Restaurant Listings
Merguez
Address11951 International Drive
CityOrlando
Phone407-778-4343
Price$
Scott's Review
The last time I visited this space it was a full-service restaurant called Atlas House, which specialized in the cuisine of Uzbekistan. Atlas closed, one presumes with a shrug. Now it is a fast casual restaurant called Merguez, with foods of Moroccan descent. Merguez’s website says that the space is “secluded and intimate, perfect for a romantic dinner.” I’ll give them the secluded. Tucked away in the corner of an under utilized strip, the restaurant is easy to miss. I can’t go along with intimate or romantic, unless the decor of a deli, with display cases and laminated tables with nothing on top is the sort of thing that sets your heart aflutter. Perhaps the rather loud Moroccan music that played over the sound system had romantic lyrics.... Read more
Metro Diner
Address985 N. State Road 434
CityAltamonte Springs
Phone407-917-8997
Price$$
Scott's Review
I wonder if there is a time during the day, any day of the week, when Metro Diner isn’t overflowing. When I visited after 1 p.m. on a weekday recently, there were multiple groups of people, both inside and out, waiting for tables to open. Such, apparently, is the power of a popular television show like Diners, Drive-ins and Dives on the Food Network. I’m not sure the Jacksonville restaurant’s reputation would have preceded it to its new location in Altamonte Springs without host Guy Fieri’s raves. Not that the raves are not deserved. The food is impressive and sincere, and the atmosphere leaves no question about the diner designation.... Read more
Mexican Camel
Address5752 International Drive
CityOrlando
Phone407-375-0000
Price$
Scott's Review
It's an assemblage restaurant –choose a platform, a protein and toppings. But the twist is that it features Mexican and Mediterranean options, so you can make all the wrong choices in two different cuisines.... Read more
Milkhouse
Address201 N. Bumby Ave.
CityOrlando
Phone407-237-0575
Price$$
Scott's Review
Milkhouse certainly has a splashy presence. Located, as the name clues, in the Milk District, the area of town surrounding the T.G. Lee Dairy facility at Bumby and Robinson Avenues, its name is spelled out in a blaze of marquee-like light bulbs as though announcing the production of a lactose-tolerant Broadway musical.... 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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Monroe (The)
Address448 N. Terry Ave.
CityOrlando
Phone407-734-2102
Price$$$
Scott's Review
Latest concept from the Good Salt Restaurant Group (Osprey, Mezcalaria) in downtown Orlando's burgeoning Creative Village.... Read more