what are your favorite offsite restaurants?

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  1. Joan1

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    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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  3. Singinglizzie

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    We love Joe's Crab Shack and always try to eat there if we can!
     
  4. kalc12345

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    We like Giordano's. Yummy pizza!
     
  5. softballmom3

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    Second this!!
     
  6. ugadog99

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    Sweet Tomatoes (a buffet but oh so good and fresh!) and Miller's Ale House are our favorites.
     
  7. Steph&katie

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    Ponderosa steakhouse

    Charlie's steakhouse - Kissimmee

    Chick-a-fil-a

    IHOP (international house of pancakes)

    Denny's!

    Goldan corral

    Planet Hollywood (DTD)

    Sizzler steakhouse
     
  8. figment814

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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.
     
  9. MrsDoubtfire

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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).
     
  10. chocovrdmicears

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    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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    Bonefish Grill
     
  12. KeepBreathing

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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.
     
  13. Gina-Gina-Bo-Bina

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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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    Emeril's in City Walk; definitely our favorite meal of our trip!
     
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    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.

    Any other non-chain suggestions?
     
  16. JimMIA

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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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    Market street cafe in celebration
     
  18. Joan1

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    Thanks everyone - will check out some of the places we don't have near us. We have all the usual chains Macaroni Grill TGIF, Joe's crab shack, etc. we like some but really do not care for others. Bonefish we have by us but we really enjoy it so that is definitely on the list
     
  19. figment814

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    We had a great breakfast here.
     
  20. DanenRox

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    Chevy's!!!! Mexican food right outside of the Downtown Disney entrance to WDW. Great food, great prices and we always go home with leftover (which become the next day's lunch). Bahama Breeze is also pretty good.
    :3dglasses
     
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    Not sure if I would want to eat it on a Disney trip cause we ate SO much, but Fogo De Chao opened fairly recently in Orlando and it is the BEST restaurant meal I've ever had.
     

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