Indigenous to Central Florida

Obviously, we live in a haven for restaurants. The very first Olive Garden went up on International Drive, with the 2nd and 3rd on Park Ave. and Colonial Drive respectively. Chain restaurants abound, to the delight of people who want a consistent and reliable product. However, if the discerning diner searches hard enough then he or she can find a handful of hash-slingers that only exist in the City Beautiful.

One of my favorites is on 17-92 in Maitland. I had driven by Kappy’s countless times before actually stopping in there last year. I heard for years how delectable their cheesesteak sandwiches were, and I was not disappointed in the least. I’d like to see my 40th birthday, so I only visit the place once every few months…but I’m glad it’s here so that Central Floridians can get their cheesesteak on.

Boston’s Fish House is another favorite of mine. It’s quite a popular choice with the blue-haired crowd, but don’t let that throw you off. Their lobster rolls are worth the fifteen bucks or so that you must plunk down for one, but there are other dining options that won’t force you to get a second mortgage. Be forewarned, though, that they close down each and every afternoon to change their oil. No joke. There’s one on Aloma near 436, and another in New Smyrna Beach. Regrettably, their location on Orange Ave. near Hoffner was short-lived.

On the Mexican tip, Amigo’s has taken off like a rocket in the past few years. You’ll find them all over Central Florida, but I’ve found their food to be somewhat inconsistent. My favorite is Habanero’s. The original location is in Longwood off Wekiva Springs Road, and they just opened a second store on 436 in Casselberry.

I’d be very interested in reading your favorite restaurants that only exist here in this splendid city of ours.

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