Sassagoula is the restaurant onsite at the Port Orleans French Quarter. Most likely, if you are staying here you will be offsite for lunch and dinner, but this is a great option for breakfast. The restaurant is more like a food court or cafeteria style restaurant - several stations, a beverage area, and multiple check outs.
For breakfast, you'll get several options - they had a bagel/danish area with huge cinnamon rolls. I tried this one day, but it was way too sugary (still delicious though). Some of the standard lines include pancakes, chocolate chip pancakes, and the famous Mickey waffles. My dad tried the omelets, and thought they were pretty good.
Service is OK - it's quick and functional, and maybe that's all you can ask for in the morning. When I wanted a cup to split an OJ with my 4 year old, I did get some hassle (I guess they thought I was going to run over to the soda machines.)
I did NOT realize that kid's meals came with a drink (milk, juice, etc.) until later in the trip - be sure to be aware of what you get :)
The food itself is pretty decent. I tried the chocolate chip pancakes - very light and fluffy and full of chocolate!
Finally, you know the food is going to be expensive going in. So, be prepared for a minor sticker shock. The food adds up quickly (particularly the beverages.) Convenience of having a place to grab a bite before the day is what makes this place a winner.
A new site just taking off is www.eatwithalocal.com it connects travellers with local people willing to cook for them in their homes. I don't know whether there are any members in Orlando but there are quite a few scattered across the USA. It is free to join and use.
Have a great summer
Excellent, excellent Indonesian/Fusion food and sushi !!!! What is even more amazing is that it is quite reasonable in price. Most all of the main dishes were in the $10-$12 dollar range.
It is located in a nondescript strip mall and the two reasons that I tried it was because in the front window it had excellent reviews from the local newspaper and the inside is very nice, considering where it is.
We stayed in Orlando for 12 days and we were sick of expensive average chain restaurant steaks and food when on the 10th day we found this place. We had been looking for local food the whole time, but it seems the the independant restaurants seem to only stay near downtown and we didn't want to go that far to eat. Needless to stay that we ate there the last two days in Orlando !!!
Favorite Dish: I am not a fan of sushi/sashmi, but my girlfriend is so we tried it, and even I thought it was great. Try the "Volcano" special roll.
We loved all of the main dishes we ate; I had the "Ayam Woku chicken" and "Ayam Rica-Rica" and she had the "chicken Teriyaki". Be careful though some if the dishes are very spicy, but many are not, so don't be afraid.
If we'd had more time I wanted to try the "Java Rub Fillet Mignon", the "beef short ribs", and the "Seared Mahi-Mahi with Lime Basil sauce". They have photos of some of the food and they looked great.
All of these dishes were under $15 and best of all, the chef is the owner, as it should be.
Special occaision? Anniversary? Birthday? And you want to do something DIFFERENT?!?!
You might want to consider Bergamos. I know there will be other Orlando experts that might wince a bit, but the entertainment is IMPECABLE and if you REALLY want something different, this is it.
I have brought many out of towners there as well as locals / family. NO ONE LEAVES THERE UNHAPPY.
It's Fine Dining Italian... it's very good. Prices are above average... but here's the novelty / unique twist: There is a baby grand in the middle of the dining floor and every hour on the hour, they have their wait staff sing. They are all trained vocalist and most operatic style. Some show style singers (Think Broadway trained, not Opera...) The entire restaurant just lights up.
If you just want a restaurant with AMAZING FOOD AND AMBIANCE, well, the Grand Floridian has Victoria and Alberts... (But it's Disney... me sticking finger down my throat!) It's Overpriced and there are still better restaurants off property!
For example, Manuel's on the 28th (Downtown Orlando) is considered the BEST (TRES Expensive, but FAB food and WONDEROUS 28th floor view of Central Florida!)
But if you want amazing entertainment w/ GREAT FOOD for that special occaision where you want a little more beyond food & ambiance, consider Bergamos. (It's kid friendly, but I'd make sure they were well behaved kids. It's a fine dining restaurant.)
One memory I shall never forget at Bergamos: My parents and sister and other family members were there for a grand dinner one night. At the table behind us was a couple - alone - no kids..family, celebrating their 50tH anniversary. Staff was alerted ahead of time... The waitstaff (singers) came to their table and sang them a special song. NO EYE WAS DRY after that... My mom, sister and I were ALL sobbing, and even my dad and brother in law were dabbing at their eyes..
Favorite Dish: Risotto's are GREAT by the way... So is the Bruschetta and the antipasto platter if you want to just nosh off the Appetizer menu and drink wine at the bar. I do that lots!
the K wine bar is a very good restaurant in college park. good continental fare and an excellent wine selection. located on edgewater drive in the heart of the college park business district. i recommend this restaurant to visitors to the orlando area.
The decor was blahh the food was just as bad and the drinks were worst. No live band was playing when we went there. It was just TV's all around playing the concert tribute to Bob Marley. The manager was cool and tried to make people feel welcome though.
Favorite Dish: french fries
It looks like some kind of voodoo temple meets junkyard on the outside but the inside is not so scary except for maybe the bathroom decor. The food was pretty good. They gave us a lunch and a breakfast buffet with endless choices. Dont try to watch your diet in this place it is not going to work. The music and singing was good but too short. Make sure you sit downstairs where you are closer to the food.
Favorite Dish: I liked everything except for the chicken seasoning.
Tatame is a great experience and I am soon to become a regular. With Funky art on the walls, fantastic music, a big couch and several asian tables and pillows, you will not want to leave once you settle in. They serve a variety of sake, teas, (and bubble teas, my favorite) along wiht a small but delictable menu. The staff is extremley helpful and friendly ( and beautiful)
Favorite Dish: Bubble tea, which comes in several flavors. It is a mix of tea, condensed milk and balls of tapioca which have a consistancy of gummy bears. I tried the almond and coffee flavors which were out of this world. I also had a chicken sandwich, which when I ordered my waitress told me it was just about the best thing I would ever have. She was right. Sadly, they were out of the pork chop sandwich that night :(
This is my favorite restaurant. The service is wonderful, the setting is beautiful, and the steaks are MASSIVE.
This restaurant is most known for the 48oz porterhouse steak. If you can eat the entire steak then you become a member of the "48oz club"
Favorite Dish: The 48oz porterhouse!
Eating a 3 pound steak might sound like something that is difficult to do, but this steak is so good, that it is almost as if you want more steak after you finish it!
We had a few meals at this restaurant and in my opinion it is one of the best for buffet style meals. You pay as you enter and I think drinks were extra (remember your coupons if you have forgotton them they will have some) You can go and have as much or as little as you like from the buffet. GC also do Steaks which are included in the set price.
The first night we were there, it became obvious that finding a really GREAT restaurant would be a challenge, and finding a place that wasn't part of a restaurant chain, nearly impossible.
Even though there's a Joe's Crab Shack at Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco (where I wouldn't go), we decided to go anyway.
We were really pleasantly surprised by a fun atmosphere, really, really friendly and attentive service and very good food. Yes, quite touristy, but yes, very tasty.
Favorite Dish: The coconut shrimp that Mark got were DELICIOUS, but I opted for grilled food. I had the grilled scallop, ahi tuna and prawn skewers with rice and veggies. Very, very yummy! Though the scallops were wrapped in bacon, which was too salty for me and I just took off.
We had a shrimp dip (an artichoke/spinach/cheeze and shrimp hot dip) that was really, really, really yummy.
If you like steak, this is the place to go. If you don't, you might want to go somewhere else. The place looks very high-class...a little TOO high class for a steakhouse...and then they bring you a menu. A football on a tee. That's the menu. Yeah, it's fun, it's a novelty, but if you are going to have a 'high-end' steakhouse, bring out some real menus. The menu didn't have much variety, which was a problem for me. I'm not a big steak eater (this was hubby's night to choose the restaurant!) so I was hoping that they would have a little more to choose from. The steak was very good, but it was pricey. Nothing overly memorable (for me, at least!)
Best Known For...
The Volcano Bar with active eruptions of Margarita mix every hour, great Margaritaville Tequila and Cheeseburgers in Paradise.
Favorite Dish: Conch fritter, Cheeseburger in Paradise, Perfect Margarita
Made just the way the map says it should be. Margaritaville Gold and Silver Tequilas, DeKuyper Triple Sec, Orange Curacao and Rose's Lime Juice on the rocks - (for margarita afficionados only)
Creole Shrimp Marinara
Straight from Margaritaville New Orleans, jumbo shrimp sauteed with Creole vegetables and simmered in a Creole Sauce Piquant. Served over Linguini
There are so many favorite dishes and I wish I could list them all. Check out the websight to see all menu items.
Finding ourselves at the park one evening without dinner reservations, serendipity lead us to the French bistro in EPCOT named, "Les Chefs de France." Without having purchased the Disney Meal Plan, I can tell you that this restaurant would not even have been on our radar. However, the fact that there was no waiting line for this restaurant, and the charming Belle Epoque ambiance virtually radiated through its arched windows, Les Chefs de France seemed just the place for us.
Taverna Opa is a Greek restaurant located in Pointe Orlando off International Drive, Orlando. It's definitely not a low key place - it's loud and rowdy, and FUN!
First, I will start with the negatives.
1) I had a party of 20 people, and they have a "won't seat you until everyone in the group is there" policy - meaning, since some people were stuck in traffic, we had to crowd around a very small space near the bar until everyone was able to get there.
2) The manager was a little snippy with us since we originally had 30 people scheduled to come but about 10 of them called out last minute
3) We felt a bit rushed - the food just kept coming and coming, one dish after the other, before we'd even taken a few bites of the previous dish!
4) If it's your birthday and you're a bit shy and don't like being the center of attention, you may have a tough time. They kept trying to get me up on the table to dance with a belly dancer and then tried to get me up there again so they could sing happy birthday - both times I said NO!
5) hard to hear each other talk
6) A little bit pricey (not terribly so, but enough)
Now, on to the positives
1) The food is EXCELLENT, very tasty Greek food, and good vegetarian sub-outs
2) Great entertainment. Doing the Greek dance (linking hands and forming a moving "line dance" throughout the restaurant) was fun, throwing napkins is encouraged, dancing is encouraged, and belly dancers and music to boot (as I said, it's a rowdy place).
3) The wait staff was very nice, friendly
4) It's hard not to have a good time, as they try to encourage everyone to get involved
5) They validate your parking so you don't have to pay to park in the Pointe Orlando parking garage (make sure you bring your parking pass inside and ask your waiter to stamp/validate it).
OVERALL, Taverna Opa is a fun place and a neat experience, though I wouldn't make it a regular habit of going
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