Ravenous Pig ,Orlando???
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.
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.)
Disneys Contemporary Resort, Orlando, FL 32830
6000 Universal Blvd Ste 702, Orlando, FL 32819
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:
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.....