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Jun 4, 2012 07:28 PM

Help..Convention at Marriott/Ritz Grand Lake

Need a place for 4 couples-budget about $80-100 each person to include dinner and fun for the night. They would like a place that will be fun, not stuffy! I know down in Sth Fl the greek restaurants and irish pubs have a fun atmosphere. Would consider going to two different places-dinner then fun. While I would love to have incredible food this night i think atmosphere will have to trump it. Your help is appreciated.

Is it really worth going to Ravenous Pig from this location? I would love to try it but it will be a challenge.

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  1. You might want to try Taverna Opa. It's not to far away, it has surprisingly good Greek food, and the whole restaurant, pretty much, dances along with the entertainers.

    1. HI..
      I will also be staying at the JW Marriott at Grande Lakes (switched from the Ritz since they say the JW is nicer) for a week in July and the Florida board was very helpful to me in my food choices..
      Looking forward to hearing more restaurant options.

      Have a great time and report back!

      1. You are not to far from a few places.

        Rona is right Taverna Opa has entertainment and is good.

        Also a fun place you are close by is Cafe Tu Tu Tango. Tapas with an American flare and a funky art decor with night time entertainment.

        You're also close to hunters creek some notable places there are
        Mikado Sushi
        Padrino's Cuban

        For a quick lunch ethnic spot you are close to Orlando snack cafe, don't be fooled by the name it's Venezuelan food and Fortuna Bakery where the menu is all in Spanish but they are very nice and helpful.

        Also just a walk would be Normans at the Ritz it's a bit pricier but I think it would fit in with 100 dollars per person.

        If you head down to Sandlake road there are some options in that area as well.

        Anatolia - Turkish
        Saffron - Indian
        Memories of India - Indian
        Peperoncino - Italian
        Press 101 - Salads, Paninis Sandwiches
        Ceadars - Lebanese

        Also for entertainment Funky Monkey Wine Company has a drag show Friday nights which is fun and really well done.

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        1. Leaving soon for my trip at the JW Marriott and can't wait..

          Here is my list
          Norman's at the Ritz
          Primo's at the JW
          Taverna Opa
          Press 101
          Fortuna bakery

          Anything I'm missing?

          1. Happy Hours...anything around the resorts that are worth going to?
            We'll have a car.
            Anything else that is a must eat for this Southern California chick?

            Thanks so much and thank you mbfergie for letting me hijack your thread.. ; )

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              1. re: Beach Chick

                You've got a lot of good on your list.

                In the hunters creek area where Padrinos is, there is also Mikado Sushi which is really good. I'm sure you have plenty of great sushi places in Cali but if your craving it, it's a great spot.

                Also over there is Orlando Snack Cafe - The name doesn't really describe it, it's Venezuelan lunch food pretty delicious.

                Near Press 101 is Anatolia - Turkish food I really enjoy and Saffron or Memories of India for some great Indian food.

                  1. re: Sandwich_Sister

                    Just got back from 8 days at the Grande Lakes and dined at Citron, Primo's and off property we went to Padrino's which was great...Miller's Ale House in the same shopping center..we saw Mikado but headed for Thai Thani, which was pretty good.
                    Wish I could of hit up Fortuna bakery.

                    Went to Siesta Key to swim and ate at SKOB and went to Cocoa Beach for a quick drive to swim in the Atlantic and had the best meal at Jazzys Mainely Lobster...this was one of the best seafood shacks in FL with the greatest group of guys from Maine cooking up some excellent fish...grouper sandwich with sweet potato fries with mac salad was da bomb.

                    Thanks to everyone for their help..

                    1. re: Beach Chick

                      Awesome Beach Chick. Too bad you didn't get to Fortuna on your way back from Padrinos you should ahve stopped in and brought something back to your hotel.

                      I prefer Mikado to Thai Thani but they are quite different experiences.

                      Miller's Ale house is a Florida Chain, with bar food, decent. They do carry Gulf Oysters which I love.

                      All in all sounds like you had a great time! Thanks for checking back in!