Houston's (Hillstone) - still one of the best restaurant chains in the business. Admittedly, I am biased, having worked at one for a few years, but there isn't a bad thing on the menu (except the cous cous, which is the devil). In the realm of chain restaurants, Hillstone is one of the few really good ones.
Wanted to come in for dinner, but our Orlando schedule didn't work out, so we came for lunch on Sunday. Even on a gloom, rainy day, the views of the lake out back are beautiful. Probably one of the nicest locations for a restaurant one could want.
Our server was attentive, but not intrusive, as is the Hillstone way.
We obviously started with a spinach and artichoke dip, because you have to. As always, my favorite spinach dip from any restaurant. Wonderfully cheese and creamy. I went with my old reliable for lunch - french dip sandwich. Rare roast beef shaved thin on a buttered hoagie (hold the mayo) with a cup of au jus for dippingm and fries. Devoured it. Sandwich didn't last 5 minutes. My girlfriend had their veggie burger on my suggestion. Don't know if she agreed with me that it's the best veggie burger she could have, but she did really enjoy it. She didn't care for the cous cous, but the cous cous is the only thing on that menu I have ever not liked.
Houstons (Hillstone) will always be one of my favorite restaurants. I hate the fact that they never expanded to the west coast of Florida - they have multiple locations on the east, but not one in Tampa, St. Pete, Sarasota, etc. That said, I removed a star because as much as I love it, the prices are a bit outrageous. Almost $20 for a roast beef sandwich really isn't acceptable. A spinach dip appetizer, even as good as this one is, shouldn't cost $15. So, I love it, but even if I lived near Winter Park, the prices would keep me from going too often. It would have to be a treat, not a regular stop.
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