I happened to be in Orlando over the weekend. I am not usually fond of the food choices available in Mouse City, so I was happy to let my buddy choose the restaurant. He took me to White Wolf Cafe
, which is on Orange, near Lake Ivanhoe. In other words, it is nowhere near the theme parks or convention districts - which, for locals, is a God-send.
The menu was seafood-heavy, and I was very tempted to go with the lobster macaroni and cheese or the grouper special, but I spotted "Old Bay Seasoned Half Fried Chicken" on their menu. I like Old Bay. I like fried chicken. This ain't Popeye's, and it ain't Stroud's, either. What was served was a crunchy, flavorful, juicy fried bird - served over truffled mashed potatoes and sauteed spinach (which I swapped out for grilled vegetables). I am usually one that goes running when I read menu descriptions that include "truffled mashed potatoes," as I tend to prefer my mashed potatoes to include little more than salt, pepper and butter....but, these were fantastic (as they should be, mind you!).
My friends enjoyed their entrees, as well. The grouper special, the halibut special, and the frutti de mare off the regular dinner menu were all well-received. It would appear that this place knows how to do fish very well, and I would likely look for something off their seafood menu on my next visit.
The options for excellent dining in Orlando are still few and far between, in my opinion. While this place may not be everyone's idea of "Roadfood," it is probably one of your best bets for Orlando.