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Old 05-29-2013, 10:32 AM
 
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And if I'm eating high end, I'll take Park Ave or Sandlake over Season's 52,
Seasons is on Sand Lake haha. Seriously though, I know it's a chain but Seasons is really good IMO
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Old 05-29-2013, 11:01 AM
 
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Seasons is on Sand Lake haha. Seriously though, I know it's a chain but Seasons is really good IMO
Agree, I think it's a great place to eat--particularly for those of us who like fresh ingredients and reasonable portions.
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Old 05-29-2013, 11:07 AM
 
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^^^And Seasons 52 is a chain Orlando can be "proud" of since it was developed, tested, and launched here, plus it was a real departure from Darden's/Orlando's other home grown chains like RL and OG.
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Old 05-29-2013, 11:12 AM
 
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^^^And Seasons 52 is a chain Orlando can be "proud" of since it was developed, tested, and launched here, plus it was a real departure from Darden's/Orlando's other home grown chains like RL and OG.
It's also a very different concept from other chains in the use of seasonal fresh ingredients and an ever changing menu, and in my opinion the prices are quite reasonable. Capital Grill is another good Darden offering, but it's just another generic upscale steakhouse.
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Old 05-29-2013, 11:22 AM
 
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It's also a very different concept from other chains in the use of seasonal fresh ingredients and an ever changing menu, and in my opinion the prices are quite reasonable. Capital Grill is another good Darden offering, but it's just another generic upscale steakhouse.
Exactly. When they (Darden) bought Rare Hospitality, they inherited 2 steak houses that gave them pieces to compete with both casual steak chains like Outback and Logans but also an option to run against the Flemming's and Morton's of the world. The move was strategic and not very original and seemed to fit a certain business need. However, Season's seemed like something more than that, a labor of love/passion and it shows in the food/dining experience. I've never had a bad meal there and the prices are really reasonable compared to an equivalent experience elsewhere.
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Old 05-29-2013, 12:10 PM
 
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Exactly. When they (Darden) bought Rare Hospitality, they inherited 2 steak houses that gave them pieces to compete with both casual steak chains like Outback and Logans but also an option to run against the Flemming's and Morton's of the world. The move was strategic and not very original and seemed to fit a certain business need. However, Season's seemed like something more than that, a labor of love/passion and it shows in the food/dining experience. I've never had a bad meal there and the prices are really reasonable compared to an equivalent experience elsewhere.


I used to travel a lot with my work, which meant a lot of restaurant meals. I loved rolling into a town with a Seasons 52. I could sit at the bar and have dinner and a glass of wine and know that it wasn't going to be so expensive that it would raise eyebrows in the accounting department on my expense report.
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Old 05-30-2013, 08:59 AM
 
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Orlando has a bunch of great locally owned restaurants. You just have to know where to find them. It also doesn't take much more than a google search to figure them out. While I'm not a huge fans of "chains," I think the smaller ones we have here like Seasons 52 and Roy's are pretty good.
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Old 05-31-2013, 01:07 AM
 
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Orlando has a bunch of great locally owned restaurants. You just have to know where to find them. It also doesn't take much more than a google search to figure them out. While I'm not a huge fans of "chains," I think the smaller ones we have here like Seasons 52 and Roy's are pretty good.
....and both are chains. Good chains, but still chains. You guys need to travel more
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Old 05-31-2013, 01:11 AM
 
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I've been to most of the cities you mention here and I think you're over estimating them a bit. New Orleans ok, got me there, Atlanta, ok once again I'll concede, but seriously Nashville, Dallas, and Louisville? Now I'm not saying Orlando beats those cities in everything, or anything for that matter but they all have the same issues you describe in Orlando. While I feel you make some decent points about Orlando, I'm not exactly sure some of the examples we're the best if blandness if what one is trying to avoid.
Yes, really. Let's throw Dallas out. It's HUGE. Ft Worth also has a more indie vibe than Orl.

So lets compare Nashville, Orlando, and Louisville. Nashville and Louisville, although substantially smaller metro areas, really feel much more urban, dense, and bigger. Especially Louisville. Much better restaurants, and much more of a "look at our local culture" kind of vibe.

Orlando has its strengths...weather, tourism, growth, good shopping, and very internationally diverse for the SE, but it has such a long way to go in food, sophisticated (non college oriented) nightlife, and urban, walkable vitality while mitigating atrocious sprawl.
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Old 05-31-2013, 06:23 AM
 
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So lets compare Nashville, Orlando, and Louisville. Nashville and Louisville, although substantially smaller metro areas, really feel much more urban, dense, and bigger. Especially Louisville. Much better restaurants, and much more of a "look at our local culture" kind of vibe.

Orlando has its strengths...weather, tourism, growth, good shopping, and very internationally diverse for the SE, but it has such a long way to go in food, sophisticated (non college oriented) nightlife, and urban, walkable vitality while mitigating atrocious sprawl.
I agree. Another great comparison is Durham (among many others), which while similarly sized in terms of city population has a much more sophisticated restaurant and bar scene, local culture and and a more urban feel despite lacking a skyline with half-filled office buildings and condos.
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