I thought we could use the Crowdsourcing method to create a series of threads for the most commonly asked questions for visitors to Orlando. This will hopefully create a more centralized place for visiting Hounds to find recommendations from like-minded folks in the community rather than relying of other travel boards where you never know the "standards" or agendas of the contributors. These threads are meant to be created by locals and frequent visitors as a general guide, but in no way should they preclude individual threads asking specific questions - just trying to create a central repository so that visiting Hounds don't have to wait in vain for answers.
I thought I'd launch a thread a week with a specific topic (usually based on location and travel type) and start with my recommendations. Then Hounds can add to the thread and I will edit the first post adding in the recommendations. If the "crowd" determines that a recommendation is not supported, then it will remain in the thread but come off the summary list in the first post.
A few other guidelines I propose:
- Let's avoid chains that are available in most places across the US. While they may be good recommendations, they are already advantaged by their marketing budgets, brand recognition, and concierge relationships. I do not think we should exclude local or regional chains however as they can be a unique experience to the visitor.
- I hope that visitors who use this board report back on our recommendations - a positive experience can confirm and several negatives may be a cause for re-evaluation of the recommendation
- Hopefully this will be a useful guide for locals as well - we'll eventually get to downtown, Winter Park and beyond as not all visitors are here for theme parks and conventions.
Finally, before the first list: I trust the Chowhound overlords will let me know if this topic violates any rules for the board. I read the guidelines and I believe this is ok and will be useful to the community as a whole (and is not mindless chatter). If there is an issue, please let me know if some version of this could work within your rules.
So, to start, let's make a list for those staying in the area known as:
INTERNATIONAL DRIVE/CONVENTION CENTER - reasonable taxi ride distance
Please add and/or comment below.
Great for Groups
Cafe Tu Tu Tango
Memories of India
Romantic & Quiet
La Nuova Cucina
Celebrity Chefs Outposts
Funky Monkey Wine Company
Bubbalou's Bodacious BBQ
Lee & Rick's Oyster Bar
Chatham's Place Restaurant
7575 Dr. Phillips Blvd, Orlando, FL 32819
Cafe Tu Tu Tango
8625 International Dr, Orlando, FL 32819
Memories of India
7625 Turkey Lake Rd, Orlando, FL 32819
7732 W Sand Lake Rd, Orlando, FL 32819
Pio Pio Restaurant
5752 International Dr, Orlando, FL 32819
Hanamizuki Japanese Restaurant
8255 International Dr, Orlando, FL 32819
7600 Dr Phillips Blvd Ste 22, Orlando, FL 32819
Amura Windermere Japanese Restaurant
7786 W Sand Lake Rd, Orlando, FL 32819
Lee & Rick's Half Shell Oyster Bar
5621 Old Winter Garden Rd, Orlando, FL 32811
9101 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819
Bubbalou's Bodacious Bar-B-Q
5818 Conroy Rd, Orlando, FL 32801
6000 Universal Blvd Ste 702, Orlando, FL 32819
Emeril's Tchoup Chop
The Royal Pacific Resort, Orlando, FL 32819
Norman's at the Ritz-Carlton Orlando
4012 Central Florida Parkway, Orlando, FL 32837
4040 Central Florida Parkway, Orlando, FL 32837
Funky Monkey Wine Company @ The Pointe
9101 International Drive Suite 1208, Orlando, FL 32819
Orlando, Orlando, FL