Restaurant Listings
La Abundancia
Address1555 N. Semoran Blvd.
CityWinter Park
Phone407-671-0511
Price$
Scott's Review

This little bakery does some fine food as well, all with a Colombian twist.

The menu is on a board on the wall behind the counter, which holds various Latin American baked goods. I wasn't getting a lot of information from the Spanish language menu, so the owner approached and asked if she could offer some help. I asked her what the specialty of the house was, but she misunderstood and told me what the special of the day was -- a plantain soup and a serving of yellow rice and chicken for $7.

I was intrigued by the plantain soup, so I ordered the special.

I couldn't believe how much food I got for seven bucks. The soup was a full bowl, not just a measly cup, and it featured a hearty chicken broth with lots of vegetables and slices of green plantains. The soup could easily have been an entree.

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La Boucherie
Address7625 Turkey Lake Road
CityOrlando
Phone407-930-1708
Price$$
Scott's Review
In the 15 or so times I’ve been to France, I’ve never once come across La Boucherie, which, on the website for the chain’s first U.S. location, now open in Orlando, claims to be “France’s most popular steakhouse.” So I can’t attest to how the experience of the Orlando restaurant compares to one in Paris. Or Morocco, Russia or Thailand for that matter. I wonder if they use the same ridiculously flimsy napkins, and if so why. Or if their menus have garish photographs like you’d see in a 24-hour diner. Or trite phrases in menu descriptions like “Need ‘oui’ say more?”, which doesn’t really make sense.... Read more
La Crepe En Haut
Address142 E. Granada Blvd.
CityOrmond Beach
Phone386-673-1999
Price$$$$

The special occasion place on the coast can still be special. Prices are as haut as the name, but Dover sole and veal medallions with lobster are worth the cost. Have a cold buttered rum for dessert and let someone else drive home.

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La Fiesta Mexican Grill
Address3000 Curry Ford Road
CityOrlando
Phone407-985-4340
Price$$
Scott's Review
A move from its original space in an office complex across the street gives La Fiesta a bigger and nicer dining area, plus a full bar. Just wish the food was a little better.... Read more
La Fogata
Address1718 Sand Lake Road
CityOrlando
Phone407-250-5020
Price$$
Scott's Review
La Fogata, Spanish for the wood fire, features a pan Latin American menu, though there are a couple of outlier entrees from Italy. Puerto Rico and Colombia dominate the menu and all of the food is well executed and served in ample portions.... Read more
La Hacienda De San Angel
AddressMexico Pavilion
Epcot Center
CityLake Buena Vista
Phone407-939-3463
Price$$$
Scott's Review
La Hacienda is one of the newest restaurant at Epcot's World Showcase. It sits in front of the Mexico pavilion and juts out over the lagoon, which gives it a unique vantage point for the nightly Illuminatons show. The food is not authentic, but it's very good. Be sure to try the chiles toreados y chorizitos, a bowl of bright green peppers and little fat chorizo pork links, sort of a Mexican version of Vienna sausages, all charred and grilled; and one of the mixed grill platters, which have enough for two to share. There’s a wonderful dessert at meal’s end, a tamal de dulce. It’s an actual corn masa tamale only sweet, and filled with guava then topped with strawberry coulis. Delicious.... Read more
La Luce by Donna Scala
AddressHilton Bonnet Creek
14100 Bonnet Creek Resort Lane
CityOrlando
Phone407-597-3600
Price$$$
Napa Valley chef Donna Scala oversees this Italian restaurant in the new Hilton next to the Waldorf Astoria. The decor is white with splashes of color in the art work (some of which is done in chalk and changes from time to time). The menu features pizzas from a brick oven, pastas and secondi -- the lamb shank is a standout. Scala is often on hand to oversee her restaurant, and she proves to be a gracious host.... Read more
La Merce
Address155 E. Morse Blvd.
CityWinter Park
Phone321-295-7611
Price$$$
Scott's Review
European menu with an emphasis on the cuisine of Spain. Pleasant surroundings, bright and cheery, much like the staff.... Read more
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