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Jul 12, 2010 06:51 PM

Most Overrated Restaurants of Orlando?

What do you say would be the most overrated restaurants in Orlando? Not to bash or anything, just saying its a bit over hyped? List below!

i'll start:
Amura's - rolls royce roll - its 90% rice, and the rest is syrup and slivers of shrimp are you kidding me?
PF Changs - Winner of Reader's Choice Best Chinese in Orlando Sentinel's Foodie Awards for years, really?

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  1. :( not to bash haha, it's just me and PF Chang up there. I know a lot of people that have fallen in love with that roll, and you probably shouldn't judge a sushi restaurant off one roll. I've not had better omakase or toro (or chutoro or otoro) anywhere else in mouse-land. It's far from perfect but it's also far from overrated.

    Ravenous Pig. That's the most over-rated restaurant in Florida. I'm starting to believe 4 Rivers is becoming over-rated, after some of the things I've been hearing lately.

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    1. re: askdrtodd

      I think Ravenous Pig is more over hyped than over rated. It's just one of more unique to Orlando places. In some respects it deserves the over reaction just like 4 rivers but it makes it hard for those who have built it up in their heads to fulfill that dream.

      Also it didn't even make a mention in the Orlando Weekly's Best of 2010 out this week, but 4 rivers got it for best BBQ and of course PF Changs got it for best Chinese.

      Also I just thought that maybe in the sea of chains and tourist crap in Orlando if we just try really hard to promote the unique quality stuff, over hyping places like RP and the likes. Thus we actually contribute to this list.

      1. re: Sandwich_Sister

        agreed. The sad thing is there is RP is basically the only self-proclaimed "Gastropub" in Orlando (that I'm aware of anyway) so there aren't any other places to hype up more than it. I've had some really good meals there, and I've had some painfully mediocre ones. And mediocrity is tolerable when the check isn't $100+

        1. re: askdrtodd

          There is the Social Chameleon in the Milk District. I think they label themselves as a gastropub just not as pricey. I haven't eaten there yet to give my opinion.

          Very true what you say though, not enough gastropubs to make a category but missing from the category list was American. It would have fit in nicely there.

    2. Oh, I don't know - this post is bound to cause hurt feelings and defensiveness because someone feels a place we like/love is overrated, thereby calling our taste into question.

      I finally went to Ravenous Pig this weekend and had a wonderful meal - I feel they're offering menu items not found anywhere else around here, and I had two dishes (a salad and an entree) that I'd hold up against the Miami restaurants that house the two last James Beard winners.

      Amura is one of the best Japanese/sushi places in this town, so no complaints as I've been a customer since they were only on Church St and their SLR location improved on that experience.

      And believe or not there are times when I have the rugrats with me that the Kung Pao at PF Chang's is just what I'm hankerin' for.

      So all places have their merits - except the Cheescake Factory - that place is just evil (just kidding - no I'm not)

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      1. re: YosemiteSam

        funny you mention the 'factory, I am morally opposed to the place but always end up having decent food (when I have to go with clients). The Jamaican black pepper shrimp with mango salsa is awesome (9 times out of 10) and the make your own summer rolls keeps me occupied until the black pepper shrimp show up ;)

        1. re: askdrtodd

          Well from the XTreme Eating 2010 Unhealthy Food Awards

          Chocolate Tower Trouble Cake
          People don’t expect light desserts at The Cheesecake Factory. (News flash: You can get a Goblet of Fresh Strawberries for just 110 it’s-almost-beach-season calories.)

          But the Chocolate Tower Truffle Cake kicks things up a notch. A tower of any food is rarely a good idea. If it weren’t served on its side, this one would stand over six inches tall. And upright or not, the slab of cake still weighs in at threequarters of a pound.

          What do you get for all that heft? Just 1,670 calories and 2½ days’ worth of saturated fat (48 grams), nearly all of it from chocolate, sugar, cream, white flour, and butter. That’s more than any of The Cheesecake Factory’s 40-or-so other cakes and cheesecakes. The Chocolate Tower Truffle Cake has almost twice the sat fat of Linda’s Fudge Cake.

          Even half a tower leaves each person with a load of calories to store somewhere. “Layers and Layers of Fudge Cake with Chocolate Truffle Cream and Chocolate Mousse,” says the menu. Say hello to layers and layers of you.


          “Spaghettini with Smoked Bacon, Green Peas, and a Garlic-Parmesan Cream Sauce.” That’s how The Cheesecake Factory describes its Pasta Carbonara, which you can get with or without chicken.

          Okay, bacon and cream are red flags. But how bad could a pasta dish be? A Cheesecake Factory Grilled Rib-Eye Steak with French fries and onion rings plus a slice of Tiramisu Cheesecake would set you back roughly 2,500 calories and 60 grams of saturated fat. A serving of Pasta Carbonara with Chicken has 2,500 calories and 85 grams of sat fat (more than a four-day supply).

          If you fail to soak up every drop of the cream sauce with your complimentary bread, you may end up with only, say, three days’ worth of sat fat coating your four cups of white-flour pasta. Ready for dessert?

          1. re: YosemiteSam

            I noticed that the article forgot to mention the one thing that comes with all the deserts from The Cheesecake Factory (I think even the Goblet of Berries might come with this) - the "mountain" of whipped cream! They have a special machine that makes this & even when you open up the "doggie bag" the following day ......... it hasn't melted or lost its shape!

        2. re: YosemiteSam

          Cheesecake Factory has one saving grace for me - it's that whipped cream machine. Wish I could make my whipped cream keep such perfect shape for as long as theirs does. I want one of those SOOOOOO bad ......... (as you can tell, it's a quasi-obsession thing about that machine & me!). : )

        3. I agree with Amura as over rated. and one great roll does not make a a superior sushi restaurant.
          I also don't see what the hubbub over Seito Sushi (SandLake Road), been their twice and they can't make decent sushi rice.

          I do love 4 Rivers but it is over hyped basically because the area over there needed a good quality BBQ place but the sides I've had didn't match the quality of the meats for me. I'd still go back for a burnt ends or messy pig sandwich.

          Mama Nems - Good but I'd rather go to Johnsons Diner.

          Seito Sushi
          8031 Turkey Lake Rd. #700, Orlando, FL 32819

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          1. re: Sandwich_Sister

            I agree with you sister, I'm just curious where you've had a more complete selection of sashimi, a better executed omakase, or higher quality toro? I've seen few places in o-town with Ankimo appetizer specials when available (monkfish liver- the foie gras of the sea) or tastier Ami-ebi (sweet shrimp), etc. I mean I've found no shortage of places that cater to people that love their mayonnaise/cream cheese/fried/other-bastardization-of-sushi rolls, but few that offer traditional omakase, let alone a contemporary take on it. The most creative one I've had so far is either Shari in Thornton Park, or Wa.

            1. re: askdrtodd

              I do have a place I go, and I suspect since we are regulars we may get a bit better service, still everyone we've recommended it to has loved it. I'm more a traditionalist as well although I don't mind the mayo's but I do mind the cream cheese.

              I go to Mikado Sushi, near Padrino's in the Hunters Creek Village they have one other location in Metrowest but we think the hunters creek location has better execution.

              Sashimi there is always fresh, and quality cuts. The have excellent Torro, Uni, and baby yellow tail sashimi, however sometimes you can't get it there depending on the season. Baby Yellowtail is seasonal, they seem to have Toro often. They also offer uni, but only when they can get quality.

              I have never had monkfish liver, or the sweet shrimp you are talking about and I've never been to Shari. Maybe I should go.

              Still Mikado Hunters Creek Location tops my list, over sushi I've had anywhere
              if you are interested I took a few pics.



              9680 Argyle Forest Blvd Ste 26, Jacksonville, FL 32222

              Mikado Sushi
              13586 Village Park Dr, Orlando, FL 32837

              1. re: Sandwich_Sister

                WOW. That looks awesome, I love rolls that are less rice-centric, the second picture is beautiful!! Consider Mikado on my list! :)

                Shari is definitely worth a try, but you have to get the Omakase, they do it in 6 or 7 courses (or they did last time I was there) and the presentation is excellent. And they do everything from a salad to a chirashi to sashimi to nigiri to maki, the whole nine yards. I haven't been in over a year but it was great last time I went.

                1. re: askdrtodd

                  Thank you, Shari is on my list. Mikado just rolled out a new menu, and number 2 picture is on the list, we got to try it a little early and I don't know what it is called except that the ponzu sauce which was amazing.

                  Can you explain to me what Omakase is? I have no clue?

                    1. re: askdrtodd

                      Oh that is very awesome. I want to do that!

          2. i just thought of a nother one: five guys burger. its good but i like it with less grease than they have it now adays. maybe the rapid expansion caused quality control issues.

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            1. re: pdpredtide

              Oh that is a good one. I do like 5 guys but they are over hyped. I guess every area has an over hyped burger joint. California it's In n Out, in Seattle it's Dicks.

              1. re: Sandwich_Sister

                OK... remain calm.....deep breath.....find the happy place......

                Did you just call In n Out overhyped?

                I thought I knew you.........

                1. re: YosemiteSam

                  hahahaha. Yes I did, I like In N Out but for me it was over hyped but then again I'm not a huge fast food fan either.

                  1. re: Sandwich_Sister

                    In N Out is a great fast food burger. Five Guys is fine, but definitely overrated. I'd take a burger from Grafitti Junction any day of the week over that...

                    1. re: Corporate_40

                      I agree, I have had better burgers than the in N out and 5 guys. I would consider both of them fast food. but a place that makes their own handmade burgers is way better.

            2. Bubbalou's in Winter Park. and O Boy's BBQ - no woder people fall all over themselves for 4 Rivers.