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
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?
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'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 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.
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)?
(Image Credit - Burger and fries - The Cheesecake Factory - Outback Steakhouse - Minnie and Mickey Mouse Candy Apples)