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Dining out with Children in Orlando
There are so many places for to eat out in Orlando you are really spoilt for choice. In the first few days of our holiday when the girls are usually over excited, up early and flagging after a long day at the parks we usually stop at one of the all-u-can eat restaurants on the 192 on the way home to our villa. Their priority is usually food as quickly as possible before they fall asleep!
However after a few days we start to venture further and have a more leisurely meal, Our girls like the Rainforest Café at Downtown Disney. This can get very busy and you often have to wait for a table however I believe they are now taking reservations for Saturdays and Sundays. Amidst the waterfalls you join the “critters” that include lions, gorillas, monkeys and chirping birds to enjoy a lively if noisy meal. Pastas, burgers and dinosaur-shaped chicken nuggets are favourites here
You have enjoy Africa at Boma restaurant at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge. Here children have the run of a buffet of salmon, chicken and prime rib with African-spiced sauces, soups, fruit and veggie salads. If they prefer they help themselves to comfort foods such as chicken tenders, spaghetti and sauce or mac’ ‘n’ cheese.
The T Rex restaurant has recently opened at Downtown Disney and although we have yet to go have heard good reports of it and it is apparently themed very much like the Rainforest Café.
If you enjoy the Rainforest you will also enjoy the animal fun and child-friendly food that is served at Jungle Jim’s Restaurant & Bar on S. R. 535 near Walt Disney World Resort. This again can get very busy at holiday periods so be prepared to wait for a table.
We usually have at least one visit to the buffet at Sweet Tomatoes with endless pizza, pasta, soups, salad, fruit and self serve frozen yogurt and ice cream with toppings.
If you like Pizza try Alfonso’s Pizza & More in College Park. Choose thin or thick crust; toppings range from traditional pepperoni to chopped spinach and blackened chicken.
If your children want a barbecue and want to eat their chicken nuggets go to O’Boys Real Smoked Bar-B-Q, a local chain which has a great BBQ. Slow-smoked ribs, chicken, sliced pork or beef accompanied by baked beans, fries and garlic bread. Other child friendly BBQs can be found at Sonny’s Real Pit Bar-B-Q, Bubbalou’s Bodacious BBQ and Tony Roma’s.
For Fish addicts children under 4 eat free off the children’s menu at Boston Lobster Feast and children 11 and under get a reduced price on the feast of lobster, snow crab, fried shrimp and more.
At Joe’s Crab Shack’s which has several locations, the outdoor playground is as appealing to youngsters as the child friendly food.
If you want a budget meal you can ring to check ' kids eat free' specials at a variety of restaurants. Roadhouse Grill and Gator’s Dockside multiple locations offer a free child’s meal with each adult meal purchased on Tuesday evenings and Giovanni’s Italian Restaurant offers the same deal on Monday evenings.
These are just a few suggestions for dining with children I am sure you will find many more.
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