Thanks to a world-class dining scene, it’s easy for your attendees to spend their free time eating their way through Orlando’s tourism district.
Orlando’s known as the Theme Park Capital of the World, but at the rate our culinary scene is growing, we’re also a strong contender for the Foodie Capital of the World. In fact, it’s possible for your meeting attendees to schedule an entire day around nothing but gastronomical interests — and all without leaving Orlando’s main tourism district, as seen here.
Breakfast/Brunch in Orlando
We recommend starting at this Orlando original, which is owned by a husband-and-wife team from France. Here, you can sip house-brewed blends and nosh on authentic French breakfast fare. They’re adjacent to Orlando’s Restaurant Row, which is close to International Drive and the Orange County Convention Center.
Mid-Morning Snacks in Orlando
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Next, head to Disney’s shopping, dining and entertainment district, Disney Springs. With lunch just around the corner, now is a good time to hit up counter-service kiosks such as B.B. Wolf’s Sausage Co. or Yesake, or even Disney’s food trucks.
You’ll also want to check out one of Disney Springs’ most imaginative options, Jock Lindsey's Hangar Bar, which is based on the blockbuster Indiana Jones motion pictures. It has a nice selection of themed dishes and, if it’s not too early for you, some equally imaginative cocktails.
Lunch in Orlando
For lunch, stick around Disney Springs, where your attendees can embark on a walking tour of celebrity chef-owned restaurants like Art Smith’s Homecomin’ Florida Kitchen, Masaharu Morimoto’s Morimoto Asia and Rick Bayless’ Frontera Cocina. They can also try a line of burgers and sandwiches dreamed up by Guy Fieri at Planet Hollywood, or sample local flavor at Polite Pig from James Beard-nominated chefs James and Julie Petrakis, also of Winter Park’s The Ravenous Pig.
Afternoon Bites in Orlando
Now that you’ve tasted the best at Disney Springs, it’s time to do the same at Universal Orlando’s dining, entertainment and retail district, Universal CityWalk. As in the mid-morning, appetizers and small plates are the way to go. Check out Antojitos Authentic Mexican Food and The Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar, among other tasty temptations. And if you’re after something sweet, The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen has a crazily impressive array of dessert offerings.
First Dinner in Orlando
Located inside The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes, the upscale, Zagat-rated Norman’s is the brainchild of Chef Norman Van Aken, the only Floridian on the James Beard List of list of “Who’s Who in American Food and Beverage.” Accordingly, it’s impossible to have a true Orlando foodie fest without trying his magical creations. (Pro tip: For views as unforgettable as the fare, opt for outdoor seating!)
Second Dinner in Orlando
That’s right, a second dinner. Your guests are foodies, aren’t they? Found along Sand Lake Road not far from the International Drive area, Orlando’s Restaurant Row features more than a dozen official member restaurants. Our favorites include Rocco’s Tacos and Tequila Bar, Dragonfly — Robata Grill & Sushi, Vines Grille & Wine Bar and Big Fin Seafood Kitchen. And for an after-dinner drink attendees aren’t soon to forget, head to Restaurant Row’s stylish speakeasy, The Pharmacy.
Dessert in Orlando
Backtrack to International Drive for a dessert your guests will have to see to believe: The Chocolate Piñata at Uncle Julio’s Mexican Restaurant! The eatery is part of the ICON Orlando 360 dining and attractions hub.
Nightcap in Orlando
Just down the street from ICON Orlando 360, Pointe Orlando offers dining, attractions, entertainment and shopping in a walkable outdoor complex. Moreover, its home to one of Orlando’s swankiest lounges, Blue Martini — the perfect place for your group to digest all of the wonderful things they’ve eaten today!