Vino Tinto

Since I moved here from Chicago I have loved Kissimmee. These mom and pop shops are hard to find, but truly worth searching for.

I was greeted immediately with a smile and a good morning. Good customer service is hard to find. I was told what the specials were. They had a variety of hot food (not pictured). They also have made to order sandwiches.

Pollo guisado, yellow rice, and sweet plantains. The chicken came right off the bone when I picked it up. The flavors were perfect. The yellow rice was nice. Mixed veggies and sausage pieces in the rice. It was very good.

Hours of operation. I will have to come early one morning and see what breakfast items they have. Definitely a nice place to come for lunch.

Two Thumbs Up!! Great customer service. Great food. Nice variety. Place is clean and they have specialty coffees as well. As I always say, I will be back again for more.
Vino Tinto Restaurant

1409 E Vine Street

Kissimmee, FL 34744

(407) 944-0942

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Lechonera El Jibarito #1

So this is a pretty sweet story. @Xobejm has a classmate who has been with her since pre- K.

Celia and @xobejm have been friends ever since and one day we heard Celia’s parents own a restaurant.

Being the hungry man that I am I asked where it was. El Jibarito has been open for one year so far and it’s in Kissimmee closer to the Poinciana area.

I wanted to come on Labor Day and they were packed. So I left heart broken and with an empty stomach.

I was on a mission to come today no matter what the traffic looked like and fill up my belly!!

Luckily I picked a day and a time where most people are just leaving work. @Xobejm and I were ready to eat.

The place is huge. Very nice and extremely clean. The tables have Puerto Rican names and motifs.

The tables are lower to the floor and the designs are gorgeous.

@Xobejm ordered the Chicken with white rice and beans.

I ordered the Pastel. Had to do it.

I also ordered the Chicken Noodle Soup. This was way too yummy. (All I needed was a soda on the side)
 Overall the service was excellent. Food was on point. Everything had flavor and we left that place licking our fingers. This is a must try in Kissimmee.
 Hector y Lisandra. Muchas gracias por todo. Todo estaba delicioso. Tienen un restaurante muy lindo. Los deseo mucha suerte.

Foodbidden: Two Thumbs Up!!

@Xobejm: Two Thumbs Up!!
 Lechonera El Jibarito #1
 (407) 935-0035
 1985 S John Young Parkway
 Kissimmee, FL 34741
 Facebook: Lechoneraeljibarito
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Location:1985 S John Young Parkway Kissimmee, FL 34741

Lechonera Latina Restaurante

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It all started amazing. I worked until 12pm near this restaurant and @annrodoz had suggested for us to come here for lunch.

I said no at first, but the hunger got the best of me. I had seen and heard about Lechonera before.

When I walked in I could have sworn I died and went to Latin heaven.

The amount of food they have here was unbelievable.

Spanish music playing and all kinds of yummy smells inside the restaurant. My stomach started growling.

The service is very efficient. Not a slow moving person in this place.

You make line and they ask want you want and the magic begins.

The amount of food that is served is unreal. The young lady helping me out served me a huge portion.

Luckily I had reinforcements with me. @annrodoz and my friend Amy. We were able to share all this delicious food.

I have never seen so many variations of Spanish rice.

The ribs looked amazing and @annrodoz did not hesitate in ordering the ribs.

Mangu is always a must. Lechonera is Puerto Rican and Dominican food. The mixture of these two cultures and cuisines is a dream come true for a Latin food lover like me.

Ribs, Mangu, and Yellow rice with ham.

Pernil, Maduros, and yellow rice with ham.

Food is great. Service is quick and efficient. Whether you need it to go or to eat in you won’t be disappointed. The portions are huge. They serve a lot of food. The food line feels like it goes on forever. Took a look first and then go and order. Enjoy the variety of rice, beans, and meats. BUEN PROVECHO!!

Lechonera Latina Restaurante
(407) 249-0207
9998 East Colonial Drive
Orlando, FL 32817

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Location:9998 East Colonial Drive Orlando, FL 32817

Kissimmee Bakery and Restaurant

It has been a long time since I have eaten here. My buddy Enrique and I come here for their Pupusas. This bakery is a Puerto Rican and Salvadorian restaurant.
They have been in Kissimmee for over 14 years. The locals come for the lunch specials and bakery treats.

The people here are super friendly. Lots of Central American warmness in this place. I was greeted with a smile as soon as I walked in. They are open from 7:30am to 8pm Monday to Saturday. They open at 10am Sundays.

Nice looking place. Not too small. This place becomes super busy during lunch and dinner. My father in law loves their chicken soup. Everything is made to order. It has always been a hard place to find. 192 traffic is so crazy that if you blink you will definitely miss it.

The cafe con leche is always a must. One thing about Kissimmee, you should bring your own Splenda. Only regular sugar here.

Breakfast special. Eggs, bacon, ham, toast, and fries. Best breakfast ever! Delicious. Crispy bacon which @tarajroth would love. The toast is awesome with the butter inside. I had them add in the ham because it sounded good, and it was. You usually have a choice of one protein.

Kissimmee Bakery, Gracias por todo. El desayuno estuvo riquísimo. Pienso regresar pronto con la familia.

Foodbidden TWO THUMBS UP!!

Kissimmee Bakery
(407) 933-2211
1111 E Vine St
Kissimmee, FL 34744

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Location:1111 E Vine St Kissimmee, FL 34744

Cilantrillo Café & Restaurant

I had to revisit Cilantrillo tonight. The pictures taken a while back came out horrible. So, lets call this round two.

As always the place is gorgeous. huge space and the bongos are set for the evening entertainment.

Plantain chips and mayo/ketchup. My favorite combo. This is a great start to a great meal.

Chuletas Kan Kan (Pork Belly Pork Chops) with Trifongo (cassava, green plantains, and ripe plantains)

Baby Girl went with the American dish tonight and ordered the Cheeseburger, lettuce, pickles, and onions. She had me taste some and it was awesome.

Baby Girl APPROVED!!!

Foodbidden APPROVED!!

Cilantrillo is the place to be with the best Trifongo in town. They are open on Sundays and have lunch specials that are out of this world. Stop by and pay them a visit. BUEN PROVECHO!!

Cilantrillo Café & Restaurant
(407) 483-8824
3628 West Vine Street
Kissimmee, FL 34741

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Location:W Vine St,Kissimmee,United States

Mike And Tony’s

Even though I have the Foodbidden Funky Flu I still managed to get up and go food exploring.

Do not be surprised. This is not an incorrect picture. This place is inside the gas station.

I am here at the Shell Gas Station in Kissimmee. The Big EZ Market has loads of candies, drinks, snacks, etc. But many people don’t know the hidden gem inside.

Mike And Tony’s has been here for years helping the locals fulfill all their Puerto Rican cravings one bite at a time. Lunch specials everyday.

Mr. Tony has his Frituras (fried goodness) all ready to go this morning. He opens at 7:00am and closes at 5:00pm. @Xobejm and I would stop on the way home when he used to close a bit later. Best dinners in town. This morning I was in the mood for his breakfast special.

The Steak, Onions, Lettuce, Tomato, Cheese, Mayo, and Egg sandwich. Breakfast of champions. There was another gentleman there with me this morning trying to convince me to buy the Bacalaito as well.

Bacalaito (Cod Fish) Trying not to make Peter Pan and Captain Hook references right now. This was fantastic. I ordered it with a side of Mayo Ketchup (Mayo and Ketchup mixed together) for the perfect bite.

Mr. Tony named his place after his son Mike. Love the name and great food. All is made to order. He accepts Cash Only. Luckily for me they have an ATM in the gas station.

Foodbidden APROBADO!!! : )

Mike And Tony’s
2201 W Columbia Avenue
Kissimmee, FL 34741
(407) 591-2564

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Location:2201 W Columbia Avenue, Kissimmee, FL 34741

Tropico Mofongo

Tropico Mofongo

Located on 535 and Osceola Parkway. Another hidden gem in Kissimmee. Very small place that has been here for years, but now is under new management. More options in the buffet and fresh Mofongos made to order.

As you walk in you are greeted by a lovely sign announcing the lunch special of the day. YUM. Be ready to be indecisive with so many items to choose from. I am mostly impressed with the amount of “Americanos” who come here. The diversity of clientele is heart warming. The mixture of people is what makes this place shine.

Lots of people who come in and get their meals to go. Very quick and friendly service. Shirley was the one who helped me out today and she was amazing. She served my delicious meal with a smile.

Everything looks so good. Soooo much to choose from. Biggest Puerto Rican food options in town. Shirley knows some locals by name and remembers other people who have been here before. Shirley remembered a young lady who had come here before and the young lady said this was her fourth time here.

Do not be fooled by the empty seats. I am waiting in line to get my food. Sometimes the line goes outside as the locals come to get their fix before they head to work or home. This is lunch time, so the lunch rush is in full effect. I chose to sit down today and take in the ambience.

Shirley not only serves the food, but she cleans up as soon as the locals leave to set up for the next customers coming in and checks up on the customers to make sure they are happy with their food.

I ordered the Bistec Encebollado. Steak and Onions. I always request more of the steak juice on top of the rice. Most of the locals come here for the Mofongo. They know it’s a wait before they make it, but everyone sits patiently because they know its well worth it.

Great place. Family friendly and good for folks on a budget. Lunch specials are a must. They also have combo specials where you can get a certain amount of meats with rice and beans. Loads to choose from.

I come here as often as I can with the family. Great food!

Shirley, thank you so much for your awesome customer service and keep on smiling. It’s contagious!

Foodbidden APPROVED!!

Trópico Mofongo
(407) 397-7666
3160 Vineland Rd, Suite 2
Kissimmee, FL 34746

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Location:State Road 535,Kissimmee,United States

Mi Casita BBQ

Mi Casita BBQ

The name fits this place perfectly. It’s a small house (Casita) The inside is super tiny. Right off John Young Parkway and Bryan Street. 1 block south of Emmett in Kissimmee. I have seen this place, but never stopped. @Xobejm and I were feeling adventurous today, so we had to check it out.

Literally, two feet from @xobejm is John Young Parkway. Hard to take a picture when you feel the traffic heading towards you. Extremely congested with John Young traffic. Very noisy, but worth putting up with all that for some good grub.

This is Marcos, owner of Mi Casita BBQ. Great man to sit down with and talk about his 10 years in this little place. Marcos and his wife are Cuban. How they sell great Puerto Rican and Cuban food is a mystery to me. : ) What a sweet man. Took his time to just talk with me about his website and his place. He was so proud.

And there you have it. Small, tiny, pequeño, whatever term you can think of. I am noticing the pictures are making this place bigger than it seems.

@Xobejm was ready to get her food and start eating. There are only four stools to sit on. Mi Casita gives you a to go container each time you order. My pictures will show the to go containers, but we ate inside the restaurant.

I loved this sign. “DON’T COOK TAKE YOUR LUNCH WITH YOU”. Great lunch specials. $3.50 will get you a lot of food.

Rotisserie Chicken with yellow rice and olives, and plantains (maduros). Mi Casita has Ketchup and BBQ sauce on the condiment tray. Had to taste it with the BBQ. Everything was delicious. Great food.

@Xobejm got the Pernil with white rice. She then put Ketchup on the rice. The true Puerto Rican way. Speaking with Marcos he said he has people lining up for his lunch specials and his food runs out quickly. He is open 7am to 7pm. Or until food runs out. They have breakfast sandwich specials every morning as well. Good food and great prices.

Foodbidden and Baby Girl APPROVED!!!

Mi Casita BBQ
(407) 944-3360
102 South John Young Parkway
Kissimmee, FL 34741
Facebook: Mi Casita BBQ

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Location:102 S John Young Parkway, Kissimmee, FL 34741

Cilantrillo Cafe and Restaurant

Let me start out by apologizing for the green pictures. Lets just say it’s the theme for this blog. I would say it matches the restaurants green cilantro leaf on their sign. I took the pictures in the restaurant while rushing to work.

$5.99 lunch specials Tuesday to Friday. Oh yeah!! Also, this is right around the corner from the office. On 192 and Armstrong.

The grand entrance. This used to be a Cuban restaurant (Havana Cafe). It was good, but now Cilantrillo has taken over and serves some great Puerto Rican dishes. I have been here several times. And have brought family and friends.

Great place. If I remember correctly they have live music on the weekends. Lots of space.

I am sure this is the reason my pics came out green. I took the pics on this counter.

The decor is nice. The staff here is always friendly and in a great mood. Karina makes sure to greet everyone when coming into the restaurant while Chef Roberto cooks his heart out.

Menu has several choices, including Mofongo and Trifongo. They make them very well here.

Started off with some Mariquitas. Crips plantain chips served with mayo/ketchup on the side. I could smell the garlic while driving to work. They were so good.

This was the Chuleta Jardinera. The Pork Chop with veggies. This was truly amazing. I am not a pork chop fan, but this one has made me a fan.

Cilantrillo Café & Restaurant
(407) 483-8824
3628 W Vine St
Kissimmee, FL 34741

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Location:3628 W Vine St Kissimmee, FL 34741