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CamAnd
01-10-2008, 01:45 PM
What's your favorite offsite restaurant? It can be anything from seafood, Mexican, Japanese.........

Looking for another place to dine besides Disney establishments. I liked Kobe steakhouse next to Arabian Nights but that was 2 years ago. So where's a place with great food lately?

Emme
01-10-2008, 04:13 PM
Here is a post from a while ago...maybe it will help

http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1240699

Frothy
01-10-2008, 07:20 PM
Lots of restaurants on Sand Lake Rd. Seasons 52 is our favourite.

CamAnd
01-10-2008, 08:31 PM
Here is a post from a while ago...maybe it will help

http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1240699


Great! Thanks. The search engine doesn't seem to be working.......

Figment22
01-10-2008, 11:19 PM
I just opened this thread to post about Seasons 52 but I see someone beat me to it! It's a terrific restaurant.

http://www.seasons52.com/menu/default.asp

DVC Dude
01-10-2008, 11:39 PM
Fishbones on Sandlake and I--drive.

utahkennedys
01-10-2008, 11:45 PM
We like Bahama Breeze.

bama-mom
01-11-2008, 01:08 PM
We also love Fish Bones & Bahama Breeze. You can't beat Flipper's for pizza and sandwiches, great pizza for cheap!

Mrs Doubtfire
01-12-2008, 10:58 AM
Another vote here for Bahama Breeze

Emme
01-12-2008, 11:05 AM
We love Orlando Ale House. Ate there twice last time we visited. Food good prices VERY reasonable...

http://www.millersalehouse.com/

wannabprincess
01-12-2008, 05:45 PM
texas de brazil is our fav

DLBDS
01-12-2008, 06:24 PM
I was the OP in the PP's link. These are the places we chose....

Texas de Brazil is good but you gotta love meat as this place is expensive. Register at their website for discounts via email.

I like Giordano's for pizza.

Charley's Steakhouse is also good. But pricey.

I want to give Bahama Breeze and Celebration Town Tavern a try next time.

ducklite
01-13-2008, 07:06 AM
Depends on if you've got kids with you or not. If so, then Bahama Breeze or the Melting Pot would be good choices. If not, then Seasons 52, The Samba Room, or Chistini's (has a dress code requiring jackets for men, and NO children under school age allowed--think V&A's Italian style) are all good choices.

If you want to eat casual where the locals do, head to Gators Dockside (in Cagan Crossings about 1/2 mile north of 192 on 27 in Clermont), Tijuana Flats (many locations) , or San Joses. All three are chains, San Joses only has two locations, I'd choose the one on 27 (Kings Ridge Plaza) in Clermont, the Winter Garden/Ocoee location is in a sketchy area.

winterman
01-13-2008, 04:03 PM
We have only been once but DH and I really enjoyed the Celebration Town Tavern. Its a taste of New England in Florida.

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LisaR624
01-13-2008, 04:42 PM
Another vote for Seasons 52. We were there December 23 for the first and it was fabulous. Another fave is Texas de Brazil. It is pricey (but worth it), but if you get on their email list, they send you discounts all the time.
Lisa

CR Resort Fan 4 Life
01-13-2008, 05:05 PM
I have a few favorite offsite restaurants.

The Cheese Cake Factory in the Mall at Millenia.
Golden Corral location at Lake Buena Vista/535.
Shells Seafood Restaurant located at 192 Eastbound.
Any Olive Garden location in the Orlando area.

keishashadow
01-13-2008, 05:42 PM
technically "offsite"

mythos @ Universal; best food we've eaten in any theme park, possibly MCO :thumbsup2 (except for the filet @ Ca Grill)

citiwalk - margarittaville is fun, haven't tried emerils yet

CamAnd
01-14-2008, 09:02 AM
citiwalk - margarittaville is fun, haven't tried emerils yet


DH and I dined at Emerils years ago before kids and absolutely loved the food. You dine with nice china, and the flavors in all our dishes(party of 4 adults) were exceptional! Not a very " romantic setting" as the main room is a large open type area. But still a great dining experience.

ducklite
01-14-2008, 11:23 AM
I have a few favorite offsite restaurants.

The Cheese Cake Factory in the Mall at Millenia.

This one is OK, but don't get the Caesar salad there--the dressing is terrible.

Golden Corral location at Lake Buena Vista/535.

I don't get the fascination with this place. The food is very low quality, and unless you want to stuff yourself silly without worrying about cost, I can't see why anyone would eat there. :confused3

Any Olive Garden location in the Orlando area.

Another place that I don't understand why people like it. It's fast food served table service. The food is just shy of bad. If you want good casual Italian, try Macaroni Grill or Carrabba's. But you don't get all you can eat soup/salad with those two, maybe that's why people like Olive Garden? Personally I'd rather spend the $1.99 to get a side salad and GOOD food than free salad with bad food. JMHO.

No offense, but seeing as how you spend the money to stay CL, I'm surprised that you eat at these places when there are so many really good places in the area. :confused3

ducklite
01-14-2008, 11:25 AM
DH and I dined at Emerils years ago before kids and absolutely loved the food. You dine with nice china, and the flavors in all our dishes(party of 4 adults) were exceptional! Not a very " romantic setting" as the main room is a large open type area. But still a great dining experience.

I couldn't agree more--the flavors at Emerils are amazing! I had one of the best meals ever there a couple years back, sitting at the bar when they first opened that evening. I agree it's not terribly romantic, but it's delicious!

CamAnd
01-14-2008, 12:52 PM
Another place that I don't understand why people like it. It's fast food served table service. The food is just shy of bad. If you want good casual Italian, try Macaroni Grill or Carrabba's. But you don't get all you can eat soup/salad with those two, maybe that's why people like Olive Garden? Personally I'd rather spend the $1.99 to get a side salad and GOOD food than free salad with bad food. JMHO.

No offense, but seeing as how you spend the money to stay CL, I'm surprised that you eat at these places when there are so many really good places in the area. :confused3

It seems we have similar tastes ducklite. I also agree that Macaroni Grill and Carrabbas' are superior to Olive Garden. Olive Garden tastes like cafeteria food to me. We like Carrabbas best in our area out of the 3. I love Italian dishes but lately, I always seem to get the Filet at Carraba's because of how it's seasoned and so yummy & tender.

englishteacha
01-14-2008, 03:33 PM
I like Cracker Barrel. I know it's a chain, but I've found the food to be quite good, and the prices are reasonable.

As for Olive Garden, for those of us who live hours from a "real" Italian restaurant, Olive Garden is pretty good! I haven't eaten there often, but I've liked the food the few times I've been there.

Figment22
01-14-2008, 08:28 PM
As far as the Italian restaurant chains go, Olive Garden, Macaroni Grill, Carrabba's all pale in comparison to Maggiano's Little Italy, which has its Orlando location in Pointe Orlando on International Drive. Yummmmm.

http://www.maggianos.com/

For a non-chain Italian dining experience, we enjoyed a very good meal at Ciao Italia on our last visit to Orlando in November.

http://www.ciaoitaliaonline.com/menu.asp

CR Resort Fan 4 Life
01-14-2008, 10:29 PM
This one is OK, but don't get the Caesar salad there--the dressing is terrible.



I don't get the fascination with this place. The food is very low quality, and unless you want to stuff yourself silly without worrying about cost, I can't see why anyone would eat there. :confused3



Another place that I don't understand why people like it. It's fast food served table service. The food is just shy of bad. If you want good casual Italian, try Macaroni Grill or Carrabba's. But you don't get all you can eat soup/salad with those two, maybe that's why people like Olive Garden? Personally I'd rather spend the $1.99 to get a side salad and GOOD food than free salad with bad food. JMHO.

No offense, but seeing as how you spend the money to stay CL, I'm surprised that you eat at these places when there are so many really good places in the area. :confused3I have never had a Caesar Salad there, but thanks for the tip.

I find the food ok at the Golden Corral and it's better then hot food which is served at Sweet Tomatos.

Compared to some Italian restaurants I have been to in Toronto, I find the food at Olive Garden a lot better. Plus for whatever reason every Olive Garden location in Canada closed. So it's one place we can not go anytime we want, unless we happen to be at WDW or somewhere else in the United States.

Also just like the Oliver Garden the other locations I mentioned are not opened in Toronto, so we also can not eat at them anytime we would want, if we are not in WDW or somewhere in the United States.

There are days when we don't stick around for the hot food at 5:00 PM in the lounge because what they are serving we might not like, so we would want to eat at any one of the locations I mentioned.

ducklite
01-15-2008, 06:42 AM
I have never had a Caesar Salad there, but thanks for the tip.

I find the food ok at the Golden Corral and it's better then hot food which is served at Sweet Tomatos.

Compared to some Italian restaurants I have been to in Toronto, I find the food at Olive Garden a lot better. Plus for whatever reason every Olive Garden location in Canada closed. So it's one place we can not go anytime we want, unless we happen to be at WDW or somewhere else in the United States.

Also just like the Oliver Garden the other locations I mentioned are not opened in Toronto, so we also can not eat at them anytime we would want, if we are not in WDW or somewhere in the United States.

There are days when we don't stick around for the hot food at 5:00 PM in the lounge because what they are serving we might not like, so we would want to eat at any one of the locations I mentioned.


You are missing my point. Why do you eat at bad restaurants when there are so many good ones here? Regardless of if they are open or closed in Toronto, Olive Garden just isn't very good. I'm simply trying to suggest you try some of the good restaurants around here, because based on your post, you seem to have eaten at most of the bad ones repeatedly.

CR Resort Fan 4 Life
01-15-2008, 07:50 AM
You are missing my point. Why do you eat at bad restaurants when there are so many good ones here? Regardless of if they are open or closed in Toronto, Olive Garden just isn't very good. I'm simply trying to suggest you try some of the good restaurants around here, because based on your post, you seem to have eaten at most of the bad ones repeatedly.Well I don't think they are bad restaurants the way you think they are. If you don't like them that's fine, however if I like eating at those locations that is my choice.

ducklite
01-15-2008, 09:49 AM
Well I don't think they are bad restaurants the way you think they are. If you don't like them that's fine, however if I like eating at those locations that is my choice.

I'm not saying it's not. It's just unfortunate that you aren't trying other places that the vast majority of people find to ahve far superior food. Sometimes getting out of a rut can bring pleasant surprises.

CR Resort Fan 4 Life
01-15-2008, 09:54 AM
I'm not saying it's not. It's just unfortunate that you aren't trying other places that the vast majority of people find to ahve far superior food. Sometimes getting out of a rut can bring pleasant surprises.We have tried other restaurants and we just did not like them as much as the ones I listed. I am going to say again if you don't like these restaurants that's fine because it's your opinion, however my family and I enjoy these places so I wish that you would respect my opinion about this subject.

mrsstats
01-15-2008, 09:55 AM
I happen to like Olive Garden and Golden Coral. Yes, there may be others that have much better food but for some price is a consideration too. Everyone has their own opinion and that's what makes the world go round.

ducklite
01-15-2008, 10:07 AM
I happen to like Olive Garden and Golden Coral. Yes, there may be others that have much better food but for some price is a consideration too. Everyone has their own opinion and that's what makes the world go round.

I doubt price is a consideration when all of someone's trips are taken on CL. (If it is, I'd reconsider staying CL, but that's me) And for the record, Macaroni Grill and Carrabba's are in the same price range as Olive Garden.

CR Resort Fan 4 Life
01-15-2008, 10:10 AM
I doubt price is a consideration when all of someone's trips are taken on CL. (If it is, I'd reconsider staying CL, but that's me) And for the record, Macaroni Grill and Carrabba's are in the same price range as Olive Garden.Like I said before there are some days when we do not stay for the foods they offer at 5:00 PM in the lounge, so those nights we would either eat somewhere in WDW or offsite.

ducklite
01-15-2008, 10:50 AM
Like I said before there are some days when we do not stay for the foods they offer at 5:00 PM in the lounge, so those nights we would either eat somewhere in WDW or offsite.

I have no idea why your response is at all relevant to my comments, other than to maybe once again feel the need to tell everyone in every post that you only stay CL. It's really not that great of a thing, and really nothing worth mentioning in every post. Someday you'll realize that. :confused3

CR Resort Fan 4 Life
01-15-2008, 10:58 AM
I have no idea why your response is at all relevant to my comments, other than to maybe once again feel the need to tell everyone in every post that you only stay CL. It's really not that great of a thing, and really nothing worth mentioning in every post. Someday you'll realize that. :confused3I am only mentioning CL because you keep brining it up.

ducklite
01-15-2008, 11:00 AM
I am only mentioning CL because you keep brining it up.

This time. :rolleyes1

OlderMan
01-15-2008, 11:13 AM
...DW and I were in Hong Kong, we ate at Planet Hollywood.

NEVER go halfway around the world to eat at some place you would not eat at home. Perhaps the WORST meal we've had at a restaurant --and we've had plenty.

Having said that:

Favorites in Orlando: Del Frisco's--pricy but worth every penny (steak house).
Viet Garden in "Little Saigon" on Colonial Drive east of I-4 (love their summer rolls).
Thai Thani (sp) on I-Drive south of Bee Line (can get "Thai Hot!!!!").

Remember, if you're on vacation, don't eat at the chains! Eat somewhere you wouldn't eat at home! (You can eat at Olive Garden, McDonalds, etc at home, can't you?)

CanadianGuy
01-15-2008, 12:36 PM
I have no idea why your response is at all relevant to my comments, other than to maybe once again feel the need to tell everyone in every post that you only stay CL. It's really not that great of a thing, and really nothing worth mentioning in every post. Someday you'll realize that. :confused3

Actually way I read this thread YOU brought it up. Way more than once too.

Ahem. :rolleyes1

Knox

CamAnd
01-15-2008, 12:59 PM
As far as the Italian restaurant chains go, Olive Garden, Macaroni Grill, Carrabba's all pale in comparison to Maggiano's Little Italy, which has its Orlando location in Pointe Orlando on International Drive. Yummmmm.

http://www.maggianos.com/

For a non-chain Italian dining experience, we enjoyed a very good meal at Ciao Italia on our last visit to Orlando in November.

http://www.ciaoitaliaonline.com/menu.asp

Maggiano's is very good compared to the others. But you'd find the other 3 more prevalent in locations. While there are dozens of O.G, MG, & Carraba's nearby, the closest Maggiano's to us is 2 hours away. There isn't an abundance of Maggiano's in that area either.