Davenport, Kissimmee and the greater Orlando area offer a culinary journey around the world! From Mexican and Italian favorites to Chinese, Japanese, Indian, Thai and Greek, you’ll find it all deliciously prepared for you here. If you’re in the mood for a colossal T-bone steak or a flavorful filet, you’ll find it. Pizza, barbecue, seafood? Right this way. Even quaint little bistros. A fusion of Asian flavors is abundant, from sushi to dim sum to teppanyaki. And if you love dining with a Latin flair, Kissimmee’s Latin Trail offers a tantalizing selection of authentic dishes from Puerto Rico, Cuba, and Spain. Here are a few of our personal recommendations.
The Cheesecake Factory
Situated at the Mall of Millennia, the Cheesecake factory is a very popular restaurant. It is obviously famous for its range of over 30 different cheesecakes but don’t think that it is all about desserts as the rest of the food is fantastic too. One word of warning, as always the portions are huge so make sure you leave enough room for the cheesecake.
There are a number of Bahama Breeze restaurants in the Disney/Orlando area but the general consensus is that the best one is on International Drive. Close by is the Orlando Eye with spectacular views (maybe advisable to go on first before you eat.)
Bahama Breeze has a Caribbean twist to the menus with a good choice of fresh fish as well as steaks, awesome ribs, and Jamaican jerk dishes. There is a great range of cocktails and if you sit outside under the canopy there is nothing better on a warm and balmy evening than great food, super cocktails and the sound of a Caribbean steel band to entertain. Be warned however that The Bahama Breeze is popular.
Situated on the opposite side of the Cheesecake factory at the Mall of Millennia entrance is a Tuscan grille called Brio. It is a little bit more upmarket than your usual Florida diner, perhaps ideal for a special occasion. Inside is very opulent and there is also an outside terrace and a terrace in the lobby of the Mall of millennia entrance.
Situated on the 192 is the very popular Texas Roadhouse. From award winning ribs, to handcut steaks there is plenty for everyone to enjoy. Watch out for the impromptu singing and dancing that the staff engage in. Whatever you do, do not mention it is your birthday!!
G’day cobber! The Outback is situated near Formosa Gardens and is famous for their Bloomin Onion appetizer and Coconut Shrimp appetizer. Make sure you share the Bloomin Onion, definitely not a starter for one. If you want to eat in your villa then The Outback offer a takeaway service that can be ordered online. Then just pull up in the take away bay and collect.
Ponderosa are famous for their extensive buffets. There is plenty of variety for the whole family including steaks, fish, pasta and salads.
Highly recommended by many homeowners if you are looking for something a little bit different for a special occasion. The food and the service is excellent and watch out for the flatbread starters which are like a thin rectangular pizza. Also, a little bit different are the desserts that are brought to the table in shot glasses so you can have a variety by choosing 2 or 3 (or 4!) Get there earlier than your table is booked and enjoy some live music in the piano bar or sit out on the veranda overlooking the lake. Seasons 52 is slightly more expensive that the chain restaurants but not over the top and well worth it.
Part of a chain, there are a number of Applebee’s restaurants in the Disney/Orlando area but one of the best ones is conveniently located on the US 27 at Berry Town Centre.
The restaurant is decked out in a typical American bar style with lots of memorabilia, TV screens on the walls, a central bar with bar stools and plenty of booths. If you don’t want to eat out, maybe you have very young kids that will be in bed then Applebee’s has a “Carside To Go” service. This service lets you call in an order and have it delivered right to your car door. Just call ahead and they will have it ready and waiting for you when you arrive to pick it up.
If you are dining inside Applebee’s then you may want to go when they have a happy hour with a 2-4-1 drinks offer.
Disney Springs is a truly amazing place featuring an eclectic mix of unique boutiques, one-of-a-kind eateries and jaw-dropping entertainment that will have you wondering where the day went.