| Jun 9, 2013
Gigi's Italian Restaurant is a small culinary outpost in Lake County. Tucked in a very small strip of retail stores, the eatery is easy to pass by when you are heading east on State Road 46 from Mount Dora to Sanford.
One of a handful of restaurants...
| Jun 23, 2013
To my knowledge the only giraffes in Brazil are in zoos. So I am unclear as to how the long-necked animal became attached to a restaurant chain based in that South American country.
I'd wager the connection may be little more than a marketing plan a...
| Apr 27, 2014
Angel's Soul Food & BBQ has a long history in Central Florida. The original restaurant is a Sanford icon with killer food, but it is small and has limited hours and counter service only.
Now there's a larger Angel's spinoff in Mount Dora. With a growing...
| Mar 16, 2014
Mingo's has dropped anchor near Lake Eola Park and is shining with seafood choices and more.
The restaurant occupies the space that was formerly home to Lotus, Prickly Pear and Graze at the Sanctuary condominium on the edge of downtown Orlando. The L-...
| Dec 12, 2013
| 3:20 PM
Lolailo The Original restaurant is an Orlando newcomer that offers authentic tastes of Spanish cuisine using modern twists on Old World ingredients for lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch.
Near Restaurant Row in southwest Orange County, Lolailo occupies the...
| May 12, 2013
My expectations are rarely high for restaurants in airport hotels. The emphasis is often sustenance for transient visitors, not a taste of local flavor.
So when Crimson Tavern opened inside the Orlando Airport Marriott with a focus on sourcing local...
| Mar 27, 2014
| 8:51 AM
When the Hyatt Regency took over the Peabody Orlando on International Drive, the dining options stayed mostly the same. But Capriccio Grill was a signature Peabody concept. The eatery is now Fiorenzo Italian Steakhouse.
The long, narrow dining room is...
| May 19, 2013
Piazza Rialto is an interesting find in west Orange County. The restaurant is nicely designed with a large main dining room centered around a bar. The room is voluminous yet it has cozy, intimate niches.
The décor has a casual elegance vibe that makes...
| Mar 30, 2014
Shantell Williams and business partner Larry Higgins have created a new soul-food mecca in Central Florida. Welcome to Shantell's Café, where the comfort food is outrageously good, the setting is authentic Sanford and the hosts are affectionately...
| Jun 30, 2013
Winter Park's Carmel Cafe & Wine Bar is a new concept that showcases fresh twists on Mediterranean cuisine. Guests will notice traditional flavors associated with the cuisines of Italy, Spain, France, Greece and Morocco.
The boxy exterior resembles a...
| Jun 16, 2013
Whatever you want to call them, our appetite is still strong for these food-forward bars from across the pond.
The word "gastropub" was coined in the early 1990s and refers to bars or pubs where food is not an afterthought....