Florida Guide > Dining
This restaurant is situated at:
8553 West Irlo Bronson Hwy (192)
Tel: 407 239 6555
and is one of the favourites for our villa guests from all over the world. It is located 4 miles west of Disney World entrance on Highway 192 next to Orange Lake Country Club.
On arrival in Florida, hungry but too tired to go out for a meal, we often send Grandad to JT's for a “takeaway” and the adults in our party have their first taste of Baby Back Ribs whilst the children invariably opt for the burgers or chicken strips obviously served with fries! Some of the men often volunteer to accompany Grandad as JT's serves really good ice-cold lager in pitchers.
During our holiday we always go back to JT's for an evening meal. The Restaurant is like a large Cowboy’s cabin with wooden benches chairs and table on which you will always find a peg board game. These are great for keeping the children amused ( and often the adults as well) as they wait for their meals to arrive.
The walls are decorated with loads of cowboy memorabilia including numerous stuffed animal heads. An old-fashioned jukebox is situated by the entrance.
The Cabin is divided into two sections the larger one being the restaurant and the smaller part the bar. The walls nearest to the bar are decorated with sports shirts from the US and UK and a large picture of “Bone” Mizell a central Florida cowboy hangs over the bar. This bar is popular with tourists and locals alike and has a Happy Hour for drinks between 10.00am – 7.00pm. There are several small dining tables also situated in the bar area and a Games room leads off it.
The Games room provides Pool Tables, Electronic Dart Boards as well as games for older children. Children can play happily in here in full view of their parents whilst they themselves enjoy a drink at the bar. The latest addition to the bar area are two computer games situated on the bar itself. Normally in the US children are not allowed to sit at the bar but on our last visit the bar staff appeared to be quite agreeable to letting the children play these games.
All or some of the party can order food from the main menu at the bar which can be eaten by both children and adults at the tables in the bar. If a more casual atmosphere is agreeable this is often a quicker options at busy periods.
In the main restaurant Lunch and Early Bird specials are served until 6.30pm although if the weather is wet the restaurant can be very busy between 5.00pm and 6.30pm. Generally one of the best times to go is about 7.00pm when the early evening rush has subsided and the rush after the Parks has not yet begun.
A delicious basket of hot bread is served with your first drinks. Coke, Coffee, Ice Tea and Hot Tea are refilled free for the duration and the cocktails are to die for!
The meals at JT's are substantial and we usually have either a starter or dessert with our main course/entrée never both. Some members of our party find that just the main course/entrée is sufficient.
Grandad loves the Mug of Chilli starter while Mother and I usually share the Sampler platter of Potato Skins/Baby Back Ribs/Cheese Sticks.
The men in our party nearly always have one of the Steak entrees although the 14 oz Cowboy Cut of Prime Rib has been known to defeat them occasionally. I am not a great steak lover but I must admit the steak at JTs is amongst the best I have tasted.
For those who are not too hungry the salads are good as are the sandwiches and all of these are served with fries and pickle. There is the usual children’s menu with spaghetti and meatballs being one of the favourites.
In anyone has any room left the dessert menu although small does include JT’s Brownie, Key Lime Pie and Cheesecake all of which are worth a try.
A popular Family Restaurant and Bar where you can phone to order a take away, have an informal drink, play some games whilst some of your party still eat, or dine more formally.
Author: Jane Sansom (Villa link: click here)
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