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Orlando - Where do you want your gelato?

College Park! There's a frozen yogurt place and a Baskin Robbins, but would kill for authentic gelato!

Oct 21, 2011
pfibiger in Florida

Magical Dining Orlando Reviews

One last review that I guess will only help people thinking about going out to dinner tonight.

We went to The Palm last night for their Magical Dining Month menu. It was a great, classic meal and a fantastic bargain.

We started with the soup of the day (chicken rice) and the caesar salad. The soup looked a little like it came out of a campbell's can but was very well executed. Very flavorful and served piping hot. We each had the 9oz filet, which had a nice crust and was perfectly medium rare. The meal comes with the family style half-n-half (cottage fries and onion rings) as the side. Our waiter accidentally brought us creamed spinach and mashed potatoes instead. Then he brought us the half-n-half he forgot. The mashed potatoes were a highlight, very light and fluffy. Desserts were very solid renditions of key lime pie and creme brulee.

I am still stuffed the next morning.

Considering that the filet alone sits on the menu at $39.50, the magical dining menu is a great value. Even without our bonus mashed potatoes and creamed spinach, the menu price on the $30 magical dining meal is around $60.

Food Quality: A
Relative Value: A++++

Sep 30, 2009
pfibiger in Florida

Magical Dining Orlando Reviews

My wife and I went for the first time to Emeril's Tchoup Chop. The restaurant had a big curtain up to cordon off half the space, and it was definitely not packed (mid-week in the summer in a down economy will do that).

They brought us out a complimentary amuse as orlando locals (i'd had this happen at the regular Emeril's as well), which was nice. We tried both appetizers. They were both good but not really memorable. I think the spring rolls were the better of the two. My wife had the braised short ribs, I had the pork tenderloin. Both of these were solid, the pork tenderloin was really good and the short rib was just good. The dessert trio was ok, the key lime tart was the lone standout of the group.

I'm glad I tried it but don't think I'll head back any time soon. I've definitely had more inspired food at Emeril's on citywalk.

Next up: one of Restaurant K, Nonna, or The Palm.


Food Grade: B+
Value: B+

Sep 08, 2009
pfibiger in Florida

Good Bagels in Orlando

Bruegger's has opened on Altamonte Dr. in Altamonte Springs. I don't remember the number, but it's east of the Altamonte Mall, maybe half a mile or a mile east on the north side of the street. It's in a little shopping plaza right next to a Tijuana Flats.

Today was their second day, they said a lot of transplanted northeasterners have been dropping by. Hope they succeed in that location, it's great to have good bagels in Orlando!

Jan 10, 2009
pfibiger in Florida

Mexican Restaurant in Orlando/Epcot recommendation


I tried going to Beto's maybe a month ago and having trouble finding a restaurant called Beto's realized that the restaurant had been renamed. Apparently it is under new ownership as Pancho's and people are unhappy with the quality of the food now. The OBT Beto's is still around:

Dec 16, 2008
pfibiger in Florida

Good Bagels in Orlando

It looks like Bruegger's is opening in Altamonte Springs in December:

I am excited!

Nov 20, 2008
pfibiger in Florida

retail beer in Winter Park?

I've found the best selection of beer in Orlando is at Total Wine & Spirits at 2712 E Colonial. They've had almost everything I've gone looking for (including now stocking a couple varieties of Saranac).

Oct 01, 2008
pfibiger in Florida

GYROS in Orlando area???

I had a very good gyro at Mediterranean Deli on Fairbanks, close to Edgewater. The guy running the place was really friendly, and it was cheap and very filling.

Mediterranean Deli
981 W. Fairbanks, Orlando

Jul 15, 2008
pfibiger in Florida

College Park/Orlando Mexican

The website is:

Though it looks like the restaurant launched before the site did. I'm going to try to pop by this week and see if it's any good.

Jun 16, 2008
pfibiger in Florida

Good Bagels in Orlando

Missed that this thread popped back up. Bagel King is without question the best bagel place I've found in Orlando..Also, more good news on the bagel front. If you like Bruegger's Bagels, it looks like they've signed up five franchisees in Orlando:

"Bruegger's, a Burlington, Vt.-based bagel chain, said Wednesday it has signed a franchise agreement to open five new stores in the Orlando area. The first Bruegger's is expected to open by the end of the year. Bruegger's, which specializes in kettle-boiled bagels, has locations in Tallahassee and has signed a franchise agreement to open 20 stores in South Florida. The chain is an affiliate of private-investment firm Sun Capital Partners."

Apr 15, 2008
pfibiger in Florida

Good Bagels in Orlando

I just got back from Bagel King, and it is exactly what I was looking for. The plain bagels, at least, have a shiny exterior, an almost slightly crunchy exterior, and have a lot of bite (they're very chewy, in the good way). Voodoo Lou, thanks so much for the heads up. This will without question be my regular bagel place.

Jul 01, 2007
pfibiger in Florida

Good Bagels in Orlando


Since I moved to Orlando, I've been on the hunt for decent bagels, and have so far come up short. Einstein Bros. and Panera both seem like high-end lenders bagels. No real chewiness, very bread-like. I'd read about a place called Bagel King online, but both locations that I saw online (Colonial and up Edgewater) didn't exist, as far as I could tell. I had temporary joy when Yahoo Local said there was a Bruegger's Bagels on Conroy Rd. I drove down there and it's a Firehouse Subs, though the space in the strip mall looks very much like it was a Bruegger's at some point. As far as I can tell, the closest Bruegger's is in Tallahassee. Not going to cut it for a saturday morning bagel run. I just bought a bag of frozen bagels from Harmoni Market that I believe are imported from NYC. I'll give them a try and see how they are, but I'm still looking for a decent-to-great bagel bakery in Orlando. Does it exist?


Jun 30, 2007
pfibiger in Florida

Soft Serve in Orlando

Thanks so much all for the suggestions, i'll definitely give them a shot and being new to town, plan to contribute to the board as much as I can.

Jun 25, 2007
pfibiger in Florida

Soft Serve in Orlando

Hey All,

I'm looking for an ice cream stand in Orlando, ideally one that's family owned. I live in the College Park area, so somewhat nearby would be nice. I just moved from upstate NY, and it seems like there were (summer only up there) ice cream stands everywhere, sometimes way out in the sticks. I've found the Carvel by the Mall of Millenia, and obviously there's the Coldstone/Marble Slab, but I'm looking for something that'll likely have a name like Tastee Treat or Somethingoranother Freeze.

Anyone have any tips?


Jun 23, 2007
pfibiger in Florida