Balagan Kosher Mediterranean Cafe
Located in the University of Central Florida Student Union, Balagan isn't much more than a hole in the wall. There's no seating inside the cafe -- get your food and take it to a table in the corridors of the Union, or outside for a picnic. I had a huge beef shawarma that I decided was too much to eat at one sitting. So I ate half and wrapped the rest up for later. But when I got to my car, I couldn't help myself and I finished it off. Delicious. One of the few kosher options in Central Florida. Balagan also operates a concession during events at the UCF Arena....
|Address||4000 Central Florida Blvd.|
Bubbalou's Bodacious Bar-b-que
|Address||1471 Lee Road|
A longtime favorite, now with multiple locations. This is the original Bubbalou's, a suitable shack with some outdoor picnic tables for eating some smoky wonderfulness.... Read more
This is the place that was formerly Tailgater's. It’s still primarily a sports bar mien, but one with a focus on burgers rather than barbecue. The burgers are more of the midlevel quality -- better than fast food, but not exactly gourmet quality. But a good burger nonetheless. Don't waste the extra $2.99 on the fries....
|Address||4233 E. Plaza Drive|
Cedar Halal Food and Deli
Cedar Halal is Middle Eastern/Lebanese with such goodies as falafel, kafta, hummus, grape leaves, shawarma and shish kabob. I was all set to get the falafel, but then I noticed the gyro grills behind the counter and I was suddenly hungry for a good gyro sandwich.
And I wasn't disappointed, it was delicious. The seasoned meat was folded into soft, warm bread with onions and tangy tzatziki, and it was accompanied by batons of pickled vegetables.
I was less thrilled with the lentil soup, which was overly thickened for my taste. Still, the flavors were good with just a bit of tumeric spice.
The small space includes a row of shelves with imported food stuffs, including tahini paste, jars of sour cherries and pistachio candies. I could easily have taken a trunkload of groceries back home....
|Address||12100 E. Colonial Drive|
Jimmy Hula's UCF
Kyoto Japanese Sushi & Grill
Lazy Moon Pizza
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...
|Address||11551 University Blvd.|