Cantina Laredo, situated in the Doctor Phillips area southwest of downtown Orlando, offers its guest a chance to enjoy gourmet Mexican dishes and a fine dining experience for lunch or dinner. The atmosphere is upscale to match the superb menu, which includes a special guacamole that is prepared right at your table. Enjoy the traditional Mexican dishes created from Certified Angus Beef and fresh seafood in the main dining area or out in the garden. Drinks specials are offered from the full service bar, such as hand-muddled mojitos and tasty margaritas. -Diane Dilov-Schultheis
You can find the Anatolia restaurant in the center of the Doctor Phillips area, southwest of Universal Orlando Resort. This Mediterranean restaurant provides a casual bistro setting with a touch of class. The location is cozy and intimate, plus you can choose from dining indoors or out on the lovely patio. The menu offers a variety of Lebanese appetizers along with specially prepared Turkish dishes and desserts. The menu selections include a majority of vegan and vegetarian entrees. Open for lunch and dinner, Anatolia also serves Turkish teas and coffees as well as beer and wine. -Diane Dilov-Schultheis
Wa Restaurant, situated next to the Universal Studio Resort, offers diners a chance to experience authentic Japanese cuisine and drinks. The setting is modern décor featuring low-lighting, comfortable couches, a large flat-screen television, sushi bar as well as a sake bar. Enjoy a traditional Japanese meal cooked with modern techniques or go for fresh sushi specially prepared with fish flown in from Japan and Hawaii. A meal at Wa Resturant would not be complete without a taste of at least one (or more) of the 28 imported sake selections, a mug of local organic beer or a glass of international wine. -Diane Dilov-Schultheis
Izziban Sushi is located south of downtown Orlando near the Florida Mall. Step inside and you will find it's more than your average sushi bar and lounge. This hip restaurant features an elegant, yet casual atmosphere that is great for families, romantic dinners for two or a get together with friends. The helpful and friendly staff will assist in menu selections for both beverages and entrees, if needed. Choose from endless choices of authentic Japanese dishes, including an abundant offering of fresh sushi treats. The fully stocked bar is well known for its massive variety of sake, which is offered in "samplers" for those wishing to experience more than one at a time. - Diane Dilov-Schultheis
4982 New Broad Street (cross-street Welham Street) Orlando, FL 32814
Find this friendly restaurant and pub in the center of Baldwin Park just north of downtown Orlando. At Paddy Murphy's Irish Pub & Restaurant, you can choose from inside or outside covered seating for a true Irish treat or a glass of a cold frosty Irish beer (or America brands, too) from the fully stocked bar. Don't be surprised if you see a group of bagpipe players while you are there. Open for lunch, dinner or snacking, the very extensive menu has all your Irish favorites like Shepard's Pie and stew, but there is plenty of American bar menu items including wings and chicken tenders and even a special kid's menu. Entertainment includes live bands, movies, trivia games and sporting events on TVs. - Diane Dilov-Schultheis
8117 Vineland Avenue (cross-street International Drive) Orlando, FL 32821
Q'Kenan could easily be missed in its hidden location in a strip mall near the Orlando Premium Outlets mall just off International Drive South, but it is worth seeking out. It may be small in size, but the food offerings and friendliness are abundant. The décor is simple yet cozy, with vivid colors and bright lights throughout. The seating is limited. The prices are very affordable, and the selections include numerous Caribbean and Latin American dishes with many straight from Venezuelan kitchens. Q'Kenan is well known for its specialty arepas and is a favorite among the locals in the surrounding area. - Diane Dilov-Schultheis
Fiorella's Cucina Toscana is situated inside the luxurious Westin Imagine Orlando conveniently located near the convention center and local tourist attractions. The moment you arrive, you feel welcomed from the friendly valet service. Step inside the beautiful hotel and be greeted again by the gracious hotel staff and restaurant host. The atmosphere is elegant but casual and is set with the colorful blown-glass artwork accenting the walls, the arched ceilings, the magnificent wine library and the beautiful woods seen throughout. Choose from numerous traditional Italian creations from the Tuscany and northern Italy areas for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Fiorella's Cucina Toscana has an open kitchen, attentive staff and a fully stocked bar. - Diane Dilov-Schultheis
1500 Masters Boulevard (cross-street Champions Gate Boulevard) Champions Gate, FL 33896
David's Club can be found within the beautiful Omni Orlando Resort in Champions Gate that is located southwest of downtown Orlando. It offers an upscale yet casual atmosphere with breathtaking views of the spectacular pool and golf course below. Choose from an array of American cuisine that includes delicious steaks, fresh seafood, and much more. Select from either inside or outside seating for your meal or drinks while enjoying the latest sporting events shown on one of six large plasma TVs; or you can play a game of pool, foosball or electronic darts. David's Club also has a fully stocked bar and welcomes personal wines. - Diane Dilov-Schultheis
7339 West Sand Lake Road, No. 420 (cross-street Turkey Lake Road) Orlando, FL 32819
Ocean Prime, located in Rialto just southwest of downtown Orlando, is a modern American supper club serving a nice variety of prime, fresh seafood and steaks. Its beautiful interior of deep woods, low lighting and sheer curtains offers an electric, pleasurable and stylish environment for a meal or cocktails. Enjoy your feast in the stunning open-air terrace, the elegant main dining room or one of two private dining rooms available. Sip on your favorite drink in the energetic lounge or piano bar area serving first-rate wines and other specialty cocktails. Ocean Prime provides impeccable service and a truly lavish setting for a memorable evening. - Diane Dilov-Schultheis
Step inside Claddagh Cottage Irish Pub and you may believe you have been transported to Ireland. It has all the pub features like plenty of dark wood, low lighting and coziness. There is both inside and outside seating and a full-length bar. The food menu includes authentic home-style Irish cuisine and the bar menu has an ample amount of imported and domestic beer and wine to choose from. Claddagh Cottage Irish Pub entertainment consists of live music, darts and a lot of great conversations.
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