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anorman
08-02-2012, 04:15 AM
We are staying offsite on our upcoming trip in 11 days and my DH was hoping to find a place that serves authentic southern BBQ. We're not looking for anything fancy.......think of the show Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives. The main goal here is to find a spot that serves outstanding food that the locals might treat as a best-kept-secret. Suggestions anyone? Any local Floridians want to share their opinion? Thanks.

Bella the Ball 360
08-02-2012, 04:42 AM
I like Bubbalou's they are really good. There is another that I have not tried yet but it is 4 Rivers Smokehouse. We are leaving tomorrow for 2 weeks so if I try it, I will post and let you know how that one is.

DO NOT go to Sonny's they are horrible.

anorman
08-02-2012, 06:01 AM
Bubbalou's is up by Universal, right? That looks like it has the type of food I am looking for and my DD11 loves cornbread which they do have.

Anything closer to Kissimmee? We'll be staying in a villa off 192. I've looked at Fat Boys and Smokey Bones online which are fairly close by and get decent reviews. Any thoughts on these or other places?

Bella the Ball 360
08-02-2012, 06:16 AM
Bubbalou's is up by Universal, right? That looks like it has the type of food I am looking for and my DD11 loves cornbread which they do have.

Anything closer to Kissimmee? We'll be staying in a villa off 192. I've looked at Fat Boys and Smokey Bones online which are fairly close by and get decent reviews. Any thoughts on these or other places?

There are a bunch of Bubbalou's We like the one in Altamonte Springs because it is still owned by the original owner better known as THE BIG PIG. Check out their website. Do not bother with Smokey Bones it is just a chain owned by the corporation that owns Olive Garden.

In checking out these places for you(and me) I went to Trip Advisor and stumbled across another restaurant that looks interesting. It is called Yellow Dog Eats. I cannot figure out on the map how close it is but it is closer than Celebration that much I could figure. Also check out Urban Spoon they have lots of photos of the food .

As for Fat Boys I did not see that listed in even the top 20 on Trip Advisor. I usually check them out and if they have hundreds of reviews which are all good then I will try a place. If they have only a few reviews even if they are good I figure anyone can fake that.

Four Rivers looked amazing but I saw a photo of the line to get in and it was like 25-30 people long...they did look like they had amazing desserts too.

anorman
08-02-2012, 06:26 AM
There are a bunch of Bubbalou's We like the one in Altamonte Springs because it is still owned by the original owner better known as THE BIG PIG. Check out their website. Do not bother with Smokey Bones it is just a chain owned by the corporation that owns Olive Garden.

In checking out these places for you(and me) I went to Trip Advisor and stumbled across another restaurant that looks interesting. It is called Yellow Dog Eats. I cannot figure out on the map how close it is but it is closer than Celebration that much I could figure. Also check out Urban Spoon they have lots of photos of the food .

As for Fat Boys I did not see that listed in even the top 20 on Trip Advisor. I usually check them out and if they have hundreds of reviews which are all good then I will try a place. If they have only a few reviews even if they are good I figure anyone can fake that.

Four Rivers looked amazing but I saw a photo of the line to get in and it was like 25-30 people long...they did look like they had amazing desserts too.

Thanks for the heads up on Smokey Bones. A chain restaurant is really not what I have in mind in looking for a place with Southern BBQ. I am looking for more of a Mom and Pop diner with a reputation for good eats. I will check out Four Rivers for sure.

anorman
08-02-2012, 06:56 AM
mmmmm....4 Rivers looks yummy and a definite possibility. It's a bit of a drive but if it lives up to its reviews, it would be worth it! The Longwood location is rated #1 of 74 restaurants in Longwood and has rave reviews.

wdwnomad
08-02-2012, 08:05 AM
4 Rivers is the best BBQ I have ever had! Going there in one week. Can not wait!

softballmom3
08-02-2012, 08:06 AM
Haven't been to the others but I will chime in also with do NOT go to Sonny's BBQ. Awful!!!!

Bella the Ball 360
08-02-2012, 08:34 AM
4 Rivers is the best BBQ I have ever had! Going there in one week. Can not wait!

Me too! Who knows I might meet you, I will be the one with drool coming out of my mouth a huge plate of desserts and a side of ribs. LOL Are the desserts really as good as they look?

anorman
08-02-2012, 09:04 AM
4 Rivers is the best BBQ I have ever had! Going there in one week. Can not wait!

Is there any particular location that is better than another. I notice there are three of them and they are all between 25 and 30 miles from where we are staying so it doesn't matter which one we go to so long as it is the best one!

cousinorville3
08-02-2012, 10:21 AM
I've yet to go to 4 Rivers, but it has a cult like following in the area. Give it a try!

sksjasams
08-02-2012, 03:43 PM
I like Bubbalou's they are really good. There is another that I have not tried yet but it is 4 Rivers Smokehouse. We are leaving tomorrow for 2 weeks so if I try it, I will post and let you know how that one is.

DO NOT go to Sonny's they are horrible.

4 Rivers Smokehouse does look amazing!

It looks like they are all at least 30 min from Lake Buena Vista...do you (or anyone) know of a closer one?

Thank you!

anorman
08-02-2012, 07:56 PM
4 Rivers Smokehouse does look amazing!

It looks like they are all at least 30 min from Lake Buena Vista...do you (or anyone) know of a closer one?

Thank you!

There are three......one in Longwood, one in Winter Park, and one in Winter Garden......all about the same distance away. We will be staying in Kissimmee but I may make the trip if they are as good as their reviews say!

KodakFigment
08-02-2012, 08:50 PM
Local here-

4 Rivers is amazing. Yes the lines are long, but move quickly. Besides you'll need the time to decide what to have and what sides to choose with it. LOL They are NEVER open on Sundays. The food is served on cafeteria trays, no plates and you eat outside on community picnic tables on a covered porch.

Even though it looks like all the locations are similar distances, this is Orlando and things are very deceiving. My suggestion is the Winter Garden location. From 192 west of Disney hop on the 429 and take it to the Rt 535 exit, then go about 2 miles north. About 20-25 minutes. Very easy to find.

From 192 down by Celebration/Kissimmee take Rt 535 north all the way to Rt. 50 in Winter Garden. About 35-40 minutes.

Not much on the menu we don't love!!

Art 1
08-02-2012, 09:09 PM
Is there any particular location that is better than another. I notice there are three of them and they are all between 25 and 30 miles from where we are staying so it doesn't matter which one we go to so long as it is the best one!

The one on Fairbanks. It just opened a few days ago.

hulliechrisp
08-02-2012, 09:10 PM
if you're looking for a "triple d" type place, i'd hit up Yellow Dog Eats! crazy good sandwiches...try the club elvis! one of my favortie lunch spots in orlando!


http://yellowdogeats.com/

anorman
08-03-2012, 06:14 AM
Local here-

4 Rivers is amazing. Yes the lines are long, but move quickly. Besides you'll need the time to decide what to have and what sides to choose with it. LOL They are NEVER open on Sundays. The food is served on cafeteria trays, no plates and you eat outside on community picnic tables on a covered porch.

Even though it looks like all the locations are similar distances, this is Orlando and things are very deceiving. My suggestion is the Winter Garden location. From 192 west of Disney hop on the 429 and take it to the Rt 535 exit, then go about 2 miles north. About 20-25 minutes. Very easy to find.

From 192 down by Celebration/Kissimmee take Rt 535 north all the way to Rt. 50 in Winter Garden. About 35-40 minutes.

Not much on the menu we don't love!!

I love hearing this from a local.....just what I was hoping for. It makes me even more sure that this is the place to go. Thanks for the directions. It is closer than I thought. We will definitely be eating here!

Bella the Ball 360
08-03-2012, 08:04 AM
if you're looking for a "triple d" type place, i'd hit up Yellow Dog Eats! crazy good sandwiches...try the club elvis! one of my favortie lunch spots in orlando!


http://yellowdogeats.com/

OMG I did not read this post and JUST posted this question on this board. Do you have any idea how long it would be to drive from say I-Drive? On the map it looks like it is even closer than Celebration.

Bella the Ball 360
08-03-2012, 08:07 AM
The one on Fairbanks. It just opened a few days ago.

Have you been to that one? I usually worry when a place opens because the staff is new and do not have their act together.

hulliechrisp
08-03-2012, 09:48 AM
OMG I did not read this post and JUST posted this question on this board. Do you have any idea how long it would be to drive from say I-Drive? On the map it looks like it is even closer than Celebration.

i live just south of seaworld and it usually takes me about a half hour (sometimes less) to get there...worth the drive!

Bella the Ball 360
08-03-2012, 10:39 AM
i live just south of seaworld and it usually takes me about a half hour (sometimes less) to get there...worth the drive!

Thanks I saw you replied to my post too! We will be staying at the Vista so that is near Sea World. I am just wondering how would you compare this to Babbalou's if you have been there? Also, I am most DEFINATELY going to this place. I am excited we go to WDW each year and are always looking for new restaurants in the area. Now I have two Yellow Dog and 4 Rivers>

BTW I looked at the website and the owner (who went to the CIA btw) looks like the guy who had a tv show ....you know the one that wrote "He's Just Not that Into You" which Oprah was pushing but I cannot remember his name. I think hs first name was GREG. Anyone know who I am talking about?

Metro West
08-03-2012, 11:15 AM
Bubbalou's is up by Universal, right? That looks like it has the type of food I am looking for and my DD11 loves cornbread which they do have. Yes...it's located in the Kirkman Oaks Shopping Center. I've been there many times and never had a bad meal.

I'm going to 4 Rivers' new location in a couple of weeks with friends from work...but I might sneak out and try it before. It's only about 20 minutes from my house. ;)

Have you been to that one? I usually worry when a place opens because the staff is new and do not have their act together. There are moving locations so it's not really a "new" place...I'm not sure how much of the staff will be new but I'm sure they'll have their act together.

Bella the Ball 360
08-03-2012, 12:02 PM
Yes...it's located in the Kirkman Oaks Shopping Center. I've been there many times and never had a bad meal.

I'm going to 4 Rivers' new location in a couple of weeks with friends from work...but I might sneak out and try it before. It's only about 20 minutes from my house. ;)

There are moving locations so it's not really a "new" place...I'm not sure how much of the staff will be new but I'm sure they'll have their act together.

YOU know, between the Yellow Dog Eats and the 4 Rivers I am going to need a food intervention when I am down there. I think I just might try all the 4 Rivers Locations. Well maybe not my DH would do it in a heart beat but he is supposed to be on a diet. LOL I know as for my self Crestor is a beautiful thing. It amazes me how i can cheat on my diet and my cholesterol keeps going down!

anorman
08-05-2012, 02:25 PM
YOU know, between the Yellow Dog Eats and the 4 Rivers I am going to need a food intervention when I am down there. I think I just might try all the 4 Rivers Locations. Well maybe not my DH would do it in a heart beat but he is supposed to be on a diet. LOL I know as for my self Crestor is a beautiful thing. It amazes me how i can cheat on my diet and my cholesterol keeps going down!

Just read this one.....:lmao:

ready2vacation
08-05-2012, 03:58 PM
:thumbsup2 Will check out 4 Rivers in September. The desserts look amazing! THANKS for the tip!!

Bella the Ball 360
08-10-2012, 04:51 PM
went to 4
Rivers and it beats out all including Babbalou's. I got ribs, my dh got burnt ends and pulled pork and my son got pulled pork. the desserts were spectacular looking also...go to 4 RIVERS worth the wait

anorman
08-10-2012, 06:09 PM
went to 4
Rivers and it beats out all including Babbalou's. I got ribs, my dh got burnt ends and pulled pork and my son got pulled pork. the desserts were spectacular looking also...go to 4 RIVERS worth the wait

Sounds great! I can't wait to try it myself......we leave in just 3 days!

Bella the Ball 360
08-11-2012, 04:19 AM
Sounds great! I can't wait to try it myself......we leave in just 3 days!

we went to the one on Fairbanks do not worry when you get off the highway it looks like the restaurant is gone but you need to head 2 blocks down the street and you will see it. I suggest you go at 1:30 to avoid the lunch line although it moved quite fast. We waited about 15 minutes in line. HOnestly the ribs were to die for. The meat fell off the bone. I got the half rack and ate only 3 gave one to DH and brought home 4 (which I ate cold two days later). Do not bother with the cornbread salad but the sweet potato casserole was delicious. The biscuits are good too hefty and huge. I have one more week here so I am going back.

anorman
08-11-2012, 09:21 AM
we went to the one on Fairbanks do not worry when you get off the highway it looks like the restaurant is gone but you need to head 2 blocks down the street and you will see it. I suggest you go at 1:30 to avoid the lunch line although it moved quite fast. We waited about 15 minutes in line. HOnestly the ribs were to die for. The meat fell off the bone. I got the half rack and ate only 3 gave one to DH and brought home 4 (which I ate cold two days later). Do not bother with the cornbread salad but the sweet potato casserole was delicious. The biscuits are good too hefty and huge. I have one more week here so I am going back.

:thumbsup2

Crank
09-06-2012, 02:13 PM
4 Rivers has the best BBQ. Don't bother driving all the way out to Yellow Dog Eats. It's really not worth it. It's more of a "cafeteria" without all the charm.

I'm being kind...