Restaurants in Orlando are big on style. Head to Universal Orlando's City Walk for themed dining to suit all quirks. At Margaritaville you can sip cocktails in the shadow of the in-house volcano while the NASCAR café offers burgers amongst the sports cars. Orlando's famed seafood is at its best at award-winning Big Fin where patrons choose from mountains of crustaceans piled onto beds of ice.
If you and the kids happen to be spending your days enjoying Walt Disney World, then consider dining at the popular California Grill. Located in the Magic Kingdom Resort Area, the restaurant boasts spectacular views of the Seven Seas Lagoon and Magic Kingdom Park. Savour sensational Californian cooking, with an extensive menu featuring fresh seafood, pork and chicken. Complete your meal with a delightful dessert or the chef’s special cheese board. There are also specially designed kids meals on offer, so even the fussiest eaters will be satisfied.
Those with a raging sweet tooth will be excited to visit the Pop Parlour, situated in downtown Orlando. Selling hand-crafted, all natural frozen pops, the shop has become famous for its unique and tasty treats. Sourcing quality organic and local ingredients, the parlour prides itself on creating a frozen treat that can fit any diet. The list of flavours is extensive and includes Nutella, grapefruit, watermelon blueberry, birthday cake, cookies and cream, peanut butter and jelly. There are even a few boozy options for adults.
One of the best ways to find a bounty of tasty morsels, is by tracking down Orlando’s famous food trucks. Roaming around town, you will find a food truck to satisfy literally any craving, from cupcakes to sushi or pizza. One of the most popular is Bem Bom, offering authentic Portuguese cuisine using fresh seafood. It’s also hard to go past Melissa’s Chicken and Waffles, which specialises in southern style food for breakfast and brunch. Wash it all down with a special treat from Yum Yum Cupcake or a delighful dessert from Sweet City Gelato.
If you have a hankering for traditional Italian cuisine, then look no further than Stefano’s Trattoria. Located in Winter Springs, you will find hearty gnocchi, lasagne, parmigiana and a range of crowd-pleasing favourites on the menu. Highly touted as the best Italian in town, you should expect classic Italian dishes and a friendly and warm atmosphere. Stefano’s is also very family friendly.
Every Sunday at the Lake Eola Park, the Orlando Farmers Markets showcases a wide range of fantastic vendors. Spend the afternoon by the lake and browse the variety of seasonal fresh produce, artwork, craft items, jewellery and plants. The market often features live entertainment, plus there’s a wine and beer garden and an outdoor restaurant. Relax in the beautiful surrounds and enjoy the family friendly atmosphere.