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Orlando - good and different near the Peabody?

Going to Orlando for a night...done the Christini's thing. Done the Moonfish thing. Done the Jungle Jim's thing LOL and done Kress Chop House and a really great Thai place I can't remember the name of recently. Looking for something funky, interesting and GOOD. But not feeling the whole "jacket required/preferred" thing. Price doesn't matter, but we'll be at the Peabody and don't want to drive too far. Any recommendations-where would YOU go? One requirement-not Chinese food. And could you let us know what the dress is? THANKS.

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  1. I'm wondering what the deal is with Pointe Orlando -- I haven't been since they renovated, and it's right up the street from where you're staying. Web site says they have a Maggiano's, The Grape Wine Bar, Capital Grille (probably too fancy for what you're looking for) and a Tommy Bahama Tropical Cafe (the sound of which makes me suspicious). Anyway, Maggiano's sounds interesting, anybody been?

    http://www.pointeorlando.com/store_li...

    1. Thanks for replying!

      The Capital Grille is a somewhat casual restaurant here in South Tampa. Not fancy at all (people wear shorts, jeans, you name it.) Is it jacket preferred in Orlando? My sister works at the one in Miami and it's somewhat casual there too. =) We usually go there and eat the at the bar. Our Maggiano's isn't that great in Tampa. Is it a chain there or maybe an independent restaurant with the same name? I'd prefer something that's not a chain-and that we don't have here in Tampa (we have Grape too and I do like it!) We don't mind putting on something nice, just didn't feel like doing the whole jacket/tie thing if that makes sense. Thanks again and sorry for not being a bit more clear in my first post!

      1. You might like Seasons 52. Seasonal fresh dining with top quality ingredients. I have personally never had a bad meal and it is business casual. It is on Sand Lake very near Chrsitini's opposite side of the road. Maggiano's here is same as in Tampa, as is Capital Grill although Tampa Capital is in a nicer space IMO. Cafe Tu Tu Tango gets great recs on this board and is a small plates/Tapas thing. You also could buzz over to Texas De Brazil for a Churasscaria experience with nice digs, great meats and salad bar. Business casual at all these above reccomendations Just a few for you to chew on!!!

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        1. re: theflytyr

          Just an fyi, since you said you'd prefer no chains...Seasons 52 is a chain. The one in Orlando was the prototype for the franchise. The food is good; but their gimmick is that nothing served is more than 450 calories.

        2. I enjoy the Cafe Tu Tu Tango back home in Miami. =) That's a good back up option! Thanks for the recommendations. I'm going to check into Seasons 52! Less than three miles from the hotel! Can't beat that! Sounds really interesting. Thanks again!

          1. For casual and good in that area,,try Fish Bones. Open oak fire for cooking steak and seafood.
            Bahama Breeze isn't bad either for a chain!

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            1. re: mountdorahound

              Just an FYI on Fish Bones (Sand Lake Rd./I-drive in Orlando). My husband hadn't been there in about 10 - 15 years, but remembered it being one of the best meals of his life...

              We had an extremely disappointing experience earlier this week. The service staff was friendly and the atmosphere was a typical casual seafood restaurant. We started with the Tuna Bites and they turned out to be the pieces they trim off the tuna steaks, dusted in spices and deep fried. They were served with a hollandaise sauce. Ugh…

              My husband ordered the “Sushi-grade Ahi Tuna” seared rare with steamed vegetables. It was hard to cut due to the …I forget what it’s called…running through it. The vegetables were not seasoned at all. I ordered the fresh catch of grilled Grouper. The fish was not seasoned at all and so overcooked it was inedible. I had two bites and the server never inquired to see if there was a problem or even asked how my meal was. I didn’t say anything until we got the bill and noticed that the grouper was $39.95. There wasn’t a price on the menu, but I wasn’t ordering lobster out of season or Kobe beef, so how bad could it be? When my husband told the server our thoughts about the meal it took 10 minutes to get a managers approval to reduce it to $19.00. I wouldn’t recommend the restaurant as it was very overpriced for the quality of food served.