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Earl of Sandwich
Address1750 E. Buena Vista Drive
CityLake Buena Vista
Phone407-938-1762
Price$
There's more to the name here than just a play on a historical figure. John Montagu, the 11th Earl of Sandwich, is involved in the business, although the project was started by his son Orlando, who is not in line to inherit the title. There's another Earl involved: Robert Earl, founder of Planet Hollywood. Legend has it, of course, that it was the fourth Earl of Sandwich who came up with the idea of slapping meat between some bread. The usual story is that he was a gambler and didn't want to put down his cards, but Lord Sandwich, the current one, told me over sherries in the House of Parliament a few years ago, that his ancestor was also a womanizer and it may have been a lady in his other hand. Whatever, the sandwiches here are very good and impressively thick. You may actually need both hands. The 4th Earl would not approve.... Read more
Eddie V's
Address7488 Sand Lake Road
CityOrlando
Phone407-355-3011
Price$$$$
Scott's Review
This latest addition to the Darden collection of premium brands is sometimes said to be the seafood equivalent of that company's Capital Grille steakhouses. But that's not exactly right because Eddie V's, which does indeed to excellent seafood, also does a pretty good steak. In fact, Eddie V's serves prime beef while Capital Grille serves USDA choice. The atmosphere is elegant, like an old-timey Manhattan supper club. It's pricy, though, so be prepared to pay dearly for the quality.... Read more
El Bodegon
Address400 S. Orlando Ave.
CityWinter Park
Phone407-628-1078
Price$$

Although the owners are Puerto Rican, they were determined to offer authentic Spanish cuisine, a country whose culinary culture has been sadly underrepresented -- and misrepresented -- in Central Florida. But they hired a real, live chef from Galicia,and the results are terrific. The tapas list is a bit anemic, but the entrees are wonderful, especially the bacalao. If you’ve been disappointed with salt cod before, you must try this one. The chef salts the cod himself and so is able to keep the fresh fillet from becoming too dried out and too, well, salty. The result is a brilliantly white piece of fish, thicker than a salt cod you might be familiar with, with flesh that comes off in big chunks. The sauce of tomatoes, peppers and garlic were a perfect accompaniment to the mild flavored fish. Desserts are all good.

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El Inka Grill
Address7600 Dr. Phillips Blvd.
CityOrlando
Phone407-930-2810
Price$$
Scott's Review
El Inka Grill, a Peruvian restaurant in Hunters Creek, has opened a second location in the Marketplace at Dr. Phillips at Restaurant Row. It occupies the space that was Greek Flame Taverna. El Inka’s specialty is ceviche, so my lunch companions and I started with an appetizer of Ceviche Mixto, which included octopus, squid, shrimp and fish marinated in citrus juices along with onions and garlic and a touch of heat from rocoto chilies. The octopus and squid were especially delicious, and I liked the forward lime notes and the hint of cilantro in the taste.... Read more
El Pueblo
Address7124 Aloma Ave.
CityWinter Park
Phone407-677-5534
Price$
Scott's Review
If you overlook the inclusion of fajitas on the menu, this little hole in the wall (not that wall) serves authentic Mexican food.... Read more
Eleven
Address7593 Gathering Road
CityKissimmee
Phone407-662-1170
Price$$$
Scott's Review
The name refers to its location on the top floor of the Reunion Grande hotel. Great views of distant theme park fireworks, and good steaks to boot.... Read more
Ember
Address42 W. Central Blvd.
CityOrlando
Phone407-849-5200
Price$$
Scott's Review

This is more of a bar with food than a restaurant that serves a good drink. But it has a terrific outdoor space (larger and more comfortable than the indoor area) that is drawing a college-aged crowd on balmy nights.

t's mostly noshables, and there isn't anything over $13 -- in fact, most items are under $10. The menu, which was developed by the chef at Kres, although the two restaurants are owned by different entities, features soups and salads; flatbreads (to compete with Urban Flats, I suppose); pastas for the people who must have their carbs; and sliders and folds, the former being tiny burgers and the latter being wrap sandwiches. I chose the choice burger, which got me three of the little gut bombs, as we used to call the White Castle sliders. They were dense patties on Lilliputian sized buns, served with shredded lettuce, tomatoes and a small sweet pickle. The burgers were topped with cheese and they were pretty good.

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Emeril's Tchoup Chop
Address6300 Hollywood Way
Royal Pacific Resort
CityOrlando
Phone407-503-2467
Price$$$$
Scott's Review
Emeril Lagasse's once-troubled restaurant has finally settled into a comfortable place with a slightly upscale vibe. New chef Ryan Vargas has revamped the menu and placed an emphasis on sushi and specialties from a newly installed robata grill. Standout entrees are the Szechuan pepper duck confit and the Sichimi spice mahi. Get the banana cream cream pie just to marvel and the sheer size of it.... Read more
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