Yeoman’s

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Fish spread
Fish spread
The London Eye Sandwich
The London Eye Sandwich
Fish and Chips
Fish and Chips

**** (4 stars)

Yeoman's is a good pub serving traditional English pub food. Note that there are two spaces, both offering the same menus and drinks: the smaller, pub space entry is at the corner, while the double glass doors around the side lead to the larger, airy dining room. There are bars in both parts.

The menu is extensive, with traditional and creative appetizers, traditional pub dishes, and a variety of sandwiches and burgers. They are well known for their fish and chips, which have a delicate crispy brown batter.

We particularly liked the fish spread, which came with delicious crispy pitas.

Service was friendly and efficient.

Yeoman’s
3220 Margaritaville Blvd
Kissimmee, FL 34747

https://www.yelp.com/biz/yeomans-kissimmee

Yeoman’s Cask and Lion

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Exterior
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Fish spread
Fish spread
The London Eye Sandwich
The London Eye Sandwich
Fish and Chips
Fish and Chips

**** (4 stars)

Yeoman's is a good pub serving traditional English pub food. Note that there are two spaces, both offering the same menus and drinks: the smaller, pub space entry is at the corner, while the double glass doors around the side lead to the larger, airy dining room. There are bars in both parts.

The menu is extensive, with traditional and creative appetizers, traditional pub dishes, and a variety of sandwiches and burgers. They are well known for their fish and chips, which have a delicate crispy brown batter.

We particularly liked the fish spread, which came with delicious crispy pitas.

Service was friendly and efficient.

Yeoman’s Cask and Lion
3220 Margaritaville Blvd
Kissimmee, FL 34747

https://www.yelp.com/biz/yeomans-cask-and-lion-kissimmee

Yeoman’s – Temp. CLOSED

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Interior
Interior
Interior
Exterior
Exterior
Fish spread
Fish spread
The London Eye Sandwich
The London Eye Sandwich
Fish and Chips
Fish and Chips

**** (4 stars)

Yeoman's is a good pub serving traditional English pub food. Note that there are two spaces, both offering the same menus and drinks: the smaller, pub space entry is at the corner, while the double glass doors around the side lead to the larger, airy dining room. There are bars in both parts.

The menu is extensive, with traditional and creative appetizers, traditional pub dishes, and a variety of sandwiches and burgers. They are well known for their fish and chips, which have a delicate crispy brown batter.

We particularly liked the fish spread, which came with delicious crispy pitas.

Service was friendly and efficient.

Yeoman’s – Temp. CLOSED
3220 Margaritaville Blvd
Kissimmee, FL 34747

https://www.yelp.com/biz/yeomans-kissimmee

Ford’s Garage – Winter Garden

Fried pickles
Fried pickles
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Photo of Ford’s Garage - Winter Garden - Winter Garden, FL, United States
Photo of Ford’s Garage – Winter Garden – Winter Garden, FL, United States
Tuna
Tuna
2 speed platter
2 speed platter

**** (4 stars)

This seems like a particularly large Ford's location. As with the others, the decor theming is neat if you're into antique cars.

The menu focus is on elaborate burgers, but I like their barbecue. The ribs are tender, and the burnt ends moist and tasty.

The tuna appetizer is also surprisingly good.

Avoid the fried pickles, as they aren't the usual slices, but are instead spears, and the layer of skin makes them unappealing.

Also avoid the booths near the back of the main room, as the air handler is both cold and LOUD.

Service was good.

Ford’s Garage – Winter Garden
5375 Hamlin Groves Trl
Winter Garden, FL 34787

https://www.yelp.com/biz/ford-s-garage-winter-garden-winter-garden

The Stand

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***** (5 stars)

I love burger places that make it easy to create just the combination you want, and the Strand offers every conceivable option. My favorite is a beef patty on a brioche bun with American cheese, bacon, sliced onion and tomato, mustard, mayo, ketchup, and pickle relish. Perfect!

Onion rings were nice and lightly battered with a crisp crust. Eat these first as they have a short shelf life.

Hot fries were the only miss. They're just fries made soggy by being drenched in hot sauce. Better to dip.

There's a spacious outside dining area overlooking the lawn.

The Stand
2000 Ave of the Stars
Los Angeles, CA 90067

https://www.yelp.com/biz/the-stand-los-angeles-6

Portillo’s Hot Dogs

Big Beef with sweet peppers
Big Beef with sweet peppers
Spicy Chicken Sandwich
Spicy Chicken Sandwich
Chicago Dog
Chicago Dog
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**** (4 stars)

If you're looking for the authentic Chicago dog experience, look no further. I've been to the Portillo's in Chicago many times, and this place has exactly the same food. It's even better, because the interior is stunning–spacious, bright, and trendy, with an efficient layout.

That said, I'm not quite sure what all the fuss is about. Yes, the Chicago dog is exactly a Chicago dog, but there are more interesting types of hot dogs. And the Italian Beef is fine, but it's not the most interesting sandwich; it's sort of a low-brow French dip.

The best sandwich here is actually the new spicy chicken, which is almost as good as the one from Popeye's that everybody is trying to copy.

And the very best item I had here was my order of fries, which I asked for well done. They were crinkle cut, spectacularly crispy on the outside, and light and fluffy in the middle, served hot and with the perfect amount of salt.

I was also very impressed by the staff bussing tables. They kept checking that I was enjoying my meal, brought extra napkins without my asking for them, and were just really into the whole customer service role. Well done!

Portillo’s Hot Dogs
7715 Palm Pkwy
Orlando, FL 32836

https://www.yelp.com/biz/portillos-orlando-orlando-2

Portillos – Orlando

Big Beef with sweet peppers
Big Beef with sweet peppers
Spicy Chicken Sandwich
Spicy Chicken Sandwich
Chicago Dog
Chicago Dog
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Interior
Exterior
Exterior

**** (4 stars)

If you're looking for the authentic Chicago dog experience, look no further. I've been to the Portillo's in Chicago many times, and this place has exactly the same food. It's even better, because the interior is stunning–spacious, bright, and trendy, with an efficient layout.

That said, I'm not quite sure what all the fuss is about. Yes, the Chicago dog is exactly a Chicago dog, but there are more interesting types of hot dogs. And the Italian Beef is fine, but it's not the most interesting sandwich; it's sort of a low-brow French dip.

The best sandwich here is actually the new spicy chicken, which is almost as good as the one from Popeye's that everybody is trying to copy.

And the very best item I had here was my order of fries, which I asked for well done. They were crinkle cut, spectacularly crispy on the outside, and light and fluffy in the middle, served hot and with the perfect amount of salt.

I was also very impressed by the staff bussing tables. They kept checking that I was enjoying my meal, brought extra napkins without my asking for them, and were just really into the whole customer service role. Well done!

Portillos – Orlando
7715 Palm Pkwy
Orlando, FL 32836

https://www.yelp.com/biz/portillos-orlando-orlando-2

Ice-Burg Drive-In

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Bacon cheeseburger
Bacon cheeseburger

*** (3 stars)

A long wait for a pretty good burger, okay fries, and excellent breaded onion rings. Lot's of shake flavors, but they're pretty expensive. Don't go if you don't have a half hour to wait in line. Note there is almost nowhere to eat but in your car on the way home.

Ice-Burg Drive-In
616 W Birch St
Walla Walla, WA 99362

https://www.yelp.com/biz/ice-burg-drive-in-walla-walla

Nick Filet

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Surf and turf
Surf and turf
Old bay tater tots
Old bay tater tots

**** (4 stars)

I’m not sure whether Orlando is ready for an $18 sandwich, but if it is, this is the place to get an excellent one. The “Surf and Turf” is a Lobster Roll plus Filet Mignon, and the quality of the ingredients do, indeed, justify the price. The lobster was fresh and flavorful, and the filet mignon was tender and juicy. Add a perfectly butter-grilled and toasted roll, a bit of mayo, and you’ve got a scrumptious sandwich.

In all fairness, there are other selections featuring just filet or lobster, but they’re $12, so you may as well go all-in and get the Surf and Turf.

Sides of fries or Tater Tots are available, either plain, with Old Bay seasoning, or with truffle and cheese. I had the Old Bay Tater Tots, and they were WAY too salty. Note that the “mini” size is actually quite generous, so unless you’re serving a group, don’t get anything larger.

Service was friendly, and fairly quick, even though the place was fairly busy–certainly busier than the former occupants of this space. If you’re concerned about masks, note that none of the customers or staff were wearing any.

Nick Filet
7600 Dr Phillips Blvd
Orlando, FL 32819

https://www.yelp.com/biz/nick-filet-orlando

Blue Apron

***** (5 stars)

During the pandemic rather than visit restaurants I subscribed to five different meal preparation kits. Here is how they compare.

Blue Apron is the first kit we tried. Limited customization of meals is available, but there is a lot of variety in the recipes. There are some good ethic selections. Packaging is very good, with the ingredients in separate bags. Shipments always arrived with the ice packs still frozen. My only nit is that sometimes condensation had soaked the instruction cards. This is an excellent choice, and a moderate price.

Home Chef offers the most flexibility in swapping ingredients. Nearly every meal allows substantial customization of the proteins, including upgrades in quality, change from beef, to chicken, to vegetarian, etc. When fish is part of a recipe it is impressive how fresh it is. We had a bento box that included raw tuna, and it was as good as at any sushi place. Instructions are clear, and the recipes are interesting and varied enough to avoid repetitiveness. They also have options you can simply heat up, although we never tried these. Packaging is very good, with the ingredients in separate bags. Shipments always arrived with the ice packs still frozen. For overall quality, this is my favorite of the five plans.

Purple Carrot is a vegan meal kit. It has the most ambitious recipes, excellent ethnic options, and a lot of variety. Because a lot of the recipes involve tofu or seitan, neither of which are my favorites, I stuck with the vegetable only recipes. I really like that instead of instruction cards each week includes a very professionally produced booklet with all of the recipes. This is the most expensive of the five plans.

Hello Fresh offers by far the most different meals each week, and has an excellent selection of vegetarian choices in addition to meat based ones. Limited customization of meals is available. I really like their recipes. Packaging is very good, with the ingredients in separate bags. Shipments always arrived with the ice packs still frozen. This is my top pick in terms of value for the variety.

Every Plate is by far the least expensive of all the meal kits. The downside is that the recipes are quite repetitive. If there are three possible proteins, three possible sauces, three possible carbs, and three possible vegetables, then there are 81 possible combinations, and you tend to see them, over and over. True, there are also some other varients, but it just seemed too mundane. Instructions tend to be very simple. Shipments always arrived with the ice packs still frozen. This is a good pick if price is your most important consideration.

Overall, my choices are:

Most Customizable – Home Chef
Best Selection plus great Vegetarian options – Hello Fresh
Cheap – Every Plate

Blue Apron
New York, NY 10009

https://www.yelp.com/biz/blue-apron-new-york-12