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If you want to get away from Disney, and want a good steakhouse, Del Frisco's is excellent. A bit pricey, but worth it. It's located not far form where I live, but it about 1/2 hour from Disney. It will give you a tiny taste of the "real" Orlando, however.

Orlando offers excellent barbecue. Bubbalou's Bodacious BAR-B-QUE is a local favorite, but can be a bit spotty now and then. ( »www.bubbalous.com/ ) The Kirkman Rd/Universal Studios location is about 15 minutes from Disney. One of my favorites is Cecil's Texas Style Bar-B-Q. There's a location nearby which was recently featured on Al Roker's show. It has the added benefit of being a favorite of the local Sheriff's office, so there's usually armed security. :) »www.cecilsbbq.com/ (Orange Ave. location ... about 20 minuts from Disney, south of downtown).

If you want to stay close to Disney, but leave the property, you have a huge number of options within 5 miles. If you haven't been to a Bahama Breeze (location: »www.bahamabreeze.com/ ) yet, they're fun. The prices are reasonable, the food is good, and it's like a quick trip to the islands. It's a favorite in my household. It's brought to you by Darden, the folks behind Olive Garden and Red Lobster, but don't let that scare you away.

Additionally, there are a number of chains and some decent buffets on International Drive. Keep in mind that that's the tourist area and is frequently very crowded. Severe traffic jams are not uncommon. Since it's Orlando's tourist trap, quality and service of restaurants in that area can be spotty. It's generally best to avoid that whole mess if you can.

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last modified: 2009-05-30 20:46:44