About this post: Are you looking for the perfect place to eat in Kissimmee? Check out the following list of some of my favourite places to dine with friends when visiting the sunshine state.
Typically, our visits include a bit of shopping, a lot of relaxing, a great many laughs, and A WHOLE LOT OF EATING!
Our trips involve repeat visits to some of our favourite spots as well as discovering new restaurants…as there’s always something exciting popping up in the neighbourhood.
In no particular order:
Bonefish Grill is a FAVOURITE…a not-to-be-missed whenever we visit with big portions and personable staff. While known for fresh seafood…I typically order their Wagyu Beef & Ginger Potstickers as an appetizer followed by a steak…and my friend repeatedly orders the Ahi Tuna Sashimi as a starter.
PLUS…they have fabulous cocktails and truly, I can’t imagine going to Kissimmee without stopping in.
Yeomans Cask and Lion
This was a new one for us and Yeomans Cask and Lion did not disappoint. Part of the newly built Margaritaville complex, Yeoman’s is a British Pub offering all of the flavours from the UK. I went completely away from my #wellnessjourney and broke my seven-month hiatus from french fries by ordering the Fish and Chips…and IT DID NOT DISAPPOINT! Later, I looked on their site and they’re touted as the “Best Fish n’ Chips in Florida” and I completely agree. Cod…cooked to perfection, nestled on a bed of beefeater french fries that were ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS and completely worth breaking my hiatus!
Along with great food and friendly staff…the decor was an absolute delight and everywhere I looked…another reason for an Insta-worthy shot!
Plus…THE QUEEN!!! And we all know…how much I love the Queen!!! Every piece of art on the walls was a treat to see…making this place a favourite of mine.
I’ll definitely return.
Capone’s Coal Fired Pizza
Another new one for us, right next to Yeomans in Margaritaville, Capone’s Coal Fired Pizza was a treat for the eyes as the restaurant completely takes you back to the prohibition time when Al Capone and his mobster friends were running the streets of Chicago.
Known for their coal-fired pizza…none of us tried it this time around but I’m told by my friends that the plates of homemade pasta were absolutely fantastic. Me…I had a great salad and absolutely phenomenal wings.
By the end of the meal, we were all in agreement that Capone’s was a winner and a restaurant we’d definitely add to our rotation. I got a kick out of the wait-staff dressed as mobsters and flappers…and the difference between the bathrooms was quite striking as the women’s was a beautiful flapper dressing room while the men’s (yes, I popped in to check out the men’s room) was basically a jailhouse bathroom!!
These “concept” restaurants spare no expense on the details…truly fun to visit and allowing for fabulous conversation.
Rock & Brews
What started as a visit for lunch, turned into a NINE HOUR ADVENTURE which had us enjoying several cocktails, two meals, a live band and a whole lot of dancing!
I’ve visited Rock & Brews twice now, once for a quick lunch and once for an epic showdown…and neither time disappointed.
Rock & Brews is the perfect place to enjoy a bit of rock music with friends as various TVs play videos that have you guessing bands and reliving your youth. Throw in drinks with names like “Good Vibrations”, “Smoke on the Water” (which is super sweet but the dry ice presentation is AMAZING), and “Ginny Hendrix” and the place is a complete dream for the music aficionado.
We’ll definitely return…assuming our photos aren’t on the “do not serve” list!
I have to say, I’ve never had a “full” meal at Vinito’s Ristorante, but one of my favourite reasons for choosing to go to the International Drive Outlets over the Vineland Outlets when we head out shopping…is the simple fact that International Drive has VINITO’S and there’s nothing better when you’re enjoying a marathon shopping day, than stopping to enjoy some appies and a few glasses of wine with friends!
In fact, I’ve been known to scrap the shopping altogether and hang out at Vinito’s for the entire day while folks drop their bags at my feet and head back for more!
My menu choices…they have an amazing Antipasto Board, the very best Marinara Mozarella (if you love mozza sticks these are amazing)…and they have delicious Bruschetta and Flatbreads.
The very first thing the server said to us when she arrived at our table wearing her “mechanic-styled shirt” was “We’re known for our Burgers, our Brew and our Bathrooms!”
A visit…and you’ll agree! The sinks are made from old tires and the faucets are gas pump handles which makes this bathroom truly one-of-a-kind.
Not a detail was overlooked at Ford’s Garage from ceiling to floor and everything in between.
AND THE BURGERS ARE TO DIE FOR!
I had the Ford’s Signature Burger…Black Angus, Aged Sharp Cheddar Cheese, Applewood Smoked Bacon, Bourbon BBQ Sauce, Lettuce, Tomato, and Red Onion on a Brioche Bun and I enjoyed it with a Caesar Salad (although I tried my friends Homemade Baked Beans and for sure, I’ll get those next time!)
As has happened a few times in the States, I’m always taken back when they ask how I’d like my burger cooked, but, a medium-well was ABSOLUTELY PERFECT.
For dessert, our table shared their “Award Winning Funnel Cake Fries” that were just the absolute most wonderful way to end a lovely meal.
A big surprise to all of us was Chuy’s Mexican. Admittedly, we’ve driven past this place a ton of times over the last few years and didn’t quite know what it was…in fact, we thought it was Chevy’s not Chuy’s.
On a whim, we decided to check it out and I have to tell you, this is one of the very best Mexican restaurants I’ve ever had the pleasure of visiting.
For starters, we were there during “happy hour” which meant heading to the free nacho bar and filling up on chips with cheese and beans and everything wonderful!
From there, we ordered some drinks and enjoyed one of the best feeds of steak fajita’s imaginable made on the freshest made-in-house tortillas.
Throw in the “Mexican Diner” decor with fabulous art, lit-up palm trees, hubcaps on the ceiling, chihuahua’s everywhere and the overall festive atmosphere of the entire place and Chuy’s was a huge hit for us.
PLUS, they sell a t-shirt that states that “Taco Cat Spelled Backwards is still Taco Cat” AND, there was a dude making balloon animals who made me a CROWN…so, basically, it was an absolutely perfect visit.
And a few more…
Along with all of the above, I’m also a fan of:
Cheddars Scratch Kitchen for fabulous “comfort food” (ie, try the meatloaf!)
BJs Brewhouse…a great spot to stop when leaving the Vineland Outlets with an extensive menu and wonderful new Power Bowls
Cheesecake Factory…although I had a salad and chose not to have the cheesecake..I can’t seem get it off my mind so I won’t be doing that again!
Longhorn Steakhouse for absolutely AMAZING STEAK.
On The Border for the most perfect Mexican lunch.
Over the years, I’ve tried quite a few restaurants in Kissimmee but these are a few of my favourites…if you have a suggestion, leave it in the comments below!
All of the restaurants listed are within minutes of the house I stay in…check it out here…and be sure to book and visit some of my dining suggestions, the next time you’re heading to Kissimmee!