- IVAN STOLER
Help, I have to go to Orlando in May for business. Does anyone know of any decent places to chow? No franchises or Disney please. Is there any authentic ethnic eats there?
I've just found this message board, so sorry I couldn't help before your trip. Some recommendations for next time: many excellent Vietnamese/Thai restaurants in the State Road 50/US 17-92 area (but my favorite is the Thai Place, in the K-Mart Plaza at Lee Road and 17-92, about a mile off of Interstate 4.)Don Pepe's north of town on SR436 in Altamonte Springs for Cuban. My favorite Indian place: New Punjab on north International Drive in the tourist section - super lunch buffet. Lots of good BBQ: O'Boys on SR50 near the TD Waterhouse Centre, Cecil's on south Orange for Texas style brisket and sausage, Bubbalou's on Lee Road, and Johnny Rivers' on SR50 for a more upscale BBQ experience (I like Sonny's too, but that's a big chain, of course.) If you like cheesesteak, try Lawrence and Paul's on SR434 in Longwood. For pizza, the Sicilian on Lee Road or Alfonso's. Pebbles is a good local chain with California style cooking. Amigo's (several locations) is pretty good Mexican but with the worst salsa and iced tea known to mankind. For upscale dining: Le Coq au Vin on South Orange, Manuel's on 28th downtown, Emeril's, Victoria and Albert's in the Grand Floridian at Disney (just got five stars,) Maison et Jardin in Altamonte Springs, Dux in the Peabody on International Drive, Louis's Downtown, Le Provence downtown, Del Frisco's on Lee Road, and about a gazillion others. If anyone needs specific recommendations, let me know! It's not all chains down here, you know (just mostly!.)