Ok, most of you know by now that I'm an expert on everything in Orlando! But I am truly a connoisseur when it comes to food. Therefore you will take these reviews as gospel and patronize these places every chance you get. Why are the reviews all good you ask? Because I only put my favorites... and my favorites don't suck! If you really need to know where not to go, then check out the main page under "Places In Orlando That Really Suck"... that's where I put the bad ones!
The Taverna Opa is a popular Greek style restaurant and bar. They sell a wide selection of seafood from seabass to plaki and lobster. Also, a great show is always going on. Belly Dancing is common only to the Taverna Opa and you are welcome to eat, drink, and enjoy the show with any group of friends. This is definitely a restaurant that should find itself on your to-do list. They also cater for events.
The Catfish Place has been locally owned and operated for 28 years. They specialize in selling local food and are widely regarded as the best local seafood in the area. Catfish are caught daily from Lake Okeechobee along with soft shell turtles and wild gator. These Florida delicacies are never frozen and are quite obviously fresh daily. At The Catfish Place they take pride in their specialty hush puppies and cole slaw. Only the special Catfish Place version of both are served with any meal.
Probably my favorite thing about this restaurant is their deep dish pizza. Unlike Domino's and Pizza Hut, deep dish actually has a meaning here. A cheese stuffed pizza grants you at least an inch of cheese beneath the rich sauce on the top of the pie. If you want deep dish filled with vegetables and meat, you get an actual deep dish filled with vegetables and meat. This is how a pizza is supposed to be made. They serve several types of pasta such as mostaccioli, and linguini with shrimp.
Everyone keeps saying Cedar's is amazing. I've never been there but I'm inclined to believe them. Cedar's Saturday Show is also a common topic when discussing the restaurant. Every Saturday night, Cedar's is host to a Belly Dancing troupe that performs for patrons of the restaurant. They serve beef, chicken, pork, and seafood. They have strong list of kababs and even serve gyro's. Cedar's is some of the best food in General in Orlando according to customer's and it is worth trying at least once.
This place is on I-drive and it is great. It's all about art and all the art is for sale. All the food is appetizer style, so it's perfect to go with friends and everyone can order something different. They have live entertainment at night and its ranges from magicians to jugglers to singers. Its something different, and that's nice considering everything in the general area is very similar to everything else. Each dish is around $5-$7.
This one is also on I-drive and is very upscale. The salad bar alone is amazing! Then the waiters come around with different meats on skewers and you have a small card that is red on one side and green on the other. If you have the green side up they will offer you what they have. They have every type of meat known to man from grilled briskets to wonderful cuts of salted pork that simply melt in your mouth! Its $50 a person but its worth it.
Almost the same concept as Texas De Brazil but with a Disney spin. This beautiful restaurant featured at Disney's Polynesian Resort offers a lovely collection of Polynesian dishes. Waiters constantly come around with huge skewers of meat and give you some if you wish. There is also a lazy susan in the center of the table with side dishes that are also all you can eat. Pineapple and caramel is included and served for desert.
Several locations throughout Orlando and all are almost exactly the same. It's a bar with a fun atmosphere and on the weekends it is packed with women (wink wink, nod nod, know what I mean know what I mean). Try the chicken nachos, they are huge. Their signature zingers are excellent also. This is definitely a fun place to hang out with a bunch of friends to watch a sporting event.
A few locations throughout Orlando. It's an island restaurant with a very laid back atmosphere. Their jerk chicken is great but actually everything on the menu is good. They love to incorportate bold flavor with an island sweetness, especially in their BBQ sauces. They have an amazing dish called the West Indies Ribs that features a heafty rack of melt-in-your-mouth baby back ribs and a huge side of shoestring French fries. They usually have live entertainment in the outdoor area.
Ok, let me start off by saying this review is for all the locations except the one across from Wet n' Wild on International drive.. that location suck! The other locations are one of my favorite pizza places in Orlando. One of their best features is that they are open until 2am Sun-Wed and until 4am thur-sat!! If your a night owl like me those hours are a huge plus! Get their BBQ Bacon Cheese Burger pizza, its awesome! They have great cannolis too!
3 Stars (out of 5)