Restaurant Listings
Hash House a Go Go
Address5350 International Drive
CityOrlando
Phone407-370-4646
Price$$
Scott's Review
The portions here are outsized and designed to impress, if not frighten and intimidate. Take, for example, the restaurant’s signature fried chicken and bacon waffle tower, which probably has more calories than the average adult male should eat in a week. (Excuse me, could you please pass the syrup?) Or the house version of eggs Benedict with smoked bacon, basted eggs, red pepper cream on a biscuit, all sitting atop mashed potatoes. When the food gets this big and ostentatious, one naturally braces oneself for the trade-off in quality. But Hash House delivers there, too. All of the food I tasted -- and I do mean tasted; I left a good deal of it on the plate -- was quite good, well prepared and evenly seasoned. ... Read more
Havana Bistro & Cafe
Address7579 S Orange Blossom Trail
CityOrlando
Phone407-420-7278
Price$
Scott's Review
As the name suggests, Havana is actually two venues, a bistro on one side and a cafe on the other. What’s the difference? It’s subtle, but suffice to say that on one side of the place you order from a menu on and the other side you choose from among prepared dishes that a staff worker plates up for you. Again you ask, which is the bistro and which is the cafe? I have no idea, but you’ll be able to figure it out when you walk in. I chose the dish-it-out side. The rules are very clearly stated at the start of the line: You choose the type of meat you want from among the available varieties, such as roast pork, stewed chicken and ropa vieja, then the type of rice you prefer (white, yellow or congri), and then two sides. I chose the roast pork on congri with yuca and red beans. And then I watched in marvel as the young woman behind the counter started piling up the container with my selections. It was a tremendous amount of food, so much so that when she tried to close the cover of the takeout container she had to use a couple of pieces of tape so that it wouldn’t spring open. The roast pork was wonderful — and more tender and I could have eaten it with a spoon. The rice and b... Read more
Hawkers Asian Street Fare
Address1103 N. Mills Ave.
CityOrlando
Phone407-237-0606
Price$
Scott's Review

The name Hawkers makes sense once you know the concept, and it only sounds odd if pronounced by someone with a Boston accent.

The idea behind this charming little eatery is to present an array of dishes the type of which might be sold -- hawked -- by individuals who stake out space on the sidewalks and streets of various Asian cities but with, you know, stricter health department guidelines.

I’m resisting the urge to describe the dishes as tapas-like, but most of the menu items are “small plate” in nature. And the best way to experience Hawkers Asian Street Fare is the same as you would a tapeo, except instead of doing a tapas crawl, you might virtually wander these Asian streets and sample a number of delectable items. Try the banh mi sliders (I had the duck version; delicious) and the five spice pork choplettes. The curry Laksa is a wonderful and colorful bowl of myriad flavors with chicken, shrimp and big fat egg noodles.

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Heidelberg
Address7 N. Orlando Ave.
CityCocoa Beach
Phone321-783-4559
Price$$
Scott's Review
This longtime Cocoa Beacher has been serving good German food for decades. The dining room was recently spiffed up and a patio was added. Next door is Heidi's Jazz Club, so you can make a night of it right here.... Read more
Hemingway's
Address1 Grand Cypress Blvd.
Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress Resort
CityOrlando
Phone407-239-1234
Price$$$$

Though overpriced, the food is creative and sumptuous, presented in a professional manner in a relaxing atmosphere reminiscent of Key West. The restaurant, which stands apart from the main hotel, sits on top of the boulders that form the grotto for the resort's pool. The structure has the appearance of a fine Florida home, with wooden floors and ceiling fans. There are more windows than walls and some of them open out onto old-fashioned screened-in porches. The menu is dominated by seafood selections, including whole Florida yellow tail snapper and herb basted diver scallops. The high quality seafood and classy surroundings would make Papa proud.

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Hemisphere
Address9300 Jeff Fuqua Blvd.
CityOrlando
Phone407-825-1344
Price$$$
Scott's Review
Situated at the top of the Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport, this used to be an elegant restaurant. It's been downscaled (though the prices are still sky high). The overall experience is such that I can't recommend it at this time.... Read more
Highball & Harvest
Address4012 S. Central Florida Parkway
CityOrlando
Phone407-393-4422
Price$$$
Scott's Review
The Ritz-Carlton at Grande Lakes Orlando recently opened its newest restaurant, Highball & Harvest, which takes the place of the Vineyard Grill. During a media preview dinner, I had the chance to sample several of Jeffers' dishes, and I liked all of them quite a bit. ... Read more
Hillstone (formerly Houston's)
Address215 S. Orlando Ave.
CityWinter Park
Phone407-740-4005
Price$$$
Scott's Review

For some reason, the parent company has decided to rename the restaurant Hillstone. Go figure. Hillstone/Houston's menu might be described as minimalistic. There are no appetizers to speak of, except for a couple of items under a category labeled this and that, which also includes side items. I did try the Chicago style spinach and artichoke dip, your basic dip served with tortilla chips. Although it is not listed on the menu, an appetizer portion of the barbecued ribs entree is also available. This included a half-slab of tender ribs with a slightly sweet barbecue sauce served on top of a mound of fries.

Most entrees include a salad, and the salads were huge. The basic salad featured a large plate of fresh, crisp greens topped with chopped eggs, grated cheese and big bits of crumbled bacon. The mustard honey house dressing was wonderful.

I also sampled a salad of seared tuna and field greens, which could easily serve as an entree. The sushi-grade tuna was seared on the outside and raw inside. The bite-size cubes were placed alongside a pile of exotic greens, which also included fresh avocado, drizzled with a cilantro-ginger vinaigrette.

The b... Read more