STEPHEN M. DOWELL, ORLANDO SENTINEL
October 9, 2008
Where: 7335 Sand Lake Road, in the Rialto complex, Orlando.
The lowdown: The ambience is sophisticated fun with a slightly clubby feel. The menu promises "straightforward American food" and, although the road is a little rocky, that's what's delivered. Come hungry and don't hesitate to have leftovers boxed. With the portion sizes, we could have sworn this chain was born in Texas, not Nashville, Tenn. The steak brazzo ($25) is one to write home about. Tender chunks of filet mignon are served in a shallow bowl with a wild mushroom Madeira sauce. The ample portions at J. Alexander's don't leave much room for dessert unless you pace yourself. All made in-house, the sweet finales range from an over-the-top crème brûlée ($7) finished with mascarpone cheese to a cheek-tingling white chocolate cheesecake ($7) and a dreamy chocolate cake ($7) served with vanilla ice cream and hot fudge sauce. We would trade them all for a warm slab of the rich carrot cake ($6) slathered in cream cheese icing. It's church-social good.
The backround: The J. Alexander Corp. operates 33 J. Alexander restaurants in 13 states: Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Ohio, Tennessee and Texas. Read Heather McPherson's review of Orlando's J. Alexander's :
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