In this batch of recent reviews, renowned Central Florida restaurant critic and icFlorida.com contributor Scott Joseph covers authentic Mexican, neo-New Orleans, recommends the falafel, tackles takeout, enjoys a new twist on shrimp and grits, motors into the new Ace Café, and gets serious about salad.
El Pueblo: If you overlook the inclusion of fajitas on the menu, this little hole in the wall (not that wall) serves authentic Mexican food.
Hubbly Bubbly Downtown: Following a rocky rollout of its prototype in College Park a few years ago, Hubbly's humans have made enough good changes that this location can be recommended for a decent falafel.
Farm & Haus: This is mainly a takeout or delivery operation, though there are some tables available to dine "in" at the East End Market. The food has good integrity, but be prepared to pay for it.
Muddy Waters: From the two chefs of Two Chefs Oyster Seafood, this New Orleans centric restaurant brings a bit of freshness to the downtown dining scene.
Ace Cafe: Ostensibly an American version of a London eatery (not quite), Ace is dedicated to motorcycles, music and food. In that order.
Greenbeat: A downtown salad assemblage concept, offering fresh lunchtime options.
Tennessee Truffle: Charming spot in the burgeoning Sanford downtown district. Chef Nat Russell puts a creative twist on well-known dishes, such as adding a sous-vide egg to Shrimp & Grits.
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