One of the best parts of any vacation is trying out the local cuisine. We recently surveyed Reserve Orlando customers to see which culinary treats they look forward to eating most when visiting Orlando. Ready to find out what they told us? Check out the Orlando Eats Infographic or read on and use our guide to Orlando spots for exotic eats to find these tasty treats when you’re in town.
Even though Orlando is located in Central Florida, many travelers associate the fresh fruits of the oceans with the destination. If you’re craving seafood while on vacation, some of the best places to grab a bite, as well as favorite dishes, are:
- Flying Fish Café
Ginger Teriyaki-crusted Yellowfin Tuna Filet, Chardonnay-steamed Cape Cod Bay Mussels
- Ocean Prime
Blackened Snapper, Pacific Halibut, Oysters on the Half Shell
- Big Fin Seafood Kitchen
Big Fin Swordfish Filet Mignon, Blue Crab Crusted Grouper, Spider Roll
- Oceanaire Seafood Room
Grilled Florida Wahoo, “Black and Bleu” Hawaiian Barracuda, Lobster Mac ‘n Cheese,
Australian Rock Lobster, Florida Stone Crab Claws, Stuffed Shrimp
These slithery, native Florida creatures are located throughout the state and is the star of the Gatorland attraction. That said, alligator is also considered a delicacy. It’s cooked in a variety of ways, from hand-battered to grilled to jambalaya style. Want to bite into a piece of gator? Visit these Orlando restaurants and order these items:
- Café Tu Tu Tango
Spiced Alligator Bites with Key Lime Mustard
- Tibby’s New Orleans Kitchen
Shrimp and Alligator Cheesecake
- Gator’s Dockside
Hand-Battered Gator Tail
- Fish on Fire
Allie’s Gator with Fofer’s Remoulade Sauce
- Everglades Restaurant
Alligator Bay Chowder
There’s no doubt about it: Orlando can get hot! When you’re in need of a refreshing cool down, nothing hits the spot better than Dole Whip. Originally available at Disney World only, this frozen dessert can now be found in several spots outside Orlando like Hawaii. If you want to sample this pineapple-infused, soft serve treat, visit these Disney World spots:
- Aloha Isle
Adventure Land – Magic Kingdom
- Pineapple Lanai
Disney’s Polynesian Resort
- Sunshine Tree Terrace
Adventure Land – Magic Kingdom
Giant, mouth-watering turkey legs are another theme park favorite of our visitors. These succulent turkey treats can be found at various vendors throughout Disney World theme parks. To wrap your hands around one of these dinosaur-sized legs, stop by any of these locations:
- Turkey Leg Cart
Frontierland – Magic Kingdom
- Toluca Turkey Legs Company
Sunset Boulevard – Disney’s Hollywood Studios
- Fife and Drum Tavern
American Adventure Pavilion – Epcot World Showcase
- Safari Turkey Kiosk
Dinoland – Animal Kingdom
Follow this guide to Orlando spots for exotic eats and try something new on your Orlando vacation. Your taste buds will thank you!
Do you have a favorite Orlando exotic food not listed? Tell us about it in the comments!
1: Adams, Charles M. & Barker, William. “Florida MarketMaker and Florida Food Connect: Using E-Commerce to Enhance Seafood Marketing in Florida.” EDIS (Electronic Data Information Source). University of Florida, Food and Resource Economics Department. May 2014. Web. 30 Apr. 2015.
2: Jacobson, Susan. “Appetite for Gator Meat Grows in Florida.” Orlando Sentinel. 31 Mar. 2015. Web. 30 Apr. 2015.
3: “Tiki Juice Bar.” Disney-Pal.com. Dec. 2014. Web. 30 Apr. 2015.
4: Barnes, Brooks. “Turkey Legs Conquer Land of Mouse Ears.” The New York Times. 27 Dec. 2013. Web. 30 Apr. 2015.
Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting Orlando to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.