Subject: orlando restaurants
Orlando bound Ziners,

There are plenty of really good restaurants in Orlando. Like most places, where I'd recommend depends on how much you want to spend.

For seafood as good as anyplace, Emeril's (at Universal) is wonderful. For seafood without quite as much chaos, Roy's (on Sand Lake Road) is just as good.

For steaks, you can chain it at Morton's or Ruth's Chris. Or Del Frisco's (in Maitland) are as good as you'll find anywhere in the country.

For French, the owner/chef of Moulin d'Mougin (a Michelin 3 star outside of Cannes) has Chefs of France (at Epcot). Is it as good as France? No. But is it worth the experience? Absolutely. There's also a small, inexpensive place on Orange Avenue (between downtown Orlando and the theme parks) called Le Coq Au Vin which will make you think you're in the French countryside.

There's also a gourmet spot on the 28th floor of one of the downtown bank buildings which not only has very good food, but also gives a very nice view of the city.

The bottom line is, Orlando is a major metropolitan market with over 1 1/2 million people. There are plenty of good restaurants just like in any major city.. It's just that families with little kids who come to see Mickey are usually looking for pancake houses and pizzarias so that's what you see all lit up near the hotels.

If you want more information, e-mail me direct and I'll give you phone numbers and specifics.

Bill in Orlando