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Thai Villa


7355 Aloma Ave
Winter Park, Florida
(407) 677-8957
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Thai Villa is in a very unassuming location, tucked away in a little area on Aloma Avenue that shares space with a dance studio and a tattoo parlor, but the food here is anything but unassuming.

Family owned and operated for years, the people here take pride in the food they serve, and they double up on that with friendly and exceptional service.

This little Thai place has delicious food at reasonable prices for lunch and dinner, and one can ramp up the heat to "Thai Hot", but taste buds beware....that level gets pretty hot. If you are uncertain about heat levels of Tahi Food, your best bet is just to add heat with the spice tray, and control the burn.

From Traditional appetizers, to Pad Thai Dishes, Duck, Curries, Seafood dishes, Salads, and of course Mango Sticky Rice, Thai Villa has exactly what you are looking for.

We started off with Chicken Rolls with Plum Sauce, but I requested the Peanut Sauce instead, and they were delicious.

Sure, pan fried dumplings, or steamed dumplings are great, but have you ever had Deep Fried Dumplings? Simply amazing, and the first I've ever had them deep fried.

The Double Delight was excellent with Chili Jam Sauce, Cashews, Onions and Peppers, Snow Peas and Celery. I chose beef as my protein.This is a dish more on the hotter scale, but was not too hot. This is served with a side of white rice.

Smoky and the Bandit at Thai Villa with Shrimp, Clear Noodles, Cabbage, Baby Corn, Bell Pepper and Celery in a smoked pepper and soy sauce was simply fantastic.

No stop at a really good Thai Restaurant is complete without checking out the quality of their Mango Sticky Rice, and the version served up at Thai Villa is Amazing. Its especially amazing when looking for a great dessert and something to cool your tongue after eating hot Thai Food.

Thai Villa is open Monday to Friday from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm, then reopens for Dinner from 5:00 pm to 9:30 pm. They are closed on Wednesday. Friday and Saturday, they are open till 10:00 pm. Sunday they are open from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm and reopen at 5:00 pm and close at 9:00 pm.

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@The Diner

Lake Cay Shopping Center
9938 Universal Blvd.
Orlando, FL 32819
407-237-7687

When they started this venture in 2017, they admitted that their motives were a little bit selfish. 

They were getting tired of not finding that one neighborhood spot where the food tastes like home and the service feels like family.

Native New Yorker's with over 20 years experience now residing in Florida, they finally began to visualize it. The people at @The Diner immediately started looking for the perfect location to share a vision with Orlando.

Being family owned & operated they are intensely passionate about bringing fresh made affordable food and friendly comfortable service to your table.

“Meet us @ The Diner where a taste of home is right around the corner" is a great slogan for the warm, friendly and unpretentious staff that is only equal to its food and comfortable atmosphere.

The food here is simple, delicious and made with pride, with great service and feels of home. Everything from Omelets, Waffles, Pancakes, Benedicts, Sausage Gravy and Biscuits, to Chicken and Waffle Sliders are delicious.


We really enjoyed the Sausage and Peppers Omelet with home fries (I requested well done home fries, and they were awesome) We enjoyed this place a lot, just good old fashioned food and unpretentious.

Sure, Chicken and Waffles may be a bit played out, but these Chicken and Waffle Sliders are pretty damn awesome. They are large and in charge. I would recommend sharing them with someone and ordering a few side items.

A Side Stack Of Silver Dollar Pancakes that were completely amazing!

Believe it or not, one of our guests does not like eggs, but that’s OK @The Diner, they got a plate of Bacon, Sausage, Potatoes and bread… A real Meat and Potatoes dish!

Sausage Gravy and Biscuits were just like mom or grandma used to make, Savory and delicious. 

@The Diner is a great spot for Breakfast, Lunch and Brunch on the weekends. The food here is really good, simple and delicious, served in a friendly family atmosphere.

@The Diner is open 7 days a week from 7:00 am to 3:00 pm, with brunch served on the weekends.
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Galeria Restaurant

4979 New Broad Street
Orlando, FL 32814
(407) 543-3279
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Galeria was founded from a group of international service and hospitality entrepreneurs whose background in classical performing arts and culinary arts were inspired to offer great food and great art, giving artists a place to showcase their work.

Knowing the culture in Baldwin Park they wanted to give customers a delightful mix of both.

Galeria takes pride in being a part of the urban lifestyle along beautiful Lake Baldwin. Inside, in addition to wonderful artwork, you will wine and dine enjoying an eclectic variety of premium Steaks, Chops, Seafood and Salads prepared with the freshest ingredients, artistically named and presented.

The menu here includes vegan and gluten-free dishes as well. The lunch menu contains smaller plates consisting of assorted meats and cheeses, shrimp bites, thick-cut compart duroc bacon and spinalis sliders.

Delicious Salad choices are named for famous artists such as Peter Thorpe, Claude Monet, Peter Paul Rubens and Mabel Alvarez and are all made to order with the option of chicken, grilled shrimp or steak.

Burgers and Sandwiches are also available and there are Flats of the Day. Small plates and salads are also available for dinner along with main courses.

Featured items include a Center Cut Ribeye, Dry Aged Compart Duroc NY strip steak, Filet Mignon, Tomahawk Steak, Roasted Airline Chicken, Dry Aged Compart Duroc Pork Chops, Seasonal Fish plate, Eggplant Steak and Pasta dishes.

The Dali Salad consists of Crunchy red romaine hearts, applewood smoked blue cheese, blistered tomatoes and house crumbled bacon. This is great to share, or have as a salad dish all for yourself.

The Bacon Flight consists of Thick Cut Duroc Bacon with a jerked agave Sriracha glaze, a dazed and glazed maple chipotle sauce and Bacon Jam. ...and it's simply amazing!

The Spinalis Sliders were a favorite, and simply delicious.  Spinalis steaks are the cap of the ribeye and have all the flavor and marbling. The Sliders here start with espresso rubbed spinalis and are topped with caramelized onions, arugula and a Wasabi Cucumber Sriracha aioli served on Hawaiian Slider buns.

The Pallet at Galeria Restaurant is a great starter that includes assorted dried meats, cheeses, sun dried tomatoes, grilled artichokes, grilled house bread, pickled onions, grilled mushrooms and a balsamic glaze.

The Van Gough is a Large and in Charge Tomahawk Steak that can feed Four. Topped with melted garlic butter, this an impressive cut of steak, that will feed four easily!

Chocolate Cheesecake with peanut butter filled cheese cake in a hard outer shell of chocolate will satisfy your sweet tooth.

Here is another great dessert, a Chocolate Cake with Fudge, and yes the spoon was edible.

Galeria's location is truly one of a kind, with great food, service and location all in one, overlooking Lake Baldwin, and all of the Artwork inside is for sale.

Galeria is open Mon: 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm, Tue - Fri: 11:00 am - 10:00 pm, Sat - Sun: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm, and then from 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm.

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Ideas for Valentine's Day at various Orlando Restaurants

Orlando FL.
(Various Locations)

Here is a list of some excellent dining options around Central Florida for you and that someone special this Valentine's Day.

What's even better? Since Valentines is on a Friday this year, some of these restaurants are offering the dining specials throughout the weekend.

Here is a list of places with great food offerings all at pretty decent prix fixe prices:

Cafe Tu Tu Tango
International Drive

Café Tu Tu Tango is offering a tour for two for $59 per couple. Featured dishes including Lamb Picadillo Empanadas, Sockeye Salmon Taquitos, Butter Chicken Tikka Masala, and Smoked Pork Brochettes.



Lake Nona

Join Canvas on Valentine’s Day for a romantic dinner for $105 (or $150 with wine pairing) per couple. Guests start off with Yellow Fin Tuna Carpaccio, then share Beef Tenderloin for Two, then enjoy Key Lime Tart for a sweet ending.


Lake Nona

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Chroma’s specials. Guests have a choice of Red Grouper ($42) or Filet Mignon ($38). Couples can enjoy Raspberry Cheesecake topped with raspberry preserves. Specials available Feb. 14-15.
Winter Park

Winter Park's newest dining and live music venue will offer a “Red and White” themed three-course meal for $50 per guest, plus live music on stage throughout the evening. Guests will sample menu items including a Half-Dozen Oysters between courses, served either raw or chargrilled.


Mia's Italian Kitchen
International Drive

Mia’s Italian Kitchen will offer a romantic three-course dinner for $79 for two, including a bottle of featured prosecco, red, or white wine. Featured dishes include Strawberry Salad, Lobster Raviolo and Pork Belly Bruschetta.
Terralina Crafted Italian
Disney Springs

Take a cruise to Italy’s Lake District with romantic lagoon-side dining on the patio. As a dinner special, the restaurant will offer a Lobster & Seafood Risotto for $45, and a bottle of Landmark Chardonnay for $55.
Winter Park

The Ravenous Pig will offer a $50 three-course Chef’s Tasting Menu during lunch or dinner service from Feb. 12-14. Guests can choose from either Tuna Crudo or Root Vegetable Salad to start, either a Petite Filet Mignon or Cioppino for a main, or a Red Velvet Macaron or Chocolate Malt Tart for dessert.

Shula's Steak House
Central Florida Locations

Surf & Turf for Two:
Roasted prime Chateau Briand, butter poached 2lb Maine lobster, potato pave, roasted Brussels sprouts, chestnut purée, and red pearl onions served with béarnaise sauce

$175
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Dining Around at Omni Orlando Championsgate


1500 Masters Boulevard, 
Champions Gate
Florida 33896

(407) 390-6664
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Whether you are looking for a family-friendly getaway or the ultimate golf vacation, Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate is the perfect destination for your luxury Florida escape.

Surrounded by 36 holes of championship golf and 15 acres of recreation, the Four Diamond resort is one of the nation's premier golf, meeting and leisure destinations. 

The resort also has some amazing dining options, that are not to be overlooked. I have always said, some of the best restaurants in Orlando are often found in hotels and resorts, but unfortunately, they are not always recognized.

The property recently renovated David’s Club, a spirited gathering place to enjoy a cocktail before dinner. Known for their bourbons, crafts and cuts, David’s Club is the place to enjoy a spectacular steak and innovative cuisine in an upscale sports bar that features a 90-inch video wall, and spectacular resort views.

At ZEN, diners can enjoy authentic Chinese cuisine, sake and a sushi bar. Asian-themed privacy screens create separate dining areas for intimate meals and gatherings. A private dining room is available upon request.

Trevi’s will delight your senses with the aroma of fresh bread and Italian dishes with hand made pasta. Trevi’s serves delicious meals throughout the day starting with the Art of Breakfast Buffet. Family-style options are available during dinner. You can enjoy indoor dining in the cozy restaurant or the ambient atmosphere of dining outdoors in Trevi's Terrazza.

A selection of Sushi and Sashimi at ZEN.

This was an excellent take on Asian Fusion served up at ZEN, with a traditional French Duck Confit served up in an Asian Bao seasoned with Asian 5 Spice and Pickled Vegetables.

This was a very refreshing cocktail with Hendricks Gin, Cucumbers and fresh fruits. Anywhere at this resort, fabulous cocktails can be found, as well as an extensive wine list.

A most excellent antipasto dish at Trevi's with Heirloom Tomatoes, Burrata, Micro Greens and Prosciutto.

I was sold at the words... “Sous-Vide Lobster”, but pairing that with an amazing hand made pasta, available at Trevi's was masterful and delicious.

At David’s Club we were treated to slices of a Tomahawk Ribeye, all beef here is 30 day wet-aged Creekstone Farms Angus beef.


Finally we ended our evening with this delicious, light flavorful mascarpone cheesecake.

All 720 guest rooms and suites of the main resort will be renovated during summer of 2020. Updates will include all furnishings, fixtures, carpets, paint, bathroom wall covering, vanity, mirrors, artwork, draperies, and linens.

In addition to world-class golf, the resort offers a signature spa and sparkling pools, making it the perfect getaway for adults and children alike. With easy access to area attractions like Walt Disney World, Universal Studios and SeaWorld, you can enjoy all that Orlando has to offer and then retire to a secluded retreat.

Keep an eye out here, as we will be revisiting this wonderful resort and checking out the renovated guest rooms in the not too distant future.

David's Club Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
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