Restaurant Listings
Jaber Lebanese Cuisine
Address2611 Edgewater Drive
CityOrlando
Phone407-601-4896
Price$$
Scott's Review
Video screens inside Jaber Lebanese Cuisine in College Park were flashing photos of menu items, a helpful aid to people unfamiliar with labnehs, kibbehs and kaftas. But then the screens showed the restaurant’s name and logo, and underneath that “Since 1952.” Hmmm, I thought. If Jaber’s been around since 1952 it hasn’t been in this space. Most recently this was the home of Peppy Bistro and before that, Paxia.... Read more
Jack’s Place
Address9700 International Drive
Rosen Plaza Hotel
CityOrlando
Phone407-996-1787
Price$$$
Scott's Review

Chef Michael McMullen has reenergized this upscale dining room with a new menu. Favorites include spicy shrimp and grits, maple horseradish mustard crusted baby rack of lamb, and cedar plank roasted sea bass. Service is among the best in town. The highlight of the dining room is the array of celebrity caricatures that cover the walls. They were done by Jack Rosen, father of hotelier Harris Rosen (hence the name of the restaurant), when he was employed by the Waldorf Astoria in New York.

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Jade Sushi & New Asian
Address2425 Edgewater Drive
CityOrlando
Phone407-422-7968
Price$$
Scott's Review
I wanted Jade Sushi & New Asian to be better than it was. I expected it, in fact. Unfortunately, it was a complete disappointment.... Read more
Jaleo by José Andrés
Address1482 E. Buena Vista Drive
CityOrlando
Phone321-348-3211
Price$$$
Scott's Review
The Disney Springs location of this Washington based chain is the company's largest. It's big and so is the price tag, but the quality is inarguable.... Read more
Japango
Address1212 E. Colonial Drive
CityOrlando
Phone407-897-1377
Price$$
Scott's Review
There are certainly more attractive restaurants than Japango, a new boxed sushi concept in Mills 50, but it offers a first-rate product for a fair price, although it does have one major but entirely fixable flaw.... Read more
Jax Thornton Park
Address617 E. Central Blvd.
CityOrlando
Phone407-440-4295
Price$
Scott's Review
A throwback to the old Jax Fifth Avenue , a once-popular downtown spot. Good sandwiches and cold beer.... Read more
Jiko The Cooking Place
AddressDisney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
Walt Disney World
CityKissimmee
Phone407-939-3463
Price$$$$
Scott's Review
Stylized African cuisine to go with the Animal Kingdom Lodge locale. The food is excellent and the wine cellar boasts the largest collection of South African wines outside of Africa. Jiko is worthy of being listed among the top tier restaurants at Walt Disney World.... Read more
Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville
AddressCityWalk
Universal Orlando
CityOrlando
Phone407-224-2155
Price$$
As you stand in line at Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville to get your beeper, which you'll carry with you as you wait even longer for your table, you might be reminded of the lyrics ``Wastin' away again in Margaritaville .''

No, you definitely will be reminded of those lyrics, because if you spend more than 20 minutes in the restaurant you're sure to hear them. Heck, you could spend 20 minutes just trying to get a drink at the bar.

The theme here is the music of Jimmy Buffett and his parrothead paradise. Sorry, I don't know why his fans are called parrotheads. And I probably missed a lot of the insider jokes and other references to his songs that I'm unfamiliar with. The upstairs bar, for example, is probably called the 12-volt bar for some reason.

I have only a Top-40 knowledge of his songs. I enjoy his music, though two straight hours of it can be a bit much. I do know that many of his songs are either themed on food and drink, or contain references to them. So that part lends itself well to a restaurant theme. And the Key Westiness and island atmosphere of his songs add to the decor.

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