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Old 09-18-2019, 08:59 AM
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Like the title says.
Doing Disney next week with the family. Staying at Animal Kingdom Lodge, will be in town about 6 days.
Would like to check out some restaurants for dinner that are not on Disney property.
Kids are 9 and 12 and are both pretty adventurous eaters, so don't need corn dogs or chicken nuggets. Would prefer local interesting places over chains. Have a rental car, so can travel a bit if need be.
Thanks in advance.
Old 09-18-2019, 09:23 AM
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You could go the Red Wing restaurant off of 33. Its local and interesting.
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Granted I have no spent a ton of time in Orlando, but it seems to be the epicenter of crappy food. I am sure there has to be a few good places, I just never found them
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Originally Posted by Boat Hound View Post
Granted I have no spent a ton of time in Orlando, but it seems to be the epicenter of crappy food. I am sure there has to be a few good places, I just never found them
No doubt Orlando is chain restaurant land. They put alot of pressure the local places, That being said Disney has some good eats. Flying Fish at the boardwalk, Grand Floridian Victoria and Albert's.

For another local eats if you dont mind the drive. Dixie Cross roads in Titusville. Maybe go to Cape Canaveral (the Space Center).
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Second on Dixie Crossroads in Titusville (although I haven't been there in years), or for more rustic experience, JB's Fish Camp, not far from Daytona Beach. Cape Canaveral is definitely worth a day of your trip.
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We ate at Landry's earlier this year. We passed it by numerous times over the years, thinking it was one of those tourist traps. It turned out to be one of our new favorites. Very good.
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Roy's Restaurant on Sand Lake Rd is pretty good.
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Originally Posted by Onewolf View Post
Roy's Restaurant on Sand Lake Rd is pretty good.
I spaced on Restaurant Row on Sand Lake. Lots of nicer options but I wouldnt call them "Local" eats. Roy's is a chain, a good one.
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if you like pizza I like the Mellow Mushroom great for family.

there is also a Brazilian BBQ that is great can't remember the name. i will find it

https://fogodechao.com/location/orlando/

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Hash house a go go!!!
Bring an appetite!
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How are you going to have any money left after Disney?
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A restaurant or friend’s house.
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Originally Posted by sharktripper View Post
We ate at Landry's earlier this year. We passed it by numerous times over the years, thinking it was one of those tourist traps. It turned out to be one of our new favorites. Very good.
I've always enjoyed Landry's. They do a good job for being a chain. Disappointed that they closed the Pensacola location tho'...
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Your to far away.... But anyone that wants hole in the wall chinese, check out tasty wok downtown off of colonial. It's legit.

Just fyi. Some people dont like the cooked ducks hanging.

Been going for years. Delicious
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Originally Posted by avenger79 View Post
if you like pizza I like the Mellow Mushroom great for family.

there is also a Brazilian BBQ that is great can't remember the name. i will find it

https://fogodechao.com/location/orlando/
Fogo de Chao is EXCELLENT! Brazilian bbq. You play red light, green light with the servers. However, it is also a chain. That never stopped me from eating there.

My fave restaurant in Orlando is on I-Drive and is also a chain. I won't name it cuz you peoples will laugh at me, lol. No, I don't go there for the quality. I go there for nostalgia and my comfort food.

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^ twin peaks
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This is the best way to find hole in the wall places in Orlando (my wife and I just moved from there)
https://www.facebook.com/groups/orlandofoodieforum/

You're visiting during magical dining month, so I would look this list over for places to eat on the higher end
https://www.visitorlando.com/en/magical-dining
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I would recommend heading to downtown Winter Park one evening. There are quite a few good restaurants depending on what you are in the mood for, and you can get ice cream at Kilwins or a treat at Peterbrooke afterwards (all within walking distance.)
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Originally Posted by superjag View Post
Like the title says.
Doing Disney next week with the family. Staying at Animal Kingdom Lodge, will be in town about 6 days.
Would like to check out some restaurants for dinner that are not on Disney property.
Kids are 9 and 12 and are both pretty adventurous eaters, so don't need corn dogs or chicken nuggets. Would prefer local interesting places over chains. Have a rental car, so can travel a bit if need be.
Thanks in advance.
I am sure there are good places outside of Disney, but you may be missing out on some great restaurants in Disney, much more than chicken fingers and corn dogs. Where are you planning to eat on Disney property?

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