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Jun 7, 2012 07:53 PM

Need Orlando advice

We will be in Orlando on business and are looking for a good food experience (no theme park food). We'd like a taste of Florida with fresh local ingredients used creatively so Norman's appealed to me from the posts I've seen. And, we don't want something we can get in New York, so I've eliminated Todd English.

I'm not a meat eater so I'm guessing I should eliminate the Ravenous Pig unless someone tells me we shouldn't miss it. We have 3 nights and I've narrowed the list to the following:

Luma on Park
Le Coq au Vin
Seasons 52
Ravenous Pig

Thanks for any advice you can give me.

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  1. Do you eat seafood? If so Luma is a must - great fish selections there. While Ravenous Pig does love its meat, they also are big on seasonal products and seafood - don't skip it based on the name. Primo is known for its garden so it should be a good option for you, but I've only found it ok. While the tapas aren't really inventive, the vegetable dishes at Ceviche downtown are the best things on the menu so that could work. Finally, we have great Indian food here in Orlando so you may want to try Woodlands - it's not fancy but the food is really really good and 100% vegetarian.

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    1. re: YosemiteSam

      Thanks for the advice. No one has mentioned Norman's. I picked it because it sounded like we'd get a "taste of Florida" Any comments.

      1. re: nyperr

        Norman's is one of your very best options. From your list, I'd recommend Norman's, Luma and Ravenous Pig, without question. All have fish dishes and excellent food.

    2. have you looked at Napa at the Peabody hotel? Theyre known for using local ingredients as well

      Prato has some great veggie items as well

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      1. re: pdpredtide

        Completely agree with Napa. I would take Season's 52 off to put Napa on.

        If you also eat fish and seafood then Ravenous Pig would be okay for Lunch or dinner. If you don't a lunch there with one of their salads would be good. Check out the options here:

        1. re: Sandwich_Sister

          I think Seasons 52 is a chain, but I've heard good things.

          1. re: danieli10

            It is, by Darden restaurants, it's a good chain. I've had some good meals there and a few misses.

            Out of your list it's the weakest one, but it's far from horrible.

      2. I would also like to add in K Restaurant and Dandelion Community Cafe (Dandelion is a vegetarian restaurant.)