I had posted another version of this to an older thread below, but it was many scrolls down by the time I added it (this board is too popular for it's current organizational scheme), and I thought based on the many questions we see on here, I'd re-post it under it's own banner in case anyone was interested.
Thanks to Bob Mervine, folks on Chowhound sure are lucky he takes the time to answer their posts so completely. In fact, after reading a recent post regarding North Orlando local places I continue to bemoan the fact I live in SW Orlando as although we have our share of restaurants due to the proximity to tourist areas, most are chains and we don't have a Whole Foods or a place like Petty's
While I'm no Bob, I thought I'd take a shot on a similar list of attractive "regular" or "neighborhood" meal places here in SW, West, and South Orlando, to which maybe posters could add comments or additional selections, then we can all bookmark it to reference to new posters:
American: Juliana's, Taste (tapas-style) and K in College Park, Bubbalou's BBQ, and Jockamo's (Cajun). Sam Snead's, while a local chain, is still good.
Asian/Indian: Nagoya (highly recommended) and Amura for Japanese, Red Bamboo and Soong Thai for Thai (good not great), Memories of India (highly recommended) and Spice Cafe (take-out) for Indian, and Rice Paper is good Vietnamese if not as good as the options downtown. All the Chinese is average or worse.
French: We love Le Bon Appetit although they are under new ownership so we'll see how it goes. Also, I guess Le Coq Au Vin qualifies for South Orlando, it's one of Orlando's best.
Italian: Cariera's Cucina Italiana and Positano's have good neighborhood feels to them and solid food.
Mediterreanean - Cedar's and Middle Eastern Market for Lebanese food. No good Greek anywhere.
Mexican/Latin: Taquitos Jalisco for Mexican, Pio Pio for Columbian.
Seafood: sad state indeed, only good option for non-chains over here is Lee & Ricks, but what a good choice it is. Beware, it is a dive.
Lunch: Yellow Dog Eats.
Neighborhood place to spend a bit more: Chatham's Place (and perhaps Antonio's)
And finally, a unique option: Machon, the dining room at the Culiary School on John Young Parkway - a definite must try.
This is far from an exhaustive list, I tried to avoid chains and pick only places I've personally eaten at in SW, South and West Orlando. Places I'm looking forward to trying include Atothaya (Thai), Anthony's Bistro (Italian), Lenos y Carbon (Columbian), Taqueria Amica Jalisco (Mexican taco stand), Q'Kenan (Venezualan), Matthew's Steaks & More (German) and Chopan Kabob (Afghan).
Bob, or anyone else, feel free to add