Restaurant Listings
F&D Cantina
Address1125 Townpark Ave.
CityLake Mary
Phone407-915-7012
Price$$
Scott's Review
This is a second try for this Tex-Mex eatery. The first, in Waterford Lakes, didn't go so well and is now closed. They apparently learned some lessons from that one and now are serving solid Tex-Mex fare in a fun atmosphere.... Read more
F&D Kitchen and Bar
Address1541 International Parkway
CityLake Mary
Phone407-915-5687
Price$$$
Scott's Review
Crispy Pig Snacks is the defining dish at F&D Kitchen and Bar. It shows the creative promise that this Lake Mary restaurant could achieve, but it also demonstrates where it falls short. F&D occupies a space that has in fewer than eight years has been home to four restaurants I can name off the top of my head, and I’m pretty sure I might have missed one or two. Some of them, such as Jinja, Shan and Rikka, all had menus with an Asian influence. The menu of the current occupant is mostly anchored in North America, with a decided dedication to Central Florida, at least in terms of sourcing. The chef is Pete Morales, a graduate of Johnson and Wales University in South Florida, and an alumnus of the estimable Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink in Miami, as well as other popular restaurants, including Yardbird Southern Bar & Table and Swine Southern Bar & Table. (How did people come up with restaurant names before the ampersand was invented?) Most of the menu is straightforward, though nothing I would call boring. There were several interesting selections.... Read more
F&D Woodfired Italian Kitchen
Address2420 Curry Ford Road
CityOrlando
Phone407-751-5697
Price$$
Though open only four weeks when first reviewed, F&DWIK already has a comfortable homeyness about it. The inside dining area is still too small — about 32 seats — for a profitable business model. But the outdoor patio has been expanded, covered and will eventually have a companion bar to the one inside.... Read more
Fairbanks Restaurant
Address1800 W Fairbanks Ave
CityWinter Park
Phone407-645-3199
Price
Scott's Review
This is the sort of place I like to come to for breakfast, and when I found myself in Winter Park at an unusually early hour, I stopped in. I ordered the Fairbanks omelet, wtih bacon, ham, sausage, onion, finely diced green peppers, and a few mushrooms folded into an eggy package with melted cheddar on top. It was accompanied by chunky home fries that were nicely crisped but not nearly as greasy as I would have liked them to be.... Read more
Farm & Haus
Address3201 Corrine Drive
CityOrlando
Phone321-430-6627
Price$$
Scott's Review
This is mainly and takeout or delivery operation, though there are some tables available to dine "in" at the East End Market. The food has good integrity, but be prepared to pay for it. (Note that although it lists dinner, it closes most nights at 7.)... Read more
Fat Snook
Address2464 S. Atlantic Ave.
CityCocoa Beach
Phone321-784-1190
Price$$$

Pompano, cobia or anything else that happens to be freshly caught is likely to show up on the menu here. The pompano was oven-roasted and presented on a bed of jasmine rice with black beans and pico de gallo and mango. It was daubed with a flower of avocado butter and accompanied by a poblano chili, which offered a not-too-spicy counter note to the sweetly mild firm-fleshed fish.

The cobia was poached in extra virgin olive oil, which raised the richness of the fish a few notches. It was served with toasted coconut rice and accompanied by a citrus vinaigrette.

It’s a casual, beachy kind of place that tends to be a bit loud.

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Felipe Rodriguez Tequila House + Kitchen
Address900 E. Washington St.
CityOrlando
Phone407-730-2292
Price$
Scott's Review
On my two visits to the restaurant, I was surprised to find the food as good as it was. I don’t mean for that to be a backhanded compliment. But let’s face it: Any place in downtown Orlando that calls itself a tequila house isn’t a place you’d expect to spend much time on food. Fortunately, that’s not the case here.... Read more
Fifth Element
Address1133 Rinehart Road
CitySanford
Phone407-548-6777
Price$$
Scott's Review
Oddly named Indian restaurant with good food in a boring strip mall locale.... Read more
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