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vegan restaurants in Orlando

This will sound self-promotional, but it just so happens that Edible Orlando just published my feature about this. I scoured Orlando for regular restaurants that happen to have a vegan-friendly entree or two. Among the options are Cocina 214 and Taverna Opa. Here's a link: http://www.ronagindin.com/images/PDF/...

Sep 15, 2014
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Looking for ADULT fun in Orlando, food & bars - no kids!

I wouldn't say Rusty Spoon is loud or intimidating. It's sort of earthy with an urban polish--basically woody furniture with giant photos on the walls of animals from local farms. Non-foodies can have a burger or salad (the ever-changing salad called "crudite" on the specials board is always a winner) while the more adventurous have choices of their own. The Dirty South seafood stew is consistently excellent.

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Jun 17, 2014
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Looking for ADULT fun in Orlando, food & bars - no kids!

A lot of these recommendations are really good, including The Ravenous Pig, Txokos (I just ate there--Basque food, all Spanish wines--and was quite impressed), and Tako Cheena. For Vietnamese, I always have a better experience at Anh Hong, which is near the others and just as humble. For a splurge, try the ultra-Norman's, and for fashionable (yet extremely well-done), try Luma on Park. Its sister restaurant, Prato, is a rustic-chic progressive-Italian place with pastas that rival any in similar NY restaurants. I don't eat bar food a ton, but the Smiling Bison has great grub at dinner so I imagine its bar food would be good too. I've also heard great buzz about the bar food at Oblivion Taproom. Both are included in a feature I wrote regularly for Edible Orlando, which has some other ideas, as well--but I'd try those two first. Fir healthy, I'd do Dandelion (lunch) or Fresh in Winter Park (dinner). http://www.edibleorlando.com/2014/03/...

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Jun 16, 2014
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Not too touristy lunch and/or late dinner in the heart of Touristville, Orlando.....

Bosphorous is good Turkish food with veggie options (dips, fish, and a spinach-cheese pastry), and Peperoncino is a terrific little Italian place that fits your description, although the lunch prices are much lower than the dinner prices. Seito Sushi is a little flashy but will fit your seafood needs. Hanamazuki has authentic Japanese in a quiet space. Big Fin is a loud, sort of upscale seafood restaurant with excellent happy hour specials. Dragonfly is a trendy Asian-fusion place also known for happy hour specials. You could also do Seasons 52; it's a chain but it will fit your needs.

You'll need a cab to reach all of these but they're a very short ride from your hotel.

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Mar 03, 2014
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Best Crawfish in Orlando....or at least near i-drive.

I'm not sure if either has what you're looking for, but here are two ideas: Near I-Drive, a restaurant called Big Fin Seafood Kitchen specializes in, of course, seafood. http://www.bigfinseafood.com/ It's somewhat upscale. Also not too-too far, Bar Harbor Seafood is mostly a to-go shop specializing in seafood. http://barharborseafood.com/ I'd call both to see if they have the items you want.

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Feb 24, 2014
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Orlando Ethnic and American Grocery/Meat/Produce/Spice/Seafood Sources

There are a bunch of food markets in the 2013 ZAGAT Orlando City Guide, John. It includes some stores not mentioned here.

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Feb 18, 2014
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ORLANDO - Where to get good, local citrus?

There's a terrific retail shop in or near Winter Garden, Conoley Citrus Packers.The small store sells whatever is in season plus freshly squeezed juices. http://www.conoleyfruit.com/Scripts/d...

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Feb 03, 2014
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Food in Orlando

You can't walk to any restaurants from that Marriott. There's a nice, reasonably priced farm-to-table Italian in the hotel called Siro. That's a good choice. Otherwise, you'll need to take a taxi to Downtown Disney, a Disney hotel (Sanaa, Jiko, Boma & Flying Fish are all good choices), or Sand Lake Road, which has many restaurants.

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Jan 24, 2014
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ORLANDO AREA - Can't-miss markets, bakeries, butchers, etc.?

I don't recall seeing fresh pasta there. And, alas, fresh pasta is far from abundant in Orlando. I suggest you seek out a dried brand imported from Italy. I don't know of one specialist here.

Dec 12, 2013
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ORLANDO AREA - Can't-miss markets, bakeries, butchers, etc.?

Definitely make a road trip to East End Mark in Orlando's Audubon Park Garden District. It's filled with food--a good bakery, a cheesemonger, a fish shop, a juice bar, a barbecue sauce guy and more. http://eastendmkt.com/

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Dec 11, 2013
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Orlando area Italian

Peperoncino is a terrific Italian restaurant on Restaurant Row, not far from Lake Buena Vista. It's small, and filled with locals, so be sure to make a recommendation. Not nearly as impressive, but serving good basic Italian with friendly service, is Bella Tuscany in Windermere, right up a back road called 535. (It's not a back road in LBV but turns into one once you make a sharp left.)
http://www.peperoncinocucina.com/
http://www.bellatuscanywindermere.com/

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Dec 11, 2013
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50+ people, looking for a private restaurant room to reserve in Orlando, Friday of Megacon (Mar 21 2014)

I don't know how many Marlow's can accommodate, but surely the place has way more than 50 seats. At the media luncheon, we sat at long communal tables, and those can be great for a group like this. The food is quite good even though the restaurant is a chain. It's American and it's reasonably priced. Kawatan, I'd suggest you call and ask about the size.

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Sep 10, 2013
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50+ people, looking for a private restaurant room to reserve in Orlando, Friday of Megacon (Mar 21 2014)

Do you need to be in the tourist part of town? If not, maybe Maxine's on Shine. Great prices, fun atmosphere. In the tourist corridor, Cuba Libre may do the trick, and it even has private rooms. Agave Azul? Marlow's Tavern might be good for you. That's at Pointe Orlando on International Drive. Most are chains, and some aren't American, but you may have to be flexible. Bravo on Restaurant Row?

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Sep 04, 2013
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One weekend: one Chinatown place, two for foodies

I hadn't thought out what I want. I didn't realize you have such diversity. We'll probably go for Szechuan.

Jul 08, 2013
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One weekend: one Chinatown place, two for foodies

I'll be more than happy to help.

Jul 08, 2013
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One weekend: one Chinatown place, two for foodies

What a great community you have here in Philadelphia. Sincere thanks for the quick replies. I'll be happy to help if you ever find yourselves traveling to Orlando.

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Jul 06, 2013
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One weekend: one Chinatown place, two for foodies

Zipping into Philly for a quick three-day stay. Please find me a Chinatown restaurant that will make me weep that I live in Orlando, and a couple of great city places for dinner--cheap or fancy, as long as the food is amazing.

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Jul 05, 2013
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Suggestions for healthy / picky eater in Orlando

Sara, There's a sweet little place called Fresh in Hannibal Square in Winter Park. Much of the food is healthful, and it's good. I had a salmon dish last night and my husband had a Vietnamese-style noodle bowl. Both were good. www.freshcafe-wp.com

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Jun 22, 2013
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Where's delicious whole fish by the beach?

Thanks, Indian River. Are you sure Andiamo serves whole fish? I don't see it on the menu. And, is it on the water?

Jun 05, 2013
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Where's delicious whole fish by the beach?

A friend from Puerto Rico misses whole-fishes dinners by the sea. Florida has a long coastline.Surely some restaurant does a great job with our local bounty. Ideas?

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Jun 04, 2013
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Graduation-Orlando

Downtown, you might try The Rusty Spoon, a wonderful gastropub. If your group is adventurous, near Millenia consider Pasha Tavern & Lounge, which is North African (i.e. Moroccan) and Mediterranean.

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May 28, 2013
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What's one great place for lunch in St. Pete near the museums?

Thanks so much, Cflynn. This is research for a feature about a day trip to St. Pete. The readers live in the Daytona area so I want to find them interesting places other than glorious beaches.

May 02, 2013
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What's one great place for lunch in St. Pete near the museums?

One day, one lunch -- something noteworthy, maybe colorful, historic, farm-to-table, trendy -- worth seeking out. (If there's anything else I must see or do while in the area, don't be shy about sharing that too.)

Thanks,
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May 01, 2013
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Hey Orlando is featured on Epicurious!

Thank you so much, Sandwich Sister and Lou. This project was really exciting. There was so much to say I actually had to trim out a few great places, and then the James Beard news came in so my editors were psyched to add that news into the mix. We are, not so slowly, becoming recognized for the great eats between the Sizzlers and the Longhorns.

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Apr 19, 2013
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Delray: If I like Tryst and Max's Harvest, what else should I try?

Thanks for both of these recs. We'll have a grandmother (in her 70s) and a teenage boy with us. They're both used to being dragged to these kinds of places, but would one restaurant be more appropriate than the other?

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Delray: If I like Tryst and Max's Harvest, what else should I try?

Should I make repeat visits during my annual Delray-area weekend or is there someplace else I'd enjoy just as much? I could go north or south of Boynton Beach.

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Foodie looking for good eats in Punta Gorda Florida

For seafood, definitely go to Peace River seafood and get crabs. Good choices in the historic downtown area are River City Grill (very local-foods oriented) and The Perfect Caper.

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Apr 03, 2013
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Orlando: Dinner for 10 Ladies Near World Center Marriott

You're pretty stuck then, as the Marriott is surrounded by chain restaurants and other hotels. So yes on Siro and La Luce, also Bull & Bear, but Funky Monkey is not that close. You could do a Disney hotel restaurant like Jiko at the Animal Kingdom Lodge or Flying Fish at the BoardWalk.

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Mar 13, 2013
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Orlando's Best Sandwiches

You are confusing two different restaurants. Yellow Dog Eats is a sandwich and barbecue shop in Gotha, near Windermere. Yellow Dog Cafe is a full-service waterfront restaurant in Malabar.They are not related.

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Mar 13, 2013
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Orlando: Dinner for 10 Ladies Near World Center Marriott

Sarah, Will you have cars?

Mar 13, 2013
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