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Orlando - Restaurnats Recommendations near International Dr.

Old Feb 28th, 2003, 03:34 PM
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Orlando - Restaurnats Recommendations near International Dr.

Hello fellow travelers...I will be in Florida on business and am staying the weekend with my husband in Orlando.

Looking for restaurant recommendations, but NO CHAIN restaurants please. Local seafood houses or good ethnic (Italian, South American, etc).

Also how is the Rosen Plaza Hotel...got a rate for $75.00 so I can really splurge on food.

Thanks for any help.
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Old Feb 28th, 2003, 05:38 PM
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International Drive has tons of restaurants, and Orlando's so called "Restaurant Row," Sand Lake Road just west of International Drive has about 20 more.

Actually, a locals' favorite IS a chain. There are about five Bahama Breeze restaurants in the Orlando area and everyone loves them. They are run by Darden Restaurants, the same people who do Olive Garden and Red Lobster, and they are truly excellent.

Other than that, I would check out those new Sand Lake Road restaurants like the Samba Room, Roy's of Hawaii, Seasons (another Darden restaurant), and several new fish places.

Rosen typically has good hotels but I don't know anything about that one personally.
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Old Feb 28th, 2003, 05:45 PM
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International Drive has almost every restaurant chain in America, whether 2 or 3 or 5000 restaurants in the chain. The rents are so high, small individual restaurants can't foot the bill to have this location.

Two exceptions come to mind: Ming something, which is a very good Chinese restaurant and pretty to boot. The other is probably the best steak house in central Florida: Vitos.
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Old Feb 28th, 2003, 07:54 PM
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One of my favorites on International is Cafe Tutu Tango. It's modeled after and artist's loft and actually has some great artwork for sale. Everything is served appetizer style so everyone orders two or three things and shares.
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Old Mar 1st, 2003, 03:55 AM
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I like Tu Tu Tango, a tapas bar actually. Very funky decor. Another one is in Coconut Grove.
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Old Mar 1st, 2003, 09:58 AM
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Will you have a car? If so, why not head over to the City Walk at Universal. Lots of restaurants to choose from, and great atmosphere for strolling, as well. For that matter, Disney West Side has lots of options, too. Of those mentioned, I'd go with the Ming Garden or Tutu Tango.

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Old Mar 1st, 2003, 11:28 AM
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It's confusing. There is the Rosen Plaza and the Rosen something else (Center?). both are close to each other and close to the convention center. Both are big, crowded hotels that are next to (or almost next to) the convention center.

As far as restaurants, the others have covered it. I didn't see any little cafes or restaurants. There were at least 2 places that had "all you can eat" lobster, but I didn't go there.
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Old Mar 4th, 2003, 09:13 PM
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Thanks everyone for your help...Great tips...I will try Vitos for steak..now my hotel deal fell through so I'm looking into another place, but still in the area.

Thanks Again



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