Restaurant Listings
Garden Grill
AddressEpcot Land Pavilion
CityLake Buena Vista
Phone407-939-3463
Price$$
Epcot's revolving character restaurant. If nothing about the previous sentence sent you screaming, read on. Garden Grill is set on a rotating platform that takes the diners through a rainforest, a dessert, and plains with a farmhouse and a really annoying barking dog. The food is served family style -- no, that doesn't mean that the waiters argue with you and tell you you're not going to amount to anything. The food is in big bowls and platters to pass around. Besides a good starting salad, Disney Culinears missed an opportunity to teach about fresh ingredients. The turkey with pasty dressing and crunchy coated fish are forgettable, but the sliced steak is pretty good. So is the rhubarb and strawberry cobbler at the end of your dinner rotation. Oh, plan on being visited by Mickey, Pluto and both Chip and Dale while you eat.... Read more
Garibaldi Mexican Restaurant
Address925 N. Semoran Blvd.
CityOrlando
Phone407-275-5035
Price$$
Scott's Review
This longtime Mexican favorite among locals recently moved next door to much bigger digs, addling lots of space and a full liquor bar -- real Margaritas! The food is good and the service can be terrific. By the way, this restaurant is not related to the other Garibaldis in the area.... Read more
Garp & Fuss
Address348 N. Park Ave.
CityWinter Park
Phone407-960-5560
Price$$$
Scott's Review
I don't know what Garp & Fuss is. I don't mean the name. Well, yes, I do mean the name, too. But I also mean that I don't know how to classify it as a restaurant. The menu is kind of all over the place. There's a pasta dish right next to a schnitzel. Tacos, natch. Burgers, of course. A Cuban sandwich right above a Vietnamese Bahn Mi (though it's spelled on an online menu as bahni mi, which I thought might be a clever play on the French term bon ami, but apparently was just a misspelling because it is correct on the in-house menu).... Read more
Gateway to India
Address790 E. State Road 434
CityLongwood
Phone407-339-9996
Price$$

On my visits to Gateway to India I got the feeling that the owners were attempting to recreate a more authentic experience, one that might appeal immediately to natives of India while offering insight to those unfamiliar. While they may be subject to the limitations of available ingredients and the influence of another place, Americanization does not seem to be a factor.

Instead of “dumbing down” the spices, the kitchen prepared the dishes the way they should be done, mild ones mild and spicy ones spicy, and the results were quite satisfying.

Goat biryani was a good example of the attempts at authenticity. The rice dish was infused with multiple layers of flavors, including notes of cinnamon, clove and cardamom, but the dominant sensation was one of peppery heat, pronounced but not overwhelming, and not so forward that it deadened all the other flavors. The goat was as goat can be, a bit chewy, and the presence of bones is always a bit startling, but the taste was good.

Gateway’s menu features specialties of Northern India but has dishes from throughout the country. One of my favorites was the lamb Hyderabadi, a buttery brown curry flavored with ginger ... Read more

General Public House
Address156 Tuskawilla Road
CityWinter Springs
Phone407-890-9696
Price$$$
Scott's Review
Sort of a cross between a general store and a public drinking establishment. So General Public. The rather casual setting belies the excellent quality of the food. The prices reflect that quality, however.... Read more
George's Gourmet Cookies
Address501 N. Orlando Ave.
CityWinter Park
Phone407-622-1499
Price$$
Scott's Review
Its name says Cookies, but George and crew have started serving some pretty wonderful sandwiches, soups and salads out of this hidden space. All of the food is wonderful.... Read more
Glass Knife
Address276 N. Orlando Ave.
CityWinter Park
Phone407-500-2253
Price$$
Scott's Review
While cakes, pastries and other assorted baked sweets are a focus, chef Stuart Whitfield's menu makes a few forays into savory territory, mainly with soups, salads and sandwiches. A chicken pot pie is offered daily. Well, nightly, only after 4:30 p.m. All of the food I sampled was of high quality and expertly prepared. However, the experience of eating there is less enjoyable, at least when there is a full house, as when I visited for lunch with a friend. And the process is a bit confusing, even with someone at the front door attempting to explain it.... Read more
Gnarly Barley
Address7431 S. Orange Ave
CityOrlando
Phone407-854-4999
Price$
Scott's Review
The Barely in the name, of course, refers to beer. The Gnarly, apparently, the surroundings. Rustic but comfortable.... Read more
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