Visiting Orlando, The City Beautiful

Photo by Gary Bogden

Photo by Gary Bogden

Join the locals for the monthly pig roast at The Ravenous Pig. James Beard–nominated chefs/owners Julie and James Petrakis are always looking for new ways to please guests. Fresh seafood and house-made pastas can be found among traditional pub fare. If you like this, try the pair’s other restaurant Cask & Larder. Also known as Southern Public House, it delights guests with house-made meats, pickled veggies, and beers brewed on site. Beefy King, a local favorite, has been going strong for more than 46 years. Be sure to sample the steamed roast beef—cooked on-site daily—along with tator tots and a hand-spun chocolate milkshake. At Scratch, enjoy modern American tapas made from local and seasonal provisions. Other options to try: Funky Monkey, Kasa, SocoHawk’s Landing Steakhouse & Grill, and Vimi food truck.

Photo Courtesy of Visit Orlando

Photo Courtesy of Visit Orlando

Of course, Disney Parks is constantly changing and adding, but Universal Studios Orlando is an option with newly upgraded additions that include the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, complete with the Hogwarts train that connects both parks. Fans can revel in the amazing homage to the novels and movie series. Have lunch at the Three Broomsticks, where you can grab a butter beer and a turkey leg that would have satisfied even Hagrid. Don’t forget to make a stop at Gringotts for a 3-D roller coaster experience not for the faint of heart.