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fbchase Jan 27, 2011 02:40 PM

I'm staying at Universal for a few days and was thinking of trying one of Emeril's restaurants. I'm a big fan of his places in New Orleans, and loved his food when he was Executive Chef at Commander's Palace, but I've never been to one of his non-NOLA outposts. Anybody have an opinion which place is better, and are they worth going at all?

Thanks for any help.

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Emeril's
6000 Universal Blvd Ste 702, Orlando, FL 32819

Emeril's Orlando
6000 Universal Blvd Ste 702, Orlando, FL 32819

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  1. askdrtodd RE: fbchase Jan 27, 2011 05:50 PM

    they're great! but go somewhere else. what's your driving range?

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      herbert1 RE: fbchase Jan 28, 2011 11:36 AM

      I prefer Tchoup Tchoup over Emeril's.

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      Emeril's
      5885 Turkey Lake Rd, Orlando, FL 32819

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        cavandre RE: fbchase Jan 28, 2011 11:59 AM

        If you can get to either for lunch, you can enjoy either with a significant savings over going at night. We enjoyed a great lunch at Emeril's at Citywalk.

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        Emeril's
        5885 Turkey Lake Rd, Orlando, FL 32819

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          herbert1 RE: cavandre Jan 28, 2011 12:22 PM

          Both are on open table and both validate parking, For emeril's there is a convenient valet parking that is close to the front of Citywalk.

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            loisswanson RE: herbert1 Feb 8, 2011 10:34 AM

            Can you eat there if you are not going to Universal Studios ?

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              herbert1 RE: loisswanson Feb 8, 2011 12:34 PM

              Yes emeril's is in what is considered city walk. Before you enter the park

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          oneofthesedaysAlice RE: fbchase Jan 31, 2011 02:45 AM

          I've found both to be quite average. Food is pretty good, not great, and the service is nothing to write home about at either place. For what you're going to pay, you can do better elsewhere. All you need to know about dining in Orlando was in last week's Sentinel. In its annual reader survey, the top pick for best Italian restaurant went to Olive Garden.

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            JB222 RE: fbchase Feb 1, 2011 04:38 PM

            I think the food at Tchoup Tchoup is a little more exotic than what you'd find at Emeril's-- it's like a pan-asian style. Everything I've had there has been good and it's my go-to place if I'm headed to Orlando for a concert at the Hard Rock Live. They do change the menu frequently so it keeps things interesting. It used to be tough to get a reservation, but I don't think it is so much anymore. Seating in the bar area is first come, first serve though.

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            Emeril's
            5885 Turkey Lake Rd, Orlando, FL 32819

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              RevrendAndy RE: fbchase Feb 9, 2011 09:14 AM

              If you're looking for another meal besides Emeril's, Primo, in the Grande Lakes Marriott has excellent Italian.

              http://www.grandelakes.com/Dinner-Men...

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              Emeril's
              5885 Turkey Lake Rd, Orlando, FL 32819

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