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ulterior epicure Sep 26, 2008 08:16 AM

Is there any hope for a traveling businessman who will be stuck at the OCCC (in Orlando) for four days without wheels? Cab is possible, but would rather not bother.

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  1. ulterior epicure RE: ulterior epicure Sep 26, 2008 02:30 PM

    Okay - this is depressing. Are there NO promising food venues near/around the OCCC?

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      LilMsFoodie RE: ulterior epicure Sep 26, 2008 03:09 PM

      literally hundred of restaurants within walking distance. How about some specifics about food or wines you like. NB: International Drive is location one for every national chain in the country, or at least it seems like that. But there are some fun places to go. Give us some guidance. LMF

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      rudykins RE: ulterior epicure Sep 27, 2008 04:32 AM

      It's really not hopeless, although you won't get Orlando's best. The convention center is on Intenrational Drive, which has an efficient and inexpensive trolley that runs up and down all day long. Some of the better places are the following:
      Hanamizuki, an authentic Japanese restaurant
      Taverna Opa, which is offensively loud but has quite good Greek food (and seats outside if the noise bothers you)
      Texas de Brazil, a high-end chain that does a very good job for a Brazilian-style churrascaria
      Thai Thani, a cheesy looking Thai restaurant that has good food
      And a tapas place, whose name I can not remember (I'm sure someone else will help us out), that's set up like an artist's loft in Barcelona and has creative fare spanning all cuisines in appetizer-size portions.
      You might also want to cab it to nearby Sand Lake Road, which has very good restaurants including Vine's, a Chicago-style steakhouse wth great food and live jazz; Antonio's, a high-end Italian; and Cedar's, a decent Lebanese.

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        ulterior epicure RE: rudykins Sep 27, 2008 07:39 AM

        Thanks, rudykins and LilMsFoodie.

        1. No chains. At all. I can get to chains everywhere.

        2. Prefer small, locally-owned, ingredient-driven restaurants. Given your description of International Drive, I doubt there are any.

        Is there a Vico's? I think I have a pre-arranged dinner at Vico's - an Italian place?

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          orlwine RE: ulterior epicure Sep 27, 2008 09:27 AM

          Vito's? If that's the place it's Vito's Chophouse. Great steaks, heavily-Italian wine list. Expensive, but if you're not paying then have fun!

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            orlwine RE: ulterior epicure Sep 27, 2008 09:30 AM

            Also, for the types of independent restaurants you mentioned, here are some in the nearby area that are a short cab ride away:

            Chatham's Place
            Vines Grille
            Dux (in the Peabody Hotel)
            Norman's
            Primo

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              ulterior epicure RE: orlwine Sep 27, 2008 05:17 PM

              orlwine, thanks for these recommendations. How far away are they from the OCCC?

              It may be Vito's. All I know is that the place I've been *invited* has four letters in its name (like I said, I thought it was "Vico's), starts with a "V" and looks like an Italian steakhouse. So, I bet you're right. And I'll enjoy having someone else pay for this dinner.

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            ulterior epicure RE: rudykins Sep 29, 2008 09:04 AM

            Can anyone help rudykins and me figure out the name of the tapas place (set up like an artist's loft in Barcelona...)?

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              herbert1 RE: ulterior epicure Sep 29, 2008 09:16 AM

              This it?

              http://www.cafetututango.com/menu.html

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                rudykins RE: herbert1 Sep 29, 2008 10:37 AM

                That's it. Perfect for a fun night out, but for your more serious eats I'd do Primo, Normans and Hanamizuki.

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                  ulterior epicure RE: rudykins Sep 29, 2008 12:37 PM

                  Hanamizuki looks surprisingly traditional. Yes, I am a natto lover.

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                    beteez RE: ulterior epicure Sep 29, 2008 01:39 PM

                    Tomi on John Youg is also good traditional sushi, not quite as trad as hanamizuki, but more reasonable also.

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                      ulterior epicure RE: beteez Sep 29, 2008 07:26 PM

                      hanamizuki's website does not list prices (at least not in English). What are the prices like there?

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                        rudykins RE: ulterior epicure Sep 30, 2008 06:13 AM

                        The prices are highish. The food is so authentic that it's not competing with regular American Japanese restaurants. They're not $35 an entree highish, but they are higher than what you'd pay for chicken teriyaki elsewhere.

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                          beteez RE: rudykins Sep 30, 2008 11:59 AM

                          You can quickly run up a $60/person sushi tab without tryng hard.

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                            rudykins RE: beteez Sep 30, 2008 01:30 PM

                            What about foods other than sushi? The menu is so interesting I never even thought to opt for sushi there.

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                              ulterior epicure RE: rudykins Sep 30, 2008 05:30 PM

                              It's funny that you mention that. I hadn't even though to look to see if they even offer sushi. I suppose they do, of course.

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                            ulterior epicure RE: rudykins Sep 30, 2008 05:34 PM

                            Anything particularly good there? How's their ishiyaki? Given a colder clime, I sure could tuck myself into a big bowl of Matsutake nabe.

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              herbert1 RE: ulterior epicure Sep 27, 2008 09:11 AM

              Capriccio over in the Peabody is quite good food and it's located adjacent to the CC. Dux is also good but more upscale.

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                ulterior epicure RE: herbert1 Sep 27, 2008 05:12 PM

                As between Dux and Norman's?

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                  orlwine RE: ulterior epicure Sep 28, 2008 01:53 AM

                  Dux is across the street from the convention center. Norman's and Primo are at the Grande Lakes Resort, which is a five-minute cab ride.

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                    herbert1 RE: orlwine Sep 28, 2008 11:57 AM

                    Of the two, I would go with Dux, I've only had sporadic success with Norman's (although their conch chowder and foie gras french toast are to die for...). If you are going to go to grande lakes (where Norman's and Primo's are) go to Primo.

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                    LilMsFoodie RE: ulterior epicure Sep 28, 2008 12:52 PM

                    I like Primo as much as any restaurant in Orlando. Melissa Kelly has a nice concept, well executed. Excellent wines, unobtrusive service (as opposed to the fawning at Norman's). Organic food as much as possible, locally grown when possible, often grown in the restaurant's garden behind the restaurant. I was there two weeks ago and my opinion still stands. I would recommend the cab ride to the JW Marriott at Grand Lakes over Dux.

                    http://www.grandelakes.com/Primo-78.html
                    http://www.primorestaurant.com/restau...

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                      beteez RE: LilMsFoodie Sep 28, 2008 06:41 PM

                      I agree, Primo has never failed us & weve been there 8-9 times in the past year.

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                        ulterior epicure RE: beteez Sep 28, 2008 06:58 PM

                        I don't see a tasting menu on Primo's website. Do you know if I could request one?

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                          beteez RE: ulterior epicure Sep 28, 2008 08:41 PM

                          They do not offer a tasting menu.

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