Restaurant Listings
Mesa 21
Address1414 N. Orange Ave.
CityOrlando
Phone407-930-8000
Price$$
Scott's Review
Situated on Lake Ivanhoe, Mesa 21 has one of the best outdoor patios in town. The food measures up, too.... Read more
Metro Diner
Address985 N. State Road 434
CityAltamonte Springs
Phone407-917-8997
Price$$
Scott's Review
I wonder if there is a time during the day, any day of the week, when Metro Diner isn’t overflowing. When I visited after 1 p.m. on a weekday recently, there were multiple groups of people, both inside and out, waiting for tables to open. Such, apparently, is the power of a popular television show like Diners, Drive-ins and Dives on the Food Network. I’m not sure the Jacksonville restaurant’s reputation would have preceded it to its new location in Altamonte Springs without host Guy Fieri’s raves. Not that the raves are not deserved. The food is impressive and sincere, and the atmosphere leaves no question about the diner designation.... Read more
Mexican Camel
Address5752 International Drive
CityOrlando
Phone407-375-0000
Price$
Scott's Review
It's an assemblage restaurant –choose a platform, a protein and toppings. But the twist is that it features Mexican and Mediterranean options, so you can make all the wrong choices in two different cuisines.... Read more
Miller's Field
Address7958 Via Dellagio Way
CityOrlando
Phone407-248-3474
Price$$
Scott's Review
This new sports bar shouldn't be confused with the many Miller's Ale Houses. Miller's Field has made improvements over the past year. The chili was a hearty bowl of beans and thick stew. It was a pretty good serving size for a cup, and it was garnished with plenty of shredded cheese and thick chops of green onions. The burger was an impressively thick patty that was cooked precisely to the requested medium-rare. (I was a little concerned when I ordered it because the menu specifies the burgers are cooked well done, but the server assured me I could have it my way.) The juicy burger was served on a fresh bun topped with a pickle spear held in place by a wooden skewer.... Read more
Ming’s Bistro
Address1212 Woodward St.
CityOrlando
Phone407-898-9672
Price$$
Scott's Review
Once a very good Chinese restaurant, Ming's Bistro has had an ownership change and the quality has flagged. It is not currently recommended.... Read more
Miss Saigon
Address12058 Collegiate Way
CityOrlando
Phone407-306-0840
Price$
Scott's Review
On a recent lunch visit, I started with the golden pancake appetizer, which was really more of an omelet than a pancake, with shrimp and bean sprouts folded into it. It was light and qualified as an appropriate starter. For my entree I chose pho tai nam, a beef soup with sliced rare beef (not rare for long as the hot broth finishes the cooking). It also had long rice noodles, bean sprouts and chopped scallions. What it didn’t have was a separate plate of add-ables -- extra spouts, basil, jalapeno and lime wedges, such as are offered at most other pho restaurants in town. It was OK, the soup was fine without them, but I thought it strange. Soups, by the way, are available in two sizes: large and extra large. The large is plenty.... Read more
Moghul Indian Cuisine
Address401 N. Semoran Blvd.
CityWinter Park
Phone407-599-9001
Price$$
Scott's Review

The word Moghul refers to a member of the Muslim dynasty from Mongol that ruled India until the 19th century. Mughlai cuisine influenced much of what we recognize as typical in most Indian restaurants in America, so you probably won’t see much that will be unfamiliar.

Kofta is a typical Muglai dish, and the malai kofta was the best item I sampled at Moghul. Kofta are, simply, meatballs, but this was a vegetarian dish with meatless balls  fashioned out of paneer, a housemade cheese. The meatballs, deceptively described on the menu as croquettes, had a firm but giving texture, and the creamy sauce, flavored with cumin, coriander and garam masala, was multilayered with flavors. It was good with the basmati rice but even better with the paneer naan.

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Moonfish
Address7525 W. Sand Lake Road
CityOrlando
Phone407-363-7762
Price$$$$

Moon Fish is another welcome addition to the local seafood scene. It doesn’t do everything right, but the outlook is encouraging. Concentrate on the fresh fish selections and avoid anything too fancy. Have the calamari as an appetizer and spring for the sorbets at dessert – there’s enough to share. One of the gimmicks here is to give the name of the person who caught your fish; not sure that’s necessary, but there you go.

Decor is upscale and splashy -- literally, with tv screens behind waterfalls -- and the front door handles are shaped like a moon fish, so you'll know you're in the right place.

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