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We hope everyone enjoyed their Fourth of July weekend and is excited for more warm weather grilling! This week, we’ll be making these two burgers: Stuffed Portobello Mushroom and Caribbean Chicken, and also eating lots of these Ice Cream Sandwiches in honor of National Ice Cream Month! It's time to think about getting out to one of the many #EGGfests around the country - see a list here

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  • @foghorn have you noticed how many great sentences begin with "The farther away you get from Orlando " :))



  • GrannyX4GrannyX4 Posts: 1,224
    Orlando isn't wonderful in the summer time but we don't have to shovel it! ;;)
    Every day is a bonus day and every meal is a banquet in Winter Springs, Fl !
  • cazzycazzy Posts: 4,922
    GrannyX4 said:

    Orlando isn't wonderful in the summer time but we don't have to shovel it! ;;)

    When is the best time to come?

  • GrannyX4GrannyX4 Posts: 1,224
    Spring before spring break. Fall after labor day and before thanksgiving.
    Every day is a bonus day and every meal is a banquet in Winter Springs, Fl !
  • Doc_EggertonDoc_Eggerton Posts: 3,708
    If you want some variety, the Mid Way airboat rides and http://www.jungleadventures.com/ both on SR 50 at the St.Johns river are fun.  If you've never seen big gators, this is worth at least one trip.

    Very near by is Fort Christmas, which is in no way a theme park, and could be a nice break.

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    Pasquali Luciano
    Buon appetito to all the BGE family
    XLBGE, LBGE, MBGE and lots of toys

  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 10,736
    Key West!  Oh wait, you got kids.... :(
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  • Doc_EggertonDoc_Eggerton Posts: 3,708
    Key West!  Oh wait, you got kids.... :(
    The only thing good about Key West is saying you've been there.  About as touristy as Disney.  Now a fishing charter out of Islamorada is a wonderful thing.
    Pasquali Luciano
    Buon appetito to all the BGE family
    XLBGE, LBGE, MBGE and lots of toys

  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 10,736

    Key West!  Oh wait, you got kids.... :(
    The only thing good about Key West is saying you've been there.  About as touristy as Disney.  Now a fishing charter out of Islamorada is a wonderful thing.
    blasphemy!  And I've never been to disney.  They have Fantasy Fest.
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  • mountaindewbassmountaindewbass Posts: 1,606
    I've got nothing for you dood. Bbq has been a disappointment for me in Florida. However, you should eat at earl of sandwich in downtown disney. Super good prices land delicious food
  • mountaindewbassmountaindewbass Posts: 1,606
    @grannyx4 august can be hot. We went two years ago for my birthday. Wasn't to bad.. And that was before I was used to humidity. So now I'm sure it will be peaceful. Its offseason so lines are not that bad. We stayed at animal kingdom lodge and love love jiko.. Not really a fan of boma though.
  • FoghornFoghorn Posts: 1,460

    @foghorn have you noticed how many great sentences begin with "The farther away you get from Orlando " :))



    I have now. To those of us who were there before Disney it is depressing.

    In the 80s I became aware how out of control it was when I was informed that the two busiest McDonalds in the world and the two busiest Pizza Huts in the world were all on International Drive near Disney.

    XL BGE, Klose BYC, ProQ Excel, Weber Kettle, Firepit, Grand Turbo gasser, and a portable Outdoor Gourmet gasser for tailgating

    San Antonio, TX

  • cazzycazzy Posts: 4,922
    Eh, right time, wrong time, we're going to have a great time. It isn't the first time we've gone in August. We're from Texas, so we're used to the heat.



  • cazzy said:
    The family and I will be coming your way in August and wanted to find out if there are any worthy BBQ spots in or near Orlando.  Doing the typical theme park thing and we may visit another part of Florida too.  With that, what other family friendly spots would you recommend us to visit?  

    Oh, the wifey and I are traveling with a 14 and 3 year old.
    Uncle Kenny's in Clermont, FL.
    4 Rivers in Winter Garden or Winter Park.  Get there a little early the line is usually long.
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  • njlnjl Posts: 749
    We are an hour east near Poolman.. Let us know if y'all head towards the beach, we can all meet up somewhere for dinner (like, Poolman's house). ;) Regarding Orlando BBQ, I recently ate at 4 Rivers Smokehouse, it was pretty tasty! http://4rsmokehouse.com
    I was going to mention 4 Rivers.  It's a little far (north) of the attractions area, but 4 Rivers has an almost cult-like following in the Orlando area.  Granted, their food is good...but IMO, it's not good enough to form a line around the building at lunch time (which is often the reality).  Maybe I'm spoiled with my BGE.  I was at another (much pricier place) recently, and I think the waiter was offended when I didn't order their baby back ribs, saying "I cook better ribs at home."
  • GrannyX4GrannyX4 Posts: 1,224
    cazzy said:
    Eh, right time, wrong time, we're going to have a great time. It isn't the first time we've gone in August. We're from Texas, so we're used to the heat.

    I get the Grands for spring break and a week in the summer and we find the summers the hardest to find something to do with the kids because of the heat. Mainly because we have a melt down first before the kids. Enjoy your trip to Florida and make great memories. ;;)
    Every day is a bonus day and every meal is a banquet in Winter Springs, Fl !
  • Village IdiotVillage Idiot Posts: 6,947
    I haven't read all the posts, and this has probably been said already.

    Why are you looking for BBQ in Florida?  You should be looking for seafood.  To me, it's like going to a Chinese restaurant and ordering a hamburger and french fries.  
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  • cazzycazzy Posts: 4,922

    I haven't read all the posts, and this has probably been said already.


    Why are you looking for BBQ in Florida?  You should be looking for seafood.  To me, it's like going to a Chinese restaurant and ordering a hamburger and french fries.  
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    I already got great seafood recommendations from my fly fishing forum.

    To me, it's like going to a Harley forum and asking for a advice on which Vespa to buy. [-X

  • NecessaryIndulgNecessaryIndulg Posts: 1,034
    If you want some variety, the Mid Way airboat rides and http://www.jungleadventures.com/ both on SR 50 at the St.Johns river are fun.  If you've never seen big gators, this is worth at least one trip.

    Another great place for airpboat rides is Lone Cabbage Fish Camp:  http://twisterairboatrides.com/
    The Fish Camp is located on 520 (the road that connects Orlando the the beaches).   I like to go there on Sundays for live music and for the gator tail, frog legs, turtle and catfish.  
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  • Doc_EggertonDoc_Eggerton Posts: 3,708
    cazzy said:
    The family and I will be coming your way in August and wanted to find out if there are any worthy BBQ spots in or near Orlando.  Doing the typical theme park thing and we may visit another part of Florida too.  With that, what other family friendly spots would you recommend us to visit?  

    Oh, the wifey and I are traveling with a 14 and 3 year old.
    Uncle Kenny's in Clermont, FL.
    4 Rivers in Winter Garden or Winter Park.  Get there a little early the line is usually long.
    I thought 4 Rivers in Winter Park was pretty good, and they let me play my concertina at the outdoor seating
    :))
    Pasquali Luciano
    Buon appetito to all the BGE family
    XLBGE, LBGE, MBGE and lots of toys

  • If you go towards the Space Coast (NASA, yadda yadda yadda), make sure to stop in at Dixie Crossroads in Titusville.  It's a couple miles east of I-95.  Great local seafood.  Try the rock shrimp.   Shorts n T-shirts are fine.   
    Quit giving away our secrets ;)
  • Doc_EggertonDoc_Eggerton Posts: 3,708
    edited June 2013
    If you go towards the Space Coast (NASA, yadda yadda yadda), make sure to stop in at Dixie Crossroads in Titusville.  It's a couple miles east of I-95.  Great local seafood.  Try the rock shrimp.   Shorts n T-shirts are fine.   
    Quit giving away our secrets ;)
    Or not unless you like over priced and under served, and I live about 4 miles away from them and used to work for Rodney Thompson.

    BTW, the Pinch A Penny about a mile west of the restaurant just became a BGE dealer.
    Pasquali Luciano
    Buon appetito to all the BGE family
    XLBGE, LBGE, MBGE and lots of toys

  • cazzycazzy Posts: 4,922
    Lots of great info in this thread! Thanks everyone!

  • I would go to Grills at Port Canaveral before I would eat at Dixie Crossroads.  Back in the early days Dixie Crossroads use to be the place for seafood but something changed and the quality dropped off. I only eat there now if visiting family or friends just have to go because they heard so much about it. Usually try to steer them to Grills.  
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  • Doc_EggertonDoc_Eggerton Posts: 3,708
    I would go to Grills at Port Canaveral before I would eat at Dixie Crossroads.  Back in the early days Dixie Crossroads use to be the place for seafood but something changed and the quality dropped off. I only eat there now if visiting family or friends just have to go because they heard so much about it. Usually try to steer them to Grills.  
    Exactamundo
    Pasquali Luciano
    Buon appetito to all the BGE family
    XLBGE, LBGE, MBGE and lots of toys

  • I used to live in Orlando and attend Corvette events on the coast, didn't realize the quality had gone down so much :(
  • GrannyX4GrannyX4 Posts: 1,224
    @Cazzy said "I already got great seafood recommendations from my fly fishing forum." Just curious what they recommended ? Do you mind sharing? ;;)
    Every day is a bonus day and every meal is a banquet in Winter Springs, Fl !
  • Doc_EggertonDoc_Eggerton Posts: 3,708
    I used to live in Orlando and attend Corvette events on the coast, didn't realize the quality had gone down so much :(
    I've never been to Corky Bell's on US1 toward Coco, don't know how it is, but you can usually get something good at the port.
    Pasquali Luciano
    Buon appetito to all the BGE family
    XLBGE, LBGE, MBGE and lots of toys

  • cazzycazzy Posts: 4,922
    GrannyX4 said:

    @Cazzy said "I already got great seafood recommendations from my fly fishing forum."

    Just curious what they recommended ? Do you mind sharing? ;;)

    I was being a smart ass to VI and forgot the appropriate smiley.

    I unfortunately don't have the patience for fishing.

  • SteveWPBFLSteveWPBFL Posts: 1,160
    You couldn't pay us to go to an amusement park in Orlando in August. You'll be programmed to wait in line 30-45 minutes for a two minute 'attraction' before spending the next 10-15 minutes hurrying over to the next one. You can do about eight of these in a day (for a total of about 15-20 minutes of 'experience') before the disillusionment starts to set in with the heat. The whole time (Disney especially) will have their hand shamelessly in your pocket at every opportunity (it's not Walt's Disney anymore). Soon everybody just wants to go back to the hotel and play in the atrium. 

    After the third day get a bag of charcoal, a bottle of Italian dressing, a big baggie, some boneless skinless chicken along with a cooler full of ice and drinks and the family. Marinate the chicken in the baggie while you head to Alexander Springs in Ocala N.F. There you can grill chicken and swim and snorkel in the cool clear water in heat all day and enjoy every minute, even get to RELAX. 
  • yzziyzzi Posts: 1,246
    Only good thing in Orlando is bass pro, zaxby's and I-4 west to go back home.
    Dunedin, FL
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