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Aug 2011 trip: ISO NON-chain restaurants

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Hello all:

Looking for recs for a family of 5 (she's 49, he's 41, girl-child's 21, girl-child's BF is 20, boychild's 18) for lunch and dinner out.

We are pretty much a foodie family. The 18 YO doesn't have an adventurous palate (read: ethnic foods), but loves his meat and potatoes.

Staying at WorldQuest, but will have a car. Although the Disney restaurants look interesting, we're more interested in the craft and art of food and inventive menus and beverages. So no food in bulk.
BYOB ok.

ISO REALLY REALLY good food, will travel.

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  1. There is a bakery near your hotel called Fortuna Bakery and Cafe. They server really good pastries and desserts, great place for some breakfast.

    There are some great places in the Dr. Philips area. I just recently ate at City Fire, which was excellent. I also like Press 101 in that area.

    If you can make your way downtown some of my favorite places are Rusty Spoon (modern American), Pine Twenty 2 (burgers), Dexter and Shin Japnanese are all great choices.

    Hope this helps.

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    Press 101
    7600 Dr Phillips Blvd Ste 22, Orlando, FL 32819