Restaurant Listings
Carmel Cafe and Wine Bar
Address140 N. Orlando Ave.
CityWinter Park
Phone407-513-4912
Price$$
Scott's Review
Carmel Cafe, the newest of many restaurants to open along 17-92 in Winter Park, is a modern Mediterranean restaurant out of Tampa. It has sprung up in a former office building space that has been converted into a beautiful and comfortable eatery, with splashes of colorful art and dramatic lighting. It's an immediately likable ambience, comfortable and inviting. Carmel is also the latest to attempt to move the restaurant industry into the 21st Century with technology at the table, specifically the iPad as menu enhancement. I'm not opposed to the idea, and I like having information available to me, whether that comes from a live waiter or a device. Others have tried, including Terrace 390 in downtown Orlando, and the recently departed Truffles Grill, but both had limited success. Most of what I sampled, including a wide array of items on my first visit as part of a media dinner, was good and recommendable. All of it priced nicely, and even better, available in smaller portions instead of the typically American supersized servings (probably the most Mediterranean concept that's been incorporated)... Read more
Carrie's Winter Park Cafe
Address240 N. Pennsylvania Ave.
CityWinter Park
Phone407-628-0068
Price$
Scott's Review
Formerly Canopy Cafe (and Tolla's before that), this little breakfast and lunch spot has a fully covered and screened patio for almost al fresco dining. It also has really good (and loaded) omelets.... Read more
Cask & Larder
Address1 Jeff Fuqua Blvd.
CityOrlando
Phone321-280-4200
Price$$
Scott's Review
If this had been the Cask & Larder that opened originally in Winter Park, it would still be there. (Sister restaurant Ravenous Pig moved into the Cask's old home.) This is a “Southern-inspired public house,” which means it features stylistic takes on Southern fare. The Larder in the name is a reference to a pantry. The Cask refers to a beer barrel and is an indication that C&L brews its own beers. (All involved would prefer that you not call it a brewpub.) Good beer, too, plus a fully stocked liquor bar (with some fun cocktails, it should be mentioned). Cask & Larder is in Terminal 2 of Orlando International Airport, so you can visit only if you're flying out of that terminal.... Read more
Castaway's Sports Bar & Grill
Address504 N. Alafaya Trail
CityOrlando
Phone407-377-5895
Price$$
Scott's Review
Sprawling sports bars with plenty of TVs and decent food.... Read more
Cavo's Kitchen & Bar
Address900 E. Washington St.
CityOrlando
Phone321-352-7600
Price$$
Scott's Review
Cavo’s doesn’t pretend to be any more than it is, which is basically a bar with a food menu.... Read more
Cecil's Texas-Style Barbecue
Address2800 S. Orange Ave.
CityOrlando
Phone407-423-9871
Price$$
Scott's Review
Opened in 1992, Cecil's is an Orlando Classic. The ribs are worth having.... Read more
Cedar Halal Food and Deli
Address12100 E. Colonial Drive
CityOrlando
Phone407-381-8004
Price$
Scott's Review
Cedar Halal is Middle Eastern/Lebanese with such goodies as falafel, kafta, hummus, grape leaves, shawarma and shish kabob. I was all set to get the falafel, but then I noticed the gyro grills behind the counter and I was suddenly hungry for a good gyro sandwich. And I wasn't disappointed, it was delicious. The seasoned meat was folded into soft, warm bread with onions and tangy tzatziki, and it was accompanied by batons of pickled vegetables. I was less thrilled with the lentil soup, which was overly thickened for my taste. Still, the flavors were good with just a bit of tumeric spice. The small space includes a row of shelves with imported food stuffs, including tahini paste, jars of sour cherries and pistachio candies. I could easily have taken a trunkload of groceries back home.... Read more
Cedars
Address7732 Sand Lake Road
CityOrlando
Phone407-351-6000
Price$$$

Cedar’s represents itself as a fine dining restaurant, and indeed the atmosphere is a bit more upscale than you’d find in the average Middle Eastern restaurant. The cuisine is above average, too, with a menu that goes well beyond the basic hummus spreads and falafel sandwiches, even though many of the menu items were unavailable when I visited and some dishes seemed only slight variations on one another.

You can put together a lovely meal with the mouhamara dip, a bowl of lentil soup and the fish tajine entree. Other entrees may seem repetitive, but they are good, especially the lamb. Another past Foodie winner.

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