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  • Another taste of Turkish cuisine comes to Orlando through Zeytin: Review

    Another taste of Turkish cuisine comes to Orlando through Zeytin: Review

    Can Orlando handle another Turkish restaurant? Of course it can, and Zeytin Turkish Cuisine is setting itself up as a hidden gem in the city’s College Park neighborhood. What I’d try a second time The lamb adana kebab ($18.95) was simple but tasty. A long length of the meat freshly pulled from...

  • Hunger Street Tacos tucks quality, quirky ingredients in its dishes: Review

    Hunger Street Tacos tucks quality, quirky ingredients in its dishes: Review

    Hunger Street Tacos tucks some quirky ingredients into its tacos, quesadillas and tostadas. The mobile caterer turned restaurant recently set up shop in the old BB Junction spot (which is also the original 4 Rivers Smokehouse location) in Winter Park. You won’t see much remaining that reminds you...

  • Amatista Cookhouse celebrates the Caribbean: Review

    Amatista Cookhouse celebrates the Caribbean: Review

    Universal Orlando’s newest hotel, the Loews Sapphire Falls Resort, celebrates the Caribbean with several tropical eateries, including Amatista Cookhouse.  The signature restaurant of Sapphire Falls, Amatista offers everything from West Indian vegetable curry to a Cuban burger.  What I’d try a second...

  • Kona Grill offers something for everyone: Review

    Kona Grill offers something for everyone: Review

    Kona Grill includes everything from sushi to flatbreads. The Winter Park restaurant touts an Americanized version of Asian and Pacific rim cuisine.  Kona is one of the latest eateries to join the Lakeside Crossings shopping center, the site of the former Mount Vernon Inn, on Orlando Avenue south...

  • Gaviota adds Peruvian cuisine to South Eola: Review

    Gaviota adds Peruvian cuisine to South Eola: Review

    Peruvian cuisine has arrived in the South Eola neighborhood of Orlando with Gaviota. Diners not familiar with the food of the South American country can learn more, thanks to the restaurant’s authentic dishes and knowledgeable servers. What I’d try a second time The pescado a lo macho ($18) entree...

  • Maestro Cucina brings old-school Italian to Park Avenue: Review

    Maestro Cucina brings old-school Italian to Park Avenue: Review

    Maestro Cucina Napoletana brings old-school service along with classic Italian cuisine and wine to the south end of Park Avenue. Be ready to tuck into pizza, pasta and more dishes from the Campania region of Italy (which has Naples as its capital). The new Winter Park restaurant is only a five-minute...

  • Sit for a spell with ramen, cocktails at Domu in Orlando: Review

    Sit for a spell with ramen, cocktails at Domu in Orlando: Review

    Between the cocktails and the small (and large) bites, you may find yourself at Domu for a while. You will find a pan-Asian menu with everything from ramen to chicken wings at this restaurant in Audubon Park's East End Market. What I'd try a second time Cooked for more than 18 hours, the Richie...

  • Earls Kitchen review: Mall spot has funky vibe, diverse menu

    Earls Kitchen review: Mall spot has funky vibe, diverse menu

    Set in the Mall at Millenia, Earls Kitchen + Bar's menu contains some standard favorites such as ribs and burgers as well as more global dishes including bibimbap (a Korean rice dish) and kung pao (stir-fry). With a full bar menu and funky atmosphere, the Orlando restaurant is a respite from the...

  • Coffee Factory goes beyond the brew with salads, wraps: Review

    Coffee Factory goes beyond the brew with salads, wraps: Review

    As the name suggests, Coffee Factory & Cafe goes beyond the brew. Diners can choose from a food menu full of breakfast dishes, sandwiches, wraps and salads. This eatery in the Waterford Lakes community of Orlando exudes a relaxed hangout vibe perfect for everyone from nearby workers needing a pick-me-up...

  • Bulla Gastrobar: Tapas, fun and drinks in Winter Park - Review

    Bulla Gastrobar: Tapas, fun and drinks in Winter Park - Review

    Tapas are on the menu at Bulla Gastrobar, a new Spanish-inspired restaurant in Winter Park. It fits into the neighborhood with its extensive drink list, open-air building and fun atmosphere. What I'd try a second time Silky ahi tuna and chunks of sweet mango and creamy avocado made up the tartar...

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