Restaurant Listings
Lechonera Latina
Address3806 Curry Ford Road
CityOrlando
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Scott's Review
LL is a sort of buffet type of operation, but not exactly. All the food is in front of you in steam trays when you approach the counter, but you're separated from it by a wall of glass. A staff member does the dishing. You choose the type of rice you'd like (plain white, yellow, congris, etc.) and the meat you want to go with it, and a side dish. The staff member then scoops your choices in startlingly large amounts onto a plate or into a takeout container. Then you pay at the end of the counter and either take a seat at one of the tables in the large and unadorned dining room or take your food to a secluded spot where you can pig out in private. Here's the best part. The huge platter of food came to a grand total of $6.39. And there was enough to enjoy over two mealtimes. That makes this a real bargain. Who cares if the place has no atmosphere? See the website for two other locations.... Read more
Lee & Rick's Oyster Bar
Address5621 Old Winter Garden Road
CityOrlando
Phone407-293-3587
Price$

Ask any longtime Central Floridian to name a favorite dive restaurant and Lee & Rick’s is likely to be the reply. There are no pretenses, no airs. You come here for oysters and beer, ample amounts of both. Order anything else and you’re on your own.

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Les Chefs De France
AddressFrance Pavilion, Epcot
Walt Disney World
CityLake Buena Vista
Phone407-939-3463
Price$$$$

Most of the visitors to the signature restaurant in Epcot's France pavilion (Bistro de Paris, a smaller eatery, is upstairs) are oblivious to the fact that one of its owners is not only one of the most famous chefs in the world but is arguably its first celebrity chef.

Ironically, his name is not on the restaurant, Les Chefs de France. Even more ironic is that Paul Bocuse became famous because, in 1965, he was the first chef to put his name on his restaurant outside Lyons.

Before that, chefs were no more than hired kitchen help. Restaurants were owned by the maitre ‘d or the hotels where they were located.

So it could be said there would be no celebrity chefs, no show kitchens, no such thing as “Top Chef” and no one would give a flip what Gordon Ramsay had to say if Paul Bocuse hadn’t done what he did 44 years ago.

On a recent visit my guest and I started with two classics: cassoulette d’escargots de Bourgogne au beurre persille (translation: snails) and assiette campagnarde, an assortment of pates and charcuteries. The half-dozen snails were baked in a small casserole, each in its own impression, with garlic butter and parsely. They were firm but... Read more

Liam Fitzpatrick's
Address951 Market Promenade Ave.
CityLake Mary
Phone407-936-3782
Price$$$
Scott's Review

The owners of Liam Fitzpatrick’s went to great lengths to create an authentic atmosphere. It’s a little larger than most of the pubs you’ll encounter in Hibernia but most of the details are there, from the bar to the fireplace nook to the raised dining area. The only authentic touch that is missing is the beer-sodden, well-worn carpeting that seems to be in every pub, and for that I thank the owners of Liam Fitzpatrick’s.

There is authenticity in the menu, as well, and I wish the proprietors had the confidence to stick with them. It sends a wrong message, I think, when the server immediately recommends the nachos and announces the kitchen does a really good quesadilla.

The kitchen does a very nice beer-battered fish, whether enjoyed as little bite-sized nuggets as an appetizer or as part of the iconic fish and chips. The batter was nicely done, a thick jacket on chunks of grouper. A simple tartar or malt vinegar would have been appropriate; I’m not sure why a Key West remoulade was offered as a dipping sauce.

I also liked the Scotch egg, which had a perfectly hard-boiled egg inside a thick coating of spicy sausage. If the sausage didn’t have enough heat, a ... Read more

Liberty Tree Tavern
AddressMagic Kingdom
CityLake Buena Vista
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Price$$$
Let's just ignore the irony of a place with Tavern in its name that does not serve alcohol (following the annoyingly out of date dictate of Walt Disney that the Magic Kingdom not serve even beer and wine). There are few choices inside the Magic Kingdom for full-service dining. This is one, but just like the others, the food is rather mundane and doesn't rise much above utilitarian. Here, the fare is served family-style on platters for you to dish out yourself.... Read more
Licking (The)
Address4706 Millenia Plaza Way
CityOrlando
Phone407-233-4794
Price$$
Scott's Review
The Licking, out of Miami, bills itself as “Soul Food to the Stars” and lists DJ Khaled as its brand ambassador and co-owner along with Elric "E-Class" Prince, the founder of Poe Boy Records. ... Read more
Linda’s La Cantina
Address4721 E. Colonial Drive
CityOrlando
Phone407-894-4491
Price$$$

This is the oldest restaurant in Central Florida, in operation since 1947. It remains a favorite of locals, though it’s somewhat of a mystery to some. Maybe it’s the diner-like attitude of the servers, or the family-style décor. But it’s probably that the steaks are consistently good, if not great, and they still come with a side of pasta. Note: closed Sundays following Father's Day until October.

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Little New Orleans Kitchen & Oyster Bar
Address9741 S. Orange Blossom Trail
CityOrlando
Phone407-438-6990
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Scott's Review
Just a little hole in the wall place, like so many eateries you'll find in New Orleans. Not everything is authentic. The jambalaya, for instance, bears no semblance to any you'd find in the Crescent City. But whatever it was was delicious. Wonderful oyster po'boy, too.... Read more