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Deliver me from Orlando Chain Restaurants

Ineverwrit | Feb 8, 200711:53 AM     34

Please help me plan some decent meals.
I will be in Orlando with my family for a week in April. My parents have a timeshare and go to Orlando one week each year. I usually only join them for a night or two and can put up with their mediocre restaurant choices for at least that long. However, I am planning to join them for the whole week this year and I would really like to eat some decent food.

The restrictions:
My mother is a germaphobe and won't eat anywhere that looks the least bit sketchy (as a chowhound, I know that some of the best meals come from unassuming Mom and Pop type places, greasy spoons, diners and roadside restaurants. My mother does not agree and while she will on occasion eat at one of these places, she will make the experience unpleasant for everyone.)
My father is cheap, but always differs to my mother. If she likes a place, he feels it is worth while to pay extra for a meal that she enjoys. Choices from several price ranges would be helpful (He won't want to pay $30 - $40 per person for dinner every night). Places that offer senior discounts would be appreciated (There will be three people with AARP cards, and my father loves to see a discount even if it is only 5%).
My cousin will be with us. She is five. She is reasonably behaved at restaurants but is still five and prone to use her outdoor voice on occasion. Family-friendly would be great but not necessary.
As far as cuisine goes, almost anything is fine. Indian, German or Cuban suggestions would be especially appreciated. Fish restaurants are great, but must have some non-fish items and no fishy smell (Sometimes you get a place that throws their used oysters shells out back and the smell makes my Mom sick).
Total, we will have one child and 4-6 adults.
As far as locale, anything within about a 40 minute drive of Downtown Disney would be our preference.
Thank you in advance for your help. Despite the title of this post, I am more than willing to try a chain restaurant if you have a good recommendation. Mostly, I just want some decent meals that enhance the time I'll be spending with my family (or at least don't detract from it).
Sincerely,
Amanda

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