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Genuine Bistro and Lounge – DeBary, Florida

My wife and tried Genuine Bistro and Lounge the other night and enjoyed it. It was a beautiful evening so we decided to sit on the patio which is out front near the highway. It was a little noisy but the place was packed so traffic noise was not an issue.

The atmosphere was fun and our dinners were excellent. Our server was was great, she was attentive and quick. I had the Broiled Monk Fish and my wife has the Shrimp and Grits. Both dinners were delicious and reasonably priced. If we are ever in the area we will be sure to stop here again.

One word of caution… they have live music on the patio so if you’re looking for a quiet, intimate dinner, sit inside.

Genuine Bistro and Lounge – DeBary, Florida (I-4, exit 104)

Danny’s All American Diner – Tampa, FL

Don’t let the location or appearance fool you, it’s a small old-fashioned snack bar. Outdoor seating, covered with umbrellas, and a walk-up window. The staff is friendly, ordering was a quick and they brought our food right to our table.

The food was excellent. I had a wonderful Cuban sandwich and my wife had an awesome burger.

Prices were very reasonable. I’ll be back!

Danny’s All American Diner – Tampa, Florida (I-4, exit 9 to I-75 exit 260)

Photo Update: I-Drive 360 Construction On Schedule

Construction of “I-Drive 360”, a new entertainment, dining and shopping complex is full-speed ahead in Orlando. The highly anticipated entertainment destination, located on 20 acres of property between International Drive and Universal Boulevard is scheduled for a Spring 2015 grand opening.

The complex will include attractions, restaurants and retail stores. The centerpiece attraction will be “The Orlando Eye”, a 425 ft. tall wheel. The eye will include 30 gondolas that sit 15 people each. When completed it will be the tallest structure in Central Florida. Other major attractions will include a 25,000 sq. ft. Sea Life Aquarium and a equally sized Madame Tussaud’s Was Museum as well as another attraction, Skeletons: A Museum of Osteology. Right next door to I-Drive 360 is Kings Bowl, a 30,000 sq. ft. 22 lane bowling and entertainment complex that is already open.

Some features of the project are nearly complete, and others a well underway. Here’s our photo update of the construction, taken 10/1/14…

 

I-Drive 360 | I-4 Exit Guide
View of the main fountain feature looking east towards the Terminal Building main entrance of the Orlando Eye. (Click photo for a larger view)

 

I-Drive 360 | I-4 Exit Guide
View from the main fountain looking north towards several restaurants and retail buildings. (Click photo for a larger view)

 

I-Drive 360 | I-4 Exit Guide
View of the pools and water fountain features looking east from the south side of the project. The Orlando Eye Terminal Building is in the background. (Click photo for a larger view)

 

I-Drive 360 | I-4 Exit Guide
Another view of the pools, rock water falls and fountain features looking east from the south side of the project. The Orlando Eye Terminal Building is in the background. (Click photo for a larger view)

 

I-Drive 360 | I-4 Exit Guide
View of the pools and fountain features looking west from the north side of the project. International Drive is in the far background. (Click photo for a larger view)

 

I-Drive 360 | I-4 Exit Guide
Another view of the rock water falls and fountain features looking west from the north side of the project. To the right is the Orlando Eye Terminal Building. (Click photo for a larger view)

 

I-Drive 360 | I-4 Exit Guide
A view from the lawn in front of the main entrance of the Orlando Eye. This photo is looking west towards International Drive. The landscaping is beautiful! (Click photo for a larger view)

 

I-Drive 360 | I-4 Exit Guide
A view of the construction staging area under the Orlando Eye taken from the top level of the parking garage. Universal Boulevard runs to the rear of the I-Drive 360 development. (Click photo for a larger view)

 

I-Drive 360 | I-4 Exit Guide
A view of the Orlando Eye under construction taken from the top level of the parking garage. The Orlando Convention Center (round roof) can be seen in the center far left of the photo. (Click photo for a larger view)

 

I-Drive 360 | I-4 Exit Guide
A view of International Drive looking northwest from the top level of the parking garage. You can see McDonald’s (center right) at the intersection of International Drive and Sand Lake Road. (Click photo for a larger view)

 

Disney Springs to Include Several New Upscale Restaurants

The transformation from Downtown Disney into the new Disney Springs continues and with it comes the possibility of several critically acclaimed restaurants putting down roots.

According to reports from several well respected Orlando are blogs, big name restaurants expected to be added to the Disney Springs lineup include:

– The Edison, a Los Angeles restaurant that celebrates the era of invention

– STK, a modern steakhouse with locations in New York, Miami and Las Vegas

– Morimoto, the Japanese and sushi restaurant of chef Masaharu Morimoto and the Starr restaurant group with locations in Philadelphia and New York

– The Boathouse, a new concept from the same people who brought you Rainforest Cafe and T-Rex Cafe

In addition, existing Planet Hollywood, the movie-themed restaurant, will undergo major renovations that will convert the massive globe-shaped structure into one that resembles a planetary observatory. The Boathouse will be built in a space on the lagoon next to Fulton’s Crab House and Portobello, the Italian restaurant. Both of those restaurants are expected to remain as is. Paradiso 37 is also expected to remain.

Popeye’s Louisiana Kitchen – Various Locations Along I-4

We live up in the Northeast where Popeye’s are few and far between… so when we’re down south Popeye’s is a must stop. There are Popeye’s all along Interstate 4 and we’ve probably stopped at most of them in our twenty plus years traveling between New England and Florida.

Great spicy chicken and sides. I love the dirty rice. This is my favorite fast food by far! What’s more, if you go online to their website (www.popeyes.com) you will probably find a coupon or two.

Country Chicken and Fish – Lakeland, Florida

Every time we stop here we are amazed! We love just about everything on the menu. The people are great and the food is absolutely delicious… and the portions are generous, Even the “small” sandwiches are large.  The corn meal fish here is the best I have ever tasted. The chicken livers are excellent too.

It’s a small take-out restaurant with no indoor seating, but they have a nice shaded picnic area with tables next to it. It’s less than a mile south of I-4, exit 31 on Kathleen Road.

Country Chicken and Fish – Lakeland, Florida (I-4, Exit 31)

Hoagie Heaven – Tampa, Florida

Great subs and salads. Hoagie Heaven is a little tough to find… Head eastbound on I-4 and get off at exit 7 (US 92 East) about a mile.

They have the best pizza in the Tampa area. Quality ingredients. Awesome sauce and the crust is excellent. You can’t go wrong. Choose anything on the menu, it’s all delicious. We’ve stopped here several times and have yet to be disappointed.

What’s more… servings are large and the prices are more than fair and each meal comes with a salad and garlic bread. I recommend it!

Mango’s Tropical Cafe Coming to I-Drive in 2014

Construction is scheduled to begin in January on a $30 million, 55,000-square-foot Mango’s Tropical Café restaurant and nightclub at the intersection of International Drive and Sand Lake Road (I-4, exit 74) in Orlando. In addition to Mango’s an 8,300-square-foot gift shop will be a part of the project.

Mango’s will add it’s “grown-up” entertainment venue to a growing list of adult attractions on International Drive. “The Orlando market has already started another renaissance,” said David Wallack, Mango’s founder and president. “Between Disney, Universal, Sea World and International Drive, there are literally billions of dollars of new development and attractions going up everywhere. Mango’s is a natural fit for this market, and we have an incredible location. We look forward to serving millions of happy guests.”

Mango’s has been a popular attraction in South Florida since 1991. The entertainment venue showcases live bands and extravagantly produced shows every night.

Mango’s COO Joshua Wallack added “Mango’s Orlando will become the largest, must-see nightlife entertainment destination in Central Florida with amazing shows, atmosphere, and late night dining. An epic venue such as this will elevate Orlando’s rankings among popular convention destinations and influence major convention bookers to actually choose Orlando over other competing markets.”

Mango’s Tropical Cafe is scheduled to open in the fall of 2014.