U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > Florida > Orlando
 [Register]
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
Reply Start New Thread
 
Old 05-31-2013, 09:41 AM
 
Location: Orlando Metro Area
3,607 posts, read 6,398,456 times
Reputation: 2380

Advertisements

Quote:
Originally Posted by Peter1948 View Post
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.
No no, I'm very familiar with Dallas and downtown Dallas is a big letdown for such a "big" city. Now I did like Forth Worth but the vibe leans ****** tonk which is fine but arguably not better. Nashville must have changed a lot since I was there back in 2008, I found it to small, very touristy in it's downtown, and the restaurants were on par with any other mid-sized downtown such as Orlando. I'd imagine the same would go for Louisville. But hey, since you wanna drop in here and claim how these cities best Orlando, then why don't you show examples and I'll do my darndest to counter them. Otherwise, you're just talking smack.
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

 
Old 05-31-2013, 10:38 AM
 
26,589 posts, read 58,390,490 times
Reputation: 13119
Quote:
Originally Posted by Peter1948 View Post
....and both are chains. Good chains, but still chains. You guys need to travel more
Are you kidding? I flew over 100,000 miles last year. I made three trips to the west coast, and spent three weeks in Europe. I spent about 100 nights in hotels. I hardly think I need to travel more. In fact I traveled so much that having a good "chain" (like Seasons 52) would often be comforting, knowing that I'd get a good meal with good service and not run the risk of food poisoning ruining my meetings the next day--like I had happen in Portland last fall.
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 05-31-2013, 04:27 PM
 
388 posts, read 737,781 times
Reputation: 166
Quote:
Originally Posted by Peter1948 View Post
....and both are chains. Good chains, but still chains. You guys need to travel more
Please reread the first half of my post. FWIW I haven't been to either Roy's nor Season's 52 in well over a year. I was just using them as examples of good small chains. Here's a short list of restaurants that deserve the recognition they've been getting.

Chef's Table
Prato
Luma
Ravenous Pig
Cask and Larder
Rusty Spoon
K Restaurant
Sushi Pop
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 05-31-2013, 07:22 PM
 
12,017 posts, read 12,765,995 times
Reputation: 5981
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mr Idealism View Post
Please reread the first half of my post. FWIW I haven't been to either Roy's nor Season's 52 in well over a year. I was just using them as examples of good small chains. Here's a short list of restaurants that deserve the recognition they've been getting.

Chef's Table
Prato
Luma
Ravenous Pig
Cask and Larder
Rusty Spoon
K Restaurant
Sushi Pop
There's also "pharmacy" the bistro concept from the chefs that own the table
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 06-01-2013, 07:42 PM
 
388 posts, read 737,781 times
Reputation: 166
Quote:
Originally Posted by chopchop0 View Post
There's also "pharmacy" the bistro concept from the chefs that own the table
shhh...can barely get a seat at the bar there as it is.
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 06-01-2013, 08:19 PM
 
12,017 posts, read 12,765,995 times
Reputation: 5981
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mr Idealism View Post
shhh...can barely get a seat at the bar there as it is.
Surprising, considering there's no sign on the door
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 06-02-2013, 01:10 PM
 
Location: Florida
861 posts, read 1,336,845 times
Reputation: 1436
Quite honestly, most people do not give a two sh**s about "vibrancy" or "walk-ability" (whatever these things mean), if they did, they would move to a place that offered these things. You elist urbanists need to get over it.

Only on this forum do I hear people whine about chain restaurants, the lack of "urbanity" or how much better things are in other cities.
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 06-02-2013, 02:35 PM
 
Location: NYC/Orlando
2,075 posts, read 4,031,315 times
Reputation: 1194
Quote:
Originally Posted by CountryFisher View Post
Quite honestly, most people do not give a two sh**s about "vibrancy" or "walk-ability" (whatever these things mean), if they did, they would move to a place that offered these things. You elist urbanists need to get over it.

Only on this forum do I hear people whine about chain restaurants, the lack of "urbanity" or how much better things are in other cities.
Perhaps in your neck of the woods they don't, but plenty of people enjoy places with a variety of cultural offerings that also inspire environmentally and economically conscious living.

Different strokes for different folks. However, I believe more people live in cities than in rural areas in the U.S... so actually most people do care about being in urban environments.
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 06-02-2013, 03:19 PM
 
12,017 posts, read 12,765,995 times
Reputation: 5981
Quote:
Originally Posted by brinkofsunshine View Post
Perhaps in your neck of the woods they don't, but plenty of people enjoy places with a variety of cultural offerings that also inspire environmentally and economically conscious living.

Different strokes for different folks. However, I believe more people live in cities than in rural areas in the U.S... so actually most people do care about being in urban environments.
Correct. More people do live in cities/urban environments

As more move to the city, does rural America still matter?

Quote:
Rural America, which encompasses nearly 75% of the land area of the United States, currently accounts for about 16% of the country's population, the lowest in the nation's history. In fact, it has been almost a century since people living in rural America outnumbered those who resided in metro areas. The U.S. Census Bureau classifies rural areas as open country and settlements with fewer than 2,500 residents.
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 06-06-2013, 09:25 PM
 
7,021 posts, read 15,210,985 times
Reputation: 3444
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mr Idealism View Post
Please reread the first half of my post. FWIW I haven't been to either Roy's nor Season's 52 in well over a year. I was just using them as examples of good small chains. Here's a short list of restaurants that deserve the recognition they've been getting.

Chef's Table
Prato
Luma
Ravenous Pig
Cask and Larder
Rusty Spoon
K Restaurant
Sushi Pop
These are the types of restaurants we have been SORELY lacking. They are not quite up to far with other southern mid sized food meccas...New Orleans, Charleston, Louisville, etc.

But yes, we are improving here in Orlando. But talk to anyone here really on the inside of the food industry and they will admit we are behind, because the farm to table, fresh ingredient, and even gastropub and speakeasy concepts only recently arrived in the last 2 years.

IMO, only Prato, Chef's Table, the Pig, Cask and Larder, and K would be able to hold their grown in any foodie city listed above. However in a foodie town, one may find that many good caliber restaurants in 2 blocks...not a whole metro area! But we are getting better, and alot of the reason we are still behind is because the consumer does not know what to expect, and alot of our under 40 crowd prefers the bars on Orange Ave to a 100 dollar dinner with wine.

The cities listed on eater....these are the foodie cities for the most part:

http://eater.com
I am hoping Orlando will be there one day.
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.


Reply
Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply
Message:


Settings
X
Data:
Loading data...
Based on 2000-2020 data
Loading data...

123
Hide US histogram


Over $104,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > Florida > Orlando

All times are GMT -6.

© 2005-2021, Advameg, Inc. · Please obey Forum Rules · Terms of Use and Privacy Policy · Bug Bounty

City-Data.com - Contact Us - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37 - Top