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  • Create your own Laotian feast at Sticky Rice

    Create your own Laotian feast at Sticky Rice

    Sticky Rice invites guests to sit and stay awhile with a small-plates menu full of a cuisine new to Orlando: Laotian. The southeast Asian country’s food is represented well in this small restaurant just east of downtown Orlando. What I would try a second time Sticky Rice’s small-plates menu has...

  • Mission BBQ smokes up no-frills barbecue in Oviedo

    Mission BBQ smokes up no-frills barbecue in Oviedo

    Mission BBQ smokes up no-frills barbecue that involves all the usuals — brisket, pork, chicken, sausage and ribs — in its first area location in Oviedo. The Maryland-based chain is centered around men and women in uniform, from highlighting crests as decor to offering special services for soldiers,...

  • World's Magic Restaurant brings global feel to I-Drive

    World's Magic Restaurant brings global feel to I-Drive

    World’s Magic Restaurant is featuring a different part of the world on Orlando’s International Drive. The oddly named eatery showcases halal Indonesian food in a shabby shopping center that also houses an Ethiopian restaurant, an Irish pub and an Egyptian hookah lounge. What I would try a second...

  • Aviation-themed Maria & Enzo's adds flights of Italian feasting to Disney Springs

    Aviation-themed Maria & Enzo's adds flights of Italian feasting to Disney Springs

    The Disney Springs culinary landscape continues to grow, with Maria & Enzo’s joining the bevy of options in this dining and entertainment complex. Maria & Enzo’s is carving out a niche for themselves with their aviation-themed concept and Italian fare. What I would try a second time Can you ever...

  • Lackluster tacos, delicious burgers at Four Rebels American Taco Kitchen & Bar in Orlando

    Lackluster tacos, delicious burgers at Four Rebels American Taco Kitchen & Bar in Orlando

    Four Rebels American Taco Kitchen & Bar joined Orlando’s booming taco scene a few months ago. It faces some stiff competition not only from the city at large — but from its own neighbors in and around the Mills 50 neighborhood. What I would try a second time As its name suggests, the old-school...

  • Combination of French, Southern cuisines at Tartine est délicieux

    Combination of French, Southern cuisines at Tartine est délicieux

    French and Southern cuisines couple for some delicious bites at Tartine. The wine bar took over the Croissant Gourmet location in College Park. Croissant Gourmet fans, never fear, the Winter Park eatery remains open. What I would try a second time A lot of work goes into Tartine’s house burger...

  • Pisco Sour brings expanded Peruvian offerings to Mount Dora

    Pisco Sour brings expanded Peruvian offerings to Mount Dora

    An expanded spot for Peruvian cuisine has been added to Mount Dora’s eclectic culinary landscape in the form of Pisco Sour Restaurant Bar & Grill. The restaurant is courtesy of the brains behind the former Mr. Cebiche restaurant. Pisco Sour offers much of the same dishes — along with some American...

  • Jax Thornton Park melds neighborhood deli and bar

    Jax Thornton Park melds neighborhood deli and bar

    Jax Thornton Park is an appealing meld of neighborhood bar and deli set in Orlando’s Thornton Park neighborhood. The location marks the return of a restaurant in downtown Orlando by owners Jack and Sandy Thompson, who opened a number of Jax locations in Central Florida years ago. What I would...

  • Brooklyn Coffee Shop in Orlando pleases with coffee, not so much with food

    Brooklyn Coffee Shop in Orlando pleases with coffee, not so much with food

    Brooklyn Coffee Shop has the java part down, but the American and Latin dishes to pair with those brews could use some work. The cafe took over the previous home of Restaurant Ash in Orlando’s Mills 50 neighborhood. What I would try a second time A generous coating of breadcrumbs gave the black...

  • 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...

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