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Jun 10, 2010 08:19 AM

Lake Buena Vista and surrounding area suggestions

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:
Authentic Chinese,
Good Japanese
Brasilian BBQ
Korean noodle places

Not looking for fancy, not looking for the great oenophile experience.

I will have a car.

Thanks in advance.

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  1. 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

    Moon Fish
    7525 W Sand Lake Rd, Orlando, FL 32819

    Amura Windermere Japanese Restaurant
    7786 W Sand Lake Rd, Orlando, FL 32819

    Taverna Opa-Orlando
    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

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