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keatonsmommy03
01-23-2012, 04:48 PM
Hi everyone, was wondering if anyone had any suggestions for dinner off property. It will just be me and my daughter who is 4 so I wanted to stay away from fast food and places like chilis and olive garden. We will have a rental car so distance is not too much of a factor. I know that there is a sweet tomatoes close and plan on going there. I am just looking for places for about $20 or under or where we could share a meal. Nothing too fancy, just not McD. You know somewhere in the middle.

TIA

Muushka
01-23-2012, 07:24 PM
How about CiCi's Pizza? Or Miami Subs (if they are still there). I used to live in FL and loved that place. Bahama Breeze is pretty tasty too.

Hopefully someone else will chime in!

Shanna-like-Banana
01-23-2012, 07:41 PM
Near DTD is a Sweet Tomatoes.
I think kids are less than $5, at least they were in Sept


There is a Perkins nearby DTD, kinda old.

poohbear8
01-23-2012, 07:46 PM
This will only be a little help, but I saw something (maybe here) about a kids eat free card. My kids are 14 & 18, so I didn't pay too much attention. Maybe someone else will know about it.

I found the thread: http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2432200&highlight=kids

I have CiCi's by me and the food is pretty good. It's a buffet with pizza, salad, dessert pizza, and some soup and or pasta. My cost runs from $4.99-$6.99 depending on if they are running a sale.

Claire&TheBoys
01-23-2012, 08:02 PM
I think there's still a Bob Evans on Hwy 192 near the south gate. There's a Golden Corral buffet restaurant along there, too, and probably anything else you can think of.

DCbride
01-23-2012, 09:02 PM
Funny- Sweet Tomatoes was my first thought!

Mimi's Cafe is one of our favorites! (we do not have one in our state) check out their website

There is also several Ale Houses close by. They have great salads and are pretty popular.

Shelly F - Ohio
01-23-2012, 09:10 PM
How about Steak n Shake. Its not far from Sweet Tomatoes that is by DTD.

http://www.steaknshake.com/store-locator/#lake buena vista+ fl

hearts8701
01-24-2012, 06:29 AM
millers ale house on 192
http://www.millersalehouse.com/KISSIMMEE.htm

3mickeymom
01-24-2012, 06:59 AM
The kids meals came with a delicious smoothie. We have always had good meals and quick service.

rlduvall
01-24-2012, 08:24 AM
I have heard only wonderful things about Celebration Town Tavern in the Town of Celebration - just east of Disney World. As an added bonus, you can explore the town that Disney built [but no longer owns].

http://www.thecelebrationtowntavern.com/

disneysteve
01-24-2012, 09:26 AM
We love Sweet Tomatoes. There is one at Crossroads and one on I-Drive.

We like Flippers for pizza and sandwiches. There is one of those at Crossroads, one at Old Town and one on 192 West in the Target shopping center.

A lot of people like Giordano's. I haven't been there for a few years personally. They are in Formosa Gardens center on 192 W.

We like the Chinese restaurant in Formosa Gardens also. Not sure of the name.

We usually eat at the Perkins on 192 each trip also. Food, service and prices are all decent.

LSchrow
01-24-2012, 09:45 AM
We like Flippers for pizza and sandwiches. There is one of those at Crossroads, one at Old Town and one on 192 West in the Target shopping center.
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we LOVE flippers (the one in crossroads)!!
we manage to eat there at least every other day, every trip :) the food is excellent, prices very reasonable, friendly service, and very clean.
we were very disappointed by cici's - the people were nice, but the food ranged from bland to gross (skim on soups, cold pizza with reheated glops of cheese.), and dirty. price was low, but we wouldn't go back even if they gave us money :eek:

kydisneyfans
01-24-2012, 10:31 AM
Cici's would be the last place I would eat during a Disney vacation-yuck.

We normally find ourselves at Giordano's(usually 1st and last night). We also eat at Logan's Roadhouse on 192, and Olive Garden. A Cracker Barrel visit usually happens. For breakfast, we have done the Ponderosa $3.99-$4.99 thing, it's not bad.

formill
01-24-2012, 03:36 PM
We love Cicis and with coupons have fed 7 people for $45 with drinks can't beat that. The best tip and I am quite sure I got it from the Dis was that you can order a pizza as you like.......so we do....and they are so much better and hot than what they put out- you go up and tell them exactly what you want and they give you a number and will bring it out to you when it is ready- can order the exact amount of slices you want- the pizzas end up with a lot more on them then what they put on the buffet. We have been to several different ones and there are some that are gross and dirty but there are some very nice and clean too. Sign up online for their cicis club or whatever they call it and you will get better coupons then what you can find in the tourist books.

disneysteve
01-24-2012, 05:13 PM
Cici's would be the last place I would eat during a Disney vacation-yuck.

We love Cicis

I'm not sure I'd go so far as to say I love it, but I found Cici's to be perfectly acceptable for the price. I love a great pizza and this isn't it but for what they charge, I'm fine with it. We go to the one on 192 W. where the minigolf is. We've been there twice in the past 2 years and had no problems. I like the variety, being able to have several different types of pizza at once. And their dessert pizzas were surprisingly good. I was expecting something basic but the cheese danish pizza or apple one are great IMO. The brownies aren't the best though.

debsays
01-24-2012, 05:44 PM
YES, Sweet Tomatoes and Ale House are great!

We enjoyed MiMi's in California. Where is there one near WDW?

Swan4Me
01-24-2012, 05:51 PM
Honestly-after a dozen + trips to WDW-driving off property takes forever and the $5 cheaper entree simply isnt worth it -for us.

I go to WDW to chill, relax and have fun-not drive those sometimes confusing highways to exit-and if you take the wrong turn, takes forever to come back

I'd just go to DTD- and eat something nice-like At House Of Blues!:thumbsup2

disneysteve
01-24-2012, 06:03 PM
Honestly-after a dozen + trips to WDW-driving off property takes forever

I'll respectfully disagree with this. Driving from one end of Disney property to the other can take a lot longer and be a lot more confusing then zipping off to Crossroads or 192 for a reasonably priced meal. Crossroads is literally across the street from Disney property. Pretty much impossible to get lost doing that. And in no more than 10 minutes tops, you can be at any of dozens of places on 192. If you enter and exit property via Sherbeth Road, there are no highways to deal with, no cloverleafs or major intersections.

LauraR
01-24-2012, 07:09 PM
We really like the Market Street Cafe in downtown Celebration (across from the lake). Nice upscale diner atmosphere and great menu (creative American). Breakfast was especially good.

branv
01-24-2012, 08:08 PM
How about Panera bread or chipotle? I know the chipotle by us has a cute kid's meal.

I know it's fast food, but I really like chickfila. DH is borderline diabetic, but his nutritionist had no problem with an 8 count of nuggets and a side salad or bowl of fruit. I also really like their grilled chicken sandwich. I eat fast without feeling gross :)

pershing
01-24-2012, 08:52 PM
millers ale house on 192
http://www.millersalehouse.com/KISSIMMEE.htm

This is a great thread! Thanks for all the suggestions. I'm going with 4 teenage boys in April and really appreciate good off site eats.

Kissimmee Ale House looks really close to Animal Kingdom Lodge on my gps. It has it listed as 8 minutes traveling time.

Do you think that's accurate? If so, woohoo!:woohoo:

Renysmom
01-24-2012, 09:03 PM
Near DTD is a Sweet Tomatoes.
I think kids are less than $5, at least they were in Sept


There is a Perkins nearby DTD, kinda old.

I was going to suggest Sweet Tomatoes as well. Really, really enjoy eating there and go as often as we can when in WDW. If you visit their website you can get coupons emailed to you.

Hawk
01-24-2012, 09:10 PM
Hi km:

We have been going to WDW at least once, many times twice, per year since 1987. We started out without a car and using WDW transportation which limited us to WDW dining options only. In 2001 we started renting a car. Big change!!

Now we drive to all places, except MK, but more importantly we can travel off property. I will tell you that the quality of food is far better offsite and the prices are way cheaper. A GPS is great, but not necessary. It does allow us to find new places easier and faster, but there are several good eats just outside the WDW perimeter. Many times it is faster to get to an offsite restaurant than an onside restaurant. There is the possibility that you will not have the "magical experience" while offsite, but you will have to weigh in that factor. Try it. You may find you like it much better.

Good luck and good eats.

Tim/Hawk

wdwnomad
01-24-2012, 09:30 PM
If you are into BBQ and are up for a drive then there is a place called 4 Rivers Smokehouse. OMG! Have you ever seen the show on the Food Network called "The Best Thing I Ever Ate.." Well if I was ever to be on it I would be talking about the brisket at this place.

There is a location up in Winter Garden. If you take the Western Beltway up to it the drive isn't that bad. Maybe 20-30 minutes. There is another location in Winter Park but I think that is a little longer trip.

We went there last year and the food was out of this world. If you look on all of the food sites for Orlando this place is always one of the top choices for a few years now. If you go just try to get there a little early because before you know it there will be a line out the door. It won't disappoint. We are going again this coming August. Sometimes I think I am more excited about this place than Disney World...

SamSam
01-24-2012, 09:54 PM
This is a great thread! Thanks for all the suggestions. I'm going with 4 teenage boys in April and really appreciate good off site eats.

Kissimmee Ale House looks really close to Animal Kingdom Lodge on my gps. It has it listed as 8 minutes traveling time.

Do you think that's accurate? If so, woohoo!:woohoo:

Definitely accurate. We always go shopping at a Pulbix right next to Millers Ale House...actually ate at Millers last October and were pleasantly surprised by it. From Animal Kingdom Lodge you head east, then take the very first road (Sherbeth Road) to Hwy 192, turn right and go approx. 2 miles, Millers Ale House is on the right side of the road.

pershing
01-25-2012, 09:42 AM
Definitely accurate. We always go shopping at a Pulbix right next to Millers Ale House...actually ate at Millers last October and were pleasantly surprised by it. From Animal Kingdom Lodge you head east, then take the very first road (Sherbeth Road) to Hwy 192, turn right and go approx. 2 miles, Millers Ale House is on the right side of the road.

:flower2: Thanks for letting me know there's a Publix right next to it! We are renting DVC and we can eat out and then fill the fridge.

Being a couponer, I'll have to look up Publix's coupon policy. I know the Southern states tend not to double up to .99 cents like we do, only half or so.

Anything to fill the stomachs of 4 teenage boys and keep the food bill down is great!

We loved Golden Corral but I thought the end bill was expensive. Seems the drinks were higher than normal.

seashoreCM
01-26-2012, 08:11 PM
I have gone to the Golden Corral a lot. Now I don't order drinks, just water.

Next to the Golden Corral on 192 near Sherberth Rd./Entrepointe Rd. is a Shoney's all American buffet.

(BTW Sherberth is the road going south from the light in front of Animal Kingdom Lodge.)

If you go out Hotel Plaza Blvd. and turn left onto 535 (Goodings Plaza was straight ahead) then go straight through next light (535 goes left here). Little ways on the right is a plaza with a Chinese buffet restaurant with reasonable prices. (Slightly past this buffet is a Winn Dixie supermarket)

Renysmom
01-26-2012, 08:18 PM
I forgot to add that there is a Steak and Shake just up the road from Crossroads Shopping Center. Always clean, fast, hot, good food and really inexpensive. If we just want burgers and fries this is where we go.

torinsmom
01-26-2012, 08:27 PM
We really enjoyed Giordanos last trip and got more gift certificates at restaurant.com for when we go back in July. Their pizza was really good. We always hit Red Lobster as well. We have one locally but we never go to it. For some reason, it has become a tradition for me and my son to go there on vacation. I let him get the Ultimate Feast and he is already talking about it for this trip. I am thinking of buying gift certificates and cards for places we will go to, so it's not a big expense when we get there.

cndij
01-26-2012, 08:28 PM
We always like the Chevy's Fresh Mex at CrossRoads, they are kid friendly (usually have a ballon artist on hand) and a good kids menu (comes with a mini icecream cone for desert) really reasonable pricing too.

sdjen
01-27-2012, 12:54 PM
Sweet Tomatoes question for you all.

I looked online and looks like this is a buffet but with soups and salads, is that right??

Also, prices were not listed online. Could anyone give me a ballpark estimate of what the prices are? Adult and 6 year old?

Thanks so much!

disneysteve
01-27-2012, 01:52 PM
Sweet Tomatoes question for you all.

I looked online and looks like this is a buffet but with soups and salads, is that right??

Also, prices were not listed online. Could anyone give me a ballpark estimate of what the prices are? Adult and 6 year old?

Thanks so much!

Sweet Tomatoes has a very long salad bar that has every imaginable salad fixing as well as about half a dozen prepared salads plus dressings and such. That's one section.

Then there is a soup bar that has 6 (I think) homemade soups that are always excellent.

Then there is a hot bar with baked potatoes and toppings for them, pastas, pizza and various specialty breads.

Then there is a dessert bar that has soft serve, brownies, toppings for the ice cream, a fruit cobbler and some other stuff.

Price is about $10 for adults and maybe $7 for kids but I'm not positive. I don't know how they do it for what they charge. Quality is great. Service is great. Place is always spotless.

sdjen
01-27-2012, 04:07 PM
Thanks. Looking forward to checking this out in a couple of weeks!

bluvw
01-27-2012, 04:41 PM
If you plan to go to Sweet Tomatoes, sign up for their email list to get coupons to take with you. They are owned by SoupPlantation.

disneysteve
01-27-2012, 08:01 PM
If you plan to go to Sweet Tomatoes, sign up for their email list to get coupons to take with you. They are owned by SoupPlantation.

You can also Like them on facebook and sometimes get special offers that way.

Muushka
01-27-2012, 08:03 PM
I think I am the only person in the world who doesn't care for Sweet Tomatoes.
I guess if it was about $4 less per person I would like it more.

disneysteve
01-27-2012, 08:44 PM
I think I am the only person in the world who doesn't care for Sweet Tomatoes.
I guess if it was about $4 less per person I would like it more.

I'm sure you aren't the only one. I am curious why you think it is overpriced, though. We think it is a tremendous bargain.

mhsjax
01-27-2012, 08:45 PM
I think I am the only person in the world who doesn't care for Sweet Tomatoes.
I guess if it was about $4 less per person I would like it more.

Nah, people like different things. I have never been there, but I would never set foot in some restaurant listed here, such as Golden Corral ( we call it the trough, as does everyone else around here) Steak and shake , or CiCi's. Food is funny, people like different things. I am still wondering why Olive Garden is always crowded.

Renysmom
01-27-2012, 09:06 PM
For those who plan to try Sweet Tomatoes just an FYI that it is in the very, very back of the shopping center and there is no signage directing you to it. We couldn't find it the first time we went looking for it.

Also, they close rather early (at least in September) I think it was either 9:00 or 9:30 when we went over and they were not only closed but dark inside.

reginaastralis
01-27-2012, 10:47 PM
:flower2: Thanks for letting me know there's a Publix right next to it! We are renting DVC and we can eat out and then fill the fridge.

Being a couponer, I'll have to look up Publix's coupon policy. I know the Southern states tend not to double up to .99 cents like we do, only half or so.

Anything to fill the stomachs of 4 teenage boys and keep the food bill down is great!

We loved Golden Corral but I thought the end bill was expensive. Seems the drinks were higher than normal.

I got here and wanted to answer you really quick, so I apologize if it's been posted.

However, I love Publix. They have great BOGO sales, and they'll accept two manufacture coupons on these sales, since you are "buying" both. Great way to stock up if it's something you'll use on the trip! iheartpublix is a great coupon blog. They do not double coupons, though. Publix is the only grocery store I'll buy my meat from around here because it comes in fresh, and not frozen.

reginaastralis
01-27-2012, 10:50 PM
We really enjoyed Giordanos last trip and got more gift certificates at restaurant.com for when we go back in July. Their pizza was really good. We always hit Red Lobster as well. We have one locally but we never go to it. For some reason, it has become a tradition for me and my son to go there on vacation. I let him get the Ultimate Feast and he is already talking about it for this trip. I am thinking of buying gift certificates and cards for places we will go to, so it's not a big expense when we get there.

Check and make sure Giordano's is still in business in Orlando. We live 45 minutes away in Tampa, and the one here just closed a few weeks ago. Would hate for you to be surprised

torinsmom
01-28-2012, 08:26 AM
Check and make sure Giordano's is still in business in Orlando. We live 45 minutes away in Tampa, and the one here just closed a few weeks ago. Would hate for you to be surprised

They still have Orlando, Kissimmee and Lake Buena Vista listed on their website. I'll check closer to my trip, but as busy is they were when we were in there, I doubt they would close that location. I got $25 gcs for $2, so I hope we can go again.

pershing
01-28-2012, 12:24 PM
I bought one of the $50 GC for Giordano's.

I know it has to be a $100 minimum purchase to use it, but I figure looking at the menu with 4 teenage boys that would be easy.

It's also gonna have a 18 dollar gratuity added, so it will boil down to $68 dollars $13.60 per person.

This will be our late lunch in-between Typhoon Lagoon and Disney Quest-well AMC movie theater for me!

powellrj
01-28-2012, 01:25 PM
I think I am the only person in the world who doesn't care for Sweet Tomatoes.
I guess if it was about $4 less per person I would like it more.

No, you aren't alone. We have been 3 times and I have tried to like it, but I just don't see the attraction. Its always crowded and we have always had to wait for food to come out and some things they were out of and never replaced.

We have been to both locations and it was the same each time. I would have to wait for a potato, then I would have to wait on the soup and then they would run out of tea, so I would get another drink, when all I really wanted was a glass of tea! It was loud and crowded and I just don't understand all the love for it!

swilshire
01-28-2012, 02:49 PM
Check and make sure Giordano's is still in business in Orlando. We live 45 minutes away in Tampa, and the one here just closed a few weeks ago. Would hate for you to be surprised

We ate at the one on 192 the week before Christmas. I spent more than I wanted to even with a certificate, but the food was good.

Sheila

swilshire
01-28-2012, 02:51 PM
No, you aren't alone. We have been 3 times and I have tried to like it, but I just don't see the attraction. Its always crowded and we have always had to wait for food to come out and some things they were out of and never replaced.

We have been to both locations and it was the same each time. I would have to wait for a potato, then I would have to wait on the soup and then they would run out of tea, so I would get another drink, when all I really wanted was a glass of tea! It was loud and crowded and I just don't understand all the love for it!

I don't love them either and until my youngest son expanded his range of what he would eat, he would leave there hungry. We even brought in McDonalds for him once.

It's my vegetarian daughter's favorite.

Sheila

disneysteve
01-28-2012, 03:40 PM
I don't love them either and until my youngest son expanded his range of what he would eat, he would leave there hungry.

This is a good point about Sweet Tomatoes (or any restaurant for that matter). If you don't like what they serve, there's no reason to go there. If you aren't a soup and salad lover, this is definitely not the place for you, just as my family would never go to a steakhouse or seafood restaurant.

ugadog99
01-28-2012, 08:47 PM
millers ale house on 192
http://www.millersalehouse.com/KISSIMMEE.htm

One of our favorites!! :thumbsup2