bit too soft and doughy. I attribute the slight sogginess to the moisture buildup in the take-out box. I wouldn’t call the toppings ample but neither were they skimpy. I had sausage, pepperoni, onions and mushrooms. I would have liked a little more sausage than what landed on top.

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Korea House Orlando
Address4501 E Colonial Drive
CityOrlando
Phone407-896-5994
Price$$
Scott's Review
The original Korea House, in Longwood, was the area's first all Korean restaurant (and is still its oldest). With this new location, Korea House brings its well done cuisine closer to downtown Orlando. Tabletop cooking is a big draw here.... Read more
Kreyol Kafe & Bakery
Address12014 E. Colonial Drive
CityOrlando
Phone407-930-6731
Price
Scott's Review
Charming Haitian quick-serve with delicious food. ... Read more
Kyoto Japanese Sushi & Grill
Address12141 Collegiate Way
CityOrlando
Phone407-834-6881
Price$
Scott's Review
This is a small, barebones operation with decent food. No, that isn't the greatest recommendation, but if you're hungry for some sushi or Japanese kitchen food, you'll leave satisfied.... Read more
Lazy Moon Pizza
Address11551 University Blvd.
CityOrlando
Phone407-658-2396
Price$
Scott's Review
When I visited the original location, a couple of years ago, I was fairly underwhelmed. No, that’s not quite accurate. I had to list the pizza I ordered as one of the worst I had ever had. How bad was it? I threw most of it away. Even lousy pizza usually gets saved for a late night leftover. The new Moon is a bit farther down University Boulevard. The space is larger, maybe three times the size of the old place. And it’s prettier, too, with less of that student milieu funk. But it hasn’t gotten too fancy. The place still operates in the same way, which, at least in one instance, is a bit of a problem. But more on that in a moment. The best thing I can say about the new Lazy Moon is that the pizza is much improved over the one I tossed. In fact, I liked the slice I had on my recent visit rather well. I was told by LM fans after my visit to the old place that my mistake had been in ordering a whole pie and not just a slice. And, it should be noted that the whole pies are really big. No, I mean enormous. I had difficulty getting the box into my car. So I didn’t want to make that mistake this time -- or discard all that pie if it was the same. But the slice I had, with sau... Read more