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good recs south of Orlando

I'll be staying at the Shingle Creek, and would love some places nearby that people like as much (or almost as much) as Ravenous Pig and Luma on Park.

Also, any great ice cream spots, bakeries or chocolate shops in the area?

-vm

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

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  1. I think you have some interesting finds around the area.

    Norman's at the Ritz Carlton on john young and central florida parkway.

    Heading down John Young near Hunters Creek you have Fortuna Bakery - Menu is all in spanish but they are very helpful, Down in the villages of hunters creek you have Mikado Sushi which is my favorite sushi place in all of Orlando, Padrinos which is cuban and the very cute All Italian Market and deli, work a stop in to try a panini or buy hand made pasta.

    Now the other way near sand lake and dr. phillips you have two tapas places Cafe tu tu tango on International Drive, or Le Rouge on Sand lake.

    that area also host some great indian places such as Memories of India, Saffron, New Punjab and Aashwaard.

    I also adore Anatolia for Turkish/ Mediterranean food

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    Memories of India
    7625 Turkey Lake Rd, Orlando, FL 32819

    Mikado Sushi
    13586 Village Park Dr, Orlando, FL 32837

    1. have u been to shingle creek before?

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      1. re: srsone

        srsone, this will be my first time at Shingle Creek.

        1. re: vonmoishe

          k...
          we were just there over memorial day weekend..and have stayed there before..
          are u on vacation or are you here on business?

          1. re: srsone

            I'll be there on business from Saturday afternoon through Wednesday, in November. Unlike many of my fellow conference attendees, I will not be satisfied with hotel food. I won't have a car, but I'm planning on getting myself to the Ravenous Pig for Saturday dinner, and to Norman's for Sunday dinner. Then, based on Sandwich_Sister's response, I'll try Cafe Tu Tu Tango on Monday if the conference dinner function is lame. Will it be really difficult to get myself to these places without a car?

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

            1. re: vonmoishe

              Norman's at the Ritz will be easy to get to. However The Ravenous Pig is in winter park, You may want to google map the distance to see if a taxi is worth it. Also for Saturday Dinners make reservations.

              Cafe Tu Tu Tango is fun - and a really neat place - Most of the dishes I love but I have had some I wasn't super thrilled about. It's tapas style so if you have one dish that isn't great there are plenty more to try.

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

              1. re: vonmoishe

                the food in the hotel is pretty good.....

                but a taxi trip to winter park is a long ride
                its almost 17 miles each way....

        2. Besides Fortuna that was mentioned, which is good, there is Venezia Bakery and Cafe, very similar to Fortuna,, mix of Italian & Spanish, in the same plaza that houses The Italian Market.
          that was mentioned. (407) 851-1148 South 13586 Vlg Park Dr Orlando, FL 32837.

          A little further south is Dolce Cafe, a Italian and Venezulean cafe, pastries, savories and coffee.
          http://www.dolce-usa.com/
          992 East Osceola Parkway
          Kissimmee, FL 34744-1615
          (407) 201-6828

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          1. re: Lorenz

            I've seen that place. I need to try it. A friend of mine says it's very good.

          2. I prefer primo to Normans. They are both very close to shingle creek.

            1. Wanted to thank everyone for their replies. We ended up going to The Ravenous Pig and Norman's. I sucked it up and rented a car.

              We absolutely loved The Ravenous Pig. We split the gnocchi and homemade pretzel appetizers, and also split the pappardelle and pork plate entrees. Only the dessert was slightly disappointing, but it did not take away from the excellence of the savory food.

              Norman's was great, too, but in a more refined, slightly stuffier way. I didn't think that the savory food was any better than what we had at The Ravenous Pig, but the dessert was definitely better.

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              1. re: vonmoishe

                Awesome! I'm glad you enjoyed both. Both are good just in different ways.