Restaurant Listings
Tibby's New Orleans Kitchen Altamonte Springs
Address494 W. State Road 436
CityAltamonte Springs
Phone407-951-6928
Price$$
Scott's Review
Like the original, the menu features authentic New Orleans fare. Also like the original, the food here is about as close as anyone in Central Florida has come to presenting a real taste of the Big Easy. For my entree I chose the combo of jambalaya, crawfish pie and file gumbo. Both the gumbo and the jambalaya were excellent. The soup had a wonderfully dark rouxy base with good chunks of chicken and spicy andouille sausage, topped with a bit of fluffy white rice. The jambalaya had sausage and vegetables cooked into the rice. I liked the crawfish in the etouffee, however. A more tomatoey roux served as the base with plump, chewy bits of crawfish and vegetables swimming around an island of rice. For dessert, the bread pudding was crazy good. Big, buttery and gooey with sauce.... Read more
Tibby's New Orleans Kitchen
Address2203 Aloma Ave.
CityWinter Park
Phone407-672-5753
Price$$
Scott's Review

Tibby’s is the latest project from the team that created the outrageously successful Tijuana Flats chain of Tex-Mex eateries: Brian Wheeler, Camp Fitch and Wheeler’s father, Chester. But don’t expect to find a Cajunified version of Tijuana Flats. This is a full-blown, full-service restaurant with an extensive menu of appetizers, entrees and desserts, and from what I tasted, all quite authentic. If what I experienced is any indication, Tibby’s will make those of you who are still lamenting the demise of Jockamo’s say, “Jockamo’s? Who dat?” All of the basic NOLA dishes -- shrimp remoulade, crawfish etouffe, jambalaya, gumbo -- are here and they're all done well, based on family recipes. This one looks like it's going to be a winner.

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Tiffins
Address2901 Osceola Parkway
CityOrlando
Phone407-939-5277
Price$$$$
Scott's Review
What does it say that two of the top sellers at Tiffins are Charred Octopus and Whole-fried Sustainable Fish? I saw several of each delivered by the serving staff to tables in our dining room. The whole fish is an impressive presentation, the body frozen in an undulating swim pose on the plate, head and tail intact. Such a sight would previously have sent most guests screaming to the nearest burger joint or steak and potatoes restaurant. (There's a reason that Le Cellier, the Canada steakhouse at Epcot, is so popular.) Here, the sight of the fish at the next table seems to encourage others to choose it. And, by the way, it is well executed and quite delicious, especially with the fermented black bean sauce and green papaya slaw.... Read more
Tijuana Flats
AddressVarious locations; see Web site.
CityOrlando
Phone
Price$

This is a homegrown chain and a mini success story. They do so well because they provide good food at a fair price. A highlight of a meal here is helping yourself to the various salsas that run the heat-scale gamut. The house specialty is one called Smack my Ass and Call Me Sally.

Check the Web site for locations, but be warned: the Web site plays loud and raucous rock music upon entry.

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Tilted Kilt
Address11650 Universtiy Blvd.
CityOrlando
Phone407-781-5458
Price$$
Scott's Review
A take on the Hooters concept with busty young lasses wearing short, tight kilts. Tilted Kilt, at least the one I was invited to visit, on University Boulevard, serves adequate food, but nothing extraordinary. But I will say they take seriously their motto that “a cold beer never looked so good.” The beer is indeed served well-chilled. So that’s something.... Read more
Tilted Kilt International Drive
Address7653 International Drive
CityOrlando
Phone407-226-6886
Price$$
Scott's Review
A take on the Hooters concept with busty young lasses wearing short, tight kilts. Tilted Kilt, at least the one I was invited to visit, on University Boulevard, serves adequate food, but nothing extraordinary. But I will say they take seriously their motto that “a cold beer never looked so good.” The beer is indeed served well-chilled. So that’s something.... Read more
Tin & Taco
Address40 W. Washington St.
CityOrlando
Phone407-425-4340
Price$
Pleasantly grungy recent entry to the popular craft taco field. Some creative offerings, mostly good, but don't expect much in the way of helpful service.... Read more
Tin & Taco SoDo
Address419 E. Michigan St.
CityOrlando
Phone407-734-5988
Price$
Scott's Review
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