I will be in Orlando with some colleagues next week. We'll be on the Disney side of the world, so would prefer to stay on that side of town, but are willing to go downtown if there is something special to be had.
So far we've tried:
Columbia (the default, when we can't think where to go)
Cricketers Arms (really bad food, good beer)
Mahi Mahi Bistro (I hated, companion loved)
Some Chinese place off of I-drive
Charley's (ok, overpriced for what it was)
Moonfish (fine, but pretentious)
Bonefish (pretty good, overcooked steak)
Vines (mis-ordered, can't really judge them on that)
Timpano (fairly good dinner, but can get that elsewhere)
Melting Pot (melted cheese, how bad can that be? but again, can get elsewhere)
Hue (good food, way too impressed with itself)
Texas de Brasil (good for a gimmick, don't need to go back)
someplace in the Hard Rock Hotel
something Italian that may have been called Dolce Vita (decent red sauce)
Tu Tu Tango (average small plates)
If I were to go back to one of these places, I'd probably choose Bonefish. I didn't love it, but it seemed the best in the price/food/atmosphere ratio.
We're from DC and Boston, so are not overly excited about the national chains (Samba Room, Morton's, Ruth's Chris, Shula's, etc.) even though there are some on the "visited" list.
Can Orlando 'hounds recommend a new spot (entrees under $30 preferred) for dinner? Ethnic is fine (even good!), but would prefer not Indian or sushi.