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We’re not talking about gourmet or especially romantic evenings here. But there is a big space for something more than fast food, but without the big fanfare and very big bill. My family has these among our favorites in the Disney area: Outback Steakhouse
A chain, there are a few scattered around the Disney area. Good steaks and ribs with an Australian theme. The biggest downside to these restaurants is that they are rather small and very popular…so there can often be a wait. No worries mate, grab a pager from the hostess and a Down Under margarita from the bar.
Kobe Japanese Steakhouse
Again, there are several around the Disney area. Typical hibachi Japanese cooking, but the quality is consistent and the service good. Hint: Look in the free tourist newspapers before you walk in the door, there is almost always a money-saving coupon for Kobe in them.
Island theme, good food, live entertainment. One of my favorites. I especially like the marinated steak. Just of of I-4 north of Diseny. Expect to wait for a table at busy times.
Taste of China Restaurant
In the Formosa Gardens shopping center. A very good Chinese restaurant in an area filled with some very bad Chinese restaurants.
Steak and Shake
Closer to the fast food type, but with a higher quality and a 1950’s drive-thru flair. Located along the major roadways. Steakburgers and shakes are their specialty. Food is cooked to order and served by waitresses. Great for lunch.
Again part of a chain. We go to the new one on Formosa Gardens Blvd. Expect a wait at peak times and somewhat slower than normal service. This RL has more fresh fish than most (which is good).
Drop the shells from the free peanuts on the floor and have a cold beer to relax from a long day at the parks.
EPCOT World Dining
We like the Japanese, German, and Norwegian restaurants. In the German restaurant you can dance with the wait-staff and practice your German. Be careful what you say!
Polynesian Hotel Luau
Reservations needed most nights. Very similar to the real Hawaiian luaus…but without the big beach of course. Food is served family style. If you get a table in front it will be shorter so the people behind you can see. Too much free punch or too long without stretching and you will find it hard to stand up.
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