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Orlando area: ethnic gems and a fancy place?

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Orlando area: ethnic gems and a fancy place?

Das Ubergeek | Sep 19, 2007 04:04 PM

I live in LA. More to the point, I live in Anaheim (the "other" theme park) and know all about the horrors of tourist-oriented chain food, as it's less than a mile from my house. I'm going to Orlando for a week in October, staying at Disney but going all round the city (a convention at the JW Marriott, a day fishing out on Lake Apopka, a few days at Das Maushaus). I'm travelling with a few people who know my reputation as a walking encyclopedia of good, reasonably-priced chow in LA, and I need to uphold my reputation.

What's good that I can't get in LA? (Cuban and Puerto Rican, for example, and South American besides Brazilian, maybe Spanish or Portuguese, all of which LA does pretty badly or not at all)

I need mostly fairly reasonably priced (let's say anywhere from cheap holes in the wall to $25-$30 out the door not including alcohol), but I also would like to find a fancy place to take clients out near the JW Marriott. I don't mind driving, but I don't know a thing about Orlando, distances, times, etc.

Any ethnicity (really) for the holes in the wall, but something normal for the fancy dinner (meat & potatoes, Italian, etc.) as I'll be hosting a lot of non-Chowhounds.

Any fantastic breakfasts I shouldn't miss near Disney or the JW Marriott? I love breakfast, but prefer it sans dancing children's characters and cranky parents in black socks and Birkenstocks.

I remember from my last visit a decent Cuban place in Celebration and a boatload of truly terrible places on 192 in Kissimmee (which is very close in sound to a very rude Arabic curse).

I really appreciate it!

P.S. While I don't know Orlando at all geographically speaking, I'm renting a car with GPS and a FasTrak toll thingy (SunPass?), so I'll figure it out -- good chow is worth a drive!

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