Restaurant Listings
Texas De Brazil
AddressBelz Designer Centre
5259 International Drive
CityOrlando
Phone407-355-0355
Price$$$

Churrascaria means meat. Well, not literally. Churrascaria (tchoo-huh-scah-REE-uh) actually means house of barbecue, but to fans of this type of Brazilian steakhouse, it means meat, meat and more meat. Texas de Brazil is a small chain out of, no surprise here, Texas that is riding the wave of low-carb popularity with a new location on International Drive.

Here's the way it works: you first visit the salad bar, which is more than just lettuce and condiments. You'll find all manner of salad fixings plus such items as hearts of palm, tabbouleh, artichoke hearts, Brussels sprouts, roasted red peppers and, for some inexplicable reason, sushi.

When you've had enough of the salad bar -- and my advice is to go easy there -- the waiters, called gauchos and dressed accordingly -- will start bringing large skewers of meats, sausages, chicken and seafood to your table. And they'll keep bringing them until you tell them to stop. (You do that by turning a small disc on your table over so the red side is showing.)

The thing that keeps this from being just another glutfest is the quality of the meats, which is first-rate. Plus, the overall atmosphere is upscale and attra... Read more

Thai Cuisine Restaurant
Address5325 Edgewater Drive
CityOrlando
Phone407-292-9474
Price$$
Scott's Review
Once one of the better Thai restaurants, the generically named cafe seems to have grown too much for its own good. Food is mediocre at best, and the prices have crept up.... Read more
Thai Island
Address2522 S. Semoran Blvd.
CityOrlando
Phone407-412-6909
Price$
Modest little restaurant with good food.... Read more
Thai Singha
AddressWaterford Town Center
863 N. Alafaya Trail
CityOrlando
Phone407-382-8201
Price$$
Scott's Review

Thai Singha – yes, it’s named for the beer but is not officially associated with the brewery – is a small restaurant with a big heart. The food is authentically prepared and bursts with the flavor components that are the hallmark of Thai cuisine. Have the tom ka gai soup and the fish cakes to start. The pad Thai is good and so is the spicy basil duck. The desserts are unusual for a Thai restaurant, but unusually good too.

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Thailicious
Address470 W. State Road 434
CityLongwood
Phone321-316-4882
Price$
Scott's Review
Serviceable Thai food in pleasant surroundings, though service can be brusque. ... Read more
That One Spot
Address10968 W. Colonial Drive
CityOcoee
Phone407-877-7575
Price
Scott's Review
Small, grungy (in a good way), and very youthful but unfortunately without adult supervision. ... Read more
Theo's Kitchen
Address2952 Curry Ford Road
CityOrlando
Phone407-849-0810
Price$
Scott's Review

Nothing fancy at this relocation of a longtime purveyor of gyros and fried chicken (stick to the gyros). It's counter service, but the space is bright and tidy. The sandwiches are fully stuffed, and you will be, too.

 

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Three Broomsticks
AddressIslands of Adventure
Universal Orlando
CityOrlando
Phone
Price$
Scott's Review
Ordinarily, I wouldn’t include a restaurant like this in a guidebook on dining because it isn’t a full-service restaurant. But 2010 is the summer of Harry Potter in Central Florida, and this is the only eatery inside the Wizarding World of… This is basically a fast-serve restaurant: queue up, then order your food at one counter, shuffle off to wait for it at another; a staff member will assign you to a table. The fish and chips are very good; the shepherd’s pie not so much. As with most other venues inside the new theme park, the details of the dining room are exquisite. By the way, if you’re just looking to have a taste of butterbeer, don’t stand in line at the wagon outside. Instead, go into the Hog’s Head pub where your wait will be shorter.... Read more