Orlando has quickly become a city for foodies. No matter what you’re craving, there is a restaurant that will satisfy it. So what are you in the mood for right now?
Burgers or Steak
Located on Restaurant Row, The Whiskey serves more than 200 types of whiskey, bourbon, scotch and rye, and it is home to some of Orlando’s best burgers. Prepared with a blend of three cuts of beef that are ground in-house, imaginative burger toppings include crab cakes, pork belly and poached bourbon pears. The Southerner is packed with comforting flavors with house-made pimento cheese, bourbon bacon, whiskey onions, fried green tomato and aged balsamic, while the Dos Amigos is topped with slow-roasted carnitas, pepper jack cheese, house pico and chimichurri ranch.
Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House, which is known for its succulent steaks, is located on International Drive, just down the street from the Orange County Convention Center. Prime-aged, corn-fed beef is sourced from the Midwest with cuts including filet mignon, prime strip, ribeye and a 32-ounce prime porterhouse. All cuts except for the porterhouse come in multiple sizes and as bone-in or bone-out varieties. Complement the steak with classic sides like mashed potatoes or fresh sautéed spinach or choose one of the more unique selections such as Lobster Macaroni and Cheese or Shaved Brussels Sprouts with smoked bacon, caramelized onions and lemon butter.
Chinese Food or Sushi
Using only the freshest, highest-quality ingredients, Ace Plus Chinese Buffet in Kissimmee is known for its modern interpretation of classic Chinese dishes. The lunch buffet runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m., you can dig into the dinner buffet. Try the crab legs at the dinner buffet on Friday and Saturday evenings. A la carte menu items include house specialties like General Tso’s Chicken, Orange Chicken and either Crispy Duck or Peking Duck as well as chow mein, lo mein or fried rice dishes with your choice of protein.
Hokkaido Chinese and Japanese Buffet in Lake Buena Vista is a family-run restaurant that offers a lunch buffet (11 a.m. to 4 p.m.) and a dinner buffet (4 p.m. to 11 p.m.) with unmatched variety without sacrificing quality. Each buffet offering, from classic Chinese dishes to a range of sushi rolls and hibachi selections, is prepared fresh throughout the day. Every day from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Hokkaido Chinese and Japanese Buffet happy hour pricing includes half off all alcohol with the purchase of an adult buffet. This special excludes cold sake, which is available during happy hour for $10 by the bottle.
In Kissimmee and Lake Buena Vista, Giordano’s is known for its stuffed deep dish pizzas. The recipe for the now-famous pies was created in a small northern Italian town and has evolved throughout the past 200 years. In addition to gooey cheese, you can choose from options like The Chicago Classic, which includes pepperoni, mushrooms, green peppers and onions, or Super Veggie with mushrooms, green peppers, onions, broccoli, spinach and black olives. You will also find unique stuffed pizzas like Bacon BBQ Chicken or you can build your own. Giordano’s has been continuously named in “Best Pizza” lists and dining guides across the country.
If deep dish pizza isn’t your thing then try a regular crust at Flippers Pizzeria. With locations across Orlando’s tourist corridor, you will find brick oven pizzas made with dough that is handcrafted in-house daily, all-natural pizza sauce loaded with tomatoes, extra virgin olive oil and fresh spices as well as whole milk, aged mozzarella. Prepared in a traditional or Neapolitan style, create your own pizza or choose from selections like Quattro Fromaggio, Buffalo Chicken or Carne Di Italia. Not looking for a whole pizza? Then try an artisan multigrain flatbread or a classic calzone.
Theme Park Food
Orlando’s theme parks have stepped it up when it comes to quick service, offering more than just the traditional burger or pizza. Mama’s Pretzel Kitchen at SeaWorld Orlando turns a simple snack into a delicious meal with options like Mama’s Meatball Pretzel, a Pepperoni Pizza Pretzel and a Pretzel-wrapped Bratwurst, all served with chips and a dipping sauce. Over at the Universal Orlando Resort, Three Broomsticks at Islands of Adventure and Leaky Cauldron at Universal Studios not only transport you to the world of Harry Potter but also serve authentic British fare like shepherd’s pie and bangers and mash.
The Walt Disney World Resort offers unique and tasty quick service options, too. Epcot’s World Showcase takes guests on a culinary journey around the world with sushi and teriyaki plates at Katsura Grill in the Japan pavilion, a hearty portion of fish and chips at the Yorkshire County Fish Shop in the United Kingdom Pavilion, and falafel, kefta sandwiches and hummus at Tangierine Café in the Morrocan pavilion. Popular options at Magic Kindgom include Tex-Mex at Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Café in Frontierland, Barbecue Chicken Macaroni & Cheese at The Friar’s Nook in Fantasyland, and the Sweet and Spicy Chicken and Waffle Sandwich at Sleepy Hollow in Liberty Square.