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Tibby's New Orleans Kitchen in Winter Park is finally open (and worth the wait)!

There's a Harry's in Lakeland. A little closer than Gainesville.

Feb 25, 2011
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Anyone ever eat at the German/Eastern European places in Orlando?

Hollerbach's is always good, although I haven't been there in a long time. I really need to go back sometime soon.

Can't go wrong with Polonia either. Their perogi and kielbasa are good, and if they have it, their dessert Poppy Roll is just plain awesome! They are the only place I've found that serve these around here. Picture on my blog:
http://watch-me-eat.blogspot.com/2009...

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Polonia Cafe
750 S US Highway 17 92, Longwood, FL 32750

Feb 01, 2011
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What's happening to Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza

Went to the one by Millenia Mall in Orlando a few weeks ago. Don't know if I caught them on a bad night or something but the characteristics of a coal oven pizza were completely absent. No charred crust. No soot getting on your hands. None of those little pools of sauce that they always do. It basically seemed like a pizza I could get anywhere else...

Feb 01, 2011
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Orlando has a Korean barbecue taco truck!

I think I need to try this. Do you happen to know if they have any set hours?

Jan 31, 2011
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Fishcamps around Orlando

You get a great view of the river at Lone Cabbage, but the food is honestly nothing worth going back for.

Out of the fish camps close to Orlando, Black Hammock has the best food, but it lacks the view of the water. They have a bar on the water, but the restaurant itself is set back a bit.

If you don't mind heading northeast a bit, the Swamphouse Grill in Debary is a little on the expensive side, but they have good food for a fish camp type restaurant. Also good is JB's Fish Camp in New Smyrna. Just watch for the mosquitoes...

If your interested, here's the blogs I wrote on Lone Cabbage and JB's Fish Camp:
http://watch-me-eat.blogspot.com/2011/01/lone-cabbage-fish-camp-in-cocoa-fl.html
http://watch-me-eat.blogspot.com/2010...

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Black Hammock Restaurant
2356 Black Hammock Fish Camp Rd, Oviedo, FL 32765

Jan 30, 2011
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Cook from NYC; I have a weekend job cooking in Orlando

Best bread around comes from Olde Hearth Bread Company in Casselberry. They sell their stuff at the farmers markets and sometimes have breads for sale at their actual bakery...

Jan 06, 2011
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Banh Mi Vietnamese Subs in Orlando

I tried Nha Trang the other day. Having the banh me toasted was nice, and I was impressed with the packaging with paper, plastic bag, and rubber band combination to hold the sandwich together and collect the juices. All baguette shaped sandwiches should be packed this way!

Nov 13, 2010
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Real food in Port Canaveral before cruise?!

There used to be a Jamacian place right by the port that I liked. Can't remember the name or if it's still there, but if you see it, it may be worth checking out. Also, this is not exactly next to the port, but my first choice in the area would be Dixie Crossroads over in Titusville. Here's my thoughts on my blog: http://watch-me-eat.blogspot.com/2010...

But in all reality, I would just go straight to the boat and eat. You already paid for the food, and the buffets will be open as soon as you board. Deal with the ship food in Florida and save your dining adventures in the foreign countries!

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Dixie Crossroads
1475 Garden St, Titusville, FL 32796

Nov 09, 2010
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Looking for an All You Can Eat Seafood Buffet in Orlando, FL

If you're by Kennedy Space Center, check out Dixie Crossroads. They don't have a buffet, but normally have some sort of nightly all you can eat seafood special, and always have all you can eat rock shrimp. I've never tried catfish there though.

I second the Catfish Place in Apopka as well, although it's nowhere near Disney.

I would avoid the Boston Lobster Feast type places though near the touristy stuff. They seem to do quantity over quality...

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Catfish Place Restaurant
311 S Forest Ave, Apopka, FL 32703

Dixie Crossroads
1475 Garden St, Titusville, FL 32796

Boston Lobster Feast
6071 W Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy, Kissimmee, FL 34747

Aug 11, 2010
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Question: Ikea Restaurant?

No visit to an Ikea store would be complete without a stop in their restaurant! I have noticed that their menu has become more Americanized over the years with less and less Scandinavian foods, but still it's always cheap and good! And if you go on a weekday morning, they give you breakfast for free!

Aug 11, 2010
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Route 46 in Sanford

I tried the Smokehouse. Everything had the exact same smokey flavor and the staff were a bit too helpful. It wasn't bad, just nothing worth rushing back too. Never tried any of the other restaurants.

Aug 04, 2010
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California Burrito Express -- Orlando (E. Colonial Drive)

It's in the parking lot of the shopping center with the Aldi and Joann's at the intersection of 434 and 436 in Altamonte. Went into an old Miami Subs building that has been several fast food Chinese & Mexican places over the years. I noticed the coming soon sign a few weeks ago. I guess it's now open...

Jul 17, 2010
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Ohio Style Pizza

Wasn't Donatos owned by McDonalds during the time they had stores open in Florida? Maybe that explains why I found their pizza to be so bad. Yet whenever company comes to visit from the midwest, they always rave about how awesome Donato's pizza is. Perhaps I missed out on trying an accurate Ohio style pizza...

Jun 11, 2010
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ORLANDO VISITOR'S DINING GUIDE - A Hound Perspective - Worth a drive (not too far!)

Here's a few of my favorites off the top of my head-

Hollerbach's Willow Tree Cafe (Sanford)
Imperial Dynasty (Longwood)
Polonia (Longwood)
Bayridge Sushi (Longwood/Apopka)
Ali Baba (Longwood)
Udipi Cafe (Longwood)
Caffe Positano (Lake Mary)

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Ali Baba
1155 W State Road 434 Ste 105, Longwood, FL 32750

Udipi Cafe
14422 N Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa, FL 33618

Hollerbach's Willow Tree Cafe
205 E 1st St Ste D, Sanford, FL 32771

Caffe Positano
3837 Lake Emma Rd, Lake Mary, FL 32746

Polonia Cafe
750 S US Highway 17 92, Longwood, FL 32750

Jun 11, 2010
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ORLANDO VISITOR'S DINING GUIDE - A Hound Perspective - Worth a drive (not too far!)

I attempted to eat at Cafe Papillon after hearing how great the place was, but ended up finding the restaurant kind of creepy and decided not to eat there. We were the only customers and were seated at a single random table in the middle of a highly perfumed antique/gift shop. The whole setup was really strange and gave me a bad vibe. Maybe the food is awesome, but eating in a store that smells like my grandmother's strong perfume wasn't what I had in mind...

Jun 11, 2010
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Central Florida Weekend Events - Zellwood Corn Festival and Royal Pacific Aloha Fridays

In case anyone is interested, I ended up going to both events. Zellwood is a little overpriced for what it is in my opinion, but I really enjoyed Aloha Friday.

I wrote about both on my blog.
Zellwood Sweet Corn Festival:
http://watch-me-eat.blogspot.com/2010/06/zellwood-sweet-corn-festival-2010.html

Aloha Friday :
http://watch-me-eat.blogspot.com/2010...

Jun 02, 2010
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Vacationing in Boca Raton - Where to eat???

Dominics II for the best pizza! There's lots of good bagel places in Boca for breakfast, most I've tried are good, pick one. I can think of three NY style delis, but all are chains. Really, good luck avoiding chains. There are a whole lot of chain restaurants in the Mouth of the Rat...

Here's a blog post I did a while back on Dominic's pizza in case you're interested:
http://watch-me-eat.blogspot.com/2010...

May 19, 2010
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Moving to Longwood (Orlando)

Here's a few of my favorites in Longwood off the top of my head:
Bayridge Sushi
Sushin
Imperial Dynasty
Polonia
Cafe Paisano
Carmelas (for Grandma pizza)
Ali Baba

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Ali Baba
1155 W State Road 434 Ste 105, Longwood, FL 32750

Polonia Cafe
750 S US Highway 17 92, Longwood, FL 32750

Cafe Paisano
182 W State Road 434 Ste 1000, Longwood, FL 32750

May 17, 2010
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Best Pizza in Orlando?

Ledo Pizza... I ate at their Altamonte location once when they were open and that was enough for me. To me, their pizza looked and tasted like they served a frozen microwave pizza. I felt no loss when that place closed.

May 02, 2010
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Orlando with kids rec.'s needed near Disney property

Outside Disney property, there's a pretty good Italian restaurant called Pacino's on 192 across from Old Town. Has about equivalent prices to an Olive Garden, so it's cheaper than in the parks.
http://watch-me-eat.blogspot.com/2010/01/pacinos-in-kissimmee-fl.html

Market Street Cafe in Celebration is always pretty good.
http://watch-me-eat.blogspot.com/2008/12/fish-tacos-from-market-street-cafe-in.html

I can't really think of any good seafood restaurants in the area that I could recommend. There's the Celebration Town Tavern in Celebration that seems to specialize in seafood, but they are horribly overpriced.
http://watch-me-eat.blogspot.com/2009...

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Market Street Cafe
701 Front St, Kissimmee, FL 34747

Celebration Town Tavern
721 Front St Ste 110, Kissimmee, FL 34747

Pacino's Italian Ristorante
5795 W Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy, Kissimmee, FL 34746

Mar 21, 2010
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Where to buy fish in Orlando?

I second Lighthouse Seafood. It's small, but they always seem to have a nice selection of fish and it's a lot more convenient than driving all the way out to Titusville to get fish from Wild Ocean.

Mar 10, 2010
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Orlando--Where are the late night (after 11pm/12am) chow-worthy places near the Convention Center? (Although I will travel for great chow:-)

I would avoid Citywalk late at night. I tried going there with a few friends a few months ago at about 10:30 for a late dinner figuring all the restaurants would still be open at that time. Turned out most of them stop serving food at 10...

Mar 10, 2010
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Florida food trucks/street food?

There's a bunch of taco trucks that set up in a parking lot on OBT in Orlando. This site did a bit of a review of one of the trucks:
http://www.explorationorlando.com/200...

There's several BBQ trucks that I know of in Seminole County. I've seen a few along RT 46 in Sanford. There's some that park in Casselberry as well.

Feb 25, 2010
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Orlando's Absolutely Best Pizza

Got to disagree on Palace Pizza. The pizza I got there was really heavy handed on everything. The crust was way too thick for what was advertised as a NY pizza, and there was so much cheese and sauce on the pie that by the time I got to my second slice, the crust was a soggy mess. A Lakeland resident told me they their pizza by the slice is always really good. There wasn't any left on the night I visited, but one would think a good pizza should carry over if it was by the slice or by the whole pie.

Jan 10, 2010
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Orlando Restaurants - Please review my list!

I would definitely give Giordano's a try if you've never had it. It's the only place around that has the deep dish stuffed pizza, so it's worth a try at least once.

Dec 24, 2009
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Best In Ocala..............

I like Harry's Seafood in Downtown. They are a small chain with a few other locations scattered around Florida, but they do have really good Cajun food.

Dec 01, 2009
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Orlando's Absolutely Best Pizza

My thoughts on Anthony's:
http://watch-me-eat.blogspot.com/2009...

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Anthony's Pizza & Restaurant
3385 S US Highway 17/92, Casselberry, FL 32707

Nov 10, 2009
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Orlando's Absolutely Best Pizza

I was there on Friday night and they were still in their old location.

Nov 02, 2009
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Orlando's Absolutely Best Pizza

I gave Anthony's another try a few nights ago. They definitely do have some really good pizza! I found the sauce to be a little bland, but otherwise it was really good!

Nov 01, 2009
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Florida roadside food: the best roads

Orange Blossom Trail between 192 and the Florida Mall. I rode by here a few weeks ago and was amazed that in about a mile stretch, there was probably 100 food trucks all lined up, all of them attracting huge crowds. It seemed they were mostly taco trucks, but I saw a couple of non-taco trucks mixed in. I need to go back one night and try some of these!

Nov 01, 2009
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