Restaurant Listings
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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Enzian's Eden Bar
Address1300 S. Orlando Ave.
CityMaitland
Phone407-629-0054
Price$$
Scott's Review

A recent addition to the area's only art movie house, Eden is an outdoor venue next to the theater. The menu is an odd mix but features some Austrian specialties. If you're up for a splurge, ask for a shot of pre-Prohibition bourbon.

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Enzo’s on the Lake
Address1130 S. Highway 17-92
CityLongwood
Phone407-834-9872
Price$$$$
Scott's Review

Enzo is gone, but his restaurant continues on. Let your server put together an antipasti selection from the table in the dining room.

One of my favorites is bucatini alla Enzo, which features fat, hollow pasta tossed tableside with prosciutto, peas, bacon and mushrooms plus a little sprinkling of freshly grated parmesan. All the ingredients meld together to flavor a buttery sauce that coats the noodles. With prosciutto and bacon in the mix the taste is a decidedly salty one, but not unpleasantly so. Because they’re so fat and unwieldy, bucatini noodles are impossible to be eat gracefully. So just dive in the best you can.

Costaletta di vitello, was as good a veal chop as you’re likely to find anywhere in town. The thick chop was as tender as you expect a veal chop to be – and as tender as you are justified to demand at that price. It was cooked to a perfect medium-rare and seasoned with butter that had just the slightest hint of white truffle essence.

Go before sunset and enjoy the gardens before going inside.

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Enzo's Hideaway
Address1560 E. Buena Vista Drive
CityLake Buena Vista
Phone407-560-3696
Price$$$
Scott's Review
This gem truly is hidden away, below the entrance to Maria & Enzo's and behind the Edison (both sister restaurants). It's a quiet respite that also serves excellent food.... Read more
Eola General
Address522 E. Amelia Street
CityOrlando
Phone407-723-8496
Price$
Scott's Review
Eola General is a combination of a market, or general store, if you will, and a cafe, though neither is done to category fulfillment. The market does have some staples — I noticed some milk and butter in one of the refrigerated cases creating a wall across from the sandwich counter (over which hang upside down bouquets of flowers, for some reason). But I don’t think shoppers would be able to do all of their everyday marketing here. Not sure there’s enough on the prepared foods side to eat here every day, either. The menu is a modicum of items, mainly sandwiches.... Read more
Eola Wine Company
Address430 E. Central Blvd.
CityOrlando
Phone407-481-9100
Price$$

It is unique among the downtown businesses – it’s a quiet place with a classy feel that puts the emphasis on good wine. It’s a terrific meeting space or neighborhood hangout without the manic music or big crowds you might find in some the neighboring restaurants and bars. It’s just what downtown needed.

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ESPN Club
AddressDisney's BoardWalk
CityLake Buena Vista
Phone407-939-1177
Price$$$
It's more sports bar than restaurant, and more sports than bar. The food is marginal, but you can usually get a good cold beer and watch your favorite sports on one of the 108 television monitors. There are even televisions in the restrooms, so it doesn't matter how many beers you have, you won't miss a second of play.... Read more
Estefan Kitchen
Address3269 Margaritaville Blvd.
CityKissimmee
Phone407-828-0999
Price$$$
Scott's Review
Beat the drums, this ain’t Bongos. Estefan Kitchen has opened its first location outside of Miami, one of several restaurants at the new Promenade at Sunset Walk near Walt Disney World. Gloria and Emilio are the Estefans of the name, she the renowned Cuban-American singer who along with Miami Sound Machine gave us the effervescently zingy “Conga” and other classics.... Read more