Yes, this is the old Houston's location in winter park and truthfully there is nothing about the decor of Hillstone that distinguishes it as anything new, although the landscaping seems to have been perked up. I love the setting on the lake so the lack of anything new didn't bother me. You can sit indoor or out and most tables have a good view to outside.
Service was friendly.
The menu to me is very un-original. It is all very basic items like pork chops, ribs, salmon, chicken etc. And they aren't listed in a way that makes me feel like I'm trying something new (like a new sauce or flavor combination). For some, like my husband that's comforting. For me always wanting to try something new it's a bit boring.
However, I will say that the food was EXCELLENT. My husband's rib entree fell right off the bone and the cole slaw was very flavorful. We started with the artichoke dip appetizer and what surprised me was how good the salsa accompaniement was. It was so fresh and flavorful. I don't even like salsa so for me to comment on how yummy it was is a stretch. My salmon entree was near perfection and clearly fresh. The key lime pie was a bit of a disappointment (to me). Didn't seem to have a strong flavor and the whipped cream on top didn't have any sweetness at all to it.
Prices drive down my rating. Unless you are going for a salad or sandwhich you aren't going to walk away with less than $23 and most up to $40's. Extra charge for a side salad is $6. Dessert weighs in at $8.
For me the restaurant just wasn't special enough to pay those prices. I'm happy to pay it for a menu that's a little more exciting but I just can't see going here on a regular basis even though the food was good. If they changed the entree pricing to the teens I'd be back in a hearbeat.
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