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Dry Aged Steak in Orlando?

I'd be surprised if any of our top-of-the-line steakhouses were wet-aging their steaks. Most realize dry aging is superior. That said Spencer's is very good. The Capital Grille also does a bone-in ribeye (called Delmonico on the menu). Reviews of both are on my site. (Thanks for the shout-out, Sam!)
Scott Joseph

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Capital Grille
9101 International Dr Ste 1000, Orlando, FL 32819

Capital Grille
5197 Big Island Dr, Jacksonville, FL 32246

Aug 06, 2010
Scott Joseph in Florida

Restaurant Recommendation in Vietnam Town, Orlando

I still like Lac Viet Bistro -- it features a number of North Vietnamese dishes as well as the more prevalent dishes from South Vietnam. Pho 88 is good too.
I used to like Anh Hong, but the quality has tanked. (I have a recent review on my site.)

Scott
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Mar 18, 2009
Scott Joseph in Florida

Disney on a budget

Inside the parks you'll do best with counter service restaurants. The rotisserie chicken items are generally pretty good. And even though they've become something of a joke, the turkey legs are a terrific bargain.
In sit-down restaurants, consider sharing entrees. Most are too large for one person to eat (or larger than one person should eat) and you won't be walking around the park with a leftover container.
I second Earl of Sandwich -- it's a good product and bargain priced. I would also mention Tabla, but if your husband isn't adventurous he won't enjoy it. Raglan Road is good, though the fare is elevated above basic pub food (I have a recent review on my site). But there's entertainment, so it would be fine for your date night outing or with the toddler (no one will hear a child scream above the wailing music).
Another beer place outside the parks would be Miller's Ale House -- there are several in the area. Food is not extraordinary, but servings are ample (think sharing again).
Scott
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Mar 18, 2009
Scott Joseph in Florida

Going to Orlando/Lake Buena Vista, lookin for good eats!!

Padrino's for great Cuban.
Hot Dog Heaven (yes, Chicago beef)
Lee & Rick's Oyster Bar
Tabla Indian
Other suggestions on my site.

Scott
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Feb 25, 2009
Scott Joseph in Florida

Yachtsman Grill at Disney

Well, you should see a beautiful sunset, and the food is good, but the real treat of California Grill is watching the fireworks over the Magic Kingdom (they pipe the music into the restaurant). CG has a new chef, Brian Piasecki, who was doing very nice things at Jiko before getting this gig, which is considered one of the plums among Disney chefs.
I suppose it's possible you could stretch a 5:45 ressie to a 9 p.m.fireworks, but here's an alternative: You can have dinner, leave, maybe go downstairs to the Wave for a cocktail, then present your receipt to go back upstairs and watch the show from the outdoor balcony.

Citricos and Shula's are good choices. The steaks at the Yachtsman will pale next to Shula's. If you want to consider another restaurant, try Flying Fish Cafe at BoardWalk.

Scott
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Feb 25, 2009
Scott Joseph in Florida

Chowish eats in Orlando?

There's wonderful Cuban cuisine at Padrino's in Hunter's Creek area. And authentic Mexican at Los Generales on John Young Parkway south of the Ritz Carlton. Rwmega gives good advice about the Vietnamese and other restaurants in downtown Orlando, but you can also find good Vietnamese just north of the Whole Foods market (which is wonderful, by the way) at Rice Paper. (It's in the Bay Hill Plaza on Turkey Lake Road just north of Sand Lake Road.) Also in the same strip mall is Memories of India, one of my favorite Indian restaurants.

Scott
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Feb 16, 2009
Scott Joseph in Florida

Winterpark for Lunch

I'll be the dissenting voice on Briarpatch -- I've just never gotten the allure, and the food has never been good enough to balance out the poor service.
Luma, sadly, serves only dinner.
Bosphorous is nice if your group is adventurous.
A new restaurant, Circa 1926, would be a great choice, and for something unusual, try Cafe 118, which bills itself as a raw, living cuisine restaurant. It is ultra vegan and the 118 designates that nothing has been raised above that temperature, which, they attest, preserves the integrity of the food. You have to trust me on this one: it's very very good.
I have full reviews of both Circa and Cafe 118 on my site, but the Houndsters get upset when I try to link to them here.

Scott
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Feb 16, 2009
Scott Joseph in Florida

NYC Hound looking for food/drink experiences unique to London

Rules is the oldest restaurant in London, and while it has been abandoned mostly by Londoners, it's still worth a visit. Game is its forte.
Borough Market is one of the best places for a foodie to be in London; it's one treat after another. But while there is an outpost of Neal's Yard Dairy in Borough Market, find your way instead to the original near Seven Dials. Insist on tasting the Stilton made with unpasteurized milk.
For a splurge, take in Scott's in Mayfair; very trendy (Sir Elton was dining nearby when I visited).
St. John offers "nose to tail" dining, with offal and others.
My favorite takeaway is on the corner of Charing Cross Road and Oxford Street. It's Turkish food, and I can't think of the name, but just go to that corner and look for a lot of happy people eating crazy-good food.

Scott
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Feb 16, 2009
Scott Joseph in U.K./Ireland

Orlando Recommendations!

If you're on I-drive, give Taverna Opa a try. It's good Greek food, and the atmosphere is raucous and rowdy -- you're encouraged to dance on the tabletops along with the belly dancer.
Emeril's Orlando can be good -- spotty the last couple of times I've eaten there -- but I've never had a good experience at Emeril's Tchoup Chop.
A surprise (for me anyway) is the improvement of the food and overall experience at Portobello (formerly Portobello Yacht Club) at Downtown Disney. I'll have a full review soon on my blog.
Scott
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Feb 06, 2009
Scott Joseph in Florida

4 hour layover in Orlando

McCoy's at the Hyatt if it's lunch time; Hemisphere on the 10th floor if it's dinner.

Scott
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Jan 15, 2009
Scott Joseph in Florida

Mexican restaurant near Disney World, Orlando

Not sure what might be just outside Disney property, but Los Generales, a terrific authentic Mexican, is not so far away, near the Ritz-Carlton.

Scott
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Jan 15, 2009
Scott Joseph in Florida

Lunch near Orlando

It's the lunch hour that causes the problems. There are plenty of good seafood restaurants five to ten minutes from the Turnpike exit -- Ocean Prime, The Oceanaire, Moonfish -- but they're dinner-only spots.
Winechic's recommendation for McCormick & Schmick's is a good one. Cityfish, too, though it's a hike from the pike. For my taste, High Tide Harry's isn't far enough away.

Scott
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Jan 15, 2009
Scott Joseph in Florida

Orlando's best - recs please

I'm not much of a fan of bluezoo, and I don't think Todd English is too involved with it.
If you don't mind taking a hike up Interstate 4, FishBones in Lake Mary has very good seafood. (There is a FishBones, which is owned by the same local concern that has Charley's Steakhouse and Vito's Chophouse, on Sand Lake Road near International Drive, but there is no comparing the two -- they even have different items on their menus.)
But there are other terrific restaurants outside the Tourist Corridor, including Ravenous Pig, Winter Park; K Restaurant & Wine Bar, College Park; Graze, downtown Orlando; and Circa 1926, a newcomer on Park Avenue in Winter Park.
Scott
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Dec 30, 2008
Scott Joseph in Florida

Orlando area: Enzo's on the Lake?

Even though Enzo Perlini died in October 2006, the restaurant that bears his name continues on, operated by his ex-wife Joann. In truth, Joann had been running it for years before Enzo became ill.
Be sure to order the antipasto selection.
Scott
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Dec 30, 2008
Scott Joseph in Florida

Orlando's best - recs please

The Orlando Del Frisco's was the first one outside of Dallas and was opened through a deal with the original Dallas owner and Russ Christner. Christner opened his restaurant on Lee Road and called it simply Del Frisco's, leaving off the Double Eagle moniker. When Lone Star bought the rights to the original Del Frisco's, the company started opening others across the country. But because Christner had a separate deal, the Orlando restaurant technically isn't part of the chain (and still does not carry the Double Eagle name). Christner died several years ago after a long battle with melanoma. His wife and son carry on the tradition.

The center area of Norman's dining room is called the chef's table, but if it's not in the kitchen why would you call it a chef's table? I have a story in the January issue of Winter Park magazine (now on newsstands -- remember newsstands?) about a WP dentist who won a charity auction item to have Norman Van Aken come to his home and cook a five-course meal, with wine pairings, for 10 people. The winning bid: $1400. You couldn't take 10 people to Houston's for dinner for that amount of money.
Scott
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Dec 29, 2008
Scott Joseph in Florida

Orlando - Great food, fair price

Los Generales -- you could hit it with a nine iron from the Grande Lakes Resort. Authentic Mexican. Also in the same spot: Costa Del Sol, Spanish tapas at bargain prices.
Scott
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Dec 29, 2008
Scott Joseph in Florida

Orlando's best - recs please

Joe,
Thanks for the kind words (and my apologies for the tardy reply).
The next time you're in town you may want to try Ocean Prime, a new place on Sand Lake Road that is squarely going after Oceaniare's business.
Del Frisco's has recently been renovated, though the steaks are the same. Thank you for having the nerve to compare it to the likes of Peter Luger's -- I've sat in many a New York restaurant and thought to myself, "This is pretty good, but I can get food just as wonderful in Orlando." (I include Per Se on that list.)
Le Coq Au Vin is still quite good but we're watching it closely these days -- after a couple of decades at the helm, Louis Perrotte has sold the restaurant to Reimund Pitz. Pitz is quite capable, and Perrotte still plans to stay on (and cook more), but there are bound to be some differences.
I've had several terrific meals at Norman's, but lately I've been hearing from some disgruntled patrons. Odd, too, since Van Aken has closed most of his other restaurants and is giving more attention to this one.
As far as Italian, I still love Terramia in Longwood/Altamonte Springs, and Rocco's in Winter Park is capable of doing some exceptional fare. But Enzo's has maintained its fine standards as well.
Scott
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Dec 29, 2008
Scott Joseph in Florida

New Years Eve Orlando?

You might want to consider the new Circa 1926 on Park Avenue, which I've just reviewed. The food is very good, there is a pianist in the dining room, and there is a South Beachy lounge upstairs that will likely have live music New Year's Eve.

Scott
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Dec 29, 2008
Scott Joseph in Florida

Mexican Restaurant in Orlando/Epcot recommendation

I look away for a few minutes and look what happens!
Thanks for the update.

Dec 16, 2008
Scott Joseph in Florida

Shin Orlando

I was not impressed. Service was gruff, the decor was Spartan and the food was incredibly overpriced. The quality of the food, however, was good.

Scott
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Dec 15, 2008
Scott Joseph in Florida

Mexican Restaurant in Orlando/Epcot recommendation

I believe the Indian food you're referring to at Epcot was only part of the International Food and Wine festival, which has concluded for the year. There are no permanent Indian restaurants at WDW. There is a good one not too far away: Memories of India, at Bay Hill Plaza, Turkey Lake Road just north of Sand Lake Road.

As for Mexican, we do have good restaurants, both authentic Mexican and Tex-Mex. If you are a fan of entrees that feature melted cheese, you're probably looking for Tex-Mex. We have a home-grown chain of casual quick-service restaurants called Tijuana Flats that does decent Tex-Mex. Another local chain, Amigo's, can be hit or miss.

For actual authentic Mexican, try Garibaldi Mexican Restaurant, 929 N Semoran Blvd., Orlando; 407-275-5035; or Beto’s, 103 E. S.R. 436, Fern Park. 407-834-0882.

Or if you want to get really authentic, go to Los Primos, 1 W. Silver Star Road, Ocoee;
407-905-0224. I'll guarantee you'll be the only non-Hispanics in the place. (But you won't feel unwelcomed.)

Another place I like closer to the attractions area is Los Generales, 12200 Menta St., Orlando, which is just south of the Ritz-Carlton complex.

Enjoy your stay.
Scott
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Dec 15, 2008
Scott Joseph in Florida

Drinking around Disney (not the parks)

Without a reservation they may not be allowed up to California Grill, but it's a good thought, Barnaby.
(I love the Hello Dolly reference in your name.)
Scott
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Dec 15, 2008
Scott Joseph in Florida

Orlando's best - recs please

Rona covered Restaurant Row nicely. Also on Sand Lake you'll find J. Alexander's, Timpano, Samba Room and the wonderful Chatham's Place. (Ocean Prime has recently opened but I haven't reviewed it yet -- have you, Rona?)
Also in proximity to the convention center, you'll find Oceanaire Seafood Room (I have a review on my flog -- food blog -- under Seafood) and Everglades, an upscale restaurant at the Rosen Centre hotel. At Rosen's Shingle Creek there is Cala Bella, an upscale Italian restaurant with excellent food.
Hanamizuki is my choice for best Japanese (also on the flog under sushi/Japanese). It is on International Drive close to the convention center as well.

Scott
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Dec 12, 2008
Scott Joseph in Florida

Hamburgers in Orlando

I'm currently conducting a "Best Burger in Central Florida" search on my site, and there have been a lot of good nominations (I also have a 50% off coupon for the Tap Room's burger that you can print out). A new place that just opened up is getting some good early buzz. Grafitti Junktion is in the former Midnight Blue (and more formerly Thornton Park Cafe) spot.

Scott
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Dec 12, 2008
Scott Joseph in Florida

Drinking around Disney (not the parks)

Raglan would be a good destination, and, on the other end of Downtown Disney is House of Blues. For a hoot, stop in at T-Rex Cafe and sit under the gigantic octopus that hovers over the bar.
In your own hotel, the bar area of the Wave, ground floor, is very nice (and just a woozie elevator ride away).
At Disney's BoardWalk you'll find ESPN Club and Big River Grille and Brewing Works, which makes its own beers.
Scott
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Dec 12, 2008
Scott Joseph in Florida

Looking for Lunch Spots Near Winter Park Farmer's Market

Park Plaza Gardens on Park Avenue has a bistro (as opposed to the more formal dining room) that spills onto the sidewalk. The food is good and the people watching is even better.
If Bosphorus is open for lunch (their annoying Web site doesn't say) there's good Turkish food to be had (also on Park Avenue and also with sidewalk seating). And if Chez Vincent is open for lunch Saturdays, that would be a nice choice.
A new restaurant, Circa, has opened up the block, but I don't have any details as yet.
Scott
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Nov 29, 2008
Scott Joseph in Florida

Solo diner needs recs near Coronado Resort (Orlando)

Avoid Bongos at all costs. Stay away. Run! This is the worst Cuban food in Florida; they should be ashamed.
(I don't much care for the place.)
Scott
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Nov 26, 2008
Scott Joseph in Florida

Solo diner needs recs near Coronado Resort (Orlando)

Emeril's is one of my favorite places to eat at the bar. But from Coronado Springs, it's a pretty good cab ride -- on top of a hefty dinner tab.
Herbert's suggestions of Flying Fish and California Grill are good, but you'll want to put your reading materials away -- they're food bars and you'll feel much more out of place if you're trying to read.
I liked the meal I had at the bar when I reviewed Johnnie's Hideaway at Lake Buena Vista, but I would steer you away from the stone crab.
Scott
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Nov 26, 2008
Scott Joseph in Florida

Can you buy alcohol in Ft. Myers on Thanksgiving?

Do check on ABC before heading over there Thursday -- the last couple of years they've been closing, at least the Orlando area stores, on the holidays. Cripes, that's just when you need them most!
Scott
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Nov 24, 2008
Scott Joseph in Florida

Lemon Digestif

I have a limoncello recipe on my flog -- www.scottjosephorlando.com -- under Chef Recipe category. I, too, use Everclear (ABC sells a house brand of grain alcohol that's find to use), but I use the whole bottle.
Two days steeping won't be nearly enough time, Blind Mind. My recipe calls for two weeks minimum. Worth the wait. Find some small bottles to give it as Christmas gifts.
Scott

Nov 24, 2008
Scott Joseph in Recipes