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Sep 9, 2008 02:51 PM

Staying at Rosen Shingle Creek - local dinner options?

I'm going to be in town for 3 days at a trade show, with 2 nights for dinners. Will be going with a coworker, so on the nicer side, but not massively expensive would be great. Please let me know of any can't-miss spots that we could enjoy. Any cuising is great.


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  1. Cala Bella inside the Shingle Creek has excellent Italian food. I'm also hearing good things about Fiorella's, inside the Westin Imagine, which is nearby. On I-Drive near there, Taverna Opa has reasonably priced, delicious Greek food, but it is very loud.

    1. When Rudykins says that Taverna Opa is very loud, what's really meant is that IT'S VERY LOUD!. But it is good Greek food and would be a nice choice if you don't want to actually carry on a conversation with your co-worker.
      Cala Bella is good but very expensive. Also at Shingle Creek is an excellent steakhouse with the odd name "A Land Remembered;" the name is from a book about Florida.
      Another meat-centric restaurant is The Capital Grille at Pointe Orlando (we like putting unnecessary e's on the end of wordes).
      Restaurant Row (Sand Lake Road west of Interstate 4) has Timpano's (Italian), Samba Room (Latin American), Antonio's, Vines, Ruth's Chris, Moonfish, Bonefish Grill, Jeffery's, Seasons 52, Cedar's (excellent Middle Eastern), Chatham's Place, Morton's Steakhouse, Tang's (an upscale Thai), Press 101 (an upscale sandwich place), and another eight or nine I'm probably forgetting.
      Need more, or want specifics on any of these? Happy to help.

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      1. re: Scott Joseph

        Thanks all! This is a fantastic list - I'll investigate some menus online.

        1. re: Jel212

          One more comment. Yes, The Land Remembered is very expensive, but, if you're visiting this month, it's particiating in Orlando's Magical Meal something or other. Bottom line: This and several other good restaurants offer three-course meals for $29. Many make you ask for the special menu; you won't be the only one asking.

      2. Excellent point, RK. Several of the restaurants we've mentioned here, including Cala Bella, also at Shingle Creek, are participating. Check out the restaurants and the special menus they're offering at the Orlando Magical Dining Web site.

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        1. re: Scott Joseph

          Scott knows all and sees all . . . if you want my 2 cents, Tang's is excellent thai. I must have been there on a slow night because the chef came out to explain the menu and customize our dishes. Jeffrey's got sold to the Vines folks so that one is to be checked out again soon.
          Miss you Scott! Your reviews were one of the few things I actually read from beginning to end!

          1. re: Dreamerjen42

            Just to clarify, Jeffery's went out of business. Then, Vines bought the contents of the space (equipment, fixtures, wine, etc.) and is assuming the lease, and is moving their already successful program into a larger space.