1803 Pizza/Kitchen
Address1803 Winter Park Road
CityOrlando
Phone407-647-3872
Price$$
Scott's Review
I stopped in on a rainy day and ordered a pizza, the Meat Lovers, which listed bacon, capicola, pepperoni, and am. (That confused me until I realized it was just missing the h.) But that's all it was missing. There were plenty of the promised meats, so much so that I couldn't seen the crust beneath the toppings. But I could see the edge (the crust's crust?) and taste it, too. I liked the elasticity of the dough, and it had a pleasant buttery note. ... Read more
Adriatico
Address2417 Edgewater Drive
CityOrlando
Phone407-428-0044
Price$$$
Scott's Review

College Park and Adriatico are a perfect match. The Orlando neighborhood certainly has some good, or good enough, restaurants. But it’s been missing a quaint trattoria, the sort of Italian place with a mom-and-pop feel, one that’s comfortable, homey and immediately familiar. A welcoming spot where the food is good but beside the point.

That’s Adriatico.

The “mom and pop” owners are Marco and Rosetta Cudazzo. She runs the dining room, greeting guests with a matronly welcome, and he does the cooking, demonstrating the skills he most recently plied at the estimable Terramia, a multiple Foodie winner, and at Antonio’s La Fiamma in Maitland before that.

Have the scallopine alla Sienese or the pollo al limone. The scallops are a perfect appetizer. I could have made a meal of the three huge scallops sauteed with shallots and brandy in a creamy sauce tinged with a touch of mustard, served over fresh spinach. One could want little more when the appetizer is this good.

The classico antipasto misto was a thoughtful selection of salami, prosciutto, cubes of hard parmesan, roasted peppers, baby artichokes and a handful of some of the tastiest green olives ... Read more

Amatista Cookhouse
Address6601 Adventure Way
CityOrlando
Phone407-503-3463
Price$$$
Scott's Review
Located inside the Sapphire Falls Resort at Universal Orlando, Amatista is supposed to represent the tropics, though the decor is a bit more North Polish. The food, though, is recommendable. Ostensibly Caribbean, it is presented in a creative and stylistic way.... Read more
Anh Hong
Address1124 E. Colonial Drive
CityOrlando
Phone407-999-2656
Price$$
Scott's Review

Anh Hong, which I had removed from my list of recommended Vietnamese restaurants, is back on its game and back on the list. Have the fall rolls (unfried, with pork) for an appetizer and choose one of the pho soups or the rice noodle feasts.

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Bahama Breeze, International Drive
Address8849 International Drive
CityOrlando
Phone407-248-2499
Price$$$

It will be interesting to see if Darden keeps backing this Islands concept, which for some reason has never quite caught on with the dining public. For the most part, the food is good  and the restaurants are attractive and lively, often with entertainment. And they’re a favorite outdoor dining destination for locals.

As for the food, my companion out-ordered me with tortilla soup and a ropa Joe sandwich. The soup had layer upon layer of textures and tastes, with pliant avocado cubes, chicken and strips of tortillas.

The sandwich was, as the name might suggest, a version of the classic ropa vieja specialty of shredded beef served on a Cuban roll. Lots of well-seasoned meat, some cheese, peppers and onions livened it up.

For my starter course, I chose a special of ahi tuna ceviche, which featured tiny cubes of tuna dressed with citrus juices served atop a platform supported by watercress. The watercress was more annoying than helpful. It was wadded onto the plate in long stems, and every time I tried to fork a little watercress with some tuna, a long vine would trail behind.

For my entree, I had another special of... Read more

Banshoo Sushi Bar
AddressRosen Centre Hotel
9840 International Drive
CityOrlando
Phone407-996-9840
Price$$
Scott's Review

Banshoo is the latest in a mini trend of hotel lobby bars. Here, chef Yoshi prepares skillfully crafted rolls and nigirizushi for hotel guests and locals looking for fresh sushi. Banshoo means sunset, so naturally it is open only in the evenings.

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Blue Jacket Grille
Address745 Bennett Road
CityOrlando
Phone407-868-9006
Price$$
Scott's Review
Burgers and sandwiches are the focus of the menu, a baker's dozen of the former and 10 of the latter. From the burger list I chose the Blue Jacket, which seemed to have more toppings than burger. It featured an angus beef patty, cooked nicely to the requested medium rare, topped with three slices of American cheese, four rashers of bacon, and a fried egg, to boot. The egg was a bit overcooked, and the accompanying fries were nothing special, but the rest of the burger was quite enjoyable.... Read more
Bonefish Grill
Address7830 W. Sand Lake Road
CityOrlando
Phone407-355-7707
Price$$$
Bonefish is one of those restaurants that "gets it." It offers a good product at a fair price in a pleasant atmosphere. Nothing fancy, nothing overblown but a consistently good dining experience. New location at 5463 Gateway Village Circle, Orlando,FL 32812
Phone: 407-816-6355.... Read more
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