Restaurant Listings
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.

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Himas Indian Cuisine
Address5135 International Drive
CityOrlando
Phone407-574-4254
Price$$
Scott's Review
Punjabi is the regional focus. The foods are honestly spiced, and the staff is welcoming.... Read more
Hollerbach’s Willow Tree Café
Address205 E. 1st St.
CitySanford
Phone407-321-2204
Price$$

Voted the second best German restaurant in the U.S. but readers of GermanDeli.com for 2009. (Bavarian Grill of Plano, Texas, was number one; go figure.) I don't know if I'd go that far, but I'm prepared to call it the best German restaurant in Central Florida.

Although the surroundings leave something to be desired, there’s good German food to be had here. Have a schnitzel, or the sausage platter, but beware: it’s a lot of food.

The place is especially festive Thursdays through Sundays when there is entertainment. Oom-pah-pah!

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Hollywood Brown Derby
AddressDisney's Hollywood Studios
Walt Disney World
CityOrlando
Phone407-939-3463
Price$$$$
Scott's Review

Fashioned after the original restaurant in Los Angeles, HBD is worthy of a better dressed crowd than the t-shirted masses from the theme park, but there's no getting around that. A must-have here is the Cobb salad, which was an invention of the owner of the original Derby.

I started my lunch with sweet Zellwood corn chowder, which also had bits of applewood smoked bacon. It was a large bowl -- whether it was worth nine bucks is up for debate -- and the kernels of corn still had a nice bit of crunch. I would have liked to have seen some more bacon, and the drizzle of ancho chili oil on the top, which resembled something like an oil slick, didn't add a lot, but overall it was a nice chowder.

The original Brown Derby is where the Cobb salad was invented. It was the creation of former Derby owner Bob Cobb (you’d think he’d go by Robert, wouldn’t you?), who whipped up the salad as a late-night snack for a Hollywood VIP back in the '30s. The story goes that there wasn’t much in the fridge the night the bigwig came in so Cobb just chopped up what he could find. It’s the chopping that defines a Cobb today. Here the Cobb has greens, turkey breast, egg, bacon, tomatoes, bl... Read more

Hong Kong Alley's Kitchen
Address10663 E. Colonial Drive
CityOrlando
Phone407-969-0886
Price$$
Scott's Review
I'm glad I stumbled upon Hong Kong Alley's Kitchen. I almost took a different route that day and I might never have noticed it. I'm glad I took the right fork in the road.... Read more
Hook & Reel
Address7480 W. Colonial Drive
CityOrlando
Phone407-801-5223
Price$$
Scott's Review
A fun little seafood place with a Louisiana accent. Signature entree is a sort of seafood boil served in a large, poofed up plastic bag. Bibs and gloves are provided, so get as messy as you'd like... Read more
House of Blues
Address1490 Buena Vista Drive
CityLake Buena Vista
Phone407-934-2583
Price$$$
Scott's Review

Its the House of Blues, a boisterous boite that celebrates the diversity and brotherhood of world culture and promotes racial and spiritual harmony through love, peace, truth, righteousness and non-violence. But despite a mission statement that makes it sound like the lunchroom at the United Nations, this is actually a themed restaurant that serves up rhythm, blues and soul and not so incidentally surprisingly good food, most of it rooted in a New Orleans style.

What's surprising about it is that everything is of good quality, prepared and presented with the sort of gourmet flair you'd expect from a fine dining establishment, not a place that is made to look like a juke joint.

Menu highlights include a smoked double-cut pork chop, etouffe and Cajun meat loaf. For appetizers, the Mississippi catfish bites are pretty tasty.

The bread pudding is a must. The Sunday gospel brunch, which features an all-you-can-eat buffet,  is an inspirational treat.

 

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Humbl
Address5845 Winter Garden Vineland Road
CityWindermere
Phone407-349-8800
Price$$
Scott's Review
Counter service quick serve for plant based cuisine. The chicken might fool you, the burger will not.... Read more