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Orlando nominees for Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives show

Guy Fieri of Food Network gets tons of interesting places to check out -special places that serve interesting menus or have great renditions of favorite dishes.

After over a year of viewing the closest joint to Orlando I've seen featured is in Lakeland!

Are we that bad we don't have ANY places we can nominate?

Have any of you actually sent in a nomination?

Post here any restaurant you consider worthy of a visit by Guy driving his awsome Camero.

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  1. This is by far one of the more interesting places I've visited in Central Florida: Old School
    Coffee Stop (http://www.oldschoolcoffeestop.us/bla...). It is located in Christmas betweem Titusville and Orlando. They cook inside a small school bus and have a Bistro built right next to the Jungle Adventures Alligator on SR 50. They're food is amazing especially for the price. They sell gator (bites and sauteed), East-Coast, Wild Shrimp, choice chicken and the best bread pudding ever... ever (only $1.50 for a small). Obviously, they sell coffee and the ultimate concoction.. Choffee. Everyone should check these guys out. The only downside is that they are only open from Thrusday to Sunday from 12pm-10pm since they need the rest of the days to prep food. They make everything themselves and marinade all their meat in ridiculously delicious homemade sauces. Do not leave without trying the bread pudding.

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    1. re: honduranterror

      Definity will try the bus stop - web site looks like very interesting menu.

      Any other nominees??

      Or was I right - no really DD&D ccandidates??o

      1. re: honduranterror

        Stopped by last weekend to find a very unique eating experience.

        Outdoor "dining room" under a canopy, kitcken in the bus and very nice owners.

        The menu is very original and most entrees are served in a wrap or in a bowl.[see link above for menu]

        All meats and feafood are marinated in unique blends of liquors and spices.

        I had a beef dish thah was very tasty, filling and reasonably priced [under $5 for a small ].

        The breadpudding was very good, but a little too sugury for my taste.

        It is definity worth a try - wish they were closer to Orlando.

      2. Mama nem's ! on kirkman . Best Soul Food in Orlando! one of my favorite places to go haha

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        1. re: pdpredtide

          well, we are that bad,,Florida isn't a diner state or at least,,there aren't very many here in the state. Most of the diners that I have seen are very similar to eachother. The Bus(above) is probabaly the most unique but it doesn't sound like a diner. I know of a few cuban/hispanic places that would be considered diners and/or dives but he rarely features ethnic places other than mexican. What he seems to want is a diner with lines out the door at lunch or dinner serving a unique dish that people will drive for. The only place like that that I know of is Dixie crossroads in titusville or JB's fish camp in NSB. Here in orlando the only place I can think of like that is Johnson's diner downtown.

          1. re: mountdorahound

            Interesting observation DD&D - they do pick very busy places to get customers comments.

            I've tried Mama Nem's and Johnsons and was satisfied but they both lack dishes on the menu that are unique - just good rendishons on popular soul food items.

            There are , of course, many places like that throughout the country.

            I'm a little suprised we have not seen more DD&D candidates .

        2. Pinones en Orlando - it's literally a grease truck in a gas station parking lot with some of the best Mofongo that I've ever had, not to mention the conch salad. The truck is on Curryford and Conway in the SW corner - at the gas station. Operated by the same gentleman for as long as I've been going, he does it all. It's all made to order so plan to wait about 15-20 minutes, but it's well worth your time. Might look scary, but it's so delicious!! I've never disappointed any of my foodie friends with Pinones en Orlando!

          1. I am from Canada and spending Nov in Lakeland, what was the place in Lakeland?

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            1. re: Lefty

              Pappy's Grill
              3043 Drane field Rd


              I hope to give it a try in Nov also.

            2. Played a round of golf at MetroWest earlier this year and ended up at a place called Peach river Cafe or some such thing in the western end of Orlando after the round. Awesome shrimp and grits and great pork chops. I have no idea if it was local, a local chain or what, but it was fantastic.

              1. Check out Lee and Ricks Oyster Bar at the corner of Kirkman and Old Winter Garden. It's inside a building that looks like an old boat and has been there for the last 60 years. It's the complete definition of a dive where you walk in and everything is concrete (even the bar) and you think to yourself, 'do I really want to eat here?' At the bar, you can order Oysters by the bucket (about 3-4 dozen per bucket for only $15), either lightly steamed or on the half shell. If oysters aren't your thing, then they have other seafood you can try. Best time to go is during the work week for lunch when it is slower. If you go on the weekends or nights, you might find yourself waiting for a seat.

                1. Id consider Johnnys Filling Station a dive and it has some good ass hamburger, also Johnsons Diner downtown is great

                  1. OH and Uncle Jones's Nuttin Mo Betta BBQ is certainly a dive, its a little nicer now that they redid the interior but still its got some great food

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                    1. re: defrag4

                      I forgot about Lee and Ricks! That would be a good place for Guy!

                      1. re: mountdorahound

                        Will definitly stop in - I thought they might be a candidate .

                      2. re: defrag4

                        UNCLE JONES just a block or so West on SR 436 is certainly GREAT SOUL FOOD. I love their Buffet Style Lunches with everything from fried okra to mac&cheese, fried chicken, fried cat fish, pulled pork, corn bead, butter beans, collards, etc. BUT I wonder about CLEANLINESS. I have been there many times and have seen one of the Jones' cooks (a son?) wearing a DIRTY APRON every time I have seen him, the same, and I mean FILTHY, apron, where he wipes his hands on the sides. But as for the food? FANTASTIC SOUL FOOD!

                        1. re: hyu28

                          Uncle jones has been closed by the health dept quite a few times. I would do the BBQ and that's it! It is good!

                        2. re: defrag4

                          x2 on Nuttin Mo Betta! Let them cater your next wedding... or divorce!! haha (that's printed right on the menu)

                        3. I hope It's not too late because I promise I have a sure winner. I grew up in Orlando but for the past two years I've been in Ohio, the first place I go when I get home is to Bruno's Italian restaurant. It is by far my favorite restaurant in the world and Bruno himself will be there to greet you everytime you enter. Italian food is my favorite and I don't see much of it on the show. I believe this fits under the "dine-in's" category. It is a must for Guy to visit here. Guy is my favorite TV host and Bruno is my favorite chef, not to mention he has got a fun personality which combined with Guy's flair would be great for the show. But I guess the far most important thing is that the food is the greatest I've ever had. My personal favorite being their calzones. They are to die for. I think I'm going on and on but I'm just very enthusiastic about all aspects of this restaurant. I love it. Please visit.

                          Bruno's Italian Restaurant
                          8556 W Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy, Kissimmee, FL 34747

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                          1. re: AlexanderHd

                            We just returned from Orlando.

                            We loved Lee & Rick's. Fun atmosphere. We and our 2 young kids ate 2 buckets of oysters by the bar. We liked raw better than lightly steamed. Got some other great recommendations from friendly locals that we sat with.

                            We also tried Madame Nems. We enjoyed it but found it a bit too rich and fatty. Not sure if it is something we would eat often since we like to eat healthy.

                            We were disappointed that we missed Johnsons. We drove all the way downtown to find out that it was closed during the holidays.

                            We went to Lac Viet Bistro instead and that was excellent as well. So basically the article in Conde Nast budget travel about Orlando gave excellent tips and we had a great time eating in Orlando.

                          2. Dixie Fried Chicken in Pinecastle.

                            1. PR's in Winter Park (on Fairbanks) is really good Mexican. It is definitely a dive too. Bring your marker and sign your name where ever there's room.

                              Also, Beefy King in Orlando. Thier roast beef is awesome. Try the Roast Beef & Pastrami - great stuff.

                              Great Gyros - Sorantini's in Oviedo. Fresh and Excellent !!!

                              Beefy King
                              424 N Bumby Ave, Orlando, FL 32803

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                              1. re: hotdiggity

                                I agree about Beefy King - that would be the best nominee. I couldn't disagree more about PR's though. That place is awful. I can't understand it's popularity. And I have eaten there about 10 different times over the years. Paco's would be much better nominee. I also like the idea of 4-rivers.

                                Beefy King
                                424 N Bumby Ave, Orlando, FL 32803

                              2. My hit list would be

                                4 Rivers Smokehouse
                                Sloppy Taco Palace
                                Lee and Ricks
                                Johnsons Diner
                                Hot Dog Heaven
                                Claddagh Cottage Irish Pub

                                Hot Dog Heaven
                                5355 E Colonial Dr, Orlando, FL 32807

                                1. I just had a wonderful lunch at Julie's Waterfront. Coconut Shrimp, hush puppies, fried to perfection. Crisp cold coleslaw.

                                  Its such a nice FL style place that i think is a perfect nomination for this show. Will definitly be going back to try many items on the menu.

                                  1. I grew up in Orlando and I think the following would fit the bill, especially if you're looking for lines out the door:

                                    Black Bean Deli
                                    4 Rivers
                                    Black Hammock

                                    Black Bean Deli
                                    325 S Orlando Ave Ste 1-1, Winter Park, FL 32789

                                    Black Hammock Restaurant
                                    2356 Black Hammock Fish Camp Rd, Oviedo, FL 32765

                                    1. I just moved here & a friend took us to Brick & Fire pizza on S. Orange Ave. it was delicious!! There Bruschetta is one of the best I've ever had, adorned with goat cheese & a balsamic reduction. So different & such fantastic flavors! They also have specialty pizzas, so many unique combos that leave me wanting to come back & try them all! I'd say it has the essence of a "dive". Guy should check it out!!

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                                      1. re: Leianne7

                                        Wow- I started this thread 5 years ago and it is alive.

                                        So now there are more places to recommend and lets keep them coming.

                                        How about Coops in Winter Park?

                                        To fancy for Guy??