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Best of Orlando - January 2013

Here's a list of the hottest new restaurants that opened over the past year. Some are ethnic. https://www.zagat.com/b/the-hottest-n...

Apr 22, 2015
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Restaurant recommendations in Orlando staying at Waldorf

You'll do pretty well right where you are. The Waldorf has the steakhouse Bull & Bear, which is fabulous, and its sister property, an upscale Hilton, has La Luce, a good, and less expensive, Italian restaurant. Be sure to get the butterscotch pudding for dessert. After that, it's into the car you go. Head down to Celebration, maybe to Columbia, which is upscale Cuban, or Cafe d'Antonio, casual Italian; or up to Sand Lake Road, where Peperoncino, Seasons 52, Vine's, Bosphorous, Ocean Prime and many other independent and mid- to upscale chains will fit your needs.

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Apr 16, 2015
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Need restaurant recommendation near Orlando airport hotel area?

There's a decent Thai called Thai Island not too far away. Nothing fancy. https://plus.google.com/1141628978211...

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Apr 15, 2015
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International/Ethnic Grocery Stores-Orlando

No, but the Sentinel updates the list every year. Here's the 2014 info. http://www.orlandosentinel.com/featur...

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Apr 14, 2015
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group work dinner by the Orlando Convention

You could try Funky Monkey; Maggiano's (a chain with a private party room); RA Sushi, which caters to corporate groups; maybe Hash House a Go Go if casual is ok; or Marlow's Tavern, a pretty good chain that has a private dining room and is reasonably priced.

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Apr 09, 2015
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Birthday Party near Disney World??

Also, I don't know anything about it but there's a lowish-priced (I think) Brazilian churrascaria called The Knife in Lake Buena Vista, right outside the Disney entrance. http://www.thekniferestaurant.com/

Apr 06, 2015
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Birthday Party near Disney World??

I'm not usually quick to recommend a chain, but there's a Romano's Macaroni Grill right near there that has a quiet little room for private parties. The area's Joe's Crab Shack might have one too. Otherwise, maybe you can get a private or semi-private area at the Celebration Town Tavern or Cafe d'Antonio, both in Celebration, or even ask for a corner of the dining room at Celebration's Market Street Cafe.

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Apr 06, 2015
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Walt Disney World (Orlando, FL) February 2015 Trip Report (Long)

This is a terrific report. You clearly researched well beforehand because you hit much of Disney's best--including that salmon lunch at Columbia House. Thanks for taking the time to share your experiences.

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Feb 26, 2015
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Serious Toronto hound seeking help with lunch and dinner outside of Orlando theme parks.

Orlando has several French bakeries. I'd recommend Croissant Gourmet. It's on a side street in Winter Park. http://croissantgourmet.com/

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Feb 23, 2015
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Cuban food in Orlando

Orlando has many, many Cuban restaurants. Among them: Padrino's Cuban Bistro (http://padrinos.com/), ZaZa New Cuban Diner, Numero Uno, and Black Bean Deli--or Cuba Libre or Bongo's if you want fun decor more than authentic food.

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Feb 09, 2015
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Orlando restaurant recommendations (NOT chains)

You're not in the best area for dining. Grande Lakes itself is remarkable in farm-to-table terms, and I'd recommend both Highball & Harvest in the Ritz and Primo in the JW Marriott for that. Norman's is also spectacular. Nearby, there's a nice little Cuban place called Padrino's. Beyond that you'll need to travel to find a noteworthy meal. Maybe Peperoncino on Sand Lake Road, K in College Park, Rusty Spoon in downtown Orlando, and Cask & Larder and Prato in Winter Park.

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Feb 04, 2015
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Orlando restaurant recommendations (NOT chains)

We need some info first: Will you have a car? How far are you willing to drive? Do you care more about atmosphere or food? Do you seek upbeat, chic or quiet? What price range do you want? Are you adventurous food-wise?

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Feb 04, 2015
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Boynton beach west anything good

I think all those cities belong clumped together, because there's little between Palm Beach and Kissimmee. Maybe Chowhound could change the name to better encompass the entire area, i.e. Miami to Palm Beach, or Miami to Jupiter.

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Jan 30, 2015
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Boynton beach west anything good

Here's a link to the Miami-Fort Lauderdale board. http://chowhound.chow.com/boards/79

Jan 29, 2015
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Boynton beach west anything good

Basically, no, although you're really on the wrong board. There's a South Florida board that covers this area. Bagels & has amazing New York-quality bagels and appetizing. A Greek place in Lake Worth near a TJ Maxx is surprisingly enjoyable. And, after that, you pretty much have to go to Delray for a decent meal. Tryst and Max's Harvest are especially good.

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Jan 28, 2015
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What's the deal with Mamak? The menu is just like the one at Hawkers. Did some chef or partner jump ship?

Unfortunately, I am not at liberty to share what I know. But be assured that we were right: The two menus, and their recipes, are extremely similar.

Jan 13, 2015
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What's the deal with Mamak? The menu is just like the one at Hawkers. Did some chef or partner jump ship?

Yes, I had a long talk with people involved and got the whole story. Interesting.

Jan 12, 2015
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Orlando - Vegan week in Orlando - Discovered Ethos Vegan Restaurant!!!

Yes, they are all still in business. And, here are some restaurants that aren't vegan-only but have vegan offerings. http://bit.ly/1rQ21iW

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Dec 22, 2014
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Orlando for Valentines day

For classic French, you might want to try Paris Bistro on Park Avenue in Winter Park. I had a lovely meal there a couple of weeks ago. A photo of the chicken with Dijon sauce is attached.

Other options are Cafe de France in Winter Park, Chez Vincent in Winter Park, Bistro CloClo in Dr. Phillips, and Le Coq au Vin in South Orlando. The upstairs restaurant in Epcot's France pavilion is wonderful, if you happen to have Epcot passes.

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Dec 15, 2014
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Orlando for Valentines day

Look into Norman's, Bull & Bear, or Luma on Park. They're all upscale with wonderful food but very different vibes. What kind of places does he like? Steakhouse? Contemporary? Gastropub? Continental?

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Dec 12, 2014
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Bahn Mi Orlando

Maybe try Anh Hong. It's on the corner of 50 and Mills.

Dec 10, 2014
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Bahn Mi Orlando

This one gets a lot of play. I'm not sure if I've tried it though. http://nhatrangsub.com/

Dec 10, 2014
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Bahn Mi Orlando

You may want to start at Yum-mi Sandwiches, which has traditional and creative banh mi sandwiches. Once you get used to the format, I'd suggest walking along Colonial and venturing into some of the scarier-looking places. Some have to-die-for subs. But ease yourself in at Yum-mi, a spiffy looking space with a staff that speaks English. http://www.yummisandwiches.com/

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Dec 10, 2014
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What's the deal with Mamak? The menu is just like the one at Hawkers. Did some chef or partner jump ship?

I tried Orlando's Mamak the other night. It's good, but its Asian street food is nearly identical, in many cases, to the dishes the Hawkers, which is nearby. Does anyone know what's going on? I thought maybe a partner or chef jumped ship and took the recipes along. Here's a blog I wrote about it, but I really want information. I'm perplexed and fascinated. http://blog.ronagindin.com/mamak-much...

Dec 08, 2014
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Updated Orlando area visitors guide?

Pig Floyd's is terrific, Hamilton's Kitchen is great with its new chef (check travelzoo for a coupon), and Oblivion Taproom has some fab burgers.

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Dec 01, 2014
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Stone crabs all you can eat Orlando area

Unlimited would scare me away. Big Fin probably has them. Maybe Moonfish, Oceanaire or Bar Harbor, which would have them for a very low cost. Also that big boat place down at Disney Marketplace--Fultons Crab House.

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Nov 19, 2014
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Orlando Brunch Spots

Santiago's Bodega has a great brunch--a huge buffet with upscale items. You can also order a ll carte. Soco just added brunch. The menu is New Southern. Haven't tried it yet. Smiling Bison has a brunch I haven't tried yet too.

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Nov 13, 2014
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Rosen Shingle Creek hotel restaurants, Orlando

Its' sort of off by itself. It's known for a steakhouse called Land Remembered and a high-end Italian restaurant. I'm sure it has a coffee shop too but it mostly promotes the two biggies. It's pretty close to the convention center and International Drive, so seek out restaurants there if you plan to leave the property but don't want to travel far. Otherwise head up to Sand Lake Road, Orlando's "Restaurant Row."

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Nov 05, 2014
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Thanksgiving To Go Orlando

Maybe Meat House in Winter Park? Check the barbecue places like Sonny's and Bubbalou's. Boston Market, if you're stuck. There are probably more that haven't announced it yet. Check my website now and then. I tend to post that info as I get it. Sister Honey's has desserts; you have to order now.

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Oct 29, 2014
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good bagels in West Palm Beach

The only decent bagels I've ever found in that area is a cash-only place called Bagels &. Stupid name, but the bagels, bialies, disks and appetizing are all excellent--New York excellent. The original unit is on Boynton Beach Boulevard and Jog Road. The newer one, from what I can find online, seems to be at 6556 Hypoluxo Rd, Lake Worth FL 33467. No website, so Facebook page, so far as I can tell.

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Oct 13, 2014
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