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May 9, 2010 01:19 PM

Best of Orlando

I'm a NYC hound on my way to Orlando for a conference. Will be staying at the Swan and Dolphin for four nights. We're looking for great food and would love your recommendations.

Thanks in advance,


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  1. If you will have a car, I would definitely recommend Columbia Restaurant in Celebration. It was about 15 minutes from Disney area. We were at Disney the week before last and we really enjoyed the food at Columbia. If you go to Downtown Disney area, we had dinner at Raglan Road and that was good too, but Columbia was very, very good. I found both of these places by doing some research on this board...there is definitely Orlando information if you do a search.

    1. Do you have a way to get off of disney property?

      If not and your stuck in the Disney Area I would suggest Jiko It is the african inspired restaurant in the Animal Kingdom lodge.

      Other places you may like in that area are
      Victoria and Alberts and California Grill

      California Grill
      Disneys Contemporary Resort, Orlando, FL 32830

      Victoria and Albert's
      , Orlando, FL 32830

      1. Todd English's Blue Zoo which is located in the Dolphin is great. Very cool atmosphere and the food is just great. It is pricey though.

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        1. re: melpadilla

          I agree, BlueZoo is beautiful inside and the food was great every time I went!

        2. Well, if you're from NYC, then you gotta get off property to find something even in the ballpark of your standards - except Victoria and Albert's - great experience but very formal - kinda like a Le Bernadin experience. If you are willing to drive, places to try include Wa, Ravenous Pig, Luma on Park, K, and for a real FL experience venture to Lee & Rick's. You will also get better Vietnamese food here than in NYC, so head downtown for cheap fare a Lac Viet, Little Saigon or Pho 88. And if you really want to embrace something different and fun because you're not in NYC and don't have to be cool, get a big group together and take a taxi to Taverna Opa or Cafe Tu Tu Tango - it's more about the experience than the food, but if you drink enough it's a lot of fun.

          Luma on Park
          290 S. Park Ave, Winter Park, FL 32789

          Little Saigon Restaurant
          1106 E Colonial Dr, Orlando, FL 32803

          Cafe Tu Tu Tango
          8625 International Dr, Orlando, FL 32819

          Victoria and Albert's
          , Orlando, FL 32830

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          1. re: YosemiteSam

            I'm so glad Wa has been getting some good press lately. I found it a little difficult to find, but it was well worth it. and I agree with all of your recs! :)

          2. If you have a car, definately check out Maraya at Sabrina's - it's about a 15 minute drive from Disney.

            You can see the string of posts regarding the restaurant at