Farmair’s Bar & Bites

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Breakfast burrito
Breakfast burrito

***** (5 stars)

This is one of only two table service restaurants in the Southwest gate area. The menu is much more limited than at the far larger Cask and Larder, but I've never been a big fan of that place.

You can sit at a small number of tables, mostly for two, or at the bar.

The breakfast burrito at Farmair was better than anything I've had at Cask and Larder. We substituted bacon for sausage, and boy did they deliver! The only downside is they don't have hot sauce, just salsa.

Service was prompt and friendly.

Farmair’s Bar & Bites
9223 Jeff Fuqua Blvd
Orlando, FL 32827

https://www.yelp.com/biz/farmair-s-bar-and-bites-orlando

Justins Caribbean Fusion Restaurant

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Curry goat
Curry goat

***** (5 stars)

This is the best use of this space yet. Hopefully they will be able to fill it. Authentic curry goat, sweet plantains, and black beans. As with most fusion places, it's not really a fusion recipe, but a variety of cuisines. Friendly service.

Justins Caribbean Fusion Restaurant
6700 Conroy Rd
Orlando, FL 32835
(407) 866-0270
https://www.yelp.com/biz/justins-caribbean-fusion-restaurant-orlando-2

The Cheesecake Factory

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Reception
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Skinnylicious Asian Chicken Salad
Skinnylicious Asian Chicken Salad

***** (5 stars)

Cheesecake Factories seem particularly consistent, and this one is no exception. Thank goodness for the Skinnylicious menu with many items at 500 calories or less, to make up for that 1600 calorie slice of cheesecake with almost three day’s worth of fat.

The potstickers and samosas were particularly good appetizers, and the Asian Chicken Salad is a very large, low-calorie alternative.

Note that it’s much easier to get to this location via Palm Parkway than from International Drive and all the congestion around the factory outlets.

The Cheesecake Factory
11602 Regency Village Dr
Orlando, FL 32821
(407) 390-7071
https://www.yelp.com/biz/the-cheesecake-factory-orlando-6

Groovy Goat

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Grilled wings
Grilled wings
BBQ Pulled Pork Melt
BBQ Pulled Pork Melt
Classic Burger with bacon
Classic Burger with bacon

***** (5 stars)

Remarkably good sports bar food (albeit expensive) for a tourist location. Excellent burgers, wood grilled wings, wood grilled oysters.

Extensive game room with redemption games, and thankfully completely separate from the dining area. Plenty of screens for every game.

Groovy Goat
7720 Turkey Lake Rd
Orlando, FL 32819
(407) 601-0310
https://www.yelp.com/biz/groovy-goat-orlando

Cracker Country

The General Store is good for period-themed souvenirs and treats.
The General Store is good for period-themed souvenirs and treats.

***** (5 stars)

Cracker Country is my favorite part of the Florida State Fair. It's more like visiting a historic area, such as Colonial Williamsburg, where characters in period costumes introduce you to the traditional way of doing things. Very different from the rest of the fair experience!

Cracker Country
4800 Hwy 301 N
Tampa, FL 33610
(813) 627-4225
https://www.yelp.com/biz/cracker-country-tampa

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store

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Shop

***** (5 stars)

This location is nearly identical to the design of most Cracker Barrels, and of course the food is the same. The distinguishing point is the staff, which is friendly and efficient. Although always busy, they never seem overwhelmed. A good location for Southern comfort food.

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store
3316 Daniels Rd
Winter Garden, FL 34787
(407) 654-2405
https://www.yelp.com/biz/cracker-barrel-old-country-store-winter-garden

Sakura Asian Fusion

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Bun Saigon
Bun Saigon
Summer roll
Summer roll

***** (5 stars)

I tend to suspect a restaurant in the heart of a tacky tourist district can't be good, but Sakura is the exception. It bills itself as Asian Fusion, but there is really not fusion going on, it's simply a collection of Asian foods from many countries, including Vietnam, Thailand, Japan, and China.

The sushi selections are extensive and appear fresh, but I concentrated on the Vietnamese items, and they were among the best I've had, including many of the restaurants in Orlando's Vietnamese district.

The summer rolls are delightfully fresh and cold, and sever with a tasty
peanut and chili sauce.

The Bun Saigon is a classic Veitnamese vermicelli bowl with loads of basil, grilled pork, and fresh veggies, and served with a bowl of fish sauce. Ask for Sriracha and Hoisin to elevate it to sublime. My server also gave me the tip to add my leftover peanut sauce from the summer rolls, and that was indeed a great idea!

The interior decor is pleasant, with a variety of Asian decor. Service was very friendly and efficient.

Sakura Asian Fusion
7618 W Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy
Kissimmee, FL 34747
(407) 239-8778
https://www.yelp.com/biz/sakura-asian-fusion-kissimmee-2

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Q’Kenan Restaurant

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Q'Keenan Patacon with sweet plantains and shredded beef
Q'Keenan Patacon with sweet plantains and shredded beef
Cheese arepas (26)
Cheese arepas (26)
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Menu
Menu

***** (5 stars)

This charming little place in an unlikely location does a great job with Puerto Rican food.

Of particular note is the Q'Keenan Paticon. It's essentially a sandwich made with plantains instead of bread. You have your choice of sweet or green plantains, and beef or chicken filling. I chose sweet plantains and shredded beef, and the combination was sublime, especially with the provided garlic and hot sauces.

Also a shoutout to the caramel cappuccino, which was made without sugar by default, so as not to be overly sweet.

Service was very friendly.

Q’Kenan Restaurant
8117 Vineland Ave
Orlando, FL 32821
(407) 238-0014
https://www.yelp.com/biz/qkenan-restaurant-orlando-2

Caribbean Sunshine Bakery & Restaurant

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Curry chicken
Curry chicken
Jerk chicken
Jerk chicken

***** (5 stars)

Excellent curries are the highlight here, served in generous portions. If you've had Caribbean curries before then you know to watch for bones, as the meat is cleavered, so if you're new to it, be alert, as this applies to not just the goat but also the chicken.

I prefer a drier jerk style, done over flames, rather than the wetter style done here, so my choice here is one of the curries.

Caribbean Sunshine Bakery & Restaurant
16112 Marsh Rd
Winter Garden, FL 34787
(407) 654-6625
https://www.yelp.com/biz/caribbean-sunshine-bakery-and-restaurant-winter-garden