Greater Orlando has many restaurants and eateries to suit all tastes and budgets. Virtually every cuisine in the world is represented, and dining experiences range from gourmet establishments in the top hotels to all-you-can-eat buffets.
Popular Orlando dining spots include Universal's CityWalk (2000 Universal Studios Plaza) and Disney's Boardwalk (Walt Disney World), but the many restaurants in both locations can become very busy with long waits.
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Whether you prefer fine dining
or all-you-can-eat buffets,
Orlando has plenty of eateries
to please your taste buds.
As downtown Orlando continues to develop, more new restaurants are opening in such areas as trendy Thornton Park or College Park. Or if you fancy cuisine from foreign countries, you can find good Thai food at the Thai House (2101 E Colonial Drive), traditional Chinese dishes at Chan's (1901 E Colonial Drive), and Vietnamese delicacies at Viet Garden (1237 E Colonial Drive).
Visit the chic casual Houston's Bistro (390 N Orange Ave) for New England pot roast that's cooked to perfection and served with sour cream mashed potatoes.
For fun with Italian cuisine, try Mobil Three-Star Antonio's (611 S Orlando Ave, Maitland). The tables are among the aisles of this Italian deli, but the food is great and you can get up and select your own wines from the shelves. Try the Pollo Pizzaiola if you have a hearty appetite, or the chicken breast sauteed with capers, basil, and oregano served over linguine.
To experience the best burgers in the area, stop at Altamonte Springs' Back Yard Burger (290 SR 434). You won't be able to eat inside because food is served from a window, but there are plenty of tables if you want to eat al fresco.
For the best steak and lobster, grab a table at Mobil Three-Star Del Frisco's (729 Lee Road) in Orlando. The steaks are aged corn-fed beef straight from the Midwest, never frozen, and cut to order. The lobsters are flown in from Australia daily. The bill will be a little expensive, but every bite will be worth every penny.
For the ultimate in gourmet dining, you'll be delighted at the Mobil Four-Star Victoria & Albert's located inside Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa (4401 Floridian Way) in Lake Buena Vista. The restaurant's setting is luxurious, and the menu is exquisite. Try the fixed price six-course dinner, but be aware that the ingredients change daily according to the season.
The average tip in Orlando is 15 to 20 percent of the bill if you experience very good service.
Now that you know Orlando has a lot more to offer than just the obvious theme parks, you may be wondering how you'll fit everything into your trip. Don't worry -- the suggested itineraries on the next page will help you organize your time.