Taquitos Jalisco

***** (5 stars)

Ten years ago my office staff and I used to drive to Taquitos Jalisco in Winter Garden because they had the best Mexican food in town. So we were delighted when a second location opened almost across the street from us.

Taquitos Jalisco serves authentic Jaliscan style Mexican food. Everything on the menu is fresh and diverse. The highlight is the Pastor, and authentic spicy pork mixed with cilantro and onions, then stuffed into gorditas.

An excellent way to experience all the flavors is to order the Plato Botanas. It’s listed as an appetizer sampler, but it makes a great meal, too.

I’ve been going to Taquitos Jalisco at least once a week for the past five years, and (contrary to what a couple of other reviews here say) ┬áthe food and service are consistently superb.

Taquitos Jalisco
2419 S Hiawassee Rd
Orlando, FL 32835
(407) 296-0626
http://www.yelp.com/biz/taquitos-jalisco-orlando

Lee and Ricks Oyster Bar

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**** (4 stars)

Part of the appeal of Lee and Rick’s is that it IS a dive. There’s something experiential about sitting at a concrete trough with a hundred layers of paint on it eating oysters served by girls wearing “I Eat Em Raw” T-Shirts. One of the best deals in town is the basket of shrimp, served hot or chilled (I prefer chilled). Mix up your own cocktail sauce from the provided condiments, add a few saltine crackers, and you’ve got a fresh shellfish feast for under ten bucks.

Lee and Ricks Oyster Bar
5621 Old Winter Garden Rd
Orlando, FL 32811
(407) 293-3587
http://www.yelp.com/biz/lee-and-ricks-oyster-bar-orlando

The Stained Glass

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***** (5 stars)

The Stained Glass is one of my favorite restaurants in the whole world, and we’ve dined at some of the best. I always visit at least TWICE if I’m in the Chicago area. We love being able to put together our own custom flights of half glasses of wine, and then match them with several small courses of appetizers. The shared appetizers such as the charcuterie are particularly good. Servers are knowledgeable and friendly, and the ambiance is great. A neighborhood gem.

The Stained Glass
1735 Benson Ave
Evanston, IL 60201
(847) 864-8600
http://www.yelp.com/biz/the-stained-glass-evanston