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  • El Buda blends Latin, Asian cuisines for creative dining

    El Buda blends Latin, Asian cuisines for creative dining

    El Buda Latin Asian Restaurant blends classic items from each cuisine. It’s fun to see the names of these hybrid dishes, imagine their presentation, and be surprised by the result. Chef Roberto Treviño of Food Network’s “Iron Chef America” fame is at the helm of this restaurant on Church Street...

  • General Public House embraces Florida's Southern flavors

    General Public House embraces Florida's Southern flavors

    The General Public House embraces Florida’s ingredients and Southern flavors and gives them an upscale lift. That nod to the South finds its way into the hospitality at this Winter Springs restaurant. What I would try a second time The Florida Sweet Corn Bread ($7) wasn’t what I pictured — it was...

  • Nikki's Place: Southern comfort food reasonably priced

    Nikki's Place: Southern comfort food reasonably priced

    Nikki’s Place is back with its good-for-your-soul food on Carter Street in Orlando. The Parramore community mainstay recently reopened after a fire damaged the restaurant two years ago. What I would try a second time Generous amounts of baked pastry and sweet, tart peach filling made the cobbler...

  • Winter Park's Glass Knife serves up nostalgia with that slice of cake

    Winter Park's Glass Knife serves up nostalgia with that slice of cake

    The Glass Knife bakes up a slice of nostalgia — and dessert — in Winter Park. This dessert-centric cafe is an ode to owner Steve Brown’s childhood watching his mother, Jacque, make wedding cakes in their home. Her collection of 1920s-era glass knives became the inspiration for the eatery’s name...

  • Get stuffed with diner fare at Barb’s Country Eatz

    Get stuffed with diner fare at Barb’s Country Eatz

    Diner fare gets even more indulgent at Barb’s Country Eatz. The Casselberry restaurant balances greasy-spoon eats with sugar-laden treats. What I would try a second time Cannolis are one of my Top 3 desserts (creme brulee and tiramisu are the others) so I had to order the cannoli-stuffed French...

  • Fig's Prime adds swanky steakhouse option to Altamonte Springs

    Fig's Prime adds swanky steakhouse option to Altamonte Springs

    Fig’s Prime goes beyond the traditional steakhouse dishes with Mediterranean flavors. With its luxe atmosphere, Fig’s brings a swanky dining option to Altamonte Springs. What I would try a second time The 8-ounce prime sirloin ($28) was cooked to a tender, juicy medium for my guest, who opted to...

  • Joyful Garden has everything you need for a seafood feast

    Joyful Garden has everything you need for a seafood feast

    Joyful Garden Seafoods Restaurant has supplied plenty of tanks filled with fish and crustaceans, family-style platters and a sizable menu for quite the seafood feast in the Chinatown shopping center in west Orlando. What I would try a second time The savory seasoning on the crispy jumbo salt-and-pepper...

  • New owner, same high quality at K Restaurant

    New owner, same high quality at K Restaurant

    Despite changing ownership to executive chef Chad Phelps a few months ago, K Restaurant in Orlando’s College Park is still plating up New-American cuisine with an emphasis on Italian flavors and locally sourced ingredients. Although original owner Kevin Fonzo is no longer holding the reins, the...

  • Lisbon Portuguese Cuisine brings uncommon bite to I-Drive 360

    Lisbon Portuguese Cuisine brings uncommon bite to I-Drive 360

    Lisbon Portuguese Cuisine lives up to the spirit of its location along International Drive, bringing a cuisine not commonly found among Central Florida restaurants to an unlikely spot — under the Orlando Eye in I-Drive 360. What I would try a second time The charbroiled octopus (market price) was...

  • Proteins shine at Orlando Meats

    Proteins shine at Orlando Meats

    Orlando Meats’ proteins shine at the butcher shop’s fast-casual restaurant, which uses local (within about 150 miles) pasture-raised meats. Originally on South Goldenrod Road, Orlando Meats moved and opened a new spot in Orlando’s Mills 50 neighborhood in July. What I would try a second time I’m...

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