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IDGuofM Oct 8, 2009 08:14 PM

We are looking for some new places to try in the Disney area. I've read some mixed reviews on The Ravenous Pig but more good then bad so we're considering that. If you've been recently then we'd love to hear what you thought and what you got. If you have any other suggestions, then we'd love to hear those as well.

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    Corporate_40 RE: IDGuofM Oct 9, 2009 05:29 AM

    Just go, you will not be disappointed. Never had anything but great meals there. Also check out Luma on Park.

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      loriannkru RE: Corporate_40 Jun 22, 2010 04:58 PM

      My husband and I will be in Orlando for a long weekend later this year. So far, our plans are to go to K, California Grill and Blue Zoo. (We've been to Blue Zoo in the past--thought it was great.) Now I'm reading all your great reviews of Ravenous Pig, and wondering if I should swap that in in place of California Grill or Blue Zoo. Can anyone offer an opinion on the relative merits of these three?

      If you have lunch advice, I'll take that, too. We'll be at EPCOT or Animal Kingdom on the first day, and my current plan is to detour to Sanaa at AK Lodge. We'l be at the Universal Parks on the second day, so my current plan is Emeril's (been there before.) We'll also be able to stop for lunch before we leave on a Monday, and I've got Seasons 52 booked for lack of better idea (have also been there.)

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      California Grill
      Disneys Contemporary Resort, Orlando, FL 32830

      Emeril's
      6000 Universal Blvd Ste 702, Orlando, FL 32819

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        askdrtodd RE: loriannkru Jun 22, 2010 05:11 PM

        K for sure, Harmoni is a good lunch spot that is right next door to K's (K might have moved though), never been to Cali grill, Luma on park is good, Dexters has great brunch, go anywhere but seasons, it was once good but has become very chain-ey.

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          Mild Bill RE: askdrtodd Jun 22, 2010 05:26 PM

          http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a15...

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            CFishman RE: Mild Bill Jun 22, 2010 05:34 PM

            Mild? Bill?

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              Mild Bill RE: CFishman Jun 22, 2010 05:44 PM

              Todd said; "it was once good but has become very chain-ey."

              Sorry, bad joke...
              They're not all gems... ;-)

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                CFishman RE: Mild Bill Jun 22, 2010 06:25 PM

                That is funny. I thought you had finally had your fill of tourists, which really isn't like you. That menudo you photographed is killing me. I gotta get over the bridge.

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          YosemiteSam RE: loriannkru Jun 22, 2010 09:22 PM

          What area are you staying in? Ravenous is great - the chef's are cooking at the James Beard house tonight, so you know they've earned a great rep.

          Here's a few threads that may identify some new places for you to try:

          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7107...
          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7092...
          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7126...
          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7136...

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            loriannkru RE: YosemiteSam Jun 23, 2010 11:50 AM

            Thanks so much! We're staying at the Marriott Lakeshore Reserve, but will have a car and a GPS, and no qualms about driving. I had seen all of those threads you linked to, but couldn't figure out relative merits of Blue Zoo v. Cali Grill v. Ravenous Pig based on what's in there.

            I live near NYC, and we actually thought about going to the Beard dinner tonight--you can reserve right on OpenTable. Strangely, OpenTable didn't say what restaurant was being featured. But small world, nonetheless!

            I think I'll just replace Blue Zoo with Ravenous Pig at this point--been to one, not the other, so we'll try the one that is "new" to us.

            Thanks again for your help. I promise to report back!

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              beteez RE: loriannkru Jul 3, 2010 08:04 PM

              Stay on property & do Primo & Normans. We love Primo in JW Marriott.

      2. pdpredtide RE: IDGuofM Oct 9, 2009 06:35 AM

        make sure, if you go, to make reservations first

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          CFishman RE: pdpredtide Oct 9, 2009 07:10 AM

          Ravenous Pig is great. I just learned this last weekend that so is K Restaurant and Wine Bar (http://kwinebar.com/home_page_001.htm). From this point forward, my ideal trip to Orlando will include meals at both of these restaurants. Unfortunately, things are getting complicated with the imminent opening of 4 Rivers BBQ in Winter Park.

          http://4rsmokehouse.com/#

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          glowworm RE: IDGuofM Oct 9, 2009 10:48 AM

          The Pig is great; I've never had anything bad there and the only negative is that it does get extremely crowded during peak hours because it is so popular.

          We typically go there for the small plates. I've had the heirloom tomato salad, crab fritters, lobster tacos, lamb in a couple of different ways and their great burger. All of it has been very good. I had a pretzel there that was OK but it was served with a Taleggio dip that was SO good that...well, if you spilled some on your shoes you would probably end up going home barefoot.

          They also make meals and have a dining room but their bar is so appealing and their bartenders are so good that we usually end up sticking to the small plates in the pub area. Every one there seems invested in the restaurant, like it is their own place.

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            BarryL524 RE: IDGuofM Oct 9, 2009 11:31 AM

            I don't know if I've ever heard anything bad about The Ravenous Pig. I go whenever I can. All the servers are great and I've never met any that weren't completely friendly and knowledgeable. The one thing is that it can get extremely busy during peak times and I usually recommend if you want to sit in the dining room, and not the bar, make a reservation ahead or go after 9:15pm.

            Also, K is fabulous, but I've only ever been there for lunch.

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              Rusyoak RE: BarryL524 Oct 9, 2009 01:23 PM

              Never heard anything bad about The Ravenous Pig. I personally love it. Do make a reservation, though I have had luck just walking in.

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              LargeLife RE: IDGuofM Oct 11, 2009 07:41 AM

              Mixed reviews on Ravenous Pig?? We've eaten there three times....making our way there from Ft. Pierce just to eat there.....And it's been nothing less than excellent.....EXCELLENT!....Make reservations.....

              EMac

              1. Icantread RE: IDGuofM Oct 12, 2009 09:28 AM

                Definitely great. We go there from Miami. Go for lunch if you can't make it to dinner. It's the sort of place you'll wish you had back hom

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                  amsquires RE: IDGuofM May 23, 2010 05:55 PM

                  Always make reservations at TRP as far in advance as you can - you won't be disappointed. The mussels are fantastic!

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                    onrushpam RE: amsquires May 24, 2010 03:46 PM

                    I'll second that! We've tried a few times to get in there, with no success, even calling a week or more in advance. :-( Our Orlando forays are usually somewhat spur-of-the-moment, so it's hard to plan ahead.

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                    andy huse RE: IDGuofM Jun 23, 2010 01:44 PM

                    i can only assume that i visited on an off day: stale "soft" pretzels, bland soup, miniscule charcuterie. The mussels and burger were good, but overall, I was not impressed. I plan on returning one of these days to see what the fuss is about.

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                      askdrtodd RE: andy huse Jun 23, 2010 03:10 PM

                      Andy- my past couple visits there were disappointing and expensive too. My first couple were excellent. I'll be in orlando tomorrow and friday, maybe I'll give it another whirl.

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                        pdpredtide RE: askdrtodd Jun 25, 2010 04:52 AM

                        i hear the burger is good

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                          CFishman RE: pdpredtide Sep 5, 2010 05:20 AM

                          Polly, forgot the money shot. It would be fun to take a trip to Orlando. Did they pull her post for mentioning her blog?

                           
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                          andy huse RE: askdrtodd Sep 6, 2010 10:36 AM

                          love to hear what you find.

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