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Nov 3, 2008 07:22 AM

Family Style Restaurant?-Orlando

The last trips I have taken found me dining on fantastic food in wonderful small restaurants recommended by Chowhound members. Believe me, Chowhounds know the "secrets" in DC and Las Vegas. This week it's time for Orlando. Do any members have a suggestion for a small, family owned, local customer oriented restaurants in that city? Please advise.

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    1. Le Coq Au Vin is one of the area's best restaurants, owned by Louis and Magdalena Perrotte. For Brooklyn-style Italian, head up to Tuskawilla and Red Bug Lake Roads to Stefano's. For something fancier, try Chatham's Place. Although the Chatham family no longer owns it, the chef and maitre d' who purchased it still run it like a family business. Others, I'm sure, will have more recommendations, but those are some of my favorites.

      1. Falafel Cafe across from the UCF campus if you like Mediterranean fare. The lentil soup is superb, and they have a reasonably priced menu overall. It's in east Orlando, not in the touristy areas such as Disney or International Drive. Great value and flavor from the couple of time I've been.

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        1. re: food_eater79

          Let's define "family style" ,, a place you can take the family that doesn't serve booze.
          Where everyone feels welcome and it won't bust your wallet to take the whole family. Or like Scott refers to it as a place owned and operated by a family that may or may not have booze and all are welcomed and prices vary.
          Golden corral is family style but it is not home owned and operated so it would never make my list. But johnson's Diner on Church street would. Everyone is a part of the family in this place. You will walk out full and have a few dollars left after feeding the entire family and it taste just like grandma's!!
          Another one that comes to mind is the original Holiday House in deland. I don't know if the one on orange ave by ormc is sitll open. But the original in deland is still open.
          no booze,, lots of blue hairs, big portions and a good price.

          1. re: mountdorahound

            The Holiday House on Orange closed...10 years ago? A while ago, anyway. My husband and in-laws still enjoy the other Orlando location (I think it's on Lee Road) and they meet there for lunch every so often. The only negative I've heard is that the big deserts are "pretty" but not very good (often dry). I haven't been over there in ages--but I too remember it as being a favorite of the blue hair set.

            Personally, I'd go to Stefano's anytime. It's not fancy but the food is great and Stefano and Marie are wonderful hosts.