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Sep 20, 2009 02:18 PM

Recs for Mexican, Indian or Thai - Orlando

We will be in Orlando for a few nights and would love recommendations for a great Mexican, Indian or Thai restaurant.

Thanks Chow Hounders

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  1. I've only eaten Lunch at these two places but I've had great experiences each time I've gone.

    Red Bamboo for Thai - Decent prices stardard Thai Food all delicious
    6803 S Kirkman Rd
    Orlando, FL 32819

    Memories of India - I've only had the lamb vindaloo here but it was delicious and just the right amount of spice
    7625 Turkey Lake Rd
    Orlando, FL 32819

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    1. re: Sandwich_Sister

      I second Memories of India. For Thai, I'm fond of Sea Thai on East Colonial. In fact, I just taped a show there. If you have access, try Bright House channel 300/Food/On Dining/Sea Thai to get an idea of what the place is like. As for Mexican ... I'll let others answer. I haven't found one excellent place yet.

      1. re: Rona Gindin

        Go to Thai House of Orlando @ 2117 East Colonial Dr. Fantastic Thai food.

        1. re: drew5720

          I loved Thai House too. I read somewhere that the Red Bamboo owner is a relative of the owners of the Thai House. I really enjoyed both but for lunch I would say Red Bamboo, for dinner Thai House, but that is only because I haven't had dinner at Red Bamboo.

    2. I really enjoy Red Bamboo for Thai. Out of the several Thai places I've been to around town I think they are one of the best.

      My family (not me though) has dined at Cantina Laredo (mexican) off of Sand Lake Road and said its great. Its also getting really good reviews.

      1. Orlando is really spread out. What parts of town will you be visiting? Here are my favorites, but they may not be anywhere near you.

        Mexican -- Chilango's in Winter Springs. A tiny little storefront with a few tables, but the most authentic, delicious Mexican food I've ever had in Florida. Run by a very sweet family, and incredibly cheap too.

        Thai -- Thai Singha in Waterford Lakes, a sprawling shopping center in East Orlando near UCF.

        Indian -- Kohinoor in Altamonte Springs (very close to I-4). Always amazing, whether you catch the lunch buffet or order off the menu.

        1. Indian: Memories of India is unbeatable (two locations: Orlando and Lake Mary). If you're here on a Sunday for lunch, their buffet is the best way to try a variety of things. My absolute favorite is the mutter paneer, and don't miss the mango ice cream.

          Mexican: For a quick meal, Tijuana Flats is my standby. I eat there about once a week. For a longer meal, Paxia in College Park has outstanding pork tacos. I've heard from many people that Los Generales is excellent but haven't been there yet.

          Thai: Napasorn in downwtown Orlando is more upscale and has amazing panang curry and garlic dishes. Tasty Thai on Curry Ford looks like a dive, but you can't beat the food. Both have excellent Thai tea.

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          1. re: starbucksbrew

            It's funny because it seems to me that most of the Orlando Florida foodies seem to disagree a lot on what mexican restaurants are good. I honestly think it really has to do with what you consider "mexican food". We obviously aren't going to reccommend Taco Bell or Del Taco but if you want a nice sit down authentic mexican cuisine you may have to check out a few places and then since it's popular there are chains and while we try not to reccommend chains since you want something unique to the area sometimes a certain chain is worth mentioning.

            So there is an inexpensive but good category the includes a local chain and I think these a great for lunches, or after the bar type meals.
            * Betos
            * Tijuana Flats

            A second tier good prices and including local chain and western chain both favs of mine
            * Girabaldis
            * Cancun Cafe

            A thrid tier they consider themselves more mexican Cuisine
            * Los Generals
            * Taquitos Jalisco
            * Agave Azul

            I want to try more of Los Generals, Went there for margarita and appetizer one night, and I was interested in ordering more. Taquitos Jalisco didn't really impress me, but I am still a fan of Girabaldis, they have a kissimmee restaurant on 192 if you near the disney . area. Also Azteca, the OBT restaurant, even though its not just a florida chain, the service is wonderful, and the food is good, it's a lot on a plate for a decent price

            Betos is awesome for lunch or after bar, I haven't been there in quite some time, but if they are still the same way it's worth a try.

            1. re: Sandwich_Sister

              there is also a garibaldi's next to the Florida Mall on Sand Lake

              1. re: pdpredtide

                I don't get this place. It's awful. The one on Colonial and Semoran is good, but the mall locations might as well be classified as a food court establishment with alcohol.

                Bad. Very, very bad.

            2. re: starbucksbrew

              Tijuana Flats isn't authentic Mexican and will never try to be. But it's quick and reliably tasty food for under $10, they use reasonably good quality ingredients for that price point, and they cook their beans in house.

            3. Thai - Siam Garden - 1111 W Webster Ave, Winter Park, FL
              Mexican - Panchos Mexican Food (Formerly -Beto's ) 103 Semoran Blvd
              Fern Park, FL 32730-2106 -
              No idea on Indian - I only eat it when I travel.