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sharona
03-23-2011, 09:13 PM
Hi. For those who stay offsite or go offsite for some meals - what are your favorite places in the WDW area? We're looking for reasonably priced family restaurants - any type of food but our favorites are Italian, American and Chinese.

We're staying at Pop and AKL. Our current plans are to eat about 4 dinners offsite. Please no "we like to stay immersed in the magic" comments or advice about the convenience of dining onsite. It's not that I don't appreciate those points of view but we've already done WDW that way. We're really just hoping to get some recommendations of places that are not too far away from our resorts and have good food for a fair price.

TIA for any places you can recommend.

Shelly F - Ohio
03-23-2011, 09:32 PM
Lets see not to far from DTD over in the Crossing shopping center are several places like Ci Ci Pizza buffet for $4.99 a person. There is Sweet Tomato which has a wonderful salad buffet and a few hot foods. If you sign up on the their website they send BOGO coupons and the meals are $6.99 a person. Fuddruckers is also located over there. There is a taco bell, bw3, there as well.


You can get a whole pizza from the Hess station by the Car Care Center for $9.00 and certain days of the week you get a free 2 liter of pop. Their pizza is very good.

aras4007
03-23-2011, 09:41 PM
There are tons of places close by. Landry's Steak and Seafood, Bahama Breeze, Longhorn Steakhouse, Cici's Pizza, Joe's Crab Shack, Sweet Tomatoes, Giordanos, I believe theres an Outback and Olive Garden too. All these places have websites so you can go on and check the menus and locations to see whats best for your family and whats closest. Enjoy!

FireDancer
03-24-2011, 07:48 AM
Cafe D'Antonio (http://www.antoniosonline.com/CafeDAntonio.asp) in Celebration has good Italian food. My favorite restaurant in Orlando though is Seasons 52 (http://www.seasons52.com/) and it is an easy drive from WDW.

sharona
03-24-2011, 08:52 AM
Cafe D'Antonio (http://www.antoniosonline.com/CafeDAntonio.asp) in Celebration has good Italian food. My favorite restaurant in Orlando though is Seasons 52 (http://www.seasons52.com/) and it is an easy drive from WDW.

I recently read a very good review of Seasons52. We may have to put that on our list!

Thanks all for the info and recommendations.

FamilyDisneyLovers
03-24-2011, 09:54 AM
We do not eat off grounds but try Restaurant.com the web site offers discount gift cert. they have a ton for the orlando area.

maggiew
03-24-2011, 10:41 AM
We've eaten at the Orlando Ale house. It is just outside the DTD area. It had good pub type food. I got a fried shrimp meal that had like 30 shrimp and it was around $8??? My DD got a chicken "zinger" meal which was like chicken breast tenders. I don't remember what DH got but maybe ribs? I think my other DD got a burger. My mom shared the shrimp meal with me.

http://www.millersalehouse.com/HOME.htm

I wouldn't say its the "best" offsite restaurant, like you asked in your title. However, it was good food for a good price, if that is what you are looking for.



We also ate at Romano's Macaroni Grill. It is just outside of the DTD area. Go out the hotel plaza blvd and turn left. I got the make your own pasta meal. It was your typical italian chain food but I thought it was good.

http://www.macaronigrill.com/Menu/Menu.aspx?UnitId=410.002.0081


We don't often go offsite to eat because we usually don't have a car. But we ate at these 2 places when we did a non-disney couple of nights before our cruise. We also stayed offsite at the Sheraton Safari, which is right by both of these places.

Maggie

FireDancer
03-24-2011, 10:57 AM
I should have added that you can check Urban Spoon (http://www.urbanspoon.com) or Yelp (http://www.yelp.com) to get restaurant recommendations. I use it when I travel and more often than not the reviews are accurate.

If you prefer locally owned restaurants to chains, as I do, Orlando isn't exactly the best city restaurant-wise.

TDC Nala
03-24-2011, 11:25 AM
Moving to the Orlando board as the OP is specifically asking about restaurants outside Disney property.

Euphoria027
03-24-2011, 11:26 AM
I read an awesome Florida food blog: http://watch-me-eat.blogspot.com/

At the bottom of the posts, there are tags based on location, so you can find one tagged 'Orlando' and see pictures of entrees.

bucsfan1029
03-24-2011, 11:36 AM
Fuddurckers is a great family restaurant and right across from DTD. If you like Japanese steak houses, check out Benihana. They have a location in the Hilton at DTD and on International (close to the outlet mall).

metzger01
03-24-2011, 11:58 AM
I'm not so sure of good restaurants, but I did notice that there are several on Restaurant.com (http://www.restaurant.com) that are in the area. I know that House of Blues was on there, because I got one there a couple of nights ago. If you type in DEAL for the promo code there is an 80% discount, which is really good. Be aware that most establishments will pre-figure in an 18% tip on the full value before the discount is taken and add it to the bill. Most $25 gift certificates only require the bill to be $35 or more, and these $25 certificates can cost as little as $2.00-$3.00 when the promo code is added. So, it's an excellent deal. The Promo code expires on Mar 27, but the certificates I've gotten so far never expire.

juliebean
03-24-2011, 12:38 PM
I signed up for Sweet Tomatoes emails and they send coupons - including dinner for 2 adults and 2 kids for $20. Plus, it's a nice change from junk food.

Orlando Vic
03-24-2011, 01:38 PM
I recently read a very good review of Seasons52. We may have to put that on our list!

Thanks all for the info and recommendations.

There are tons of good reviews for Seasons 52. It (there is another in Altamonte Springs) is one of the best restaurants in town! Reservations are definitely a good idea!

iloveokw
03-24-2011, 04:41 PM
We eat offsite more than we do onsite.

We usually eat very casual meals favorites are:

Orlando Ale House....one in LBV, and nice new one on International Drive.
Sweet Tomatoes....nice change from burgers.
Giordano's pizza (have gotten gc on restaurant.com)...Chicago style deep dish....yummo.
Flipper's Pizza...good thin crust....good deals online and they deliver for $1.
Bahama Breeze..little more $$$, good food and atmosphere.

Usual chains nearby: Red Lobster, Chevy's, Perkins, Joe's Crab Shack, Ramanos Mac Grill, CiCi's, Perkins, Pizza Hut, Chili's Fridays. We like to try somewhere different than we get at home.

Not offsite, but we LOVE Earl of Sandwich at DD.

mnrose
03-24-2011, 04:55 PM
I recently read a very good review of Seasons52. We may have to put that on our list!

Thanks all for the info and recommendations.


Seasons 52 is excellent. When we were there in Feb, we did the Chef's Table to celebrate a special birthday, and it was one of the best meals I've ever eaten in a restaurant. Staff was great too. :-)

DisneyWisher
03-24-2011, 09:26 PM
We love Logan's. When leaving Pop turn left on Victory Way, left onto Osceola pkwy, you'll go past I-4 and turn right on International Drive (Gaylord Palms is on the corner, go to the end and uturn to turn into Logans parking lot (also there is a Publix grocery store right behind in case you need snacks, soda, water...) when DD27 and I went with grandkids. DD and had $20 meal for 2 consisted of Appy to share, we both got 6 oz steaks, baked potatoes, salads and either 2 mini desserts or a regular dessert to share all for $20. Kids got $2.99 meals both got grilled chicken breast, mashed potatoes and I think ranch and carrots. They also have amazing yeast bread and it was also happy hour 2 margaritas for $4.20. It's just a 5 min ride from Pop

TnTWalter
03-25-2011, 05:29 AM
Logans has the 2 for $13.99 deal and kids meals $2.99.

Good cheap fast.:thumbsup2

Giordani's :thumbsup2

Earl of Sandwich :thumbsup2

trying the Ale House this trip and possibly Flippers and Sweet tomato and Chevy's.

crazyfordisney2000
03-25-2011, 05:28 PM
Bumpity bump bump :):cheer2:

Shelly F - Ohio
03-25-2011, 05:42 PM
Sweet tomato
http://www.sweettomatoes.com/locations/restaurant.aspx?store_id=116&store_name=Lake_Buena_Vista


They send coupons all the time. Just got a BOGO and one that 4 can eat for $19.99 after 4pm

WatchMeEat
03-27-2011, 12:38 PM
I read an awesome Florida food blog: http://watch-me-eat.blogspot.com/

At the bottom of the posts, there are tags based on location, so you can find one tagged 'Orlando' and see pictures of entrees.

Ohh! A reader of my blog! :cool1:

Since I'm here, here's my thoughts. For Italian, go for Giordanos, but only if you order a stuffed pizza. It's the one thing they seem to do well, and the rest of the food I've tried there honestly sucks. Pacino's on 192 also has pretty good Italian food at prices equivalent to an Olive Garden...
Giordanos (http://watch-me-eat.blogspot.com/2009/06/giordanos-stuffed-pizza.html)
Pacinos (http://watch-me-eat.blogspot.com/2010/01/pacinos-in-kissimmee-fl.html)

For Chinese, without driving too far, do Ming Court on I-Drive. Prices are good for lunch although a little on the high side for dinner, but still cheaper than a Disney restaurant. It's a very cool place with koi ponds, musicians, dragons hanging from the ceiling, and good food. If you don't mind driving further, visit the Mills-50 District just outside Downtown Orlando. It's Orlando's biggest asian neighborhood, filled with lots and lots of Vietnamese, Chinese, and Japanese restaurants, supermarkets, and stores. Food is almost always good around here and the prices are great! And it might be worth it to see a part of Orlando that isn't advertised to the tourists...
Ming Court (http://watch-me-eat.blogspot.com/2011/02/ming-court-in-orlando-fl.html)

And here's a few from Mills-50:
Little Saigon (http://watch-me-eat.blogspot.com/2010/04/little-saigon-in-orlando-fl.html)
Ginza Japanese Steakhouse (http://watch-me-eat.blogspot.com/2010/03/ginza-steak-sushi-in-orlando-fl.html)
Pho 88 (http://watch-me-eat.blogspot.com/2009/06/pho-88.html)

For American, try the Market Street Cafe in Celebration. It's a foux diner type place with pretty good food.
Market Street Cafe (http://watch-me-eat.blogspot.com/2008/12/fish-tacos-from-market-street-cafe-in.html)

Also, skip Sweet Tomatoes in my opinion. It's not worth dealing with the crazy crowds that this place gets at their Disney/I-Drive locations for what is basically a fancier Sizzler. For buffets, nobody can compete with the ones on Disney property, although you'll be paying for that...

SouthernExplorer
03-28-2011, 02:07 PM
WatchMeEat,

Nice, a local :goodvibes

I was wondering what are the best seafood places in Orlando. Disney is overpriced, and I'd rather support local businesses so where do the locals go for good seafood?

Any good seafood places by the Kennedy Space Center?

Thanks

jemmouse
03-28-2011, 02:15 PM
We always hit up the Olive Garden and sometimes Buffalo Wild Wings. I also believe there is a Giordanos pizza further on International Drive. Happy eating.

auger
03-28-2011, 02:25 PM
WatchMeEat,

Nice, a local :goodvibes

I was wondering what are the best seafood places in Orlando. Disney is overpriced, and I'd rather support local businesses so where do the locals go for good seafood?

Any good seafood places by the Kennedy Space Center?
Thanks

!!!!Dixie Crossroads!!!! We have been going for years. Absolutely love the place!!

TotoToo
03-28-2011, 04:12 PM
We also ate at Romano's Macaroni Grill. It is just outside of the DTD area. Go out the hotel plaza blvd and turn left. I got the make your own pasta meal. It was your typical italian chain food but I thought it was good.

http://www.macaronigrill.com/Menu/Menu.aspx?UnitId=410.002.0081



Macaroni Grill had been a favorite of ours for many years. But they kept changing the menu & removing the unique things we liked until we got down to a very good,simple spaghetti & meatballs as the one really trustworthy item we enjoyed. Then we got a bad batch - or at least we thought so. The pasta was thick & chewy, the meatballs tough & sauce tasteless. But once can be a fluke so we returned again & again - same thing! They changed the menu/products once too often and for the worse so that chain is now off our list. Olive Garden - on the other side of the street - is much better and less expensive. Too bad, we really used to like MG. No more.

lewiseagle
03-28-2011, 04:25 PM
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WatchMeEat
03-30-2011, 08:41 PM
!!!!Dixie Crossroads!!!! We have been going for years. Absolutely love the place!!

YES! Get the rock shrimp.