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B.B. King’s Blues Club
Address9101 International Drive
Pointe Orlando
CityOrlando
Phone407-370-4550
Price$$
Scott's Review

You can expect to chow down on Southern comfort foods, signature items from Memphis, the Mississippi delta and the bayous of Louisiana.

Well, OK, not all of it is authentically Southern, such as the nachos, unless you’re talking south of the border. My guest and I had put ourselves in the hands of the chef who sent out this massive mound of chips and cheese and other accouterments, including pulled pork. The chips were surprisingly crispy, and there were plenty of toppings.

However, I preferred the platter of fried dill pickles, smallish but crisp, and the meaty barbecued ribs with a sweetish sauce.

Better still was the bowl of gumbo ya ya, with smoked chicken, andouille sausage, crawfish and peppers in a roux as dark as the bayou.

For my entree I had the chicken fried chicken, a meaty breast with a jacket of buttermilk breading topped with pan gravy and accompanied by macaroni and cheese.

There's also good live entertainment, including the 10-person B.B. King house band. Don't expect to see the blues legend himself too often, however: even when he's performing in town he isn't obligated to stop in.

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Back Room Steakhouse
Address1418 Rock Springs Road
CityApopka
Phone407-880-7832
Price$$$
Scott's Review
Upscale steakhouse, at least in terms of price (the atmosphere is more barlike). But the cost reflects the good quality of the meat.... Read more
Bad As's Sandwich
Address207 N. Primrose Drive
CityOrlando
Phone407-757-7191
Price$
Scott's Review
A good sandwich shop with a cheeky name.... Read more
Bahama Breeze, International Drive
Address8849 International Drive
CityOrlando
Phone407-248-2499
Price$$$

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

Balagan Kosher Mediterranean Cafe
Address4000 Central Florida Blvd.
CityOrlando
Phone407-882-0701
Price$
Scott's Review
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.... Read more
Banh Mi Nha Trang
Address1216 E. Colonial Drive
CityOrlando
Phone407-346-4549
Price$
Scott's Review
Banh mi basically means bread, and just like the Louisiana po’boy or just about any other sub sandwich you can name, the bread is the key element. It is essentially a mini baguette — the banh mi’s roots stem from the French colonization. I could describe to you what a perfect baguette for a banh mi would look and taste like, but instead, just go to Banh Mi Nha Trang and see for yourself. BMNT is a well-hidden little shop among the many other Vietnamese owned and focused businesses in in the Mills 50 district. The tiny storefront is tucked inside an alcove of about a dozen shops. The signage is not great — I walked past it twice while trying to find it. And once you’re inside, it doesn’t look much like a restaurant. It’s almost like a slapdash operation or a pop-up sandwich shop. Banh mi is all that the shop does, and when they’re this good there’s little reason for it to do anything else. What’s more, the sandwiches are all just $3.50. I challenge you to find a better sandwich of any type that is a better value in town.... Read more
Banrai Sushi
AddressRosen Shingle Creek
9939 Universal Blvd.
CityOrlando
Phone407-996-3663
Price$$
Scott's Review
This is the latest in the ongoing trend of sushi bars in hotel lobbies. But this isn't just a slap-dash sort of place. The sushi here is unfailingly fresh and creative.... Read more
Banshoo Sushi Bar
AddressRosen Centre Hotel
9840 International Drive
CityOrlando
Phone407-996-9840
Price$$
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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