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Old 11-17-2012, 07:16 AM   #1
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what are your favorite offsite restaurants?

we will probably have some meals offsite next time we travel to WDW, we will have a car. What are your favorite offsite restaurants? We don't normally care for places like old country buffet and are not buffet lovers in general
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Old 11-17-2012, 09:59 PM   #2
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We love Joe's Crab Shack and always try to eat there if we can!
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Old 11-18-2012, 06:58 AM   #3
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We like Giordano's. Yummy pizza!
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Old 11-18-2012, 01:13 PM   #4
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We like Giordano's. Yummy pizza!
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Old 11-18-2012, 05:46 PM   #5
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Sweet Tomatoes (a buffet but oh so good and fresh!) and Miller's Ale House are our favorites.
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Old 11-19-2012, 02:59 AM   #6
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Ponderosa steakhouse

Charlie's steakhouse - Kissimmee

Chick-a-fil-a

IHOP (international house of pancakes)

Denny's!

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Old 11-19-2012, 12:58 PM   #7
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When I travel, I try not to eat at chains...particularly if it's a restaurant I can eat at when I'm home. But...

I really like Timpano's. (It is technically a chain, since there are several in Florida.) It has a supper club/jazz club feel that's a little hard to explain...but I have never eaten something there that I didn't like.

While I would never eat at Giordano's on vacation (live in the Chicago burbs so it's readily available!) I do think it's great pizza.
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Old 11-19-2012, 05:10 PM   #8
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During our annual vacation to Florida, we make a trek to Kobe Japanese Steakhouse. I know there is one in the Orlando area. We eat at the hibachi where you watch the chef prepare the meals - very entertaining and VERY tasty food. If you do decide to give it a try, call ahead for reservations so you're not waiting several hours for a table (depending on the time of year).
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Old 11-19-2012, 05:19 PM   #9
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Sweet Tomatoes (a buffet but oh so good and fresh!) and Miller's Ale House are our favorites.
LOVE LOVE Sweet Tomatoes - super fresh and tons of choices. In fact we are in the process of making our ADR's for our upcoming trip..when I asked my kids if they had any preferences they both said Sweet Tomatoes.
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Old 11-19-2012, 06:50 PM   #10
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Old 11-19-2012, 06:56 PM   #11
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These are on the pricier side, but we like to do a couple of higher end dinners when we go on vacation. We have really enjoyed Texas de Brazil and Moon Fish. The last time we visited Orlando we were upset to learn that Rangetsu had closed as that had been a favorite of ours as well.
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Old 11-20-2012, 05:38 AM   #12
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For dinners, we love Olive Garden, TGI Friday's, Chili's, and Cracker Barrel. Our favourite lunches are at Friendly's and Cici's. All are chains, though, so may not appeal to you........but they are novel to us as we have none of them here in our region of Canada.

For something different, I would highly recommend the Outta Control Dinner Show. Food is good (unlimited pizza, salada, popcorn, cake, and all you care to enjoy alcohol and soft drinks) and the entertainment is fantastic (Tony Brent is hysterical). At $22.99 pp its great value and a ton of fun.
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Old 11-20-2012, 09:18 AM   #13
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Emeril's in City Walk; definitely our favorite meal of our trip!
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Old 11-20-2012, 05:34 PM   #14
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For something different, I would highly recommend the Outta Control Dinner Show. Food is good (unlimited pizza, salada, popcorn, cake, and all you care to enjoy alcohol and soft drinks) and the entertainment is fantastic (Tony Brent is hysterical). At $22.99 pp its great value and a ton of fun.
100% agree with this. I was so pleasantly surprised that the food wasn't horrible and the show is great! Went 2 years in a row and would go back again.

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When I travel, I try not to eat at chains...particularly if it's a restaurant I can eat at when I'm home. But...

I really like Timpano's. (It is technically a chain, since there are several in Florida.) It has a supper club/jazz club feel that's a little hard to explain...but I have never eaten something there that I didn't like.
Any other non-chain suggestions?
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Old 11-20-2012, 06:28 PM   #15
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Columbia Restaurant in Celebration. Classic old-line Spanish cuisine, gracious service, 1905 Salad to die for. A must trip every trip to WDW, or anywhere else there's a Columbia (Sarasota, St Augustine, Tampa, etc)

Here's a link to a "Best Offsite Restaurants" thread that will give you many more ideas.
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