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ukwdwnut
01-10-2011, 04:46 PM
What are you favourite places to eat offsite please. So far we have always eaten offsite, but always at the same places ie ponderosa, maccy d's, Denny's diner.

So where do you eat? Chinese, Indian, steakhouse etc and where. I'd like to broaden our horizons next trip as mostly we eat at the villa we rent.

catrancher
01-10-2011, 04:56 PM
Take a run over to Tampa one evening and go to Bern's Steakhouse (http://www.bernssteakhouse.com/), Mick.

There's one you won't soon forget! :thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup:

Tom (:macwave:... no, a little thicker please!)

Tink
01-10-2011, 09:40 PM
Local places we've tried and enjoyed (for the most part)

Melting Pot
Longhorn Steakhouse
Uno's (not for the pizza).
Ruth's Chris Steakhouse
Charley's Steakhouse
Red Lobster (for a particular salad they have there with shrimp and crawfish)
Fish and Chips (little place up in Apopka on 436)
Yellow Dog Eats Cafe
Maryland Fried Chicken (the only one we have been to is on 50 in Winter Garden).
Olive Garden on I Drive (the largest one in the area)
Memories of India (in the Kmart shopping plaza on Turkey Lake Rd).

There is an Ethiopian restaurant on I drive but I don't remember the name of it. :sorry:

Sweet Tomatoes used to be decent but has fallen off.

Texas de Brasil (it's a churrascaria, an all you can eat meat place for the most part although they do have other things)

TooJays Deli on Dr. Phillips

We don't do MacDonald's or Burger King, or those sorts of places so I can't really comment on them.

I will not step foot in a Chik Filet or a Denny's. Ever. Not if I'm starving.

We have a couple of other little locally owned places, but they'd really be out of the way for you.

We avoid all buffets off property except for those in Gaylord Palms. They are nasty dangerous places (again, with the exception of Sweet Tomatoes but they are getting icky now too).

What sorts of food do you and your family like to eat, Mick?

Oh, the places in Celebration are decent enough too, but the only Antonio's we really like is the original in Maitland. The last time we ate at the other two (one in Celebration and one in Dr. Phillips) we were terribly disappointed so won't be returning there.

Ale Houses are decent. They've changed hands, but they are still ok. Basic food, but good enough and quite reasonably priced.

We've tried Mimi's, Chili's, Urban Flats, places like that. Meh. Nothing to go nuts over, ya' know?

For offsite breakfast we generally prefer Bob Evans. Very clean, very nice service and we do love those "oh so bad for you" biscuits and sausage gravy. :redface:

keith
01-10-2011, 09:42 PM
wow great post thanks Tink!!!

Tink
01-10-2011, 09:49 PM
Oh! Forgot Bonefish. It's a restaurant along the lines of Longhorn (midrange prices) that specializes in fish. I go there for the Chilean seabass. They also do an incredibly good hamburger on a brioche roll!

robertcraig
01-10-2011, 11:35 PM
another two are PERKINS OR GOLDEN CORRAL

Tink
01-10-2011, 11:39 PM
Golden Corral is a buffet. The one nearest to downtown Disney is the only one I'd ever go into, but even then I honestly won't anymore. :sorry:

However, there is a Bahama Breeze next to it, and that place can be fun. It's part of the Darden chain of restaurants (Olive Garden, Red Lobster, Longhorn, Bahama Breeze...).

lisaw
02-10-2011, 08:14 AM
We like Bahama Breeze - had a very nice meal in the new one on the 192. :)

Texas de Brazil is great for meat lovers, even better if you sign up to the website just before you go and get coupons!

Didn't eat at Olive Garden this time but have always enjoyed it before.

arkvilla
02-10-2011, 08:32 AM
We like Applebees and so many of our guests love it in there.

Thai Thani at Celebration
Bahama Breeze ( there's a new one at Rolling Oaks on the 192 along with a Olive Garden, Millers Ale House, Longhorn and Sweet Tomato's)
Carrabas
Manny's
Sweet Tomatos
Olive garden
Kilwins at Celebration for an ice cream sundae

Sandra

ukwdwnut
02-10-2011, 08:34 AM
thanks everyone. ive not heard of a lot of these places so it will be nice to sample some food from some of them

that was the other one i couldnt remember was golden corral on lbv that wasnt bad at all

daveann
02-10-2011, 03:28 PM
we love longhorn steak house there is a brilliant one at lake mary if your flying in or out of sanford we use it as a after flight meal place or before we board our final meal.
personally i find charleys as more of an experience place and over priced its great for once visit but its very server orientated with the explanation of where the steak comes from but to be honest if your wanting a quick meal for us it doesnt happen but as i say its personal my opinion.
im not a buffet person either sorry so cant comment i find them like school dinning halls :(
ive heard loads about mannys chop house which we must try at some point but i believe its a bit of a drive.
to be honest there are so many places you could never eat at them all :)

Tinkfan
03-10-2011, 02:54 AM
thanks everyone. ive not heard of a lot of these places so it will be nice to sample some food from some of them

that was the other one i couldnt remember was golden corral on lbv that wasnt bad at all

Tink is right, we love the Golden Corral in Brunswick Georgia but the one in Erie Pennsylvania is totally disgusting. They seem to vary from place to place but be better in the South.

Suebeattie
03-10-2011, 06:28 PM
We are fans of the outback steakhouse - quite a few dotted around Orlando. You may have seen one near where you live Mick, it's just gone into liquidation.
I was looking forward to going there after the baby to have their cocktails especially the wallaby darned, now I have to wait until next year for them :thumbsdown:
Also recommend the Bubba Gump shrimp company over at universal - great atmosphere
:wiggle:

ukwdwnut
03-10-2011, 07:08 PM
We are fans of the outback steakhouse - quite a few dotted around Orlando. You may have seen one near where you live Mick, it's just gone into liquidation.
I was looking forward to going there after the baby to have their cocktails especially the wallaby darned, now I have to wait until next year for them :thumbsdown:
Also recommend the Bubba Gump shrimp company over at universal - great atmosphere
:wiggle:

yeah we had once a few miles from us and i noticed the other week it was closed. for what it was i thought it was quite expensive, i really preferred an american steakhouse called simply blues the fillets were to die for :D and quite reasonable and a better quality of food

Suebeattie
03-10-2011, 07:14 PM
yeah we had once a few miles from us and i noticed the other week it was closed. for what it was i thought it was quite expensive, i really preferred an american steakhouse called simply blues the fillets were to die for :D and quite reasonable and a better quality of food

You're only 10 mins from where I live, we used to go to the outback for birthdays and things like that. The service wasn't always that great but I loved those wallaby darned drinks and the chicken wings :yes:.
Simply blues!!!! I haven't been there for years and from what I remember it's lovely - may have to go there again soon :thumbsup:
:wiggle:

ukwdwnut
03-10-2011, 07:22 PM
You're only 10 mins from where I live, we used to go to the outback for birthdays and things like that. The service wasn't always that great but I loved those wallaby darned drinks and the chicken wings :yes:.
Simply blues!!!! I haven't been there for years and from what I remember it's lovely - may have to go there again soon :thumbsup:
:wiggle:

blimey i just noticed your just down the road from me lol my brother lives in wickford. small world eh!!

yeah i love it there dont go that often but the service is 1st class as is the food. we go to the one in leigh, but they say the one in hornchurch is just as good if not better

Suebeattie
03-10-2011, 07:25 PM
blimey i just noticed your just down the road from me lol my brother lives in wickford. small world eh!!

yeah i love it there dont go that often but the service is 1st class as is the food. we go to the one in leigh, but they say the one in hornchurch is just as good if not better

Yeah small world :yes:
Oh didn't know there were 2, we used to go to the one in Leigh. may have to drag my family there on the next birthday get together.
:wiggle:

ukwdwnut
03-10-2011, 07:36 PM
Yeah small world :yes:
Oh didn't know there were 2, we used to go to the one in Leigh. may have to drag my family there on the next birthday get together.
:wiggle:

i didnt until i looked on their website. i reckon thats where we will go for laurens birthday next month :D

Suebeattie
03-10-2011, 07:55 PM
i didnt until i looked on their website. i reckon thats where we will go for laurens birthday next month :D

If you go you'll have to let me know what it's like
:wiggle:

ukwdwnut
03-10-2011, 07:57 PM
If you go you'll have to let me know what it's like
:wiggle:

i reckon we will go weve been last three birthdays we like the chain that much

of course i will let you know what its like sue :)

robertcraig
04-10-2011, 01:19 PM
another recommendation--CHEESECAKE FACTORY

Watchinherskip
04-10-2011, 01:34 PM
Not sure if they have them there, but for chains

CP Chengs - pricey upscale Chinese
Smokey Bones - BBQ


Love Carraba's or Macaroni Grill.....yummy stuff but the former is REALLY stuffing!:worship:

arkvilla
04-10-2011, 01:53 PM
yeah we had once a few miles from us and i noticed the other week it was closed. for what it was i thought it was quite expensive, i really preferred an american steakhouse called simply blues the fillets were to die for :D and quite reasonable and a better quality of food

We used to go to the Hornchurch one often when the boys were younger but haven't been for ages. It's only 10 mins from us.

Might pop back next time we go out to eat.

Sandra

lisaw
04-10-2011, 02:23 PM
another recommendation--CHEESECAKE FACTORY

Yes of course - without a doubt! :yes:

uscwest
04-10-2011, 04:17 PM
Not sure if they have them there, but for chains

CP Chengs - pricey upscale Chinese
Smokey Bones - BBQ


Love Carraba's or Macaroni Grill.....yummy stuff but the former is REALLY stuffing!:worship:

Would that be PF Changs or are you talking about another place? If so there are two, one in Winter Park and one at the Mall at Millenia

Watchinherskip
04-10-2011, 04:28 PM
Yup that's the one John! They are pretty good, pricey but really goooood!

Suebeattie
04-10-2011, 07:08 PM
We used to go to the Hornchurch one often when the boys were younger but haven't been for ages. It's only 10 mins from us.

Might pop back next time we go out to eat.

Sandra

Unfortunately Sandra I think that one has gone as well, if it's still please let me know - I really want some wallaby darneds once the baby is here :thumbsup:
:wiggle:

Johnie
05-10-2011, 02:47 AM
PF Changs has really good Happy Hour prices. I love their lettuce wraps and only get that when I go.

Cheesecake Factory is good and the portions are HUGE and good for splitting.

Bahama Breeze is nice. We don't have one here.


I'll agree with Tinkfan in regards to buffets like Golden Corrall. They seem to better in small towns.

ukwdwnut
05-10-2011, 08:12 AM
PF Changs has really good Happy Hour prices. I love their lettuce wraps and only get that when I go.

Cheesecake Factory is good and the portions are HUGE and good for splitting.

Bahama Breeze is nice. We don't have one here.


I'll agree with Tinkfan in regards to buffets like Golden Corrall. They seem to better in small towns.

thx johnie :)