Published: December 2, 2010 at 9:38 AMRobert said, "the dreck at Red Lobster and Olive Garden."
I resemble that remark!
Published: December 2, 2010 at 9:55 AMThe one place I always enjoyed going to years ago was Duff's Smorgasbord. There was one on 192 but they disappeared years ago, oh well.
Published: December 2, 2010 at 11:31 AMThere is a great Peruvian restaurant called Pio Pio on the corner of i-Drive and Kirkman. Generally a locals joint, with FANTASTIC food with super friendly service and a classy atmosphere all for around $10-$13 per plate. My favorites are the rotisserie chicken and grilled steak...but after eating there regularly for 3 years I have yet to go wrong. Definitely worth a look next time you are looking for a break from the ordinary on i-Drive!
Published: December 2, 2010 at 9:59 AMCharlie's Steak house on OBT...expensive, but DEFINITELY worth it!!! Also, the Cheesecake Factory at Mall of Millenia...yum, yum!!!
Published: December 2, 2010 at 10:01 AMKobe's Japanese steak house on 192 is great food and value
Published: December 2, 2010 at 10:08 AMCafe Tu-Tu Tangoes
Published: December 2, 2010 at 10:16 AMBoth my wife and I love BB Kings at Pointe Orlando - great food, cool music and you we could just listen to the band after we had finished our meal and relax. A great way to unwind after a hectic day at a park!
Published: December 2, 2010 at 10:58 AMMy favorite rstaurant to eat at while visiting Universal Orlando Resort is the Kirkman Ale House at 5573 Kirkman Road, Orlando, FL, 32819. It's right outside the front gate to the Universal property. They have so many different menu selections, and an amazing environment. My favorites are their Baby Back Ribs and Chicken Parmesan. It's a great value for a family meal, and while being a Sports Restaurant, I would definitely feel safe bringing the family here. It's the perfect way to relax after spending the day at Universal.
Published: December 2, 2010 at 11:27 AMI agree on 'Pio Pio'... really good and inexpensive as well.
As for Dardens, I would tell you to try out 'Seasons 52' definitely Dardens took a giant leap into great food with this new brand.
Published: December 2, 2010 at 11:36 AMMing Court on International Drive. I love their Dim Sum carts. The dishes on their menu are awesome too.
Published: December 2, 2010 at 12:00 PMIf you're Asian (or wanna-be Asian haha) around college-age, THE PLACE to eat in Orlando is Bento's Cafe on Sand Lake. Very close to the parks.
First the food-- a large variety of bento boxes, sushi, soups, and appetizers. It's very pan-Asian cuisine at VERY affordable prices.
The decor is very hip, you'd think you were eating at a club with all the red lighting and tables atop zen sand gardens.
The best part? It's not server snooty. Imagine eating at Panera. You walk up to the counter, order your food, and they bring it to you. Cheap, hip, and tasty.
Published: December 2, 2010 at 2:28 PMI love the Alehouse when I go down to Disney World right outside of the "Crossroads of the World" shopping area. Always great food, good drink prices, and open much later than any Disney eatery.
I also like Cafe Tutu Tango, but that tends to be a bit touristy too due to its close location to other attractions. Very good Tapas!
Published: December 3, 2010 at 5:15 PMMy family's favorite restaurant from the one time we visited Universal Orlando was the Dairy Queen on the strip.
They played nice Christian music, and had quick service. And it's Dairy Queen!!!!
As you can guess, we aren't high-brow eaters.