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Old 06-07-2013, 06:56 AM
 
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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:

Eater National : The National Restaurant, Bar, Nightlife, and Food Blog
I am hoping Orlando will be there one day.
That said, I've eaten at a lot of the highly regarded "Foodie" restaurants around the country, and in many cases they've been highly overrated and skimming along on nothing but their name. (Bouchon in Napa is a prime example--Thomas Keller should be ashamed. I don't know a single person who has enjoyed their meal there.)
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Old 06-07-2013, 07:57 AM
 
Location: Altamonte Springs, FL
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There is more here than casual fine dining. Here are two places that offer exceptional ethnic cuisine. Check out Atlas House out on I-drive past SeaWorld. This new Uzbek restaurant is the real deal. We drove out there based on the Yelp reviews and it was seriously incredible. The chef is a master of his cuisine, and the place is both beautiful and spotless.

Atlas House Uzbek Restaurant - Orlando, FL

Another great restaurant is Maraya at Sabrina's. This one is pricey for Lebanese, but it is fantastic on every level.

Maraya At Sabrina's Restaurant - Orlando, FL
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Old 06-07-2013, 02:40 PM
 
Location: Knoxville, TN (Utah transplant)
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there was a seemingly endless amount of burger kings, Wendy's, Arby's, moes, McDonalds, Taco Bell, basically any fast food chain you can imagine for miles and miles.
That sounds like pretty much every city in America.
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Old 08-18-2013, 10:16 AM
 
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Orlando is pretty ugly due to the sprawl that was created years ago. Upscale area's have caught on & are trying their best to hide the corp crap. It is a common blight in most middle cities that were struggling to make a place on the map from way back in the 50's until present. I hope that doesn't discourage you. Check out UCF vs Full sail. They may have what your looking for at less $$$.
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Old 08-21-2013, 02:54 PM
 
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Orlando is pretty ugly due to the sprawl that was created years ago. Upscale area's have caught on & are trying their best to hide the corp crap. It is a common blight in most middle cities that were struggling to make a place on the map from way back in the 50's until present. I hope that doesn't discourage you. Check out UCF vs Full sail. They may have what your looking for at less $$$.
I would agree that outside the touristy areas the rest of Orlando is a ugly sprawling mess full of chain restaurants & strip malls. Colonial Drive has to be one of the most gaudy and tackiest commercial streets I have ever seen in Florida! There is nothing dense or walkable except for downtown anywhere in the area either.
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Old 08-21-2013, 04:33 PM
 
Location: SoCal
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I don't understand whats with all the hate of Generic Chains. Its not like they just opened up as chains. No, They started off as one single restaurant that provided good service, and food these chains saw they could make more money and they just expanded. Orlando is A very young Metro you cant expect that much. Also Darden one of the Largest Casual Chain Restaurants in America. Colonial Dr is pretty outdated...
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Old 08-22-2013, 06:37 AM
 
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I would agree that outside the touristy areas the rest of Orlando is a ugly sprawling mess full of chain restaurants & strip malls. Colonial Drive has to be one of the most gaudy and tackiest commercial streets I have ever seen in Florida! There is nothing dense or walkable except for downtown anywhere in the area either.
You must not have been to Dr Phillips, Winter Park, Winter Garden, Thornton Park, College Park, Windermere, etc?
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Old 08-22-2013, 07:18 AM
 
Location: Altamonte Springs, FL
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I would agree that outside the touristy areas the rest of Orlando is a ugly sprawling mess full of chain restaurants & strip malls. Colonial Drive has to be one of the most gaudy and tackiest commercial streets I have ever seen in Florida! There is nothing dense or walkable except for downtown anywhere in the area either.
Winter Park is one of the densest suburbs in the entire state, and Park Ave one of the most successful retail areas in the state. Name another main street like Park Ave in another Florida city with 100% retail occupancy? There are hardly any like that in Florida. Not only that it is full of pedestrians all the time. There isn't a better place for al fresco dining outside of South Beach.

For that matter, what other cities in our state are loaded with dense pedestrian areas? If you throw out malls there are only 1 or 2 for every major city, Miami included.
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Old 08-22-2013, 08:24 PM
 
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There are lots. Drive down Colonial and you'll see a lot of old Orlando places.

Two local favorites are The Chef's Table in Winter Garden and, newly, The Smiling Bison on Bennnet in Baldwin Park.
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Old 08-23-2013, 05:49 PM
 
Location: Tampa, Fl
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I went to look at full sail out of curiousity
There's your first problem.
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