Restaurant Listings
1803 Pizza/Kitchen
Address1803 Winter Park Road
CityOrlando
Phone407-647-3872
Price$$
Scott's Review
I stopped in on a rainy day and ordered a pizza, the Meat Lovers, which listed bacon, capicola, pepperoni, and am. (That confused me until I realized it was just missing the h.) But that's all it was missing. There were plenty of the promised meats, so much so that I couldn't seen the crust beneath the toppings. But I could see the edge (the crust's crust?) and taste it, too. I liked the elasticity of the dough, and it had a pleasant buttery note. ... Read more
1921 by Norman Van Aken
Address142 E. 4th Ave.
CityMount Dora
Phone352-385-1921
Price$$$$
Scott's Review
This highly anticipated restaurant from one of Florida’s most celebrated chefs is, to be a bit trite, a feast for the senses. The restaurant occupies an old house, built circa 1921, across the street from the Modernism Museum in the quaint downtown. In partnership with the museum and Main Street Leasing, which is listed as the “presenter” of the museum, 1921 becomes part of the artistic complex that also includes the museum’s shop (every museum has to have a shop), which shares an adjoining patio with the restaurant.... Read more
310 Lakeside
Address301 E. Pine St.
CityOrlando
Phone407-373-0310
Price$$
This is a second location for a restaurant called 310 Park South, which was named for its address on Park Avenue in Winter Park. But 310 Lakeside is not at 310 Lakeside, it's at 301 Pine. Very confusing. The food here is mostly straightforward -- steaks, pastas, salads. And most of it is done well enough. The lake on whose side the restaurant sits (actually, it's across the street) is Eola.
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310 Park South
Address310 Park Ave. S.
CityWinter Park
Phone407-647-7277
Price$$$

Now in its second decade in the address that is also its name, this Park Avenue casual restaurant recently expanded into the space next door (yes, they had permission). They also opened a second location on Central Boulevard across from Lake Eola in downtown Orlando. Oddly, that one is called 310 Lakeside, even though that is not its address. Oh, well, there's only one Saks on Fifth Avenue, too.

The key to its longevity is something of a mystery to me, although I suspect that most of its fans like that its food, though nothing special, is reliable. I guess there's something to be said for that. And to last more than 11 years in Central Florida, a restaurant has to be doing something right. Right?

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4 Rivers Smokehouse
Address1600 W. Fairbanks Ave.
CityWinter Park
Phone407-474-8377
Price$
Scott's Review
It's easy to spot Four Rivers when you're driving down Fairbanks Avenue; just look for the place with the line outside. Folks are happy to queue up for this 'cue, especially the brisket. But the pulled pork is pretty darned tasty, too. There is no indoor seating, just some picnic tables on a covered patio. But no one seems to mind.... Read more
4 Rivers Smokehouse Longwood
Address1869 W. State Road 434
CityLongwood
Phone407-474-8377
Price$
Scott's Review
This location, the third in a growing mini-chain, was the first to incorporate a sweets shop into the design. They do a particularly good job with ice cream, but barbecue, specifically brisket, is still the reason most people come here.... Read more
4Rivers Smokehouse Winter Garden
Address1047 S. Dillard St.
CityWinter Garden
Phone407-474-8377
Price$
Scott's Review
 A second location for the wildly popular Winter Park barbecuerie. This one has better parking and indoor (read: air-conditioned) seating. But the barbecue is the same -- excellent. Lines are just about as long here, too, but with two cash registers it moves a bit faster. Try the brisket, a house speciality, or the ribs. The baked cheese grits are pretty tasty.... Read more
50's Prime Time Cafe
AddressHollywood Blvd.
Disney's Hollywood Studios
CityLake Buena Vista
Phone407-939-3463
Price$$
Television was and is a big part of Hollywood, and its popularity led to the advent of TV dinners. The original concept of this full-service restaurant called for meals to be served in TV dinner trays, but planners worried that some people might not take the food seriously. Instead, patrons sit at plastic-laminate tables while sitcom- styled "moms" serve such fare as meatloaf and chicken pot pie.  Accompanying the classic cuisine are clips of classic comedies on black-and-white TV sets. Each little kitschy kitchenette has its own television playing scenes from The Honeymooners, Make Room for Daddy, I Love Lucy, Topper and other favorites. The sitcom skits replay every 20 minutes or so, which seems appropriate for reruns. Food is better than your basic Swanson’s.... Read more
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