Scott Joseph

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For nearly three decades, Scott Joseph has cov­ered Or­lando’s din­ing scene as the res­tau­rant critic for the Or­lando Sen­tinel and now be­hind the pop­u­lar food blog, scot­tjosephor­lando.com. In the ‘90s, he was the one to coin Sand Lake Road “Res­tau­rant Row,” which is known na­tion­ally to­day as a din­ing des­ti­na­tion. Scott has re­viewed lit­er­ally thou­sands of restau­rants in Or­lando, and we guess has popped a few Tums as well. we are not a wine-pro­duc­ing re­gion. Back in 2009, New York City got its fourth master som­me­lier. My re­sponse to that said ‘con­grat­u­la­tions you just got caught up with Or­lando.’ We al­ready had four in 2008.

This is some­thing that’s been hap­pen­ing over the last cou­ple of decades world­wide in ma­jor cities. The ho­tel res­tau­rant used to be very util­i­tar­ian, for peo­ple who didn’t want to ven­ture out of the ho­tel for break­fast, lunch and din­ner and who didn’t have the re­sources to find any­thing else. Peo­ple started be­com­ing more aware of their food. If they were meet­ing clients, they wanted a nicer at­mos­phere, to im­press them with a bet­ter bot­tle of wine. Ho­tel restau­rants have stepped up their game. We see that on In­ter­na­tional Drive. A lot of the best restau­rants there are in the ho­tels. Def­i­nitely the chef’s ta­ble at [Dis­ney's] Vic­to­ria & Al­bert’s be­cause I don’t think there’s any place more spe­cial than that. It’s not a din­ner for the faint of heart. You get there around 6 and you don’t leave un­til 10:30. It’s a marathon.

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