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We were headed to the Fringe Festival in Orlando and stopped at Dixie Belles Cafe for breakfast.  It was a cute, clean little restaurant with friendly servers.  Loren got some scrambled eggs, bacon, ham steak & pancakes while I went for some over easy eggs, hashbrowns & a biscuit.

The ham actually came with my breakfast combo, but I didn’t think I really wanted any meat with my breakfast so I put it on Loren’s plate.  Then I tasted it and ended up eating half of it anyway.  The ham wasn’t overly salty or sweet, it was just tasty.  The pancakes were light & fluffy, so was the biscuit.  Eggs were cooked fine and the hashbrowns were crispy on the outside & soft in the middle.  Overall, just a pretty good and inexpensive breakfast.  Total bill was $14.50.

Dixie Belles Cafe
7125 S Orange Ave
Orlando, FL
(407) 812-7012

Dixie Belles Café on Urbanspoon

Food4/5
Service4/5
Atmosphere3/5
Value4/5
3.9/5
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  • Filed under: Breakfast, Orlando
  • We’re at Disney for the Backstage Magic Tour and decided to spend the night since we’ve got to be here early in the morning.   We went to a movie in Downtown Disney and ended up eating dinner at Bongos Cuban Cafe.  Unfortunately, it was too late for us to go find a restaurant off property which we would have preferred.

    This was another one of those restaurants where you can’t hear yourself think.  It was really crowded and we had about a 15 minute wait for a table.  We started off with some fried stuffed potatoes.

    They were interesting.  They looked like they had a crunchy exterior, but it was actually pretty soft.  The filling was flavorful, but the overall texture didn’t really do it for me.  Loren ordered the masitas.

    He said they were ok. Honestly no better than what he gets at Cuban Breezes for half the price.  He didn’t like the rice and beans that came with it.   I tried the shredded chicken breast.

    I liked the flavor of the chicken.  It had a lime flavor to it and the onions were flavorful too.  The rice was very soft, but I kinda like it that way.  My only complaint is that the dish felt like it needed some tortillas or Cuban bread to go with it.  Total bill with a drink was $47.  Overpriced for what it was, but what we expected in Downtown Disney.

    Bongos Cuban Cafe
    1498 E Buena Vista Dr
    Orlando, FL
    (407) 828-0999

    Bongo's Cuban Café on Urbanspoon

    Food3/5
    Service3/5
    Atmosphere2/5
    Value2/5
    2.7/5
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  • Filed under: Cuban, Orlando
  • Went to Disney today with my sister.  Neither of us had been to the Magic Kingdom in years and we were quickly reminded as to why we haven’t been back in so long.  I think almost every ride we went on stopped at some point and the food wasn’t that great.

    We ate lunch at the Columbia Harbour House.  I ordered the chicken nuggets with fries and my sister got a hummus sandwich.

    Almost $8.50 for this small basket.  Good thing I didn’t order a drink or it would have been over $10.  The hummus sandwich had very little hummus on it.  It came with coleslaw, which my sister assumed would be on the side, but it was actually in the sandwich, so in essence, she had a coleslaw sandwich for lunch for $11 with a drink.

    We spent another $12 at the Main Street Bakery on an apple turnover, chocolate cupcake and two drinks.  And then another $11 each for cheeseburgers at Pecos Bill’s.

    I will say, though, that Pecos Bill’s does offer some yummy sauteed onions and mushrooms plus other toppings in a sidebar in the restaurant.

    The best part of the day was when they lit up the castle.

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    Food2/5
    Service3/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value2/5
    2.5/5
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  • Filed under: American, Orlando
  • We were in Orlando to see a play at the Shakespeare theater and ate lunch at Bubba Lou’s Bodacious Bar B Q near Universal.

    Loren ordered the baby back ribs and I ordered the brisket, both came with cole slaw, beans and fries.  I also ordered a side of macaroni & cheese.

    We were both disappointed in the bbq.  The restaurant smelled like bbq, but the meats didn’t have any smokey goodness flavor whatsoever.  I wasn’t expecting the brisket to be sliced so thin.  It was more like a plate of roast beef and somewhat dry.  The mac & cheese was also dry, but had a good flavor.  The ribs came off the bone easily, but just lacked flavor. 

    After the $5 coupon we had, the total bill was $27.  The restaurant was really busy, but this wouldn’t be my first choice for BBQ. 

    Bubba Lou’s Bodacious BarBQ
    5815 Conroy Rd
    Orlando, FL
    407-295-1212

    Bubbalou's Bodacious Bar-B-Que on Urbanspoon

    Food2/5
    Service3/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value2/5
    2.5/5
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  • Filed under: BBQ, Orlando
  • Ok, silly me, when I saw other reviews raving about the goat cheese cheesecake at Logan’s Bistro, I just assumed it was a dessert cheesecake.  I thought it sounded interesting, that the goat cheese would give it a very unique flavor. 

    I was on my way out of Orlando and decided to stop by and get a piece to go.  Imagine my surprise when they handed me my take out order and it was served with toasted bread, a pesto sauce, tomatoes and garlic and some olive oil.

    Once I got over my disppointment at not having my sugar craving quenched, I was pleasantly surprised at the burst of flavors from the cheesecake.  It makes an excellent appetizer, but for $9 seemed a bit pricey. 

    Logan’s Bistro
    802 Virginia Drive
    Orlando, FL
    (407) 898-5688

    Logan's Bistro on Urbanspoon

    Food4/5
    Service4/5
    Atmosphere4/5
    Value2/5
    3.7/5
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  • Filed under: American, Orlando