Econo Lodge International Drive at Universal
7102 International Drive
Orlando, FL 32819
Phone: (407) 313-1090
Fax: (407) 313-1091
Don't let the address fool you, this little gem is located on International Drive at the corner of Carrier Drive and just three miles from Universal Studios. Specializing in delivery and take-out, Taste of Hong Kong is a no-nonsense eatery designed to provide the basics for tourists, business folks and locals alike: great Chinese food at great prices. Offering free delivery to a host of nearby hotels and quick walk-in and take-out, Taste of Hong Kong has just what you need when your taste buds scream: Chinese food!
Hidden away in back of a mall on International Drive, Nile Ethiopian Restaurant is worth the extra effort needed to locate this extraordinary dining experience. Step inside this small, friendly eatery serving genuine Ethiopian cuisine. You will use the same customs found in the home country. Meals are consumed using a thin crusted flatbread known as “injera” instead of eating utensils. Most Ethiopian entrees contain this spongy, flat, soft bread lining the dishes' base and raising over the sides. A basket full injera also rests on the table.
For a swashbuckling family night out, swash on over to Pirate's Dinner Adventure where children and adults alike enter the world of buccaneers sailing on high seas. On a movie-set pirate ship, talented actors, dancers and acrobats strut their stuff in a tale of life on the high seas in daring days of old. As you watch, you dine on limitless pot roast, chicken, cake and other goodies. Soft drinks are available for children, while beer and wine is on tap for adults. After the show, you get a chance to mingle with the cast, an eye-widening event for the kids and for plenty of adults as well! Call to know the open hours.
Punjab Indian Restaurant has been part of Orlando for over twenty years. You will discover genuine Indian delights produced from fresh ingredients and spices in an extremely large variety of vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes. Punjab Indian Restaurant employs very friendly and helpful staff to assist you in selecting entrees or adjusting the spice levels of them. The overall atmosphere of Punjab Indian Restaurant is created by the elegance of the room, which has beautifully set tables, numerous magnificent pictures, and additional wall decorations throughout. If you are in a search of a truly traditional Indian meal, look no further than Punjab Indian Restaurant and you will not be disappointed!
Winner of many a coveted awards, Salt Island Restaurant, hands down, offers the best sea food in Orlando. Unlike its deep-water counterpart, the steak prepared from the wooden grills have attracted equal criticisms. Hence, it comes highly recommended to seafood lovers while the steak cherisher is bound to feel alienated by the levels of appreciation. The crab cakes on offer have received praise from many quarters. The interiors are done aesthetically, attracting many to dive in. It stages inside a bar, which aside from cocktails, offers a selection of 250 wines.
Aki Restaurant is located just a little south of the Universal Orlando Resort on Universal Boulevard. The restaurant declares itself "the most loved Japanese restaurant in Orlando" and many of the locals would certainly agree. The setting is simple and clean, but the menu provides an array of traditionally prepared Japanese dishes along with an extensive sushi selection. Aki Restaurant is open for lunch, dinner and they also provides catering services. The staff is friendly and helpful, the prices affordable. -Diane Dilov-Schultheis
Located in the Rodeway Inn on popular International Drive, this is an authentic Japanese steakhouse serving teppanyaki-style dishes with flair. Sumptuous combinations of steak and chicken or steak and shrimp are just the beginning. This spot piles on side dishes and appetizers, from Miso Soup to fresh salad with a marvelous ginger dressing. Add noodles, fresh vegetables, and fried rice, all prepared at your table, and tuck in! You'll go home with a doggy bag of leftovers for sure!
Conveniently situated just off International Drive and Universal Boulevard in southwest Orlando in the Dr. Phillips area, Fresco Italian Restaurant & Market offers a casual setting and great food. It is a family-owned restaurant, but that's not all. It also has a wine bar, an espresso bar and includes a deli-style market that sells a nice variety of items, so you can take some home to enjoy too. Décor is cozy and relaxing. The service is good, and the food served is tasty, fresh and created from traditional Italian favorites that are cooked to perfection. - Diane Dilov-Schultheis
With low lighting and an efficient staff, this restaurant offers a classy dining experience centered on authentic Indian fare. Diners feast on favorites such as saffron shrimp and garlic lamb. For starters, try the appetizer combo, which offers samples of delicacies such as chicken tikka and vegetable fritters. A good selection of beer and wine is also available.
Tucked around the corner from Universal Studios is a diminutive little Siam Orchid Restaurant that deserves renown of its own. Siam Orchid is regarded by many locals and tourists alike as offering some of the best Thai food anywhere. You'll recognize the attention to detail the minute you walk in - from its peaked roofs, sparkling carp pond and gleaming brass trinkets, you'll feel like you've stepped into another world. Dishes range from mild to spicy, exotic to traditional, yet all are prepared with tender loving care.
Tucked around the corner from bustling International Drive and just down the street from Universal is an unimposing restaurant with a metallic fish hanging over its door. But Fish Bones isn't just another Florida seafood eatery. This casual dining restaurant focuses on preparing seafood and steak to a higher level of excellence than most of its competitors. While steaks and salads fill out the seafood-heavy menu, Fish Bones' specialty is, of course, preparing fresh fish to order. Whether its marinated and grilled or blackened with Cajun spices, Fish Bones' fish is fresh and attractively presented—no bones about it! This place is open everyday from 5 PM .
Located on popular International Drive, Golden Corral is an all-you-can-eat extravaganza of every comfort food you've ever craved. Open for breakfast, lunch or dinner, Golden Corral features popular favorites good at any time of day. Fresh carved meats, rotisserie chicken, handmade pizza, fresh vegetables, salads, soups and, of course, their "Sweet Spot" dessert bar, featuring soft serve ice cream with plenty of toppings in addition to treats from their bakery. If you're hungry for the kind of food Mom made, come to Golden Corral!