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My family and I will be spending the 1st week of January doing the Disney parks. We are from Ohio, but lived in San Diego before that. We are seriously missing the real good mexican restaurants since moving to Ohio (they have NOTHING here near Cleveland). I've read all the posts on Mexican in the area that I can find and was a bit discouraged by some of the comments. Can anyone recommend a great! Mexican restaurant? We will have a car and are willing to drive to a good eatery, but we are going to eat in at our condo the majority of the nights to save money (we have 7 kids so the bill can get pretty expensive!). We would like to eat at atleast one Mexican restaurant and at one of the Epcot country themed restaurants also. Has anyone tried the Indian cuisine in Epcot? We all like Indian food as well. There has been some disscussion on the board about what's 'real mexican' and what's Tex-Mex. Not sure I know which one is what...I just know around here (even when the waiters are Hispanic) you either get low quaility ingredients (fake cheese, Imo instead of sourcream, and very disgusting ground beef etc.) or you get not real Mexican. So I am looking for something like what we got in San Diego...Fresh, high Quality ingredients, with great authentic sauces and salsas...and meat I'm not afraid to eat...and please...NO Fake Cheese!
Thanks, CTRMom

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  1. I believe the Indian food you're referring to at Epcot was only part of the International Food and Wine festival, which has concluded for the year. There are no permanent Indian restaurants at WDW. There is a good one not too far away: Memories of India, at Bay Hill Plaza, Turkey Lake Road just north of Sand Lake Road.

    As for Mexican, we do have good restaurants, both authentic Mexican and Tex-Mex. If you are a fan of entrees that feature melted cheese, you're probably looking for Tex-Mex. We have a home-grown chain of casual quick-service restaurants called Tijuana Flats that does decent Tex-Mex. Another local chain, Amigo's, can be hit or miss.

    For actual authentic Mexican, try Garibaldi Mexican Restaurant, 929 N Semoran Blvd., Orlando; 407-275-5035; or Beto’s, 103 E. S.R. 436, Fern Park. 407-834-0882.

    Or if you want to get really authentic, go to Los Primos, 1 W. Silver Star Road, Ocoee;
    407-905-0224. I'll guarantee you'll be the only non-Hispanics in the place. (But you won't feel unwelcomed.)

    Another place I like closer to the attractions area is Los Generales, 12200 Menta St., Orlando, which is just south of the Ritz-Carlton complex.

    Enjoy your stay.
    Scott
    www.scottjosephorlando.com

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    1. re: Scott Joseph

      Scott,

      I tried going to Beto's maybe a month ago and having trouble finding a restaurant called Beto's realized that the restaurant had been renamed. Apparently it is under new ownership as Pancho's and people are unhappy with the quality of the food now. The OBT Beto's is still around:

      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/565920

      1. re: pfibiger

        Not only was that Beto's renamed, it changed it's menu quite considerably. We stopped there right after the change and they didn't have tongue, barbacoa, or carnitas. But they did have chicken fingers and fries!

        What they do have is a couple less formerly loyal customers. I'm happy to report that the Beto's on OBT is still the same.

        1. re: pfibiger

          I look away for a few minutes and look what happens!
          Thanks for the update.

        2. re: Scott Joseph

          there is a Garibaldi's in Kissimee as well which would be closer to the Disney Location.

          1. re: Sandwich_Sister

            Steer clear of the Garibaldi's on Sand Lake. It's like a Taco Bell with table service.