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Restaurant Recommendations in Orlando

synergy Apr 6, 2012 04:43 AM

We will be visiting Disney and Universal for a long weekend and really don't want to do dinners in the parks. We've done so in the past and just want to have a better 'foodie' experience. Doesn't have to be fancy...just good food (not chain-like experience). We love seafood, italian, american. Chowhounders, can you help with some recommendations? Thanks.

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  1. Sandwich_Sister RE: synergy Apr 6, 2012 06:16 AM

    Close by Universal

    Peperoncino - Italian. It's new I haven't been there yet but I've been hearing great things about it.

    Anatolia - Turkish and delicious

    Cafe Tu Tu Tango - Funky atmosphere and tapas (American)

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      synergy RE: Sandwich_Sister Apr 7, 2012 05:59 AM

      Thank you so much, Sandwich Sister!

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        Sandwich_Sister RE: synergy Apr 8, 2012 08:27 AM

        Seafood is something we really don't have a great go to restaurant in the area. A nice restaurant that does have seafood menu items is Norman's at the Ritz.

        Also at Disney some - California Grill and Victoria and Alberts are both very nice.

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          synergy RE: Sandwich_Sister Apr 9, 2012 03:10 PM

          Think we will definitely try Tu Tu Tango. :-)

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            Sandwich_Sister RE: synergy Apr 9, 2012 05:35 PM

            Tu tu tango is awesome, it has some hits and misses which are hard to calculate when the menu changes often. Ask your server for favorites or recommendations.

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              synergy RE: Sandwich_Sister Apr 10, 2012 02:02 AM


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        herbert1 RE: Sandwich_Sister Jun 16, 2012 07:18 PM

        Been to peperoncino twice in the last week, excellent food, good service, desserts average.

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          Sandwich_Sister RE: herbert1 Jun 17, 2012 01:09 PM

          thanks for the report Herb. I've been trying to get there for lunch or dinner, but I hear the food is great. Shame about desserts

      3. bob s RE: synergy Apr 11, 2012 06:37 PM

        We (Minnesota 'hounds) were looking to escape theme park mediocrity and really enjoyed our meal two weeks ago at Cityfish. We were staying at Universal and it's about 15 minutes away toward downtown Orlando. Casual restaurant with great service and good food. Kid friendly too! Straightforward fish and seafood.

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          synergy RE: bob s Apr 12, 2012 04:34 AM

          Thank you!

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            mountdorahound RE: synergy Jun 20, 2012 11:52 AM

            If you are at universal there is a great latin place at the corner of kirkman and I-drive called piopio. Peruvian Rotisserie chicken and other latin treats. not expensive and not touristy!

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