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F&D Cantina
Address12789 Waterford Lakes Parkway
CityOrlando
Phone407-674-7413
Price$$
Scott's Review
From the same folks who brought you F&D Kitchen and Bar in Lake Mary, this time with Tex-Mex (they want you to think it's authentic Mexican, but no). Food might be good if the kitchen could manage to serve it hot.... Read more
F&D Kitchen and Bar
Address1541 International Parkway
CityLake Mary
Phone407-915-5687
Price$$$
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
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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Finnegan's Bar and Grill
AddressUniversal Studios
CityOrlando
Phone407-224-3613
Price$$
An Irish-American pub, the kind you might find on the streets of New York, which is why you will find this restaurant on the Streets of New York set of Universal Studios theme park. The menu has the usual Irish fare (and some British items): potato and leek soup; bangers and mash; Irish stew; shepherd's pie; corned beef and cabbage. Nothing is wonderful, but this is one of only two, with Lombard's Seafood Grill, full-service restaurants, so it tends to get crowded with people who don't feel like standing in another line just to get their food.... Read more
Fiorella's
AddressWestin Imagine
9501 Universal Blvd.
CityOrlando
Phone407-233-2950
Price$$$
Scott's Review

After a shaky start, this casual Italian situated in a newish hotel behind the Orange County Convention Center is finally finding its way, thanks in no small part to Robert Mason, who took over the kitchen. Mason, formerly of the Boheme, has given the menu something it didn't have before: consistency.

The oven-roasted grouper was a thick fillet served on top of thick, round noodles. It had a delightful crisp crust and was topped with a stack of rich crab meat.

Filetto con Gorgonzola, a certified black angus tenderloin of beef, was grilled to a perfect medium-rare and finished with tangy blue cheese, accompanied by baked tomato, cipollini onions, asparagus and fingerling potatoes.

The setting is OK, but you never get over the feeling that you're sitting in a hotel, because you are. One irritating thing: there is no self parking, you must use the valet service, which is free (if you don't count the tip).

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Fiorenzo
Address9801 International Drive
CityOrlando
Phone407-345-4570
Price$$$
Scott's Review
When the Peabody Orlando sold its International Drive hotel to the Hyatt Regency folks and moved out, they took the iconic ducks with them. They also took the Capriccio Grill Italian Steakhouse, or at least the name. Capriccio, it turned out, was a trademarked brand held by the Memphis-based Peabody. So now it's Fiorenzo Italian Steakhouse, and for all intents and purposes the restaurant is exactly the same as the previous, presale incarnation. Except in my estimation it has gotten better. The chef, Jimmy Stafford, released a new menu last week that still emphasizes the steakhouse aspect but also features some Italian classics as well as other Mediterranean specialties and a few creative twists. My recent dinner there was thoroughly enjoyable from start to finish. The start was with a platter of antipasti that included Jamon Iberico, shaved from the shank from the carving station in the open kitchen, and wonderful bresaola and wild boar salami. The jamon was marvelous, the marbled fat just melted in the mouth and left a sweet and nutty aftertaste, and the bresaola had a lovely aroma. I also sampled the paccheri nero, which just might have been my favorite thing of the e... Read more
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