Wednesday, 3 February 2016

5 Restaurants I'm Looking Forward To Trying For The First Time In Orlando, Florida This Year


Best American Restaurants in the US

If you're a fan of my Orlando, Florida Travel Tips series or have been reading Ellis Tuesday for a while now, you might have seen a few of my favourite restaurants that I've found over the years on my trips to the US. If not, here is that post. There are so many other places, particularly when it comes to fast food, that I would recommend to anyone planning a trip to the US anytime soon such as A&W, Sbarro and Charley's Grilled Subs (all of which you will find at the malls) and of course McDonald's, KFC and Auntie Anne's Soft Pretzels are well worth a visit too.

But despite this, there are still a few places that I've always wanted to try that I haven't gotten around to yet and this year's trip seems like the perfect time to do so. So here are the five restaurants that I want to try for the first time this year in Orlando, Florida;

The Cheesecake Factory Pretzel Crusted Chicken

The Cheesecake Factory

Whenever I mention the fact that I'm heading to the US, the one place that basically everyone who's ever visited America makes sure to recommend is The Cheesecake Factory. I don't eat red meat or fish so my main protein of choice has got to be chicken and most of the time when I'm in the States it comes in the form of a chicken tender. I like to think that I've found some pretty delectable chicken tenders in the US but it seems that The Cheesecake Factory might have taken it to another level with, wait for it; pretzel crusted chicken tenders. You heard me right, PRETZEL CRUSTED! Two of my favourite American treats in one dish? This could either go really right or really wrong but I feel the need to seek them out on this year's trip anyway. I'll also need to check out their cheesecake situation, I think, especially when they're known for it. Has anyone tried a slice? And if so, which one should I make sure to try?

Outback Steakhouse Bloomin Onion

Outback Steakhouse

The last time we were in Florida I saw a billboard, or twenty, promoting Outback Steakhouse and in particular this epic-looking onion dish named the bloomin onion. I kept harping on that we would need to try it only to end up in Longhorn Steakhouse, which we really enjoyed but obviously there was no oniony-goodness to be found there. Well this time I'm going to make it my mission to actually step through the doors of the correct steakhouse and I've already mapped out our nearest Outback, despite the fact that we don't leave for a good few months. I've also heard pretty good things about the rest of their menu too.

Disney Springs Candy Cauldron Mickey and Minnie Mouse

Disney's Candy Cauldron

On my last trip to Orlando I had my face pressed up against the window at Disney's Candy Cauldron at Disney Springs, or Downtown Disney as it was called then, whilst they assembled some of their extraordinary candy apples. I shared a snap of the Olaf apple and Snow White's poisoned apple on my Instagram when I was there and I also shared some more photographs in my Downtown Disney (How to do Disney without a park ticket) travel tips post. My goal for this trip is to treat myself to one and of course, take about a hundred photos of it. Hehe.

Five Guys Fries

Five Guys Burgers And Fries

This might seem like a bit of a strange place to want to visit when you don't eat red meat but it's not the burgers that have caught my eye, it's the fries. I know people who have tried Five Guys, both here in the UK and over in the US and they all have great things to say, especially about the mountain of fries that they pile into your cup and brown bag.

Checkers Drive Thru

Checkers

I don't eat any fast food here in the UK anymore but it makes up a significant chunk of my diet when I'm over in Florida. McDonald's and KFC are just on a whole different level on the other side of the pond but one fast food emporium that I've always wanted to try but never have is Checkers. I think it might have something to do with the fact that I've never really seen one anywhere near where we stay or in any of the malls either. But I really feel like hunting down a branch this time around. It's bargain fast food, which most definitely won't be to everyone's taste but the chicken bites and fries box looks like a nice treat and who wouldn't want to go to a proper American drive-thru either?

Has anyone visited any of these restaurants when they've been in the States? If so, what did you think of them? And do you have any recommendations of places that I just have to visit for a bite to eat when I'm in Orlando, Florida (chain restaurants, fast food joints or independent restaurants)?



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  1. we have outback in Brazil and I went a few times when I was there in 2014, and OMG amazing!!! Definitely pay a visit and try their cheesy onion. Sounds disgusting but it's incredible :D
    Pam xo/ Pam Scalfi♥

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    1. Oooh I can't wait to try it now Pam! :)
      Now that does sound incredible!!

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  2. Lovely Ellis!! You are visiting my home town. The Cheesecake factory is my absolute favorite. I'm sure you are going to enjoy it. Have fun! :D

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    1. I am so jealous that Orlando is your hometown Taja! Hehe.
      Thank you very much lovely! :)

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  3. Now I'm hungry, haha, have fun! x

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  4. My top picks would be the new Shake Shack at Orlando Eye for lunch, Bahama Breeze and Joe's Crab Shack on International Drive for dinner, and The Hollywood Brown Derby at Disney's Hollywood Studios for lunch or dinner. And you can't beat breakfast at iHop ;)

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    1. I didn't even know that Orlando had a Shake Shack!! :O
      Thank you so much for all of your fantastic recommendations Ruth! :)

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  5. Cheese cake factory changes lives!! You'll love it!

    Chloe x

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    1. Hehe. Now that sounds like the kind of experience I'm looking for Chloe! ;)

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  6. I really want to go to the Cheesecake factory, I've heard amazing things! Five Guys chips are so gorgeous! I'm at http://www.pepesilvia.co.uk x

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    1. Oooh I can't wait to try those fries Seren! :)

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  7. YUM!! Disney Candy apples are one of my favorite things ever!! They are so delicious!

    xx, Elise
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    1. Eeee!! I can't wait to try one Elise! :)

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  8. I don't know if they were there when you last visited but there is a Shake Shack on idrive as well as a Red Robin - both worth a visit. There is also an amazing old school pizza restraunt just across from The International Palms Hotel on i-drive. The place itself isn't much to look at but the pizza is so good - a huge slice and drink for $5. If you find yourself on that stretch (worth it for the Walgreen's the best one on I-Drive as they get the new products first) then pop in. The old world's largest McDonalds is being re-built and should be open by Summer. I weirdly didn't like the Cheesecake Factory - the food wasn't what I expected but hell yes to the desserts ha! x

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    1. They didn't have either when I was last there Adrienne! I will definitely need to pay a visit to all of these places! :) Thank you so much for all of your incredible recommendations!
      I'll be heading to that Walgreen's asap and it will be great to see the new World's largest McDonald's too!

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  9. Reading this blog has left me feeling VERY hungry lol. Xx

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  10. I've never been to Florida (or anywhere in America!) but I've definitely heard of the cheesecake factory - it's got to have something going for it! Hope you get to tick all of these off your list when you get there this year. x Rebecca - itscohen.co.uk

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  11. Cheesecake Factory and Five Guys are some of my favourite places to eat, their food is so bad but so good ;)


    DippyWrites

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    1. I'm glad to hear that Albertine! :) Hehe.

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  12. Just came across your blog in IG! Sign up to outback emails! If the driver they sponsor comes in the top 10 in NASCAR then u get a free blooming onion on the Monday after! :) also Menchies frozen yoghurt at City Walk is amazing!

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    1. I'll definitely need to do that Heather! :) Thanks for sharing that great tip!
      Oooh that sounds fantastic too!

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  13. I was in Florida this time last year and it was my first time to America. I loved the Cheesecake Factory although I didn't actually have any Cheesecake because I was so full haha! Also the baked potato soup at Outback Steakhouse is to die for, I need to find a recipe to make it at home I love it so much! xx

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    1. Hehe. I'll need to make sure to leave some room for cheesecake! ;)
      Now that sounds gorgeous! I can't wait to visit!

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  14. Ooh I've never been to florida but all these places sound so amazing! I think if I ever went to America I would def have to visit the cheesecake factory because it always reminds me of The Big Bang Theory as that is where they always talk about going in the show I'm sure haha! X

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    1. Oh do they? Hehe. That must mean it's worth a visit! ;)

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