Located in the Sheraton Suites at Orlando International Airport, this grill and lounge serves up three meals a day in a casual, friendly atmosphere. Breakfast and lunch offer a variety of traditional fare, while dinner expands the menu to include nightly specials plus seafood and steaks. Dine poolside, inside or out, at dining room or patio seating. If you're settling in for the night, order a nightcap and enjoy the sunset over the pool. Early-bird dinners, offering lower prices on regular menu items, are available. This eatery is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Housed in a century-old structure that's also served as a private home, this atmospheric eatery features charming décor that calls to mind the general store it once was. Unlike those general stores, however, this one offers more than penny candy. Sandwiches are this eatery's hallmark, from roast beef with tomato to turkey and bacon clubs to curried chicken. A lunchtime crowd packs this place, and the restaurant does not accept reservations, so be forewarned.
7507 Kingspointe Parkway Suite 102 Orlando, FL 32819
Located in Disney's Epcot center, this restaurant was constructed by the Mexican government to give tourists a taste of Mexico. San Angel mimics a Mexican village by night with 'stars' twinkling overhead and the faint roar of a jaguar in the background. Dark and romantic with flower-bedecked balconies adding a cozy touch, the restaurant features an indoor 'river' winding its way through this scenic village. The restaurant features traditional Mexican favorites including Chicken Tacos, Poached Red Snapper and Grilled Tenderloin with Peppers. Flan is the traditional dessert, and the restaurant also features a full bar.
An old-fashioned indoor-outdoor eatery with a neon frankfurter-shaped sign, this spot serves many kinds of hot dogs, in both regular and jumbo sizes. In operation for 10 years, it is a huge hit with the local lunch crowd. Favorites include the jumbo Chili Cheese Dog and the jumbo Reuben, a hot dog slathered in Thousand Island dressing. All hot dogs are served with French fries.
Those mornings when you're willing to sacrifice your waistline for some breakfast comfort food, check out Chuck's Restaurant. The building has served as a diner since 1918, although as Chuck's only since 1993. Inside, the decor is simple with a long lunch counter and faded booths. But while the eatery loses points in decor, they make those up in the quality of food. For breakfast, try the homemade biscuits with sausage gravy or the blueberry pancakes. If you're really hungry, the eggs-sausage-hash browns-bacon-and-grits combo is a steal.
This large, brightly lit Puerto Rican eatery features delicacies flavored with garlic, cilantro and popular island spices. Pechuga al Ajillo, a boneless grilled chicken breast, is served with fried green plantains, a culinary mainstay of Caribbean islands with Spanish heritage. Tripleta de Mariscos features a mélange of seafood, including conch, octopus and shrimp. At dessert, a 'three-milk cake' is the must-have treat. After the kitchen closes on Thursday through Saturday, you can shake that booty to the sounds of live salsa music as the restaurant becomes a nightclub.
Specializing in breakfast and lunch, First Watch opens early every morning and closes mid-afternoon, but this is not your typical breakfast place. The staff starts several hours before opening so they can prepare all of the day's fresh foods, which means they slice seasonal fruits and vegetables, whip up made-from-scratch French toast batter, and bake a variety of muffins every morning. First Watch serves an exclusive premium blend coffee, an assortment of specialty dishes as well as healthy options, and provides free WiFi and newspapers to all customers. This is the place to go for a fresh, made-to-order breakfast (brunch or lunch) served by helpful, friendly staff in a contemporary setting. -Diane Dilov-Schultheis
Apna Café is located a short drive north of Orlando in the nearby city of Longwood and describes itself as "
"one of the best Halaal Indian restaurants among other things. The setting is clean, refined and contemporary, and the attire is casual for lunch or dinner. The menu features a vast selection including appetizers, rolls and sandwiches, chaat specialties along with vegetarian-friendly vegetable entrees as well as a wide variety of chicken, lamb, goat and seafood dishes. Most entrees are prepared from scratch when ordered, so get ready for a leisurely meal and be sure to leave room for a traditional tasty dessert. -Diane Dilov-Schultheis
Zorba's Eatery is located north of Orlando in Longwood in the Train Depot Plaza. Anyone yearning for a genuine Greek meal, snack or sweet treat will not be disappointed. This restaurant is more of a deli-style eatery where you place your order at a counter and then grab a table. However, diners can enjoy a casual setting onsite with seating offered both indoors or outside. The menu includes starters, soups, salads, gyro sandwiches and Greek cookies and pastries just to name a few. The portions are large, the service is friendly and the prices are reasonable. -Diane Dilov-Schultheis
East Buffet is located a few miles north of Downtown Orlando in the nearby town of Longwood. Diners looking for a nice selection of Asian food served in a buffet style will find a nice variety here. The large restaurant features a spacious buffet set up in the middle, a busy sushi bar in the back and a hibachi grill area where you can select ingredients to create your own dish and watch the chef prepare it right in front of you. East Buffet provides a clean and welcoming atmosphere for lunch or dinner. -Diane Dilov-Schultheis
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