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Best Restaurants around Orlando (Non-Theme park)

Discussion in 'Other Orlando & Central Florida Tourist Spots' started by cameronw99, Jan 7, 2018.

  1. Nick

    Nick Staff Member Moderator

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    I enjoy Black Rock when they do brunch (in Doctor Phillips). I can't think of many places in Orlando that i'd go to for breakfast. Donut King would be a recommendation from one of their locations. Their fresh stuff is so much better than the stuff that Universal or Disney provide in their parks using their donuts. They sit around all day and lose the freshness in the parks.
     
  2. WillQ92

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    Can vouch for Keke's. They have a few locations across the Orlando area and they're all pretty consistently good. I've heard good things about Art Smith's brunch over at Disney Springs, but I'm sure it's pricey.
     
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    I like Kekes but more of a First Watch partisan. Same idea, breakfast and basic lunch options until 2 pm. One on Sand Lake around the corner from Kekes, also Champions Gate and Winter Garden in tourist-adjacent areas.

    Art Smith's brunch is pricey--around $30 per entree--but worth it. Massive, delicious plates with interesting Southern takes on traditional breakfast food. For a more reasonable option, Bonefish Grill has a number of local outlets that do a good job,but yeah, it's a chain. Rocco's Tacos supposedly does an amazing brunch, but even with my friend bartending there I've yet to make it. But hands down, the best brunch in the city is Santiagos, downtown. It's a drive, and you'll need a reservation that still gets you kicked out after 2 hours, but worth it.
     
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    YES! When we visit Orlando we always make time for a visit or two to Keke's. Best breakfasts I have ever had.
     
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    Forgot I started this thread but I'm heading back in September. Sounds like mills 50 is where it's at. I'll be looking all these up
     
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    Hash House A Go Go on I-Drive has an awesome breakfast. The biggest pancakes I have ever seen.

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    This place I'm familiar with. Prices aren't bad either. Im pretty picky about where I get my pancakes from but they kill it
     
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    Big hit with those from across the pond
     
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    Yellow Dog Eats or you’re just wasting your time.
     
  10. Elegia

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    As a pizza snob since the ripe old age of 3 (not exaggerating, I was known to pitch a fit when presented with Pizza Hut) who’s eaten an embarrassing amount of pizza between Philly and NYC...

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    To help answer the OP’s question I don’t feel comfortable recommending pizza simply cause I still haven’t found any I really love yet (but I will echo @SeventyOne on Upper Crust being good, and WPE pizza really isn’t bad I’m just a snob).

    For Mexican though I really enjoy Rocco’s Tacos in Dr. Phillips, it’s close to the parks (super close to Universal) and the ambiance is fun.
     
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    ^ I'm with you on the pizza thing, but NYPD is serviceable. When it comes down to it pizza is like sex...even when it's bad it's still better than not getting it.
     
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    This is an analogy I cannot get behind on multiple levels lol.
     
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    Yeah, you have to experience really bad..... ummmmm........ pizza to understand how bad it can be....
     
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    Rizzo's at DHS comes to mind.
     
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    Marco’s has the best pizza in Orlando. I’m just not sure if there’s one near the attractions.
     
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    It great delivery pizza. I like their crust with all the spices. I wouldn't call it a high end pizza, but it is sooo much better than Domino's or Papa John's.
     
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    We love Nile Ethiopian Restaurant on I-Drive (across from the sling slot).
     
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    First off, if you haven't been to New Haven, book a trip.

    But as for your larger point: REAL TALK. Orlando not really great at any form of cuisine. It's a plastic (not paper) town that didn't really come into existence until the mid-80s, arguably even the 90s, so we have zero history. We don't have pizza as good as the northeast. We don't have bar-b-que on a level with any of the meccas (St Louis, TX ...). We don't have Mexican on a par with SoCal. We have some places with really good food, but Orlando never going to be a culinary landmark.

    That's why most of the places mentioned in this thread are chains or fast-casual outlets. And painful as it is to admit, most of the really good places are in resorts at the two big parks.
     
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    I agree with most of this, but I think there are comparable or better dining options off the beaten path.

    Guru in Clermont is a marvelous restaurant with better Indian food than Sanaa (which gets by on the bread service and scenery)

    Seoul Garden has really good Korean food in Maitland.

    The taqueria in Winter Garden on SR 50 is a good bet.

    I don’t currently know of any great Cuban eateries in town (any suggestions?!), but there’s the occasional Caribbean place with good oxtail and pigeon peas.

    And most of these places are in strip malls because, you know, Orlando.
     
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    Take a trip down the road to Winter Park, some great places-

    Ravenous Pig
    Tibby’s New Orleans Kitchen
    Hamilton’s
    Hillstone
    Winter Park fish co

    Also, park avenue and rollins college is a beautiful area to walk shop and eat
     
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