So that was it. Two full days in Miami and seven full days in Orlando.
The holiday of a lifetime, or it would have been if we didn’t plan on doing it again in the next year or so.
We weren’t in Miami long enough to form a widespread enough opinion, so here’s the lowdown on food in Orlando, including service, value for money (VFM) and quality.
10. Planet Hollywood, Disney Springs.
Brusque hostess who seated us at a tiny table for two at the back of the restaurant and showed little interest in placing us somewhere better. Thankfully the waiter was better, but the veggie fajitas were average. The tortillas were like cardboard; the rice tasted like microwaved packet stuff; not much cheese and average veg. The meat burger was ok. The place also looks shabby and tired.
9. Hooters, International Drive.
Service: attentive hostess seemingly oblivious to the fact her costume was several sizes too small.
Food: gristly, fatty pulled pork sandwich. Fish sandwich was greasy but nice. Oil could have done with draining.
8. Pizza Predator at Universal.
Great cheese pizza and terrific meatball sub. Fast, good quality (no gristle). Stroppy server let the side down.
7. Uno. Lake Buena Vista.
Good vfm; great waitress; superb pizza, even a day later after being reheated. Table top ordering via gizmo a bonus.
6. IHOP, Lake Buena Vista.
Amazing pancakes and pretty good breakfast.
4. Prime Time 50s Cafe, Hollywood Studios. Great food, good vfm, quirky ambience and best of all, George our waiter. Had an almost psychic link, pre-empting refills, being attentive without hovering and having a great sense of humour. Best server of the holiday.
3. Food and Wine festival at Epcot.
Terrific selection, great ambience, good vfm, and terrific music by the Pointer Sisters.
2. Hamburger Mary’s. Downtown Orlando
Terrific service, awesome Philly Cheese Steak with sweet potato fries, and a great tuna mayo on toasted wheat bread sandwich (Tuna Turner) and great fries with excellent seasoning. The choice of 17 sides was impressive and the multi coloured chips and dips were great. Fun, quirky and the check/bill arrives in a pink shoe. An instant favourite.
1. Morimoto. Disney Springs.
It had been open 16 days when we dropped in on the last night; well worth the trip.
Stunning ambience, attentive staff and great food.
Terrific vegetarian Pad Thai and Singapore Laska Noodle (coconut and spicy curry, rice noodle, chicken meatballs and soy marinated egg). Each was $17 (£11).
If you’re on a budget: Taco Bell. Lake Buena Vista and Vineland Premium Outlet. Great vfm; good food; fine service at both.