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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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2 days ago
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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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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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