Birthday Celebration in Orlando Area
I am a native Floridian/Orlando-ian (yes, I just made that up!) and a group of 10 or so are going to dinner to celebrate a friend's birthday this coming Saturday. We would like to go somewhere in the Downtown area but other areas on the outskirts is fine too (Altamonte/Winter Park/etc.). Just tired of the same old places we go and was looking for suggestions. Nothing too expensive, something with a full bar and good/fun atmosphere. Anything come to mind? Thanks!
Try Bento Cafe downtown for a wide variety of creative sushi rolls, pan-Asian bento boxes, bubble tea, and more. It's a hip, trendy room, full of shiny black and chrome and cool blue lighting, and I believe they have a bar too. It would be perfect for a birthday night out with friends. Mochi is right next door, for self-serve frozen yogurt and a wide array of toppings. They are both in the new Plaza Cinema Cafe complex on Orange Avenue, so you can park in the garage and even get validated at the restaurants.
Don Pepe's Habana Grill in Altamonte has amazing Cuban food, decent prices, huge portions, and lots of drink specials. They're located on State Road 436 near State Road 434, not far at all from I-4.
937 W State Road 436, Altamonte Springs, FL 32714
First, Willowtree is GREAT for birthdays and the food/beers are wonderful. But in your price range the first place that I thought of was PR's Taco Palace on Fairbanks in Winter Park. If you haven’t been there I will tell you that the place is a dive, the food is average but the food/drinks are cheap and it’s a great place to start off the night. It is especially good when the trains are running and they sell the cheap tequila shots!
$10-15, good atmosphere, full bar, man that is tough. Im assuming Dexters is one of the "same old" places?
Try Habaneros. Excellent Mexican, tasty margaritas, cheap and quick service.
Usually they have a small mariachi band playing. Try the chori pollo, best thing on the menu imo.
Im not sure if these are the "same old places" but Dexters, Wildsides and Graffitti Junktion in Thorton park are all good and pretty cheap options.