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Orlando Thoughts

jridgway | | Feb 9, 2008 08:14 PM

I have been here in Orlando for a bit and have taken the advice of many hounds and here are some thoughts

Jackamo's (cajun/creole) - Decent - Great Po'Boys - Adequate at best sides
sides items (red beans & rice) (gumbo) (rice & gravy)

My wife and I had a crawfish po'boy and a roast beef po'boy - both were fantastic - we moved here from Louisiana and are foodies so we feel we are pretty stong critics of south louisiana food. I get irritated that most cajun joints have way to many purely new orleans and mardi gras stuff all over - outside of louisiana you rarely hear cajun or zydeco music at a louisiana style restaraunt - back home you are much more likely to hear that brand of music rather than jazz or blues - all in all - jackamo's is adequate but i wouldn't put it as one of the city's best spots

moonfish - if you can afford it - it is great - the bamboo steamer basket is great - the fillet was great - i have been twice and was definitely impressed both times - but man are they proud of their food - the prices were absurd - there is just no reason to charge 45 bucks for a piece of fish - sorry

Goodfellas Pizza (we live in east orlando) - we really like goodfellas - new york style pizza - great sausage and pepper sub

Dixie Crossroads (titusville) - love the white shrimp and the rock shrimp - definitely a florida treasure

PR's Taco Palace - great dive type atmosphere - basically my wife and i love one item - the tuna fajitas - otherwise ehh - but man those fajitas are great

5 guys burgers - yeah it's a chain - but what a glorious chain it is

bubalou's - great pig sandwich - solid sides - i still haven't had the brisket or ribs which is how i really judge a bbq joint - but the pig sandwich is strong

The Catfish Place ( - we were really disapointed - i feel we should try this place again - great recomendations - the place just felt right - but the fried catfish wasn't remotely crispy or crunchy - we will try it again but our first trip wasn't all we had hoped - and we are definitely catfish eaters

falafel cafe - great hidden treasure on the east side - just a small greek place over by ucf in a strip mall - it is great - not just a gyro joint

cuban sandwiches to go - the cubans were great - now if it just didn't take me a good hour round trip i would eat there more often - i can't find a good cuban place over here on the east side - there is a cuban bakery close but it's cuban sandwiches suck - their black bean and rice are great however

the grill (port canaveral) - solid - i love the clams and the fish is nice - the fish they usually have isn't my favorite however (file fish/mahi mahi/yellofin tuna) they have some drink calle the double o that jimi buffet must have been speaking about in his song boat drinks - i really like those double o's

let me know if you guys agree with me or think i'm nuts - any other east side suggestions would be great

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