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From the World's Largest to the World's Best, the I-Drive Resort Area Offers Endless Dining Adventures!

Dining is just one more adventure for visitors to the International Drive Resort Area!
 
With a diverse array of epicurean delights, culinary choices include American, Brazilian, Caribbean, Chinese, Greek, Ethiopian, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Mediterranean, Mexican, Italian and Thai.
 
All of the familiar family-fun restaurants are located in the I-Drive area and there is something for every budget. From a visit to the World’s largest McDonald’s Playplace and the world’s largest Hard Rock Café, to dining with pirates or the excitement of the NASCAR Sports Grille, the I-Drive area has more than 200 restaurants. Check out this fun sampling:
 
People watching
 
Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville (407-224-2155; www.margaritaville.com). The restaurant's large "beach" deck is a great place to enjoy music and a menu from the Caribbean, including conch fritters, Buffett's famous "cheeseburger in paradise" and Key lime pie.
 
Bahama Breeze (407-248-2499; www.bahamabreeze.com). Fruity umbrella drinks, nightly live entertainment and plenty of tasty Caribbean-style appetizers and entrees like coconut-curry chicken make this a popular spot.
 
Adobe Gila's Margarita Cantina (407-903-1477; www.adobegilas.com). Located in Pointe Orlando, featuring live music, sizzling fajitas and specialty margaritas.
 
Farm to Table: NEW!
 
Hash House A Go Go, which serves "twisted farm food" in massive portions, recently opened its doors on International Drive.  Hash House features fresh farm foods and old-fashioned recipes mixed with unique styling and flavors.  hashhouseagogo.com. 407-370-4646.
 
Tapas
 
Cafe TuTu Tango (407-248-2222; www.cafetututango.com). Named after an artist's loft, this fun restaurant with a bohemian attitude offers a tapas-style menu. It also supports local artists with a vast selection scattered throughout and non-stop eclectic entertainment.
 
Lakeside atmosphere
 
Mama Della's Ristorante (407-503-3463; www.universalorlando.com) This is a delightful and colorful restaurant featuring Old World Italian favorites. Mama's strolling musicians and Mama herself greet guests as they overlook the Portofino Piazza, a cobblestone replica of an Italian seaside village. At Universal’s Portofino Bay Hotel.
 
Become a chef
 
Ming Court (407-351-9988; www.ming-court.com) For groups of 20 or more, Ming Court offers a popular program that introduces guests to the origins of Oriental cuisine, authentic cooking techniques and special ingredients used. There is also a competition to see who can make the best spring roll. Call for reservations and details.
 
Intimate
 
Venetian Room (407-238-8060; www.thevenetianroom.com). Dramatic ambience and haute cuisine make this upscale dining room at the Caribe Royale Orlando a favorite intimate dining experience.
 
Make an impression
 
The Capital Grille (407-370-4392; www.thecapitalgrille.com). Diners indulge in dry aged steaks and select from more than 5,000 bottles of wine in an atmosphere of Floridian ease and elegance. For a more secluded dining experience, ask for a table on the outdoor patio.
 
The Oceanaire Seafood Room (407-363-4801; www.theoceanaire.com). As sleek as a 1930s ocean liner, this relaxed restaurant provides the perfect setting to enjoy seafood flown in daily from around the world. Located at Pointe Orlando.
 
Bice Orlando Ristorante (407-503-1415; orlando.bicegroup.com). Located at the Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando, Bice offers rustic Italian fare in an elegant and trendy setting.
 
Wine pairings
 
Napa at the Hyatt Regency Orlando (407-284-1234; www.orlando.regency.hyatt.com) Drawing on inspiration from wine country, enjoy some of Northern California's most tantalizing tastes of organic, sustainable farm-to-fork selections complemented by wall-to-wall wine selections from Napa Valley and around the world. With its dark wood furnishings and modern décor, Napa offers diners a quiet, understated elegance highlighted by picturesque views of the Grotto Pool. Cioppino, a dish designed by Chef Jared Gross, brings Florida’s local seafood flavors to this famous California entrée. 
 
Funky Monkey (407-418-9463; www.funkymonkeywine.com) Hot, new and trendy! Nearly 150 wines are presented by the bottle, glass or tasting flight in a non-intimidating environment. A copyrighted classification guide provides ten categories to help the novice identify his or her preferred tastes. At Pointe Orlando.
 
Indian
 
Tabla (407-248-9400; TablaBar.com) serves north and south gourmet Indian cuisine.
 
Cuban and salsa
 
Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar (407-226-1600; www.cubalibrerestaurant.com). This exotic restaurant offers a memorable experience that includes contemporary Cuban cuisine created by Chef Guillermo Pernot, lively Latin music, professional salsa floorshows, an open-air tropical ambiance with outdoor dining and an extensive rum selection. Located at Pointe Orlando.
 
Brunch
 
Fiorenzo Italian Steakhouse at the Hyatt Regency Orlando (407-284-1234; www.orlando.regency.hyatt.com) combines the fun and excitement of an authentic Italian restaurant and the tradition of a great American steak house. An open kitchen and pizza oven set the stage for the on-site preparation of new and traditional Italian favorites, fish, and premium U.S. steaks and chops. Enjoy an intimate dining experience or settle in at The Bar and enjoy a 60" HDTV along with a full drink and restaurant menu.Each month, Fiorenzo hosts a wine dinner with a four-course menu. Brunch is served on Easter, Mother’s Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.
 
Mama Mia! Try some great Italian!
 
Cala Bella (407-996-3663; www.calabellarestaurant.com) Escape to the Tuscan countryside at Rosen Shingle Creek dining in an elegant Italian bistro with a magnificent dining room, a wine cellar and presentation-cooking bar.
 
Maggiano’s Little Italy (407-241-8650; www.maggianos.com) Serves up classic Italian favorites prepared with only the freshest ingredients at Pointe Orlando. For an authentic home-style dining experience, order from the family style menu which offers portions large enough to share.
 
For something fun!
 
Taverna Opa (407-351-8660; www.opaorlando.com) This Pointe Orlando restaurant features traditional Greek cuisine and festive entertainment including belly dancing and Greek music. Specialties include tzatziki, spanakopita, kebabs and selections of lamb.
 
Tommy Bahama's Restaurant & Bar (321-281-3888; www.tommybahama.com) in Pointe Orlando follows an old Florida theme with a unique shopping and dining experience. Signature menu items include the Saba Steak Salad, Tommy’s World Famous Coconut Shrimp and the Barbados Brownie. The attached shop sells clothing and home furnishings.
 
The B-Line Diner at the Hyatt Regency Orlando (407-284-1234; www.orlando.regency.hyatt.com) High energy, prompt service and fine food quality are the B-Line Diner's hallmarks. This I-Drive Orlando restaurant is open 24 hours serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner as well as a late night menu. The B-Line features a marble dining counter, an exhibition kitchen, homemade ice cream, desserts, and a display case featuring a wide variety of sumptuous homemade cakes, pastries, and other confections.
 
Dinner and a show!
 
The Wantilan Luau at Loews Royal Pacific at Universal Orlando (407-503-3463) Polynesian food and entertainment at the enchanting Wantilan Luau, a weekly Hawaiian dinner show featuring an all-you-can-eat buffet of Polynesian specialties, live Hawaiian music and traditional hula dancing. Hula and fire dancers delight the audience and entice a few to even learn the hula!
 
Titanic Dinner Event (407-248-1166; www.TitanictheExperience.com) At this one-of-a-kind event, you are a participant in one of the most famous dinner parties in history, celebrating the retirement of Titanic's Legendary Captain E. J. Smith. Guests experience a sumptuous three-course meal and are treated to a “night to remember”. You will interact with some of Titanic’s most notable passengers and luminaries treating you to first class food, first class show, and first class fun! Call for dates and times.
 
Pirate’s Dinner Adventure (407-248-0590; www.piratesdinneradventure.com) where guests enjoy several dinner courses while a swashbuckling, sidesplitting show unfolds aboard a fully rigged pirate’s galleon.
 
Treasure Tavern (407-851-0306; www.treasuretavern.com) This new 240-seat theater located in the Pirates Dinner Adventure features a unique combination of dancing, comedy, exotic acts and fun surrounding a lavish three-course meal.
 
At Sleuths Mystery Dinner Show (407-363-1985; www.sleuths.com) consider clues to the whodunit performances while enjoying several courses, including a “mystery dessert.”
 
Try a Brazilian steakhouse!
 
One of several in the area, Texas de Brazil Churrascaria features an all-you-can-eat menu with 14 different types of meat, including filet mignon, sausage and Brazilian picanha plus a 40-item salad area. The restaurant's dramatic decor coupled with its selection of hand-rolled cigars, wines and cocktails provide an elegant, masculine atmosphere. (407-355-0355. www.texasdebrazil.com)
 
Plan your visit!
 
To help plan your dining adventures in the International Drive Resort Area, checkout the Dining! section for detailed listings. A map and information on the I-Ride Trolley service is also provided. Visitors may order an International Drive Resort Area Official Visitors Guide with maps and discount coupons to many restaurants.
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