Based on Bob Mervine's recent review (and getting some coupons in the mail), I finally tried Beto's Mexican restaurant on 436, near the 17-92 intersection. I got the enchilada-style beef burrito platter, which was huge and came on a big plate with mounds of rice and refried beans. It was very tasty, although the beef itself was not quite as sharp or tangy as I was expecting -- probably because it was shredded instead of ground, as I'm used to in burritos. They didn't have any pico de gallo out, but the red and green salsas weren't bad, and the carrot-jalapeno salad was tasty as promised. Their prices were great, the portions were tremendous, and they are open 24 hours, which is a big plus. I still think the meal I had at Paco's on Fairbanks near I-4 was better, but Beto's was good -- and close to me -- so I'll probably become a semi-regular. The best thing, though, was the horchata, the delicious, cold, creamy rice beverage flavored with cinnamon. I'm pretty sure there's no milk in it even though it tastes so milky, but it was totally refreshing on this steamy hot day, and counterbalanced the spicy meal perfectly.
Oh, Bob, a while back you recommended me a place in Little Saigon along Colonial that had boba tea and juices and slushes, but you couldn't remember the name. It's a tiny storefront in a green "house" right across from the CVS on the Colonial/Mills intersection. The name of the place is Lollicup, a chain with several California locations, and it was great. They have an extensive selection of delicious drinks, ranging from common favorites to the more exotic. I got a strawberry-lychee slush this time, and I'm definitely trying a durian smoothie when I go back. Check out their menu at the link below.
Oh, the website lists a second Orlando Lollicup location at the Fashion Square Mall, but I was just there last week, meeting the actor Bruce Campbell, and there isn't one. We just have the Colonial/Mills location, but it's definitely worth a visit.