2012 Orlando’s Top 10 Restaurants for Father’s Day Brunch, Lunch or Dinner
Father’s Day is June 17, 2012 this year. If you’re looking for something to do or places to go out for either breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner in the Orlando area……….we’ve got some ideas for you that you probably won’t find anywhere else. That’s because our list is put together by Orlando natives and not by some writer in Colorado pretending to be in Orlando. These restaurants are tried and true over and over again. Ofcourse there are many terrific places to eat in the Orlando area, but if you’re stumped for options……….. Dad will most likely enjoy any of these restaurants on Father’s Day.
558 West New England Ave., Winter Park
808 Washington St., Orlando
950 Market Promenade Ave., Lake Mary
Brunch starts at 10am to 11am depending on location
Dexter’s has 3 locations: one in Orlando, one in Lake Mary, and one in Winter Park, so it’s a great pick because anyone from anywhere in the Greater Orlando should be able to reach one within a reasonable amount of time. The prices are very reasonable and the food is good, so Dads will be pleased and families will be pleased. There is typically outside seating available which is great if it is not too hot out. If you decide to go out for Mother’s Day Brunch, the menu includes Bloody Marys and Mimosas along with an array omelets and Dexter’s Eggs Benedict. Dexter’s is also a great and inexpensive option for Father’s Day lunch or dinner.
Brio Tuscan Grille
4200 Conroy Rd., Orlando
480 N. Orlando Avenue (Hwy 17-92), Winter Park
Brunch starts at 11am
Conveniently Brio Tuscan Grille has 2 locations on different sides of Orlando. One in the Winter Park Village off of Orlando Avenue (17-92) and one off of Conroy Road at the Millenia Mall in South Orlando. Brio Tuscan Grille does a great brunch Italian style, which is pretty much like the American style except fancier with better sounding names. Eggs Benedictano, Bistecca and Sweet Potato Hash, Bacon Egg and Fontina Panini are all items that can be found at Brio. For lunch and dinner they serve all sorts of terrific flat breads, salads, pastas, and other Italian specialties. Plus both locations offer outside seating for when the Florida weather is just right and you want to sit outside. In addition to outside seating, both locations offer shopping opportunities after dining in. So you can combine the two activities for a more complete day of leisure. Restaurant opens at 11am.
La Coquina at Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress in Lake Buena Vista
1 Grand Cypress Boulevard Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress
Orlando, FL 32836
Average price $60
Want to go all out for Father’s Day in Orlando? If you really want to go all out, then La Coquina is the brunch place for you. They’ve been doing it for over 20 years and they get rave reviews from everybody……..no seriously everybody. The price point is at around $60 a person. Is it worth it? Absolutely! Are you going to do it every weekend? Probably not, but for special occasions or for visitors out of town……it is terrific! Whatever you can imagine is there, spinach frittata, several different types of gourmet bacon, smoked shrimp, barbequed scallops, roasted salmon, caviar, sushi, champagne, a cheese table, oysters, crab legs, ravioli, cinnamon rolls, cakes, banana bread pudding and the list absolutely goes on and on. It’s the ultimate Father’s Day celebration meal.
The Tap Room at Dubsdread
549 West Par Street
The Tap Room at Dubsdread is a classic Mother’s Day Sunday brunch opportunity. It’s also a great option for lunch or dinner Father’s Day celebrations. Located right off the golf course just North of the College Park area not too from I-4 in Orlando. Prices range from $9 to $15 and items include lump crab and brie frittatas, along with fresh blueberry pancakes, Eggs Benedict, Belgian Waffles, Omelets. Lunch and dinner specialties include great American continental fare such as chicken marsala, burgers, warps, ribs, salads, pastas, and more. Plus overall it’s a good “Man Place” to go to.
Bostons Fish House (2 Locations)
6860 Aloma Avenue
Winter Park, Florida 32792
1133 Rinehart road
Sanford, FL, 32771
Bostons Fish House is a New England style fish restaurant serving shrimp, scallops, clams, and different types of fish. Most of the fish and practically everything on the menu is fried. Totally worth the calories as it might in fact be one of the best seafood restaurants in the Greater Orlando area. Bostons Fish House is by no means a formal place, in fact they use styrofoam cups, paper plates, and paper napkins. When you arrive, there is a line in the front of the restaurant where customers line up and order what they want from a large menu when they get up to the cashier to pay. Then and only then are they are seated at an available table. This system puts the restaurant at a casual dining level, much nicer than a standard fast food restaurant but their system kind of operates like one. Many times Father’s Day can be a more casual affair than Mother’s Day, so if you’re looking to please Dad, Bostons Fish House is a crowd pleaser.
124 North Park Avenue
Winter Park, Florida 32789
At Prato, the food is excellent, the beer is almost all unique craft beer, the wine is from all over and the drinks at the bar, including the martini’s are fantastic. You will almost always find a crowd at Prato, especially in the evenings. The restaurant and bar area are normally full of friendly people, which is a good thing because you will be squeezing by them to get to your table. One of the main attractions among others at Prato are the brick oven pizzas. Great place to hit up for Father’s Day.
9101 International Drive Orlando, FL 32819
Taverna Opa opens visitors to a celebratory atmosphere complete with terrific Greek and Mediterranean-style cuisine, music, drinking, eating, and dancing. Along with authentic food, visitors are treated to belly dancers and serving staff dancing around the restaurant with napkins (simulating plates) being thrown around all over the restaurant. It’s also not uncommon to see both restaurant staffers and diners dancing by their tables and even on their tables. Diners are also treated to abundant hummus and pita bread at their table with the ability to mix and mash their own hummus. Located at Pointe Orlando, it’s a fun and exciting place to spend dinner or lunch for a special occasion or even if there is no occasion at all. There is always a ton of food, complete with music, dancers, and paper being thrown everywhere. Taverna Opa can easily accommodate large parties, so why not make it easy on yourself and go there for Father’s Day and bring the family.
Antonio’s Italian Restaurant
611 S Orlando Ave
Maitland, FL 32751
Antonio’s Italian Restaurant allows you to get your share of Italy right in your backyard. Antonio’s restaurant, formally known as La Fiamma Ristorante is located in Maitland. When you arrive you’ll notice that there are two floors. The first floor is more of a casual Italian like setting where you can dine surrounded by specialty wines displayed. It’s an intimate, yet informal setting. You are also surrounded by Italian food and treats on retail along with some produce and Italian Deli with cheeses, meats, and some Italian dishes that you can cook at home for sale. The cuisine is all prepared fresh and the pizza is similar to the style you would find in many parts of Italy; cooked in a brick oven with thinner crust. Some of the best pizza and Italian cuisine in the Orlando area can be found right here.
1212 Woodward Street #6
Orlando, FL 32803
If you want to vary it up a little for Father’s Day or simply want to go out for incredible Dim Sum, Ming Bistro is the place for you. This restaurant only serves authentic Chinese food, or at least as authentic as you can get in the Orlando area. Ming Bistro is also one of the best places for Dim Sum in Orlando. If you’re not familiar with Dim Sum, its like the Chinese version of tapas where small miniature entrees are served but on little carts by servers that will speak some sort of non-native Orlando English. Ming Bistro has some of the best Dim Sum that you can find in the Orlando area. The food is hot, quick, and extremely good. Those Northerners that claim there’s no good Chinese food in Orlando, simply have not been to Ming Bistro. Those deprived souls. To find Ming Bistro, search for Woodward Street, located off of Mills just one block North of East Colonial Drive. There’s a small brick church on the corner. If you want to play it safe, try one of the noodle dishes, soups, or the casseroles. Lots of food, made with excellent precision and it’s very reasonably priced.
Marketstreet Cafe in Celebration
701 Front Street, Kissimmee, FL 34747
Market Street Cafe is Celebration’s main street restaurant where all the locals go and the visitors follow. Located in Celebration, an upscale small town community just south or Orlando, Market Street offers home-cooked food in an upscale setting. Have a seat inside or join your family and friends outside on a bright Florida day. Specials include pancakes, burgers, sandwiches and desserts along with specialties like their turkey dinner and Pecan Crusted Tilapia. After dining in you can enjoy Celebration, which is a great place to walk around, shop, and enjoy the bordering lake and park areas. Marketstreet is reasonably priced, they have a large selection so there is something to eat for everyone for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Plus you can walk around the city of Celebration afterwards so it’s like a whole family event for the day.