Restaurant Listings
Sharks Underwater Grill
AddressSeaWorld Orlando
CityOrlando
Phone407-351-3600
Price$$$
Scott's Review
There’s no denying that the setting for the dining room here, with expansive windows into the titanic aquarium filled with exotic sea life, is impressive. It would be a terrific place to have dinner if it wasn’t for the lousy food. There isn’t anything wrong with the menu, it’s fairly straightforward with a little of something for any taste. But the execution and quality are sub par. And I don’t know why that should be. All it would take, it seems to me, is a desire to do better food. But apparently management believes the crowds will come for the view alone, food be damned. Pity.... Read more
Shin Japanese Cuisine
Address803 N. Orange Ave.
CityOrlando
Phone407-648-8000
Price$$
Scott's Review
The quality of the food has improved, and that quality and the price charged for it are more closely aligned. My guest and I ordered some edamame to nibble on for a starter. I ordered the Shin lunch set and my friend chose a combination of three rolls from a list of about 15 options, a pretty good deal for $15.... Read more
Shin Jung
Address1638 E. Colonial Drive
CityOrlando
Phone407-895-7345
Price$$
Currently closed due to fire. Shin Jung has been in this little old house (remember when it was a place called Chubby’s?) for a long time, but I hadn’t stopped in for years. When I did recently I found terrfic food and friendly servers. Not the prettiest place in town – it’s a rundown looking old house that could seriously use some redecorating – but the important thing here is the food. And it’s good enough to have earned my 2007 Foodie Award for Best Korean Food.... Read more
Shula Burger
Address8124 W. Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway
CityKissimmee
Phone407-238-1999
Price$
Scott's Review
Most of the menu is -- this won’t surprise you -- burgers, from basic to fancy. There are a couple of other options, most notably the Shula Steak Sandwich, but when the name of the place is Shula Burger, you're best to stick with that. And in fact I chose the one called the Shula Burger, a very basic patty with a slice of American cheese (a substance that always makes me swell with patriotic pride -- at least I think that’s what causes the swelling), lettuce and tomato. I requested, without being asked, that the burger be cooked medium-rare. The fellow taking the order winced a bit and said he could only do medium or medium-well. I asked why, preparing myself for the “it’s a state law” boondoggle, but the man answered quite honestly -- the patties are too thin to cook medium-rare.... Read more
Shula's 347 Grill
AddressWestin Lake Mary
2947 International Parkway
CityLake Mary
Phone407-531-3567
Price$$$
Scott's Review

This is a new concept from the folks at Shula's Steak House, the high end eatery that bears the name of the legendary Miami Dolphins coach. He's legendary for the number of wins he led his team to. That number is 347. so that explains two-thirds of the restaurant's name.

The Grill part is meant to set it apart from the upper crust steakhouse, although a few steaks are available on the menu here, as well.

But there are other items, too, including crab cakes (before the Dolphins Shula coached the Baltimore Colts, so he's particular about his crab cakes), seared ahi tuna, sandwiches and other fare. Honestly, the least of the things I sampled during my visit was the steak, which was a bit overcooked.

The atmosphere is an upscale sports bar, with requisite televisions and casual seating arrangements.

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Shula's Steak House
Address1500 Epcot Resorts Blvd.
Walt Disney World Dolphin
CityLake Buena Vista
Phone407-934-1362
Price$$$$

Shula's is consistently one of the best steakhouses in Central Florida. The decor is high-toned and classy, with a wood-trimmed corporate boardroom mien. Large black and white photos of football action that adorn the walls are tasteful and appropriate. The only real bit of kitsch is the menu, which is printed on the side of an official NFL football (don't even think of trying to walk out with it -- you'll be tackled so fast you won't even see the hostess coming up behind you.)

The steaks here are first-rate and expertly cooked. It ain't cheap, but quality this good is worth the price.

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Sideward Brewing
Address210 N. Bumby Ave.
CityOrlando
Phone407-866-2195
Price$
Scott's Review
New brewer in the burgeoning Milk District. The beers are the main draw, but the food is pretty good, too.... Read more
Signature India
Address11352 S. Orange Blossom Trail
CityOrlando
Phone407-412-6606
Price$
Scott's Review
Not heavy on decor, but it's neat and tidy and the food is fine.... Read more