Taco Rio
Address822 Formosa Ave
CityOrlando
Phone321-682-9226
Price$
Scott's Review
Taco Rio occupies one side of a small, neighborhood market in Winter Park’s Olympia Heights. Despite first, and, OK, second impressions, it is kempt, and the people operating the counter-service eatery are friendly and welcoming.... Read more
Tap Room at Dubsdread
Address549 W. Par St.
CityOrlando
Phone407-650-0100
Price$$$
Scott's Review

Finally, a good restaurant at Dubsdread. It’s Sam Snead’slike (the owners here were involved in developing the Sam Snead’s Tavern concept)  with an emphasis on simple foods.

The pot roast and filet mignon are standouts, and if you get the Buffalo shrimp, ask the kitchen to make them spicy. And the Tap Room burger is superb.

The rustic dining room is fronted by a wraparound porch that overlooks the Dubsdread Golf Course. It's a lovely spot to enjoy Sunday brunch, and as luck would have it, the Tap Room serves an excellent one.

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Taste of Chengdu
Address2030 W. Colonial Drive
CityOrlando
Phone407-839-1983
Price$$
If you hear people call Taste of Chengdu the hottest restaurant in town, you should probably know that they may not be referring to its popularity, though popular it certainly is. It’s also serving some of the hottest, as in spiciest, food you’re likely to find in Central Florida.... Read more
Theo's Kitchen
Address2952 Curry Ford Road
CityOrlando
Phone407-849-0810
Price$
Scott's Review

Nothing fancy at this relocation of a longtime purveyor of gyros and fried chicken (stick to the gyros). It's counter service, but the space is bright and tidy. The sandwiches are fully stuffed, and you will be, too.

 

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Tijuana Flats
AddressVarious locations; see Web site.
CityOrlando
Phone
Price$

This is a homegrown chain and a mini success story. They do so well because they provide good food at a fair price. A highlight of a meal here is helping yourself to the various salsas that run the heat-scale gamut. The house specialty is one called Smack my Ass and Call Me Sally.

Check the Web site for locations, but be warned: the Web site plays loud and raucous rock music upon entry.

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Vietnam Cuisine
Address1224 E. Colonial Drive
CityOrlando
Phone407-228-7053
Price$
Scott's Review

he menu is less extensive than many of those you’d find in the neighboring restaurants, some of which have over a hundred options. But like those other restaurants, several of the items on the menu are variations of the same dish. For example, of the seven dishes listed under the heading “House Specials,” five were essentially the same dish with a different lead protein. All had fried shrimp, deep-fried  shrimp-and-pork cake wrapped in bean curd skin, shredded pork skin, and grilled shrimp. You could get that with grilled pork, chicken, grilled beef, grilled “ribs of the beef,” or grilled rib.
 
I chose the latter, which turned out to be a pork chop. And a good one at that, slightly charred but moist inside. The shrimp-and-pork cake was especially tasty with the fried bean curd skin. And the platter was filled out with a large mound of white fluffy rice plus some lettuce, sculptured carrot slices, cucumber and a ring of jalapeno. There was also a dish of sweet and sour vinaigrette to pour over the rice. It was all very good and very filling, even if the two grilled shrimp were, well, shrimpy.

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Waterfront
Address4201 S. Orange Ave.
CityOrlando
Phone407-866-0468
Price$$
Scott's Review
Formerly Julie's Waterfront. Julie's gone, but the divey atmosphere lives on, thank goodness. And there's still a great burger and cold beer to go with it. ... Read more