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Good Restaurants in Orlando/Kissimmiee

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Can anyone recommend some good restaurant in Orlando/Kissimmee? Preferably kid friendly. Also looking for good foreign food restaurants e.g. Thai, Korean, Indian, etc. Thanks.
 

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Are you specifically looking for non Disney restaurants, or are you open to suggestions inside Walt Disney World?
 

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www.shellsseafood.com. Not fancy. Not expensive. Just good.

Oh yeah, I had a buddy at Moo U from Livonia, quite some time ago.
 

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Every national chain in the country is represented there. As far as ethnic cuisine, I can't really say. It's not the type of area for mom and pop small restaurants. It's more geared towards high volume places. If you wanted to search out some possibilities try restaurant.com. You could even save a few buck using their certificates.

One good breakfast place you could try is LePeep which is closer to Orlando than Kissimmee or Lake Buena Vista. More on the way to Universal. We used to get to the one here in Chicago alot before we moved to suburbia.

For dinner, we enjoyed Macaroni Grill on 192 in Kissimmee (Italian). Jungle Jims near downtown Disney area, great burgers, sandwiches, kids meals. The possibilities are endless. Tony Roma's in Kissimmee ($5 off coupon in most of the discount flyers) had "endless slab Mondays" where you can eat all the ribs you want.
 

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Or try this link for the Orlando Sentinel's annual Foodie Awards. http://www.orlandosentinel.com/entertainment/dining/orl-db-foodies-search-main,0,4936375.htmlstory

Their food critic rates the restaurants and readers weigh in for their choices, so you get a pretty good picture of the choices in the area. The link should take you to the 2005 award home page with links to looking at various sorts.

I can't remember with any certainty, but you may have to register online to view the newspaper's stories.

Dick Taylor
 

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JLB,
Every time someone asks about a good restaurant in Orlando you mention Shells, is it really that good? I have given up on seafood restaurants in Florida for good crab legs, they are always so expensive and not great for the money, always wishing we just went to Red Lobster, hows the crab legs there?
 

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JLB said:
Oh yeah, I had a buddy at Moo U from Livonia, quite some time ago.
JLB, which University is Moo U? I teach in Livonia. (No, I won't be offended if it's my school. )


This is sort of a different definition of "Kid Flendly" but some of the restaurants at the WDW Swan & Dolphin will give two free hours of their "kids camp" (child watching with games & such) if the parents eat dinner there. I can try to find out the details if you're interested. Palio (at the Swan) is one of the restaurants that qualify, and it's great. Fresh (at the Dolphin) is one of my favorite restaurants, but I don't think it's anything special for kids. (Fresh doesn't qualify for the free kids' camp.)

I love Sweet Tomatoes on I Drive. It's an all-you-eat buffet emphasizing salads, but they also have soups, pasta, baked goods, a sundae bar, etc. I'm not sure how old your kids are -- the buffet feature (and sundae bar) might appeal to older children, but be hard to manage with infants and toddlers. (I see plenty of people there with babies, though.)

I'd second Jungle Jim's for kids. Sort of a poor man's Rainforest Cafe.

There are a lot of Indian restaurants in orlando, but I'm afraid I have no personal experience with them.
 
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