Decent restaurants for dinner off property

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  1. keatonsmommy03

    keatonsmommy03 Mouseketeer

    Oct 20, 2009
    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.

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  3. Muushka

    Muushka <font color=red>I usually feel like I just stepped

    Aug 16, 1999
    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!
  4. Shanna-like-Banana

    Shanna-like-Banana DIS Veteran

    May 21, 2009
    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.
  5. poohbear8

    poohbear8 DIS Veteran

    Oct 27, 2003
    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:

    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.
  6. Claire&TheBoys

    Claire&TheBoys The Queen of the Castle!

    Feb 17, 2007
    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.
  7. DCbride

    DCbride DIS Veteran

    Aug 16, 2008
    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.
  8. Shelly F - Ohio

    Shelly F - Ohio Disney Extraordinaire

    Feb 22, 2004
  9. hearts8701

    hearts8701 Castle

    Jan 30, 2000
  10. 3mickeymom

    3mickeymom DIS Veteran

    Mar 28, 2002
    The kids meals came with a delicious smoothie. We have always had good meals and quick service.
  11. rlduvall

    rlduvall DIS Veteran

    May 7, 2002
    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].
  12. disneysteve

    disneysteve You have to enjoy life, not go

    Sep 29, 2002
    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.
  13. LSchrow

    LSchrow <font color=green>We're eating brussel sprouts & a

    May 11, 2000
    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:
  14. kydisneyfans

    kydisneyfans <font color=blue>It may be because they are too em

    Sep 26, 2005
    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.
  15. formill

    formill DIS Veteran

    Jul 28, 2009
    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 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.
  16. disneysteve

    disneysteve You have to enjoy life, not go

    Sep 29, 2002
    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.
  17. debsays

    debsays Guest

    YES, Sweet Tomatoes and Ale House are great!

    We enjoyed MiMi's in California. Where is there one near WDW?
  18. Swan4Me

    Swan4Me DIS Veteran

    Mar 28, 2011
    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
  19. disneysteve

    disneysteve You have to enjoy life, not go

    Sep 29, 2002
    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.
  20. LauraR

    LauraR Mouseketeer<br><font color=red>Needs to do some se

    Sep 17, 2003
    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.
  21. branv

    branv <font color=blue>The safety feature in my parents

    May 20, 2005
    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 :)

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