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ponderosa any good?

Discussion in 'Restaurants, Dining, Dining Plans' started by goofygal, Jul 5, 2010.

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    weve heard that ponderosa is the best place for a cheap but good meal? it's always looked a bit slummy to me though ? is it any good and if not are there better places cheaply but good?
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    I have heard mixed reports about Ponderosa although we haven`t actually tried it yet.

    You have loads of places to choose from, especially along the 192 or Internaional Drive...Olive Garden and Bob Evans spring to mind off the top of my head.
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    used to go to the ponderosa years ago went once last year not so good
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    sorry to say that when we went there were lots of flies around the buffet and it was all half cold. we glanced into the kitchen and it was full of teens having a food fight

    not a place I'd return to
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    I'll be pretty blunt here and say NO! Food quality is really poor and service is essentially non-existant. Same with Sizzler. Avoid both.

    About the only off site buffet that we'll do (and that's not often) is Sweet Tomatoes. It's limited in what it offers, but it tends to be fresh and clean, at least cleaner than the other restaurants of its price point.
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    I'd also say no it's not very good.

    Like Tink says you'd be better off at Sweet Tomaotes or I'd say Golden Corral which has something for everyone.

    Sandra
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    If you even thought of taking your DW to Pondagrossout, she would kill you. I know mine would.
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    It has its fan but I found it dirty and slummy.
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    we liked it?! :exit:

    Sizzler was absolutely rank though - would never go there again!
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    I have never been to the ones in FL, but I have in Indiana. Not bad for me either. It's not a 5 star place, but I like buffets. I'm a picky eater. I really like Golden Corral. I have not done Sizzler since I lived in CA, and well, that was 2 decades ago. (Holy cow, I can't believe I just typed 2 decades ago...)
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    We really like the golden corral too :yes:, buffets will always bring mixed opinions!
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    wow very surprising we loved it for what it was and stopped back a couple of times

    Its not fine dining but then nor is the price it's cheap cheerful buffet dont bother ordering stuff just do the buffet

    Im quite surprised to hear people had such bad experiences
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    We didn't have a bad experience it's just Golden Corral is much better and has a huge choice for the same price.

    Sweet Tomatoes is lovely and if you register on their webite they often send BOGOF coupons

    Sandra
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    Thanks Sandra - i will try and remember them! Where abouts on idrive are they - what are they near?
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    we didn't feel that it was to good there, we preferred sizzlers.:smile:
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    Hi Kate,

    I don't know where they are on I drive just the 192

    If you want, to to the Golden Coral website and use the locator tab - use my zipcode and it will bring up the ones within say 20 miles and that should cover I Drive - my zipcode is 33897 :)

    Sandra
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    Oh i meant sweet tomatos Sandra - sorry! Know where the GC is, eaten there loads - love it! :thumbsup:
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    Oh I see - sorry Kate.

    The Sweet Tomatoes is at Crossroads:-

    Locations & Menus

    [​IMG] Lake Buena Vista Sweet Tomatoes



    12561 S.Apopka-Vineland Road
    Orlando, FL 32836USA
    Directions (MapQuest)

    Phone:
    407-938-9461
    Fax:
    407-938-9457

    Restaurant Hours

    Monday - Thursday:11:00 a.m. to 9 p.m.
    Friday & Saturday:11:00 a.m. to 10 p.m.
    Sunday:11:00 a.m. to 9 p.m



    Sandra
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    Thanks Sandra! Dont think we will be able to get there - looks closer to disney than i drive
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    If you register on their website they send you BOGOF coupons so maybe that would cover the cost of a cab?

    Sandra

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