|Address||360 W. Fairbanks Ave.|
|Address||611 S. Orlando Ave.|
(US Highway 17-92)
When Greg Gentile opened this massive two-story restaurant in a renovated family steakhouse, everyone thought he was crazy and that the place would close in one year. That was about two decades ago. Why did it succeed? Simple: good food, good service and an atmosphere for everyone; fine dining upstairs and a casual deli down.
The best dish I sampled is the anitra con rosmarino all'agrodolce, which I'm sure you know is roast duck. The duck meat, free of bones, was moist and tender. Spit roasting gives it a terrific flavor, but to enhance the taste, there's a wonderful sauce of balsamic vinegar, rosemary and maple syrup (yes, maple syrup). The syrup isn't overpowering and the flavors are just meant for each other.
The downstairs deli is a wonderful place for friends to meet. It's cramped, with tables set up throughout the market area, but it adds to the atmosphere.... Read more
|Address||528 Park Avenue S.|
|Address||463 New England Ave.|
A new offering from Armando Martorelli, owner of Trattoria Toscana on Park Avenue, Armando's is a more casual Italian restaurant. Pizzas are a focus, but there are also full entrees, such as veal Milanese, and the price point is very good, with most entrees in the mid teens.
It's a big bright space with doors and windows that open wide to the outdoors. There is plenty of seating outside, too.... Read more
|Address||Disney’s Wilderness Lodge|
Walt Disney World
|City||Lake Buena Vista|
Artist Point is a large dining room with a ceiling that soars three or four floors. The decor matches the timber lodge feel of the hotel and features a two-story painting of the American Northwest. Huge cast-iron chandeliers comprising smaller lanterns cast a milky glow. Large windows offer a view of the hotel's courtyard, where water falls over big boulders on its way to the lake (apparently through the swimming pool). And every hour on the hour a geyser faithfully erupts in the distance.
As fancy as lodge dining gets. Start with the Northwest salmon sampler or the smoked tomato and basil soup. The trout is terrific and so is the pork chop. For dessert, choose the apple tart or the bread pudding -- it's a toss-up.... Read more
|Address||2901 Parkway Blvd.|