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ORLANDO VISITOR'S DINING GUIDE - A Hound Perspective - I-Drive/Convention Center


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ORLANDO VISITOR'S DINING GUIDE - A Hound Perspective - I-Drive/Convention Center

YosemiteSam | May 20, 2010 01:24 PM

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.

Foodie Favs


Great for Groups

Cafe Tu Tu Tango
Taverna Opa
Urban Flats

Ethnic Hotspots

Memories of India

Romantic & Quiet

Chatham's Place
La Nuova Cucina

Celebrity Chefs Outposts

Tchoup Chop


Funky Monkey Wine Company

Cheap Eats

Bubbalou's Bodacious BBQ
Pio Pio
Press 101


First Watch

Old Florida

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

Cedars Restaurant
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

Press 101
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

Taverna Opa-Orlando
9101 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819

Bubbalou's Bodacious Bar-B-Q
5818 Conroy Rd, Orlando, FL 32801

Emeril's Orlando
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

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