Family Resturants in St Pete, Tampa & Clermont/Orlando
I hope you guys can help. My husband, son (2 yrs old) and myself will be visiting St. Pete, Tampa, Clermont and Orlando. I am looking for family-friendly restaurants that have good food and are decently priced for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Any suggestions?
You've asked a very broad-reaching question about four different cities, three day parts and given a very vague description of what you are looking for -- which is probably why you have gotten no responses.
First, search the board for the four cities and read a few of the more recent posts to see if any of the information fits your description.
Next, repost and define "decently price" with a range and quantify it a bit more than "good food."
What kind of cuisines do you like and dislike? Are chains OK or not? Other than Clermont, each city has a number of areas where you might want information -- if staying in Lake Mary you don't want restaurants near Disney and vice versa.
Does your son like a variety of foods? In Orlando, almost every restaurant is kid-friendly.
Give up some more information and I think you'll get better feedback.
If you're going for lunch, the Yalaha Bakery is pretty limited on its selections. For a family-friendly place, you might try Tijuana Flats. The branch on 50, by the intersection of 535 in Winter Garden (just to the west of Clermont) is a very family-oriented place - lots of loud tots. But the food is good and definitely affordable, which more than compensates us for the screaming childies.
Here are a few for Orlando and Winter Park (basically a suburb of Orlando, but don't tell them that):
French: Le Coq Au Vin (way south on Orange Avenue in Orlando; incredible French food, verrrry reasonably priced for French food, great dinner place)
Irish: Fiddler's Green (Winter Park)
Bbq: O'Boys (2 Orlando locations, 1 Winter Park)
Italian: Il Pescatore (Orlando, on Primrose, just south of Colonial Drive)
Breakfast: TooJay's (1 in Colonial Plaza, 1 in Altamonte Springs), or Mimi's Cafe (1 at Millenia Mall, 1 on Hwy 436 in Altamonte Springs)
Salads/Sandwiches: TooJays, or Crispers (Winter Park Village, next to Cheesecake Factory)
Family style steakhouse: Sam Seltzer's on Hwy 436
Burgers: Cheeburger Cheeburger (Waterford Lakes shopping center)
Seafood: Crab House (Lake Buena Vista exit off I-4, maybe one on I-Drive too), or Shells (several locations)
Mexican: I second the Tijuana Flats recommendation (several Orlando area locations)
Family style tapas: Cafe Tu Tu Tango (Pointe Orlando)
Cajun: Crooked Bayou (Central Avenue, downtown Orlando)
In Orlando I like High Tide Harry's (Seafood) for lunch or dinner. It is near the airport at the intersection of 50 and Semoran. I like that they give you hush puppies with cinnamon butter as soon as you sit down - keeps the kids happy. First Watch on Sand Lake Rd is good for breakfast but expect to wait. Tijuana Flats, as Heather mentioned, is one of my favorite places to take the kids. Lots of kid-friendly chains around both Clermont and Orlando like Carabba's, Chevy's, Macaroni Grill, Applebee's, etc. There are also several "gourmet" McDonald's on Sand Lake near International Drive (one East of I-4 and one West of I-4). They are fun because the kids can have the regular McDonald's food and you can have freshly grilled panini's, salads, chicken entrees, etc. - they even have omelet chefs during the week for breakfast.
When ever I get over to Orlando I always have to go to Pizzeria Uno, to get my fix for Chicago style pizza. The only thing that I can find in Tampa is Giordano's and it is all cheese no toppings. They have many locations to choose from, good for lunch or dinner.