Orlando - Food and Drink
Orlando isn’t short of great places to eat. There’s always a good value, family-friendly buffet, or an all-you-can-eat diner a stroll away from whichever attraction you’re headed to.
In general, Orlando’s status as a family-friendly, mass-market destination lends itself to cheap and cheerful filling fare, rather than fancy gourmet creations. But the city’s finer hotels are fast realising that many Orlando holidaymakers want thrills on the plate as well as in the theme parks, so look out for big-name chefs muscling in on the action at Lake Buena Vista, Kissimmee and I-Drive.
Walt Disney World’s restaurants are a step above what you’d expect from theme park eateries - and kids will love the colourful menus (and you’ll love their healthy options, too) at the Rainforest Cafe and the Crystal Palace Buffet.
Malls are also a good place to head, as they’re home to seriously good Italian restaurants and seafood diners (serving freshly-landed lobster, red snapper and sea bass). While along I-Drive you’ll find an excellent array of Tex-Mex, tapas, steak houses and wonderfully inventive themed restaurants; with everything from 50s American diners and futuristic space-shuttle joints to Titanic-era fine dining.
Universal’s Citywalk is a full 30 acres of dining and entertainment options, including big brands such as popular Hard Rock Cafe/Live. From fine Creole cuisine straight from the Louisiana bayous to "Cheeseburgers in Paradise", salsa and steaks, this is the place to head for thrilling dining for all the family.