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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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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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