Amazing arepas, prime poke and much more – restaurant reviews by Scott Joseph

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Renowned Central Florida restaurant critic and icFlorida contributor Scott Joseph has been busy working his taste buds so you can better decide where you want to spend your hard-earned money the next time you eat out.

In this latest batch of reviews, Scott checks out an expanding local burgermonger, discovers amazing arepas, tries pan-Latin on Park Avenue, pokes around for poke, finds nicely-spiced Indian cuisine, reports on game day grub and more.

Teak Neighborhood Grill: Popular MetroWest burgermonger moves into former RanGetsu space in Maitland.

 

Lisbon: Not much to entice a visit, unless you’re really into salt cod; more bacalhao dishes than just about anywhere else in Florida.

 

Naguràs k’Arepas: If you’re not a fan of arepas, the Venezuelan staple, you will be after visiting this East Orlando shop.

 

Osprey Tavern: The Baldwin Parker went through some changes recently, most notable the loss of its first chef, but it’s doing fine.

 

Shredded beef and yellow cheese arepa from Naguara K'arepas.
Laurel Latin Cuisine: It doesn’t adhere to traditional recipes, but this pan-Latin replacement for the Park Avenue restaurant Paris-Bistro serves delicious food in a quaint atmosphere.

 

LemonShark Poke: If you’ve been scratching your head trying to figure out why everyone is suddenly serving the Hawaiian dish known as poke, try LemonShark’s; you’ll understand.

 

BBQ Lamb Shoulder with bourbon glaze and diced pickled green tomatoes at Osprey Tavern.
Himas Indian Cuisine: A Punjabi restaurant on International Drive, Himas offers a variety of well-spiced dishes, including Malai Kofta and Bhindi Masala.

 

Lion’s Pride: There’s little to be proud of at this den dedicated to Orlando’s soccer team other than the impressive video array; come for a game, but eat elsewhere.

 

Read more restaurant reviews by Scott Joseph at www.scottjosephorlando.com.

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