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Orlando Sports Bar to watch Bowl Games

How about the ESPN Club on Disney's boardalk?

Nov 10, 2008
rudykins in Florida

Orlando biz dinner near Gaylord Palms?

For a more casual dinner, you might want to head over to Celebration. There's a decent casual Italian, cafe d'Antonio; a fun New England-style seafood place called Celebration Town Tavern; and an upcale Cuban restaurant called Columbia.

Nov 06, 2008
rudykins in Florida

Disneyworld: Bistro de Paris?

I just ate at the Bistro a couple of weeks ago and was surprised to find that it was excellent. My dinner there was one of the best Disney meals I've ever had--and it was, right now, one of the better meals in Orlando. Who knew?

Oct 29, 2008
rudykins in Florida

Someplace good between MCO and Kissimmee?

The Vietnamese area really isn't between the airport and Kissimmee. You might try Seasons 52 on Sand Lake Road, a classy bistro with purposely healthful creative-American food. Nearby on Turkey Lake Road is a very good Vietnamese restaurant called Rice Paper. Or, in Hunter's Creek itself--closer to Kissimmee, and more on your way, Padrino's is a Cuban restaurant--but not greasy Cuban. It's upscale and very good and has several healthful dishes. You could also eat in Celebration, which is on the northern tip of Kissimmee. Cafe d'Antonio there has good casual Italian food at reasonable prices.

Oct 29, 2008
rudykins in Florida

Orlando Dinner Suggestions for 1st Anniversary

Ravenous Pig is wonderful, but I'm not sure I'm on board with the others. Lac Viet woudl be good for another night, but it's just a dumpy little Vietnamese place. For a special anniversary, I'd choose Norman's, a New World Cuisine restaurant in the Ritz-Carlton, Grande Lakes. The food is beyond wonderful and it has a really sexy decor--the whole package. For Old World fun, The Venetian Room in the Carib Royale, a hotel near your hotel, is an old-fashioned continental restaurant with domed service. Get the lobster bisque. You might also want to try The Chef's Table a the Edgewater Hotel, a romantic little 30-seat restaurant in Winter Garden.

Oct 25, 2008
rudykins in Florida

Disney Food and Wine Festical at Epcot

You might want to see a similar thread: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/561485

Oct 17, 2008
rudykins in Florida

Winter Garden Lunch?--TODAY

Sweet Traditions Cafe, right on Plant Street. It's a great little French cafe with delicious crepes, plus salads and sandwiches. All the pastries are made in-house.

Oct 12, 2008
rudykins in Florida

Date TONIGHT!! Italian near downtown Orlando??

I second Nonna. It's hip, reasonably priced and wonderful.

Oct 08, 2008
rudykins in Florida

'08 EPCOT Food & Wine

I'm surprised you haven't liked the foods at the booths. I am always surprised at how good they are. I haven't done an official sweep-through yet but during my shoot sampled the escargot at Lyon, France, which was amazing, a crisp sausage with sauerkraut on a pretzel roll (Munich, Germany) that I loved, and the chilled tomato and garlic soup at the Barcelona, Spain, marketplace, and that was good too.

Oct 07, 2008
rudykins in Florida

top the kugel

I top mine with sliced almonds.

Oct 06, 2008
rudykins in Home Cooking

'08 EPCOT Food & Wine

As many of you know, despite my embarrasing username I am the dining editor of Orlando Magazine. I also host an on-demand cable TV show called On the Town that features Central Florida restaurants. I spent this past Saturday taping the foods and beverages at all 27 international marketplaces at the festival. For many, chefs joined me to explain the foods in detail. A sommelier spoke about several of the wines. To see what's on offer, go to Bright House Digital Cable channel 300, then press Food and Wine, then any marketplace and PLAY. Sixteen are up now, and the rest of the marketplace features should be up within a day or two. It's fun to know the background before you show up to taste.--Rona

Oct 01, 2008
rudykins in Florida

Orange County Convention Center

What about foods other than sushi? The menu is so interesting I never even thought to opt for sushi there.

Sep 30, 2008
rudykins in Florida

Orange County Convention Center

The prices are highish. The food is so authentic that it's not competing with regular American Japanese restaurants. They're not $35 an entree highish, but they are higher than what you'd pay for chicken teriyaki elsewhere.

Sep 30, 2008
rudykins in Florida

Orange County Convention Center

That's it. Perfect for a fun night out, but for your more serious eats I'd do Primo, Normans and Hanamizuki.

Sep 29, 2008
rudykins in Florida

Orange County Convention Center

It's really not hopeless, although you won't get Orlando's best. The convention center is on Intenrational Drive, which has an efficient and inexpensive trolley that runs up and down all day long. Some of the better places are the following:
Hanamizuki, an authentic Japanese restaurant
Taverna Opa, which is offensively loud but has quite good Greek food (and seats outside if the noise bothers you)
Texas de Brazil, a high-end chain that does a very good job for a Brazilian-style churrascaria
Thai Thani, a cheesy looking Thai restaurant that has good food
And a tapas place, whose name I can not remember (I'm sure someone else will help us out), that's set up like an artist's loft in Barcelona and has creative fare spanning all cuisines in appetizer-size portions.
You might also want to cab it to nearby Sand Lake Road, which has very good restaurants including Vine's, a Chicago-style steakhouse wth great food and live jazz; Antonio's, a high-end Italian; and Cedar's, a decent Lebanese.

Sep 27, 2008
rudykins in Florida

What's the most wonderful, reliable cookbook about Spanish cuisine?

Thanks for this. I'm mostly intersted in old-fashioned Spanish home cooking.

Sep 14, 2008
rudykins in Home Cooking

What's the most wonderful, reliable cookbook about Spanish cuisine?

I seeking the Essentials of Italian Cooking for Spain.

Sep 14, 2008
rudykins in Home Cooking

Staying at Rosen Shingle Creek - local dinner options?

One more comment. Yes, The Land Remembered is very expensive, but, if you're visiting this month, it's particiating in Orlando's Magical Meal something or other. Bottom line: This and several other good restaurants offer three-course meals for $29. Many make you ask for the special menu; you won't be the only one asking.

Sep 10, 2008
rudykins in Florida

Staying at Rosen Shingle Creek - local dinner options?

Cala Bella inside the Shingle Creek has excellent Italian food. I'm also hearing good things about Fiorella's, inside the Westin Imagine, which is nearby. On I-Drive near there, Taverna Opa has reasonably priced, delicious Greek food, but it is very loud.

Sep 10, 2008
rudykins in Florida

Shot glass desserts

Here in Orlando Seasons 52 has them, and I'm pretty sure you have a unit somewhere in your area.

Sep 02, 2008
rudykins in Florida

Jockamo's in Orlando Still Open?

There is one newish place on West Colonial. It's somewhere west of 17-92 and east of Hiawassee, on the north side of the street, set back some on a very, very long block, probably in Pine Hills. Had a not-bad po' boy. The two employees there during my visit were Vietnamese, and the signs were in English with some Vietnamese writing. Still, it's all we've got on the west side of town. If you find it (good luck with that!) please write back and let us know what you think.

Aug 31, 2008
rudykins in Florida

Hounds visiting Naples area. Where should we eat?

I just got back. We loved Randy's for casual seafood and incredibly fresh fish, Trilogy and Truluck's for fancy. The only place we didn't adore--and we're picky--is the restaurant inside La Playa hotel, Baleen. It was goodwith awesome beach views, just not as excellent as the others. There's also a tapas place on 5th Avenue with funky red or purple walls that had great lunches. I can't remember the name, but it's far from Inn on 5th but on the same side of the street. It has a few outdoor tables and is near a pizza place.

Aug 27, 2008
rudykins in Florida

Farm fresh eggs in Orlando area

Instead of starting one in Windermere, drive five minutes over to Winter Garden. They started one a few months ago. I haven't been yet but have heard good things.

Aug 26, 2008
rudykins in Florida

The very best in NAPLES

This is fabulous--and a great compliment to Trilogy, which along with Trulucks was at the top of my list. Thanks!

Aug 09, 2008
rudykins in Florida

The very best in NAPLES

I'm leaving tomorrow. Any last thoughts on where we should eat in Naples?

Aug 09, 2008
rudykins in Florida

Recommendation for Lunch Near Orlando Airport

If it's open for lunch, there's a surprisingly good restaurant called Hemisphere inside the Hyatt that's in the airport. Also, a nearby hotel steakhouse called Porterhouse has a shuttle bus for airport passengers, and the food is good--but I'm not sure if it's open for lunch. http://www.porterhouseorlandosteakhou...
I haven't been there yet, but I"m hearing good things about Las Brasas, or Los Brases, which is near the airport, I think on South Orange Ave. I believe it's a mid-price Latin (maybe Peruvian?) chicken place.

Aug 09, 2008
rudykins in Florida

Current 2-fer deals in Orlando?

You have to find those through ads, etc., and I can't help you, although I may have received an e-mail from The Palm. But, in September, it's Orlando Magical Dining Month http://www.orlandoinfo.com/magicaldin..., where at least three dozen restaurants, many of them our best, will offer prix fixe meals for $19 or $29, depending on the level of eatery.

Aug 09, 2008
rudykins in Florida

Anyone in Orlando been to Sweet?

It's in Hannibal Square, near Hot Olives, Dexter's and Chez Vincent.

Aug 07, 2008
rudykins in Florida

Orlando Bakeries?

There's a great new French bakery in Winter Garden. sweettraditionsbakery.com. Everything is made by hand.

Aug 04, 2008
rudykins in Florida

Looking for a new Italian experiance.

Have you tried Nonna in College Park/Orlando?

Aug 02, 2008
rudykins in Florida