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Posted 20 January 2009 - 04:32 PM

For my upcoming trip we will probably try to eat one or two meals off property. I think for one that we are going to Giordano's and have some decent pizza and then for the other, I haven't decided yet. I'd like to do something local, but not too far from the parks, and preferably no chains....so with those caveats any suggestions?
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Posted 20 January 2009 - 05:08 PM

Right outside of Downtown Disney is one of my favorite restaurants, Fuddruckers, even though it is kind of a chain.
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Posted 20 January 2009 - 07:18 PM

Would Perkins be considered a chain? :
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Posted 20 January 2009 - 08:11 PM

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Would Perkins be considered a chain? :
For sure.

While I like Giordanos, their pizza leaves something to be desired. Go with their pasta instead.

If you want pizza, go for Flippers (in the Crossroads parking lot) or NYPD Pizza (About 2 miles on Route 535...~5 minutes from DTD). For Mexican, I like Vallarta, which is 1/2 mile from DTD entrance to WDW on Route 535.
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Posted 20 January 2009 - 09:12 PM

darthstich said:

Right outside of Downtown Disney is one of my favorite restaurants, Fuddruckers, even though it is kind of a chain.


I do always love Fuddruckers, can't go wrong with a fixin's bar with nacho cheese on it haha.
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Posted 20 January 2009 - 09:15 PM

QuickGold said:

COH#1fan said:

Would Perkins be considered a chain? :
For sure.

While I like Giordanos, their pizza leaves something to be desired. Go with their pasta instead.

If you want pizza, go for Flippers (in the Crossroads parking lot) or NYPD Pizza (About 2 miles on Route 535...~5 minutes from DTD). For Mexican, I like Vallarta, which is 1/2 mile from DTD entrance to WDW on Route 535.


I've heard good things about NYPD, so i guess that starts the debate of what do i like better chicago style or New York style.

Also never actually heard of Perkins, I know we don't have them here in Augusta.

Edit: I just checked out the NYPD pizza place and that looks like really good pizza, might have to check that out.
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Posted 22 January 2009 - 11:51 AM

There's also some great places in Celebration if you feel like going there...

Market Street Cafe or Town Tavern are two great options with a wide variety.

Also there's a new italian place open with TONS of Disney decorations in Celebration, it's called Angelina's. It's to die for!
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Posted 22 January 2009 - 11:54 AM

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Also there's a new italian place open with TONS of Disney decorations in Celebration, it's called Angelina's. It's to die for!
Is that downtown near those other restaurants by the water? Sounds very interesting!

To add to what Jeanne said, the restaurants at Celebration are very nice and a fraction of the cost of a similar meal on WDW property.
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Posted 22 January 2009 - 12:48 PM

I've heard great things about the Celebration Town Tavern.

Fudruckers would also be a very good alternative if you want a hamburger. The Giordano's in Downtown Chicago is top notch, but I can't comment on the one in Orlando because I haven't tried that one yet.
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Posted 23 January 2009 - 07:09 AM

Good tips! I am going to have to write some of these down!
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Posted 23 January 2009 - 07:28 AM

An excellent Mexican restaurant (although a bit farther from WDW than the ones already noted) on 192 just before John Young Parkway in Kissimmee is Garibaldi's. Fairly small, nice decor, very good service and GREAT fairly inexpensive.... On weekend evenings they have a Mariachi band, too!

Also Joe's Crab Shack (granted a chain) on 192 in Celebration was pertty good the one time we were there.
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Posted 23 January 2009 - 07:54 AM

QuickGold said:

PixieDust said:

Also there's a new italian place open with TONS of Disney decorations in Celebration, it's called Angelina's. It's to die for!
Is that downtown near those other restaurants by the water? Sounds very interesting!

To add to what Jeanne said, the restaurants at Celebration are very nice and a fraction of the cost of a similar meal on WDW property.


Nope Matt, it's in Water Tower Plaza where the Moe's used to be. It's right near the Coldstone in Celebration.
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Posted 23 January 2009 - 12:09 PM

HDLady said:

An excellent Mexican restaurant (although a bit farther from WDW than the ones already noted) on 192 just before John Young Parkway in Kissimmee is Garibaldi's. Fairly small, nice decor, very good service and GREAT fairly inexpensive.... On weekend evenings they have a Mariachi band, too!
I tried this place but wasn't overly impressed. It was good, but no better than say Vallarta, which is much closer to WDW property. It's not bad, but not worth the drive IMO. :)
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Posted 23 January 2009 - 04:21 PM

You're probably right, Matt but since I've never been to Vallarta and Garabali is closer to where I live, I'm familiar with it.

Thought about another place we like called Buffalo Wild Wings in the Crossroads. They have maybe 15 different sauces for your wings. Only thing I find annoying is that it's a sports bar and can be MIGHTY loud if there are games on! We try to go at off times to avoid the "game crowd".
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