Restaurant Listings
Brother Jimmy's
Address7800 Dr. Phillips Blvd.
CityOrlando
Phone407-674-6273
Price$$
Scott's Review
A quick-serve version of a Manhattan restaurant.... Read more
Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.
AddressCityWalk
Universal Orlando
CityOrlando
Phone407-903-0044
Price$$
Forrest Gump, in the movie of the same name, quotes his mother as saying that life was like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get. The movie, you see, takes place in a time before candy companies started putting maps to their assortments on the inside lid.
Still, Mother Gump was wise in her way. So I can’t help but think that if she were to visit Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., a chain restaurant new to Universal’s CityWalk, her reaction might be: “Sometimes life is like a carton of frozen shrimp, you know exactly what you’re gonna get.”
There’s little to recommend here, and it shouldn’t surprise anyone to learn that the menu is dominated by what Bubba called "the fruit of the sea.” It isn’t quite as extensive as detailed in the movie when Bubba, in a memorable sequence, lists every possible way to cook and serve shrimp. “You can barbecue it, boil it, broil it, bake it, saute it. Dey's uh, shrimp-kabobs, shrimp Creole, shrimp gumbo. Pan fried, deep fried, stir-fried. There's pineapple shrimp, lemon shrimp, coconut shrimp, pepper shrimp, shrimp soup, shrimp stew, shrimp salad, shrimp and potatoes, shrimp burger, shrimp sandwich. That- that's about it.”
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Buca Di Beppo
Address1351 S. Orlando Ave.
CityMaitland
Phone407-622-7663
Price$$$

Additional location: Florida Mall, 8001 S. Oragne Blossom Trail, Orlando; 407-859-7844. This national chain was recently purchased by Orlando resident (and Planet Hollywood founder) Robert Earl, who is remaking the restaurant into a fun place for the family to dine. The menu has undergone a redo as well, with an eye toward freshness. For example, all sauces are made daily at each location. That's pretty impressive.

Portions are humongous, so have a little and save the rest for your next three meals.


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Bugambilias
Address737 W. Lancaster Road
CityOrlando
Phone407-745-5614
Price$
Scott's Review
A simple little authentic Mexican eatery. How authentic? You might have to ask if the have a menu in English.... Read more
Bulgogi House
Address705 W. Colonial Drive
CityOrlando
Phone407-317-4193
Price$$
Scott's Review
I'm not really big on places where the customers are expected to cook their own meals. I call that home. When I go out to eat, I want someone else to do the cooking. I'm apparently in the minority with this thought. At least I was the first time I visited Bulgogi House, a Korean restaurant on West Colonial Drive between downtown and College Park. Each table has a grill set into it, and most of the tables were occupied with people happily turning over meats and vegetables as they sizzled in front of them.... Read more
Bull & Bear
Address14200 Bonnet Creek Resort Lane
CityOrlando
Phone407-597-5500
Price$$$$
Scott's Review
The Orlando Waldorf Astoria was the first one to be built outside of Manhattan and it was the only one to have an edition of the original's Bull & Bear steakhouse. With the New York hotel and its restaurants currently closed for renovations, Orlando's Bull & Bear is the only one. (Rumors are that when the NYC hotel reopens, B&B will not.) And it offers a singular dining experience, one of the few remaining fine dining restaurants in town. Superb service, excellent food, elegant surroundings.... Read more
Bulla Gastrobar
Address110 S. Orlando Ave.
CityWinter park
Phone321-214-6120
Price$$
Scott's Review
I must say I like the look and feel of Bulla Gastrobar very much. The restaurant, in the newly opened but curiously named Lakeside Crossing development, can be at once bustlingly busy and intimately comfortable. I wish I could also say that the kitchen was turning out food to match the decor. Unfortunately it’s not, at least not with the consistency that should be in place after nearly two months open, and not for what is the third location for an established South Florida restaurant company. ... Read more
Burger U
Address4233 E. Plaza Drive
CityOrlando
Phone407-882-0450
Price$
Scott's Review
This is the place that was formerly Tailgater's. It’s still primarily a sports bar mien, but one with a focus on burgers rather than barbecue. The burgers are more of the midlevel quality -- better than fast food, but not exactly gourmet quality. But a good burger nonetheless. Don't waste the extra $2.99 on the fries.... Read more