Good and unique near UCF?
Hoping for some specific help. I'll be at UCF for a day. What would be a couple of top picks relatively close to the campus? Looking for a possible late night dinner without a long drive, or more likely a bigger lunch at a place that doesn't just serve up sandwiches for lunch.
Restaurants like Ravenous Pig look more interesting for dinner than lunch, as the intriguing dishes fall off the lunch menu. But, if it's THAT good, I can go. Still, looks like a bit of a drive from UCF, but can go if it's worth it.
(By good and unique, I mean a non-chain, nothing terribly pricey or pretentious, but serving up interesting, quality food.)
You won't find any restaurants the quality of the Ravenous Pig too close to UCF, but if you like Thai food, I can recommend Thai Singha in nearby Waterford Lakes very strongly. Their drunken noodles (called pad kee mao/pad kee mow at other places) are the best I've ever had.
The food at Mama Millie's Jamaican Cafe right across the street from UCF is good too, but it's definitely not a fancy place. In fact, it's pretty much the opposite of that.
Make sure you try some Jeremiah's Italian Ice if you're there (since it is literally across the street from UCF, right next door to Mama Millie's). Best frozen desserts in Orlando!