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Where to eat in Orlando - Part 2 - Orlando / Florida Guide

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Part 2

For a more basic style of food, pork chops and mash for example, the Crackerbarrel on H192 is pretty good if a little bland for my taste, but I have heard good things about it from people. For the best ribs, especially baby back ribs, then Sonny’s BBQ Pit on H50 is the place to go. However, this is again very rustic, so be warned. Lonestar at Lone Buena Vista is a very good restaurant for all round good steaks and pork chops, full of flavour and very reasonably priced. Opposite Lonestar is Bahama Breeze. This is a bit more special but worth it. The ambiance is superb but the food is only as good as the others I have mentioned. They have a lovely outside bar where you can have a drink before dinner.

For Italian food there is the Olive Garden on H192, which I like very much or Carrabas, which is almost next door, I consider slightly inferior. For seafood you can not beat the Red Lobster for reasonably priced sea food and the hot biscuits (cheese scones to the British) which they serve before the meal are to die for! There is a seaford restaurant next door to Lonestar but it is pretty expensive so we have not tried it.

For Chinese food there is the Ace chain which are all you can eat buffet bars. They are very basic but have an enormous range of food ranging from Sushi to Chinese or
English food for the children. They also have a large range of desserts. Not the best Chinese I have ever eaten but extremely good value at around $10. 99 per head going up to $11. 99 at the weekends. It is quick and at least everyone gets to eat what they like and children love the novelty of helping themselves. I once watched have no savoury at all but at least eight sweet courses.

Of course there are many much more upmarket expensive restaurants, but I prefer the more casual laid back approach to dining in Orlando. We are not on the sort of holiday where you want to go home to change for dinner. We are usually on our way home from a park or a day shopping and we could be dressed in shorts and t shirts so we like the more casual places. You may not get the fine dining but you do get excellent basic food with no frills but lots of extras. I leave fine dining for Paris or Rome holidays.

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