Friday, March 02, 2007

Orlando 2007 - restaurants (plus)

I've spent the last couple of days sharing some my pictures and thoughts about MegaCON 2007, which took place in Orlando, Florida. I may not have mentioned that my girlfriend, who is not a comic book enthusiast (although she's open to a good story), and I also used that trip as a Valentine's Day get-away.

Today, I thought I'd take a second to mention a couple of restaurants we visited in Orlando, as well as a couple of places I've neglected to mention in the past. (There are a ton of stories, movie & restaurant reviews, and pictures I never got around to posting over the past year or so.)

All pictures were snapped by me except where noted.

ORLANDO
(below) The view from our room at the Renaissance Resort Orlando at SeaWorld
(above) a similar picture of the room (from their site)
Nice place, but they need to finish the renovation/construction quickly.
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(below) McCormick & Schmick's restaurant
(below) We both had their excellent seafood bouillabaisse.
(below) Their desserts were just as impressive.
(above) I had the pecan-crusted apple pie with cinnamon ice cream.
Very good, but very sweet. Couldn't finish it.

I didn't have enough sense to take the pictures before grubbing down, but I thought I'd post'em, anyway.
Highly recommended.

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(below) Texas de Brazil

(above) HUGE four-sided salad bar.
This is the classic, "I could make a meal just from the salad bar," situation.

Texas de Brazil has one price and no menus.
Each guest gets a disc - red on one side and green on the other.

Turn your disc to the green side and servers wandering by will offer their particular hot meat dish which they will cut & serve to you on-the-spot.
Eat all you wish.

Pricey, but highly recommended, as well.

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ATLANTA
(below) A shot of the Cheesecake Factory my girlfriend, my mom, and I visited after hitting Mary Mac's one evening.
I didn't eat at this particular location, but the ladies were very pleased with the desserts they got "to-go."
I've always enjoyed my meals at 'the Factory - especially the pasta (and I'm no pasta-man).

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I've mentioned my general fondness for and recent disappointment with Mary Mac's Tea Room, so I'll leave it at that.

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PANAMA CITY
J. Michael's Dockside Bar & Grill
I don't remember what we had but it was pretty enjoyable, despite the somewhat cramped dining area.

We'd eat there, again.

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Hopefully, this will prove useful to someone who decides to visit any of these places, the future.

3 comments:

Miz JJ said...

I went to the Cheesecake Factory in Atlanta. I had never been before as they do not have them in Canada. I just had a salad so I could enjoy my dessert. So yummy. And I am not even a big cheesecake fan.

Lola Gets said...

I live in DC, work right across the street from a McCormick and Schmicks, and I eat there at least once a week! The servers are nice (a wee bit slow however, but maybe thats just because Im getting take-out, lol).

I usually just get the Chicken Ceasar Salad - delish! But last time, I did ask for bread, and man, that was great too! (or perhaps Ive been bread-free for too long, lol)

L

B. Good said...

OMG, I LOVE McCormick & Schmick's. THE best happy hour. We'd always have our "celebratory", "going away" gatherings there. GREAT RESTAURANT!