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Orlando BBQ Restaurant Recommendations

Hi Everyone,

Heading to Orlando next week and looking for recommendations for a GREAT BBQ restaurant.  I've Google it, and have a list of possibilities, but would rather know the recommendation are from people that KNOW BBQ.

I have a fondness for brisket and love trying local specialties. 

Anyone have a favourite?

Thanks!
Sue 
Barbecue may not be the road to world peace, but it's a start. ~Anthony Bourdain

Comments

  • DoubleEggerDoubleEgger Posts: 13,854
    You might as well be looking for a unicorn. 
  • northGAcocknorthGAcock Posts: 11,554
    BBQ in Orlando? You need to hook up with an egger. 
    Columbia, South Carolina with a Medium, MiniMax & a 17" Blackstone

    “Constantly choosing the lesser of two evils is still choosing evil.”
  • 55drum55drum Posts: 162
    Try 4 Rivers Smokehouse...they've got 3 or 4 locations...I've only tried it once because its so crowded all the time but the brisket was very good.......
  • northGAcocknorthGAcock Posts: 11,554
    55drum said:
    Try 4 Rivers Smokehouse...they've got 3 or 4 locations...I've only tried it once because its so crowded all the time but the brisket was very good.......
    On this note...and as a serious response, I have never been to 4 Rivers. I have used their rubs and their Espresso Rub is my favorite. I am about out.....and need to place an order....thanks for the reminder @55drum

    Columbia, South Carolina with a Medium, MiniMax & a 17" Blackstone

    “Constantly choosing the lesser of two evils is still choosing evil.”
  • 4rivers is probably your best bet, not a mom and pop place but very good each time I've had it
  • Stumbled across this place when I was there in Feb for a golf trip. Not bad.

    http://yellowdogeats.com/


  • ewyllinsewyllins Posts: 376
    Living here in Orlando the only ok place is 4 Rivers, keep in mind its massed produced BBQ. However there are alot of other good restaurants in Downtown Orlando.
    Large, Mini Max, Akorn JR, 36 Blackstone, and 2 Chihuahua's
    O-Town, FL

  • ewyllinsewyllins Posts: 376
    If you are near the airport check out the Gnarly Barley
    Large, Mini Max, Akorn JR, 36 Blackstone, and 2 Chihuahua's
    O-Town, FL

  • ActonSueActonSue Posts: 13
    Thanks everyone for your replies. :) We'll be visiting lots of restaurants during our stay. (Visiting family - so not a "Disney" holiday) 

    Canada isn't "known" for BBQ - I LOVE what I cook...and haven't been impressed with any of my local places. I love sampling wherever I go. ;) 
    Barbecue may not be the road to world peace, but it's a start. ~Anthony Bourdain
  • Photo EggPhoto Egg Posts: 8,482
    ActonSue said:

    Canada isn't "known" for BBQ 
    Same goes for Florida...Travel safe and have a great time.
    Thank you,
    Darian

    Galveston Texas
  • 4 Rivers is average at best. I agree with @Photo Egg, go with the local specialties, seafood etc. Orlando has a ton of great dining choices that are not BBQ.
    Happily egging on my original large BGE since 1996... now the owner of 6 eggs. Call me crazy, everyone else does!
     
    3 Large, 2 Smalls, 1 well-used Mini
  • thetrimthetrim Posts: 7,048
    For breakfast there's a place called the Coop in Winter Park that's really good.  I also heard the Yellow Dog Eats is a real cool place.  I've never been but heard it's good.   
    You might also want to hit up an Applebee's while you're there!
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    XL 6/06, Mini 6/12, L 10/12, Mini #2 12/14 MiniMax 3/16
    Tampa Bay, FL
    EIB 6 Oct 95
  • sumoconnellsumoconnell Posts: 1,452
    4 Rivers is average at best. I agree with @Photo Egg, go with the local specialties, seafood etc. Orlando has a ton of great dining choices that are not BBQ.
    I've been wondering about 4 rivers, it's right next to a hotel I stay at near UCF.  Lots of restaurants around there, but cater to the college crowd.  Food is good, but focus on pizza (lazy moon), wings (buffalo wild wings), etc.   

    Surprisingly, there is a Chuy's there.  Authentic Austin Tex Mex if you looking for that.
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Austin, Texas.  I'm the guy holding a beer.
  • six_eggsix_egg Posts: 978
    They have one in Orlando but the one in Kissimmee is better. Charlie's Steak House. Bone in Ribeye with Califlower and lobster mac and cheese sides. It is not cheap but man it is a good steak and service is always awesome.

    XLBGE, LBGE 

    Texarkana, TX

  • thetrimthetrim Posts: 7,048
    Chuy's is amazing.  I think there may be four in the Orlando area now!  Love that place!  Count me in as a fan of 4 Rivers.  Way better than any other place I've found around Florida.
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    XL 6/06, Mini 6/12, L 10/12, Mini #2 12/14 MiniMax 3/16
    Tampa Bay, FL
    EIB 6 Oct 95
  • fljoemonfljoemon Posts: 755
    4R is the best you will get as regards to BBQ.
    LBGE & Mini
    Orlando, FL
  • PoppasGrillPoppasGrill Posts: 250
    edited July 2017
    In Orlando you are centrally located to a lot of great places.
    I usually try to hit a Mom and Pop shop, in whatever city I am in. Is usually the best.
    An hour on the Beachline will get you to Cocoa Beach/ Canaveral area for some good seafood, I recommend HarbourTown Marina restaurant.
    Sanatra's fine dining is a short drive up to Casa Dega, with a ghost story history.
    If you head north on the turnpike about an hour , I would say Stumpknocker's for Steak and Seafood, good catfish.
  • SamIAm2SamIAm2 Posts: 975
    thetrim said:
    For breakfast there's a place called the Coop in Winter Park that's really good.  I also heard the Yellow Dog Eats is a real cool place.  I've never been but heard it's good.   
    You might also want to hit up an Applebee's while you're there!
    The Coop is another restaurant started by John Rivers, the R in 4 Rivers.
    https://asouthernaffair.com - too far for us to go for breakfast but we do enjoy 4 Rivers in Winter Park, the first location, when we visit family in Orlando. When your meal is over, you have got to go to the Sweet Shop and take something home for a snack.
    Ubi panis, ibi patria.
    Large - Roswell rig, MiniMax-PS Woo; Cocoa, Fl.
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