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breakfast/dinner in fort lauderdale

Also visiting, got breakfast today from Diner by the Sea, on Commercial near A!A - not only was the food fresh, properly cooked and delicious, potato pancakes were top of the list for fantastic! When I went to pick it up, I was prepared to pay with a CC, which they didn't take. The waitress behind the counter said, "It's okay, come back and pay later. Go eat the food while it's hot and when you're finished you can come back and pay." Well, needless to say of course I went back to pay - but how often and when does something like this happen in 2013? They were more concerned that I eat my food while it was at it's best than they were with me leaving to get money and then having my food sit longer. We will definitely go back!

Has anyone eaten at Teak Neighborhood Grill in Metrowest (Orlando)?

Went a few times, had such awful service, and hadn't seen our server in so long that we called the restaurant from our table & asked to speak to a manager. We were told by the manager that it was the most ridiculous thing that we called the hotel. When we told him that we wouldn't come back he told us he didn't want us to return. Then we found out this manager was actually the owner. It was the worst I have ever been treated at a restaurant. I would never go back.

Sep 03, 2012
VWRobin in Florida

Quick eats near Bob Carr theatre, Orlando?

If you sit at the bar at Ceviche you can probably get something quickly. It's on Church St just near I-4.

May 11, 2012
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Help! How do I feed a family of 7 dinner around Orlando.

Boma is the African buffet - although you might not get a view from the restaurant, there are so many wonderful vantage points at the hotel and right out back - and any and all hotel guests (room or restaurant) are welcome to enjoy them.

Jan 03, 2011
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Help! How do I feed a family of 7 dinner around Orlando.

Great cuban right outside of Disney property, Havana's Cuban Cafe, www.havanascubancuisine.com. We've been there with kids before and they're great. The food is delish, the owners are very nice and I've never disappointed any of my out of town foodie guests. I would agree that BOMA is also a great option, a view of the Serengeti and a wide selection of great food that even the kids will love. I also agree with heading downtown for some vietnamese food, the kids do love the big bowls of noodle soup and it's very family friendly.
I can't agree at all with you heading to JB's Fish Camp (I've been there and although the food is good, it's a very long drive and with 5 kids it might not be the best time).
Enjoy your visit.

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Havana's Cuban Cafe
8544 Palm Pkwy, Orlando, FL 32836

Jan 02, 2011
VWRobin in Florida

looking for good quality moderate priced restaurants. in Lake Buena Vista area or Orlando. Like all types of food!

Right near LBV there is a wonderful Cuban Restaurant, Havana's Cuban Cafe, www.havanascubancuisine.com/. Family owned and always delicious. Also a great mexican restaurant, El Patron, www.elpatronrestaurantcantina.com‎; and a middle eastern restaurant, Falafel Moroccan Restaurant, www.falafelmarket.com. If you're looking for a local Florida chain, The Ale House is very moderately priced as well as consistent. All 4 of these restaurants are just off of Disney property (near I-4/535 & Hotel Plaza Blvd). Hope you have some good meals.

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Havana's Cuban Cafe
8544 Palm Pkwy, Orlando, FL 32836

Jan 02, 2011
VWRobin in Florida

Where is the best no frills Seafood in all of Florida?

Check out Lee & Ricks Oyster Bar in Orlando - it's a family owned no frills oyster bar, been here over 50 years and still in the same family. They've got a huge concrete bar, you sit at the bar and they shuck the oysters right in front of you, throw all the garbage right back on the bar and they throw it down the hatch. Can't beat the prices, atmosphere or shuckers!!! Great time!

Jul 07, 2010
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Orlando Cheese Plates

Great cheese plates at K Restaurant and Wine Bar in College Park - always changing selection and great wine selection. They just moved to a new location and have a nice bar area.

Jun 04, 2010
VWRobin in Florida

Good Bagels in Orlando

Are you talking about Charlie's Bakery? It's in a little strip mall @ Crystal Lake Rd? They are a bakery and have amazing baked goods (pies, cakes, cookies, pastries) but I don't think they have bagels. I live in that area, if you're thinking of another place, please let me know.Thanks!!!

Jun 04, 2010
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Need upscale restaurant between tampa and orlando

I haven't been there but I've heard great things about Chalet Suzanne - it's located in Lake Wales and it's a historic location. Could be a good time, or at least something to talk about.

Feb 25, 2010
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Visitng Orlando next week - need recs, please!

Agreed that K is amazing! Their chef / owner Kevin is amazing in the kitchen, we've never been disappointed there. Limoncello is closed, but not far from The Ravenous Pig. I would recommend Shin over Shari for sushi - and near the Millenia Mall is a great sushi place called Sushi Katana - they have some super yummy rolls that are wrapped in thin cucumber instead of nori. If you go to Amura, also be sure to get the Bubba Roll - it's what put them on the map in the first place. Also agreed on the Ming Bistro as opposed to Ming Court - they have dim sum every day - yay! If you like Ethiopian food, there is a great restaurant on International Drive called Nile Ethiopian Cafe, the food is fantastic! And if you've never had it before, it's very interesting - you eat the food by picking it up in a spongey bread call injera. And they have sampler plates so you can try a little bit of many items. If you're looking for Mediterranean food, I'd agree with Bosphorous in Winter Park - and it's a nice place to do a little walking / shopping and people watching. Hope you enjoy your long weekend.

Feb 18, 2010
VWRobin in Florida

New Orlando 'hound destinations: The British Shoppe and International Market & Deli!

BBVL - have to agree with you on all fronts! Bagel King is the best bagel in Orlando - I've even purchased them when my NY friends were in town and they were impressed. I also stopped in The International Market this past week and thought it was a great store! You are a rockin' hound!!

Feb 08, 2010
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fried pickles and fried green tomatoes in central florida

I recently had fried pickles from Tino's on Curryford Rd near downtown Orlando - they were amazing! They're spears here at Tino's. Crooked Bayou has fried pickle slices, they are very nicely seasoned and come with a delicious sauce. BB Kings has fried pickles on their regular menu, but I've never had them. K Restaurant in College Park has a fantastaic fried green tomato that is stacked with crab meat, it's super yummy!! But that isn't a place you swing by for a quick fried tomato - it's a dining experience.

Jan 11, 2010
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Cheap eats Daytona Beach Florida

I would suggest Ocean Deck - it's not necessarily a burger joint, but they do have a burger on the menu. They have a great fish sandwich, plenty of menu options and it's not pricey. They're also located right on the beach so you can sit and watch the water. Parking is available in front of the restaurant and nearby.

Jan 11, 2010
VWRobin in Florida

Traditional Seven-Fish Christmas Eve Dinner in Orlando?

Adriaticos has the Feast of the Seven Fishes - you'll have to call and make reservations. Great food, fantastic location!

Dec 21, 2009
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Best sushi in Orlando?

Shari is awful IMO - head to SHIN on North Orange, near Citrus. Shin is amazing! If you're looking for fabulous and cheap, head to Sushi Hatsu on Washington - always great!

Sep 27, 2009
VWRobin in Florida

NY Foodie heading to Disney needing opinions on the below:

Went to EFWF yesterday, it was great. Some really nice options this year for food, but the "freebies" are fewer and fewer each year (guest chefs, demonstrations, etc...). If you go to V&A's be prepared for a big tab, friends went last year and it was $500 for the 2 of them for dinner; also be prepared for needing fancy clothes - men need a jacket and women a nice dress or pantsuit. Don't bother eating at Bongo's - never heard anything good and have a few friends who have had horrible experiences there.
Blue Zoo is amazing, also a bit pricey, but worth every penny.
Agreed on BOMA, I'm not a fan of buffets either, but the food is amazing and you'll find things you'd never find anywhere else. If you can't get over your "hate buffets", then definitely try Jiko, also delicious.
Artist Point is delicious, CG is a great viewing location, but agreed that there are too many children running around, people in their "we just left the park" clothes and the service was mediocre. Definitely plan a drink for the fireworks, and maybe an app or dessert in the bar.
Raglan Road is fun for a casual dinner, if you like Irish food.
If you're looking for amazing Cuban food, take a short cab to Havana's - it's located outside of Hotel Plaza Blvd, off of Palm Parkway. Owned and operated by a Cuban family and I've never had a bad meal there - brought some Cuban friends and they loved it and then brought their own family there the next time.
If you're looking for a fun night (not dinner) head to RIX at Coronado Springs - they've just redone it and it's a super cool vibe - nice place to have drinks and lounge.
Don't waste your time at Mickey's Halloween party unless you have children, want an excuse to wear a costume or really need candy - it's overpriced.
Hope this helps and you have a wonderful time! Happy Anniversary!

Sep 27, 2009
VWRobin in Florida

Orlando nominees for Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives show

Pinones en Orlando - it's literally a grease truck in a gas station parking lot with some of the best Mofongo that I've ever had, not to mention the conch salad. The truck is on Curryford and Conway in the SW corner - at the gas station. Operated by the same gentleman for as long as I've been going, he does it all. It's all made to order so plan to wait about 15-20 minutes, but it's well worth your time. Might look scary, but it's so delicious!! I've never disappointed any of my foodie friends with Pinones en Orlando!

Sep 27, 2009
VWRobin in Florida

Orlando-I'm thinking Cuban for breakfast

It's not a First Watch at Curryford & Bumby - it's Daybreak Diner - breakfast is okay. If you're willing to drive to downtown Orlando I would suggest The Breakfast Club on Pine St - always delicious and plenty of food (much more First Watch like). Not sure where to get a Cuban breakfast.
I don't think Johnson's Diner is open anymore, some tax trouble or something; could be reopened, but would call before you head over.

Sep 27, 2009
VWRobin in Florida

TOP SEAFOOD IN FLA

Another Dixie Crossroads is in Orlando at Festival Bay, it's a shopping area on International Drive near the Prime Outlets. It's in the same plaza as Vans Skate Park and Outdoor World (or some such giant sporting store).

Sep 22, 2009
VWRobin in Florida

TOP SEAFOOD IN FLA

Lee & Ricks in Orlando has amazing oysters, it's a longtime institution in Orlando and family owned & operated. They serve only farm raised oysters, you can get them by the bucket/bushel and they shuck them right there at the concrete bar. It's about as authentic as you can get, and cheap to boot. They do have a few other items on the menu, but they're mostly fried with the exception of the crab legs. Totally worth it!

Sep 22, 2009
VWRobin in Florida

Orlando

Buy them at any grocery store in the area, put them on a rimmed cookie sheet and bake at 350 for about 15 minutes (longer if they're still frozen). Melt a bit of butter or use cocktail sauce and you'll be all set. They're so expensive at most restaurants and if you find them cheaper they'll usually serve them with margarine instead of butter and for me that is an instant deal breaker. You can also grill them on your BBQ outside, medium about 15 minutes or so. I don't recommend steaming or boiling them in your house, the smell will be overwhelming (you don't get that with baking).
Good Luck!

Sep 22, 2009
VWRobin in Florida

Orlando

Midnight Blue is closed, it's now Graffiti Junction - open late but serves mostly burgers.
Beluga is also closed - there one day, gone the next.
Vines has moved down the strip mall a few doors to the old Jeffrey's - the place is huge!

I agree with Ravenous Pig, Normans, Il Pescatore, Bosphorous, Le Coq au Vin & Napsorn.

Haven't eaten at Samba Room, O'boys, Zen or Vines. I have no opinion on Columbia, not bad, not great.

Sep 22, 2009
VWRobin in Florida

How far do you drive for your favorite food

You should try Bagel King on 436 in Casselberry - they have pretty good bagels, lox & whitefish. If anyone has other suggestions, I would also love to hear them.

Aug 06, 2009
VWRobin in Florida

Pigeon Forge for a week - HELP!

We've returned from our week in Pigeon Forge and the food wasn't quite as horrible as expected, thanks much to all my chowhound research and all your responses!

We at The Old Mill Restaurant, I wish we had eaten at The Old Mill Pottery Barn Cafe & Grill - but we had kids with us and it was late and the food at the restaurant was fast. The fritters were delicious!! The rest of the food was decent, but nothing to write home about, with the exception of the fact that they give you more food than anyone can eat. We left with plenty of to go boxes. We ordered trout and grilled shrimp and split them both - my piece of trout was great, the other piece was loaded with tiny little bones and the grilled shrimp was fine (sort of small for grilled shrimp and not exceptionally spiced, but certainly fine). My mother in law had the chicken and dumplings and said they were fantastic. Most of the veggies seemed canned or horribly overcooked, it was very much southern cooking in quantity.

We ate a late lunch at Smokey Mountain Brewery in Gatlinburg - it was delicious for what it was. The pretzels with beer fondue were yummy, the asian spring rolls were delicious (as told to me, I didn't eat them as they had pork) and the pizzas were wonderful. For the beer drinkers it was a treat because they were able to get a flight of the beers and try all the different varieties. Service was great, they even make a chocolate milkshake for our nephew! A wonderful experience on the whole - would definitely go back for a casual meal.

We left the kids at home one evening with grandma and grandpa and had an amazing meal at Cherokee Grill! The blue cheese grits were absolutely superb and the crab cakes (and crab stuffed mushrooms) were just about all crab with the exception of the celery and onion - there was no filler to be seen! The neva's potatoes were scrumptious and the sauteed spinach was perfect. This was absolutely the best meal that we had - but it's not a place for kids. We also left this place with to go boxes. I would absolutely eat here again and recommend it to anyone that asked.

We ate lunch at Applewood Farms one afternoon - and we ate at the restaurant in the back - the Farmhouse Grill. To be honest, the menu at the Farmhouse Grill didn't seem much different from the menu at the Farmhouse Restaurant. Again, the fritters were delicious (what fried dough isn't delicious) but I wasn't able to sample the vegetable soup since it had a beef stock - although my mother in law thought it was delicious. I had the trout cake, it was the first time I had ever seen one on a menu and it was great. My sister in law had the chicken salad on a croissant and she very much enjoyed it. My mother in law had the side dish sampler platter - she enjoyed the dumplings, green beens and fried apples. I thought the dumplings loooked like slop (but then again, I've never had chicken and dumplings in my life), the green beens looked canned and were cooked with ham hock and the fried apples looked like apple pie filling. Our server was super nice, had all the answers about the menu and gave us great service. On the whole, it was not awful, but I would not feel the need to have lunch there again. We did make our way over to the Applewood Winery and I made a stop along the way at the cafe and picked up a "fried apple pie" which was like an apple fritter - that was delicious!! I warmed it up in the oven and had it as a late night snack.

Our last night there we ate at Flying Horse Grill - we thought the kids would love the carousel that they have in the restaurant and the 7 year old loved it - couldn't ride it enough. The place is lovely, all the workers were very friendly, the carousel is fun for the kids and everyone who gets seated gets a ticket for a carousel ride (so we had 8 tickets for 2 children - what a deal!). The food was fine, I had the blackened grouper, but it was the thinnest grouper I had ever seen in my life. It tasted fine, but was nothing to write home about. My boyfriend had the fried chicken, it was a boneless breast and he said it was super delicousl!! The salads were fresh, the dressings were homemade, and the service was great. All in all, it was fine, but I wouldn't feel the need to go back. I would however try Bullfish Grill - which is owned by the same people.

We never did make it to Dancing Bear Lodge - although that was a place on my list. Blackberry Farm was a bit out of the price point of our family - but we would have enjoyed it if we were in Pigeon Forge alone.

We did go White Water Rafting - that was super fun but we drove about an hour to get there - it's not a local attraction like they lead you to believe. We drove through the Smoky Mountain National Forest but we weren't able to do any hikes as the most of the family is not able to hike due to their weight or age (3 yrs & 7 yrs). We went to Ober Gatlinburg, that was fun but a little schlocky - a few hours and you've done it all. The black bear attraction is not worth the $12 they charge, there are a few bears that just sit around in a small environment and the other animals were snakes and skunks and such. We never did go to Cherokee since we drove through Cherokee on the way in and thought it wasn't worth driving the hour back.

To summarize - Pigeon Forge is a very wide street lined with fudge shops, old time photos, souvenirs, fast food, go karts and some restaurants. Other than Dollywood and the accompanying water park - there isn't much to offer. Gatlinburg is a not very wide street lined with fudge shops, old time photos, souvenirs, tourist attractions (Ripleys, etc..) and some restaurants. Other than hiking through the National Forest, I would feel no need to return.

Thanks again to everyone who helped me with restaurants, either on this post or any of the others.

Please feel free to let me help you navigate Orlando if the need ever arises.

Chow on!!

Jul 09, 2009
VWRobin in Kentucky & Tennessee

Pigeon Forge for a week - HELP!

Thanks Noel - we'll be with kids when we go to Cherokee, so hopefully it will be a fun time. Not into wedding chapels either, so we'll breeze through Gatlinburg. I will make sure to check out Clingman Dome - thanks!

Jun 27, 2009
VWRobin in Kentucky & Tennessee

Pigeon Forge for a week - HELP!

What do you mean by the extra "pe"?

Jun 27, 2009
VWRobin in Kentucky & Tennessee

Pigeon Forge for a week - HELP!

I'm heading to Pigeon Forge for a week long vacation with the extended family - and I'm looking for some insight and help. I've read the boards and there isn't really anything current; and coming from Orlando (another tourist spot with both wonderful and not so wonderful dining options) I understand how the climate of the restaurant scene can change often and quickly.

We are staying in a condo, so we'll be able to make some meals at home (thank goodness since I do love to cook) but we'll definitely eat out as well. I have read that we should bring our own liquor and beer, but that we'll be able to find some decent supermarkets. Are there any farmers markets? Farm Stands? Gourmet Stores? Or any other type of foodie store?

After all the reading on this and other sites, I think we should hit the Pancake Pantry for breakfast and Bullfish Grill for dinner, and if we make it to Gatlinburg I would love to eat at Havana Dreams. I have read mixed reviews about Applewood Farmhouse Restaurant - so not sure what to make of it - the menu seems pretty "cracker barrel" southern type food. As much as I would love to check out Blackberry Farm, we'll be with non-foodies that won't spend that kind of money and it will be too hard to try to break away and have dinner by ourselves.

We're looking for non-chain, mid priced restaurants - both for lunch and dinner. I don't eat meat, but do eat seafood and all the others eat everything, if there are any vegetarian options, I would love to hear about them.

I've heard we'll head to Cherokee & Dollywood - so help in those areas would also be great. Again, living in Orlando and near Disneyworld - I understand the concept of theme park dining and how it can run the gamut from horrid to pretty good.

Any information, leads or help would be so greatly appreciated. I'm hoping to make it through without having to eat fast food, chain food or gross southern food (canned veggies, fried everything).

Jun 26, 2009
VWRobin in Kentucky & Tennessee

Heading to Orlando, St Petersburg/Clearwater and Tampa – looking for healthy everyday eats and chow-worthy hole-in-the-wall finds

I have never been to Zen, but Sushi Hatsu is one of my favorites - very fresh and reasonably priced. If you go to Sushi Hatsu on Friday or Saturday night 10p - 12midnite they offer buy one get one free on ngiri, beer, wine and sake (a great deal no doubt). You will be able to stay within your budget here.

I agree with starbucksbrew - Memories of India is great! No lunch buffet to speak of, but they have combos at lunch. The food is always amazing and you can get it to go if you need to. And Le Coq au Vin is fantastic!!

I will tell you that Jiko and Bluezoo are both very pricey (Bluezoo was $300 including tip for dinner for 2 with a cocktail each and a bottle of wine - bday celebration). If you're at all into oysters, you'll have to check out Lee & Ricks; it's a hole in the wall with the best oysters in Orlando (and a concrete bar and they shuck 'em in front of you as you eat 'em) and very cheap.

Another newbie in the area is Mama Nems Soul Food - great fried chicken, home made mac-n-chz, corn bread, fried green tomatoes; not necessarily healthy but totally delicious!

I don't think I would choose Samba Room over Season's 52 - Season's 52 is a concept restaurant by Darden and everything is homemade (nothing frozen or canned ever) and under 500 calories per plate. They also have these amazing little desserts, a few bites each but so guilt free!

If you're looking for great cuban food on the cheap, I would head to Havana's on Palm Parkway - it's a small family owned joint in a strip mall with a Hooters but the food is superb and the price is right.

If you're looking for value seafood, you might want to try Salt Island Grill on International Drive - it doesn't appear to be inexpensive to look at the menu but when I tell you that portions are so huge that you can share them it seems much more of a value. Literally the desserts are big enough for 4 people to share one.

If you're looking for something local - try the Ale House. There are multiple locations and the prices are very reasonable. It's not gourmet food, totally basic but very consistent. They serve a great dolphin steamed in foil, the steaks are always good, their house dressing is a yummy crab ranch, they have a great fish sandwich and their entire menu is available all day and night.

Hope this helps! Have a great trip!!

Jan 22, 2009
VWRobin in Florida

Dinner Suggestion in Orlando

If you're staying at the Hyatt Grand Cypress, I agree with Alice about Johnnie's HIdeaway, which is almost across the street from the Hyatt and absolutely delicious. You can also try Todd English's Bluezoo - it's located on Disney property at the Dolphin Hotel. Also not far from that area you might want to check out Restaurant Row (Roy's, Moonfish, Cedars, Chathams) or Pointe Orlando on International Drive (Opa, Oceanaire Seafood Room). All of these restaurants have websites for you to check out. Good Luck!

Jan 22, 2009
VWRobin in Florida