Lake Buena Vista and surrounding area suggestions
- Phaedrus Jun 10, 2010 08:19 AM
I going to Orlando next week for the AAU volleyball tournament. After a whole day with screaming teenage girls at the Orange County Convention center and the ESPN Sports complex, I will need sustenance that is beyond the capabilities of chain places. We are staying at the Blue Heron beach resort and I saw a Moroccan place called Falafel. is it any good?
I am pretty adventurous but looking for and not limited to:
Korean noodle places
Not looking for fancy, not looking for the great oenophile experience.
I will have a car.
Thanks in advance.
You may need to drive a bit - not sure where the Blue Heron is, but here's some rec's:
Authentic Chinese: Hard to come by, but Magic Wok near Universal has some of the "real" Chinese
Good Japanese: Depends on the style you seek: Real stuff visit Hanamizuki on International Drive, Japanese fusion hit Wa near Universal, and for Americanized with great rolls etc I like Amura on Sand Lake's Restaurant Row - Nagoya is good for this too
Pupuseria: had to look that one up - no idea, and if we had one likely way on the other side of town
Brasilian BBQ - if you mean a churrascaria, then the best we have is the chain Texas de Brazil.
Korean noodle - no noodle places, but a good mixed place with more of a BBQ focus at Beewon, again near Universal
Greek - nothing too authentic, but if in a group Taverna Opa is fun at Pointe Orlando on International Drive
Lebanese - ah, here's a good one. Cedar's on Sand Lake restaurant row
Indian - one of our two ethnic specialties in Orlando - my favorite is Memories of India, but others like Tabla or Passage to India
Diners - sorry, we suck on these - too many Denny's, Perkins etc squeezing the market dry
Seafood - you'd think we'd have great options, but strangely we are somewhat mediocre. My best bets are Lee & Rick's Oyster for divey authentic, and BlueZoo and Ocean Prime (both WAY upscale) for dedicated. Big Fin and Moon Fish are ok too. My favorite options are general restaurants that serve seafood, like K Restaurant, Chatham's Place, Luma, and Tchoup Chop.
You missed our real ethnic specialty though, one we do better than anywhere else in the US other than LA, and that's Vietnamese. If you are up for traveling to downtown, there is a district with about 5 great places all at cheap prices and great authentic food. I prefer Lac Viet and Pho 88, but the granddaddy is Little Saigon
There's also a few other great places that don't fit your list, check out these links for a complete round-up of the best bets:
Lee & Rick's Half Shell Oyster
5621 Old Winter Garden Rd, Orlando, FL 32811
Chatham's Place Restaurant
7575 Dr. Phillips Blvd, Orlando, FL 32819
Little Saigon Restaurant
1106 E Colonial Dr, Orlando, FL 32803
Memories of India
7625 Turkey Lake Rd, Orlando, FL 32819
Magic Wok Restaurant
6700 Conroy Windermere Rd Ste 145, Orlando, FL 32835
Lac Viet Bistro
2021 E Colonial Dr, Orlando, FL 32803
Hanamizuki Japanese Restaurant
8255 International Dr, Orlando, FL 32819
7525 W Sand Lake Rd, Orlando, FL 32819
Amura Windermere Japanese Restaurant
7786 W Sand Lake Rd, Orlando, FL 32819
9101 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819
Beewon Korean Cuisine
5100 Dr Phillips Blvd, Orlando, FL 32819
Ocean Prime - Orlando
7339 W. Sandlake Road #420, Orlando, FL 32819
Todd English's Bluezoo
1500 Epcot Resorts Blvd, Orlando, FL 32830
Orlando, Orlando, FL