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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

DEL FRISCO'S prime steak and lobster

For close to two decades, family owned and operated, Del Frisco's has been serving up high quality prime steak and cold water Australian lobster tails.

Located at 729 Lee road - Orlando, Florida two blocks west of I-4 exit 88.

Hours of operation Monday-Saturday 5pm - 10pm
Phone: 407-645-4443

This restaurant is most definitely for special occasions, unless you are extremely well off and like overpaying for steak and lobster. After dining here I now firmly believe that people only eat here so say that they ate at Del Frisco's, if it was named anything else it would be nothing to talk about at all except slow service and over priced food.

The food is so over priced that on their website they do not even list prices on their menu.

There is no doubt that the meat served in this high-end steakhouse is top of the line, however, high-end steak cannot make a restaurant. The service was not bad, it was slow, extremely slow. For what this steak house charges the service should be perfect. The glasses should be filled, all of them, water, wine, whatever; this doesn't happen here. I have no problems with the food here, the food is wonderful.

I would not recommend this restaurant to anyone, there are so many other great places to go that serve the same quality of food but accompanied with wonderful service.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Power House Cafe

Approximately 1.1 miles from Rollins, 2 min away.

This restaurant has been a "must stop" for students, professors, and locals for the better part of 30 years in Winter Park. Anyone who has visited this wonderful health driven restaurant have met and fallen in love with George and Chris the Owners/Brothers of this fine establishment. These two brothers have really figured out how to perfect "simple but amazing".

Hours of Operation: M-F 8:30am to 7:0
0pm; S-S 10:00am to 5:00pm

Located in the heart of Old Winter Park at 111 E. Lyman Ave. 32789

The decor has a very simple but welcoming feel to it. The kitchen is made up of a sandwich station that doubles as a deli bar, taking up almost the entire part of the entrance and foyer. There is nothing fancy about the interior at all, I would not recommend Power House for a romantic dinner for two.

Over the past 10 years that I have been frequenting this establishment I have tried everything on the menu at lease once. I do have my favorites though. On my last visit I went all out and had a 3 course meal. I started with the home made Lentil soup 12oz ($4.25) this delicious starter comes in two sizes 8oz and 120z and is served with sliced pita bread. For my main course I had the Power House Chicken Sandwich ($7.50), this is served in a pita with either
iceberg lettuce or fresh sprouts; I chose to enjoy it with sprouts, it also has avocado, cucumber, and home made tubule. I finished off my healthy three courser with a Good Karma frozen delicacy ($4.65), which is a smoothie blended with papaya, strawberry, banana, and finished with peanut butter and honey.

There are some negatives to this establishment that I would like to point out, not many, but I feel like I would be lying (omission is a lie) if I did not tell all. The main one is that George all though lovable sometimes forgets that people do not want to stay in the restaurant all day; the service can tend to be on the slow side. If you are looking for a place to go for a quick bite this is not a place you should be dining at. Don't get me wrong, for me the food is worth the wait, but there will definitely with be a wait. (even if there is no one else in the restaurant. The only other set back is that every ticket is rang in by hand, which means that checking out will take a little longer and don't forget to double check everything that you are charged for because more then once I have been charged more then I should have.

As I said at the top of this review this restaurant has been here 30 years, they are doing something right. The food is great, the service is warm and welcoming, just a little on the slow side, over all I would say that if you are in Winter Park this restaurant is a must try.

TIBBY'S NEW ORLEANS KITCHEN (don't judge a book by its cover)

Approximately 1.9 miles from Rollins, about 4 mins.

This restaurant is truly a diamond in the rough. I have no doubt that Tibby's will take off with little to no advertising. The food and service speak for its self.

Located next to the newly renovated Publix Shopping Center on Aloma, Tibby's address is 2203 Aloma Ave. Winter Park, Fl 32789 Phone number 407-672-5753. Hours of operations are everyday from 11:00am to 10:00pm. A copy of the menu and be found on their website,

I must admit that from the sign ou
tside I was not expecting the decor found within. I was pleasantly s
urprised, as you walk through the doors of Tibby's it is as if you are swept away and transported to the heart of New Orleans. All of the Decor is original pieces used in actual floats. You will not have enough time on your first visit to take in all of the colorful culture displayed on the walls. The atmosphere is very laid back, dress code is casual. There is a main dinning area with a bar and hightop tables towards the back near the kitchen. Tibby's features a full bar with a modestly priced wine list and small
beer selection. Tibby's features only one menu for luch and dinner, and to the best of my knowledge does not feature any type of specials. The only down aspect lacking is the Dessert menu with only three given. There is a children's menu.

The story behind the name Tibby is also give and is as follows:

Walter Tabony (Tibby) was born in the Big Easy. He was a kid during the Geat Depression. He was a teen while fighting in brutal battles in the pacific during World War II. After the war he built his home in the Lower 9th Ward and built a fish camp on Bayou Bienvenue. I
n September 2005, he found shelter in the dome but lost everything to the waters of Katrina. Tibby was a survivor. He had been married to his wife Rita since 1945. He had been a fan of teh Saints since 1967.

Tibby would brag of his plans if the Saints ever made the Super Bowl: "breakfast would be beignets at Cafe du Monde at the French Market and then a two-block walk for Bloody Marys at the Court of Two Sisters. Catch a Mardi Gras parade on Canal Street and grab an oyster po-boy at Johnny's in the Quarter. I would then stroll over to the Superdome parking lot for tailgating and enjoy an early dinner at Galatoire's. Taste some Hurricanes at Pat O'brien's and then watch the Saints win the Super Bowl at the Old Absinthe House. I would head back to Canal Street for another parade and then close out the night on Bourbon Street. After the selebration, I would sleep all day on Monday."

Tibby lived to be 93. He was an uncle who would share his stories and share his love. They created this place in his honor.

Great story.

I ordered the fried "1dozen" oyster po-boy ($12) and a side of the New Orleans Potato Salad ($2.50) The po-boy was more then I could ever ask for in a sandwich, just writing about it now is making me start to drool just a little bit.
The sandwich is dressed with mayo, lettuce, tomato, and pickles. There is a Tibby's hot sauce that is available to use, along with tabasco if needed. The Potato Salad was better then good, served cold and mixed in with potatoes, egg, bacon, sausage, olives, pickles and onion. Together these two items were a mouth full of smiles. The food was great and came to the table extremely fast. Double good!

I would recommend this restaurant for a first date, quick lunch, or if you just want some great New Orleans style food.

$$ The pricing in right on for the food and service that they provide.