Restaurant Listings
Chela Tequila & Tacos
Address183 S. Orange Ave.
CityOrlando
Phone407-985-5272
Price$$
Scott's Review
Until very recently, this restaurant was known as Kasa, which did not focus on tacos. It did, however, specialize in small plates, but there wasn't anything about the experience I could recommend. I can recommend Chela. The food is good, the service is personable, and while the atmosphere is a bit cold and institutional it at least reflects the urban environment in which it is located.... Read more
Chez Vincent
Address533 W. New England Ave.
CityWinter Park
Phone407-599-2929
Price$$$
Scott's Review

Chez Vincent continues to serve classic French dishes in pleasant, if slightly worn, surroundings. Chef/owner Vincent Gagliano is a master with soup, and the coquille St. Jacques is one of the better seafood entrees. Steak au poivre is a good choice for a meat dish.

Chez Vincent’s waiters are mature and professional. I mention the maturity because it’s a welcome change from the working-my-way-through-college servers who seem to dominate the Winter Park restaurant scene. The waiters here allow the guests to dictate the pace of the meal.

If Chez Vincent has survived over the years it’s because there is an appreciation among Central Florida diners for a quiet place to enjoy a good, classically prepared meal.

If that’s true, there’s hope for aspiring restaurateurs out there, and, not incidentally, for all of us who will support them.

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Chi-Kin
Address813 N. Mills Ave.
CityOrlando
Phone407-730-8658
Price$
Scott's Review
Menus don’t get much more succinct – succincter? – than the one at Chi-Kin, a new quick-server in the Mills 50 district. It’s basically chicken, as you probably phonetically guessed, and Korean fried chicken to be more precise. (Preciser?)... Read more
Chianti's Pizza & Pasta
Address685 Towne Center Blvd.
CitySanford
Phone407-878-5900
Price$$
Scott's Review
There's nothing special about the atmosphere, but the food is very good, and the service is sincere. I liked my lobster ravioli, and the "Big Meat" pizza was good, too, although it could have used a bit more of the big meats. There is a second location in Longwood.... Read more
Chicken Fire
Address2425 E. Colonial Drive
CityOrlando
PhoneNone
Price$
Scott's Review
Specializing in Nashville hot chicken sandwiches, this little storefront offers ordering only through Uber Eats or in person. Very limited onsite seating, When they say hot, it's hot.... Read more
China Palace
Address2740 S. Orange Blossom trail
CityOrlando
Phone407-423-2958
Price$
Scott's Review
This place has scared the hell out of me for nearly 29 years. That’s how long I’ve been driving past it, usually as I turn left onto South Orange Blossom Trail from Michigan Street heading for the on-ramp to Interstate-4. It’s a route I’ve taken probably thousands of times. And most of those times I’ve been conscious of glancing at the freestanding boxy building with the yellow plastic sign across the top, just over the windows clad with metal bars, with the name China Palace Restaurant and a couple of Chinese characters. Who goes there? I wondered. What must it look like inside? Do people really eat there? And then I’d turn my attention to the traffic ahead and gird myself for the only thing scarier, a drive on the moving hell that is I-4. But like I said, I’ve been passing China Palace for almost 29 years, ever since I moved to Central Florida to begin reviewing restaurants. Nearly three decades in a town of fickle diners. A new question began to needle me: How has it lasted so long? We’re in the midst of the Lunar New Year festival, which began on Saturday. And since this is designated the Year of the Rooster, I decided to stop being so chicken. So this time I mad... Read more
Christner's Prime Steak & Lobster
Address729 Lee Road
CityOrlando
Phone407-645-4443
Price$$$$
Scott's Review
As those who have lived in the area longer than five years know, Christner’s was originally known as Del Frisco’s Prime Steak & Lobster. It was not part of the Del Frisco’s Double Eagle chain, though both had the same origin. Long story short, now in operation for more than 25 years and one of the best steakhouses in Orlando.... Read more
Chroma Modern Bar + Kitchen
Address6967 Lake Nona Blvd.
CityOrlando
Phone407-955-4340
Price$$
Scott's Review
Another Lake Nona dining choice from Tavistock. Most items are "small plates" to encourage sharing. The lamb sliders are a standout. Note that service doesn't begin until 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.... Read more