Planning a vacation to Orlando? Consider these food places, which are seven of our local inspector's favorite restaurants, when you're deciding where to eat.
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AAA Inspector 591: After a full day of work, the blue accent lights, upbeat music and fast service is refreshing and lifts my mood.
The atmosphere is upbeat and lively at this vibrant eatery. Complimentary chips and fresh-made salsa start off the meal. For an added treat, order the tableside guacamole to go with the chips. Entrée selections include favorites such as burritos, enchiladas, fajitas and chimichangas. A variety of specialty margaritas are offered. The patio is inviting and makes a nice dining option.
AAA Inspector 591: Diners are one of my favorite spots to grab a meal. This one has great food, an upbeat vibe and, another of my favorites, 50's background music.
The popular, upbeat hotel diner serves American comfort foods 24-hours a day. When you have a hankering for a bite to eat then just “b-line” it here. The narrow, L-shape dining room features a more upscale appeal than your typical diner. Of course, there's counter seating that overlooks the grill area. You can sit here, get chummy with the cooks and watch them prepare your food while you wait. The menu features diner favorites like omelets, burgers, sandwiches and tempting desserts.
AAA Inspector 591: The great win-win relationship between location and cuisine keeps me coming back time and again.
The restaurant is located on the waterfront and is decorated with restored boats and motors that are creatively placed around the restaurant. A beautifully restored Chris Craft adorns the main dining room while the dockside bar displays 16 restored boats built from the 1940s to the 1960s. The menu is just as interesting as the décor with P.E.I. steamed mussels, baked crab-stuffed lobster, shrimp and Andouille macaroni and cheese, and Oscar-style filet mignon. Desserts are tempting and include a root beer float, lemon sorbet and triple chocolate layer cake.
AAA Inspector 591: My friends and I enjoy hanging out here savoring the delicious food, and the staff is super friendly and welcoming.
Stop by the developing, popular Town Center in Lake Nona and visit this trendy restaurant. It serves a variety of savory and sweet small plates made for sharing and enjoying a variety of dishes. Menu options include guava and goat cheese flatbread, a house charcuterie board and the "Chroma" burger. Desserts are delicious; the bread pudding is a must have. Spirits include craft beers, fine wine and specialty drinks. Entertainment is offered on select nights.
AAA Inspector 591: As a huge fan of desserts, I lucked out here. The dessert cart is fabulously loaded! I opted for three of the mini samplers, each was delish!
Stepping into the restaurant, patrons admire lifelike replicas of the flora and fauna of the Florida Everglades. The colorful large aquarium is also a sight to be enjoyed. Keeping with the local theme, the menu offers specialty foods native to Florida. Start with the signature soup, alligator bay chowder, before moving on to your entree selection. The buffalo tenderloin and Thai curry seafood are both highly recommended. Other menu options include filet mignon, pork chops and Florida grouper. A portion of the proceeds benefit the Florida Everglades conservation fund.
AAA Inspector 591: I'm all in for enjoying a dessert here when the opportunity strikes! They have amazing cakes, pastries, macaroons and more. The coffee is good too!
Have your forks ready because the cakes and pastries will get your mouth watering and you'll want to dig right in. The cash-free, trendy cafe offers enjoyable dishes for each mealtime. The avocado and egg toast makes a great breakfast treat. Lunch and dinner options include salads, sandwiches and flat breads. If you're a pot pie lover, try the evening feature. Specialty desserts abound, so be prepared to indulge, you won't regret it. Bring a friend or two to share a treat at this neat spot.
AAA Inspector 591: The warm, inviting décor and soft music lightens my mood when I dine here. The creative dishes satisfy my craving for something different.
Ideally located near the park, the trendy spot is perfect for dinner with family and friends or a date night. The menu offers a variety of dishes from truffle-infused steak tartare to chicken-fried cauliflower (a dish tailored for vegetarians). The floor-to-ceiling windows are great for people watching or if you prefer, try the chef's table which offers a great view into the exhibition kitchen. Enjoy brunch on Saturday and Sunday.