Orlando magical dining month recommendations
We are headed to Orlando for a five days next week. I found some info about Orlando magical dining month which is this month. We have a very popular and similar concept here in Toronto called Summerlicious and Winterlicious which offers prix fixe meals at very reasonable prices. Anyone tried this yet? Any recommendations? We have a car and wouldn't mind anything within a 40 min drive. Thanks!
In general, the comments I have gotten on the program have been very good. If you are not familiar with Orlando restaurants this is a good way to sample at a reasonable cost.
I can only personally attest to a couple on the list. The meals at both The Boheme at the Grand Bohemian (downtown) and at Rocco's Italian Grille (Winter Park) are well worth the price.
You noted you have a car and don't mind a 40 minute drive, but don't indicated where your starting point is. Forty minutes won't get you from Gaylord Palms to Lake Mary, for instance.
Here's my personal list of restaurants with a few of my comments. There are others on the list I would otherwise recommend, but I'm not sure how well they can pull off a $30 prix fixe.
Upscale Dining - $29 Dinner Menus
Austral Latin Fusion Cuisine, Plantation Room at Celebration Hotel, PorterHouse at Orlando (good steaks and fresh fish, with ringside seats overlooking the Orlando airport)
Beluga, Bice Ristorante at Portofino Bay Hotel (you normally can't generate a burp here for a $30 tab), Le Coq au Vin (absolutely a don't miss oppportunity), Doc's Restaurant,
Silvano's Ristorante Italiano (neighborhood Italian and very good), El Conquistador at Mission Inn Resort, (bit of a hike -- it is out in Howey-in-the-Hills in Lake County, but it's a pretty drive), Tommy Bahama Tropical Café (Pointe Orlando), Emeril's Tchoup Chop at Royal Pacific Resort, (just go to see what may be the best looking restaurant in Orlando), The Oceanaire Seafood Room (also at Pointe Orlando and guaranteed fresh seafood).
Casual Dining - $19 Dinner Menus
Rice Paper (Neighborhood favorite for Thai food), Jinja Bar & Bistro (also Asian, really Pan-Asian, up in Lake Mary), Spice Modern Steakhouse - Winter Park (also one in Lake Mary which I have not eaten at), Brix Eurobistro (downtown wine bar with a nice selection of lighter fare), Taverna Opa (brand new Greek restaurant at Pointe Orlando, go late !), The Gables (this is pretty fine dining, not sure why they are in the cheaper seats. I'd check out the menu first, especially since it's out in Mt. Dora).
Hope that helps.
re: Bob Mervine
I went a bit over board this past weekend and really took advantage of the Magical Dining month to go some places I haven't been before without spending too much. (In theory...it really adds up with the booze). I hit up the Balwin Steak House (actually not worth much of a mention), Jeffery's Piano Bar (big disappointment) and Thcoup Chop for lunch yesterday (yep, it was my first time and I was blown away! There are more details and pix on my blog if anyone is interested: www.katekitchen.blogspot.com
Although I'm not familiar with magical dining month, I have to agree with Bob on Le Coq au Vin. It is one of our favorite restaurants, and one of the best values in town. The food is amazing and yet reasonably priced. It is in the middle of town, not located near any attractions or tourist areas. It is a favorite of the locals. Make a reservation. It is always packed.
Beluga and Emeril's Tchoup Choup on the list are also fantastic.
Thanks to all who helped especially Bob. We feasted at Le Coq au Vin and The Boheme.
We don't usually eat fancy restaurants even on birthdays so we were a little insecure about dress code and also what to expect in terms of ambience. Le Coq au Vin was very noisy - lots of loud laughter and talk. A man even yet across the room to someone he knew. We weren't irked, just surprised. We could have gone in shorts, it would have been fine. Good to know for the future, as we plan on returning next time we are in town. Food was excellent, service was professional and friendly. The Boheme was a feast for the eyes and then some. Beautiful gorgeous hotel and restaurant. You gotta check out the restroom. Food was also amazing - I loved the lobster bisque so much I could have licked the bowl. Overall - so many good restaurants, so little time.