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momofthree Dec 20, 2006 01:10 PM

Looking for Kosher restaurants and places to get food for Shabbos while staying in Orlando.

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    mggn Dec 20, 2006 01:27 PM

    try Kosher Kats www.kosherkats.com. I just ordered from them for this coming Shabbos. I will post on my experience when I return next week.

    1. weinstein5 Dec 20, 2006 01:55 PM

      Also check out

      Lower East Side Restaurant
      8548 Palm Parkway [map]
      Orlando, FL 32836
      phone: 866-KOSHER-ORLANDO; 407-465-0565
      http://www.kosherorlando.com/

      I ate there last May - the food was very good and they will deliver -

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        moule Dec 22, 2010 04:47 PM

        Hechsher is non existent however. Apparently the Rav Hamachsir is just the owners buddy who lives 3 hours away in Miami and there is no mashgiach on site

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          craigcep Dec 23, 2010 05:30 AM

          Here's the teudah:

          http://www.kosherorlando.com/KosherFo...

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        at9001 Dec 21, 2006 03:26 AM

        look up ole gourmet, they're 20-30 minutes outside main disney orlando area, but worth it, great food and prices.

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          moule Dec 22, 2010 04:47 PM

          unfortunately they closed down

        2. cherylp3 Dec 21, 2006 08:05 AM

          Amira's in Altamonte

          Ole Gourmet - www.kosherfoodinorlando.com

          Are you looking for Grocery?

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            mggn Dec 27, 2006 12:29 PM

            As promised, just returned from Orlando and would like to share my experience with Kosher Kats.
            Since we were staying in a hotel that did not have a way for us to heat up food on Shabbos we specifically ordered food that could be eaten cold. I made a point of telling Kosher Kats that this would be the case. We ordered a fully cooked roasted chicken, fully cooked chicken nuggets, assorted cold cuts, salads and bakery goods. The chicken nuggets and cold cuts were pre-packaged Aaron's. The nuggets were VILE!. As for the roasted chicken, it was delivered to us FROZEN. Luckily we had a microwave and we were able to defrost the chicken before Shabbos. The salads were NOT homemade, they were also pre-packaged. I guess the lesson to be learned here is that there is no place like NY.

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              ag2037 Dec 29, 2006 02:24 PM

              i second the horrible experience from kosher kats. we had a microwave available to us, so we were able purchase food that could be heated up, but that made no difference whatsoever. the matzah ball soup tasted like carrot-tinged water and the matzah balls, despite having been sitting in the broth since the dawn of time, were somehow dry. the chicken was, quite literally, the worst thing i had ever eaten. i have never seen a chicken so fatty. it was all we could do to choke it down, but we had no other option. to add insult to injury, they sent us only one challah roll, though they had promised us two. and to top it all off, they charged us $50 for delivery, which was more than the cost of the food! avoid them at all costs.

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              DeisCane Dec 27, 2006 12:58 PM

              Too bad aboiut your experience, mggn.

              LOL at the link cheryl posted. The page info calls Ole Gourmet Glatt...since it's milchig, I think that may be a bit overboard. :)

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                Southern Belle Dec 28, 2006 04:51 PM

                We ate at both ole cafe and lower east side this month. Lower east side is pricey but decent -- we got takeout that was prompt but they promised us a salad as a side and instead we got rice AND potato. Our crew enjoyed the stuffed cabbage, shnitzel, and chicken marsala.

                Ole cafe is israeli style dairy with fish and everything was delicious but not necessarily artful or fancy. Its in a strip mall. Portions were large enough to take home leftovers. We had pasta, hummus and pita, ciabatta sandwich, felafel and salad. All was great except the felafel, which had a texture that was a bit unusual -- big chunks of chickpea and a tough exterior. Note that this restaurant is about a half hour from the Disney area, in Maitland, but the drive is an easy one.

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                  cherylp3 Dec 28, 2006 06:43 PM

                  Sorry to hear about the falafel, I've only had it from Ole so I'm not sure how it compares.

                  The falafel is home made, the chef has a scoop he uses to make it, Very interesting to watch.

                  If you get the sandwich, pay the extra and get it on the Israeli bagel. I love their Israeli bagels.

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                  Levial Jan 3, 2007 07:37 PM

                  Lower East Side will do delivery (prior to Shabbos obviously). Have you tried Noah's Ark? They do a triple wrap for warming in traif oven. Also some of the markets (the one near the Lower East side store) have some kosher items - you could order rolls/challah from Lower East side should you keep Pas Israel, and supplement with lunchmeat, dairy, etc.

                  Also, a word on Disney for anyone out there - I can confirm that each park has at all times Kosher food in at least ONE counter serve (ie. fast food) restaurant. In Magic Kingdom, it was at Cosmic Rays starlight cafe. In MGM it was at the ABC Comissary. The cost is roughly $8.99 for a 1/4 pound burger (we thought it would be thin as paper and were pleasantly surprised). Hecksher is glatt, circle K I believe from Miami provider.

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                    cherylp3 Jan 6, 2007 12:51 PM

                    Regarding Disney:
                    The other locations are: American Pavillion in Epcot and Pizzafari in Animal Kingdom

                    Also if you call ahead you can request a kosher meal for any disney sit down restauraant. More info is at
                    http://www.allearsnet.com/din/guestko...

                    Warning regarding the Passover meals. These meals are not for passover.

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                    sja Jan 5, 2007 09:35 AM

                    When I was in Orlando this summer with 6 family members, I took along a large supply of LaBriute meals www.labriute.com They are selfheating and can be eaten anywhere including at the parks
                    We just found ourselves a quiet corner in one the the OUTDOOR
                    restaurants (important because of the steam it produces)and had hot meals anytime. We also heated them up right before Shabbat, covered them with the bed covers and had a hot Friday night meal
                    Unfortunately there is no solution for Shabbat as their Rabbinical authority says that it should not be used on Shabbat, while they did tell me that other Rabbis permit it
                    It is definately not gourmet food, but the portions are plentiful, there is a wide choice including micro meals, and it gives you the benefit of eating when and where you want at a very low price
                    I even had them ship it (for a small fee) to my first hotel.
                    In my mind overall it is a great solution for the Kosher traveller

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                      ShlomoDovid Mar 6, 2007 12:13 PM

                      BS"D
                      If I go to Orlando or nearby I will go to the Ole Gourmet. A little out of the way but not too far and very tasty. And the Rabbi in charge actually eats there with his family.

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                        tomby Mar 21, 2007 05:46 PM

                        Any updates on Kosher in Orlando? Looking for a pre-pesach meal.

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                          cherylp3 Mar 22, 2007 07:41 AM

                          There is a new restaurant coming in to the Altamonte Springs area.
                          I don't have any real info on it yet though.

                          You may want to contact Chabad since they do all the certification for Orlando.

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                            tomby Mar 22, 2007 02:54 PM

                            Thanks, will do!

                        2. weinstein5 Mar 22, 2007 07:51 PM

                          Check out shamash.org - http://www.shamash.org/kosher/

                          The listing for Orlando looks up to date - I also will be in Orlando pre-pesach and am looking to going to the Lower East Side Restaurant again -

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