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Restaurant Recommendations in Orlando

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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    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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      1. re: synergy

        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.

        1. re: Sandwich_Sister

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

          1. re: synergy

            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.

      2. re: Sandwich_Sister

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

        1. re: herbert1

          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. 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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          1. re: synergy

            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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