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Old 01-26-2004, 12:40 PM   #1
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Best Off-Site Restaurant's Thread

Ok, we have a Best/Worst Off-Site Hotels thread....how about a Best/Worst Off-Site Restaurant thread!


I can't attest to any (since we have only stayed off site once) so I am looking for all of your opinions.

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Old 01-26-2004, 06:22 PM   #2
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I like Perkins, a restaurant that is in the crossroads but can't think of the name , cracker barrel and Olive Garden
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Old 01-26-2004, 06:30 PM   #3
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For good food and value, we liked Pizzaria Uno and Chilis. Both of these were on S.R. 535.
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Old 01-26-2004, 09:11 PM   #4
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Hi, we like Ponderosa for the great value, TGIFriday for the atmosphere, Olive Garden for the pasta

Worst I would Shoney's on Hwy 192 Eek!!
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Old 01-26-2004, 09:55 PM   #5
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Good! Let's keep this going.

I would certainly appreciate it!

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Old 01-27-2004, 10:07 AM   #6
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Our favorite pizza is at Flippers in Old Town.

Sweet Tomatoes on I-Drive near Belz is wonderful. Its an all-you-can eat salad bar buffet that also has fresh soups, pasta dishes and lots more. Don't miss it.

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Old 01-27-2004, 05:53 PM   #7
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Geographically, we usually stay near or onsite at Universal Studios, so my restaurant picks are closer to USF than to WDW.

I have to cast another vote for Sweet Tomatoes. It's always our first night dinner when we get into the area. Great value and the freshest food possible. The specialty salads right at the front of the buffet line are always outrageously good.

If you like barbecue, I highly recommend BubbaLou's Bodacious Barbecue. It's on Conroy about a mile down Kirkman from USF.
It is by far my favorite rib joint and the prices are very reasonable.

For a nicer dinner out, you must try Seasons 52 which is in the restaurant enclave on Sand Lake Road. Very good, fresh food. They use whatever is in season (hence the name) so the menu changes often. Great food and service. The mini indulgences for dessert are the most wonderful idea. They are like tiny parfaits for $1.95. Even if you don't have room for dessert, you can't pass up one of these.

Those are my favorites and we've yet to be disappointed at any of them.
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Geographically, we usually stay near or onsite at Universal Studios, so my restaurant picks are closer to USF than to WDW.

I have to cast another vote for Sweet Tomatoes. It's always our first night dinner when we get into the area. Great value and the freshest food possible. The specialty salads right at the front of the buffet line are always outrageously good.

This is also our first day meal! We usually arrive in Orlando early afteernoon and we go here before we even get to WDW. We couldn't do an Orlando vacation without it. My whole family LOVES this place!
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Old 03-23-2006, 08:08 AM   #9
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Directions to Sweet Tomatoes?

We have read so much about this place, but could someone share directions &/or an address so we can try it out on our next stay? Thanks.
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We have read so much about this place, but could someone share directions &/or an address so we can try it out on our next stay? Thanks.
The closest to WDW (and that is a relative term) is at the corner of Kirkman Road and I-Drive, in a shopping center. Take I-4 East to one of the Kirkman exits (now that I'm on the spot I can't remember which one; I think it says "International Drive" as well, tho, or at least "Wet n Wild"), turn right towards I-Drive, will be on your left.

I am shocked some enterprising individual has not opened up another one in Crossroads or at least near the Premium Outlets--it would easily be a huge moneymaker.
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Sweet tomatoes (Love ´em), Olive Garden, Cheesecake Factory, TGI Friday. Depends on the mood and style I guess. Sweet tomatoes is definately not fancy but really yummy and a nicea healthy alternative to all the greasy burgers around. Olive Garden is more fancy, but stilly a great family place and food is good.
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If you like barbecue, I highly recommend BubbaLou's Bodacious Barbecue. It's on Conroy about a mile down Kirkman from USF.
It is by far my favorite rib joint and the prices are very reasonable.
We found BubbaLou's Bodacious Barbecue by chance while picking up park tickets at the UPS store in an adjacent shopping area.

I just had to ask the UPS Store workers where that unbelievably delicious smell was coming from..... and ever since we only leave WDW for one thing and one thing only.... BubbaLou's Ribs. We go at least twice each trip.
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BubbaLou's is a MUST HAVE when we're in Orlando. Great rib joint! A couple of people in our group got the fried catfish dinner and said it was excellent also.

During our April visit, I scored the last hot pink BubbaLou's tee-shirt they had in stock & got one of their cute aprons. I love them.
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Old 01-27-2004, 06:35 PM   #14
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We always have to stop at Giordano's. I love their Cheese Raviole. Last time we were there, my DH had their pizza and he wasn't that crazy about it but their pasta dishes are great.

Worst has to be the Waffle House on 192. I ordered a small box of Frosted Flakes and they were STALE! How long do you think they had them??? Won't ever go there again.

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Worst has to be the Waffle House on 192. I ordered a small box of Frosted Flakes and they were STALE! How long do you think they had them??? Won't ever go there again.
That's because you went to a place called WAFFLE HOUSE and ordered pre-packaged dry cereal. The place is famous for - WAFFLES!!! The waffles are made to order and since no table is more than about 12 feet from the waffle irons, they are always hot, light, crisp and delicious. Give them another try. The Frosted Flakes were stale because no one ever orders them. Try their waffles next time - you won't be sorry.

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