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Dh and I are going to be in Orlando Tuesday and Wednesday next week in the I drive area. We live in Polk County, so this is more like a have two nights away by ourselves rather than a touristy type vacation.<br><br>
What are your best recommendations for ethnic restaurants? We like Greek, Thai and Afghan food. Plus regular old American cuisine. We've been to Texas de Brazil already. And I've heard good things about Taverna Opa, Bosphorous Turkish restaurant, Mimi's Cafe, Press 101, and Red Bamboo.<br><br>
I've been researching things to do. So far the possibilities are Lukas Butterfly Encounter, Leu Gardens, and canoeing at Wekiwa Springs. Dh would probably be content to stay inside and watch tv the whole time or swim in the hotel's pool. I'm not much more adventurous--I like to read and thrift store shop. Any other neat, inexpensive things to do?<br><br>
Also, where's the best Goodwill/thrift store to shop at in Orlando? (for women's and girl's clothes) Our stores down here don't have much at all.<br><br>
Thanks in advance!
 

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I don't live in Orlando, but I can tell you that Mimi's Cafe, while they have good food, is a chain. Not sure if you are trying to visit more local "mom & pop" type places or not. Have fun on your staycation!
 

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Thanks! I didn't know Mimi's was a chain. We're not necessarily looking for mom&pop type places, just different places. While dh was in the military we lived all over and ate at different types of restaurants. Now we've moved back home to Polk County and all we really have is Chili's and the like. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 

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There's a Greek place we really like that I can't think of the name of on 436 (Semoran Blvd) in Casselberry, and another good one on Red Bug Lake Road (if you turn left onto Red Bug from 436 it's a little ways up on the right.) My husband says he thinks one of them is named Olympia, but I'm not sure.<br><br>
There's Ole Gourmet which is Kosher and has an interesting variety on the menu with lots of Israeli food. They're on 17-92.<br><br>
I'll think some more about what we like over there (we live on the west side, so it's not really close by) and let you know if I find anything else.
 

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Lukas butterfly gardens is pretty but very small and its $8 per person.. but you do get to feed butterflies gatorade from your finger! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><br><br>
Leu Gardens are REALLY awesome!! they also have a butterfly garden.. its free to get in mondays before noon (oops just read you'll be here tue-wed)<br><br>
There is a salvation army on 436 (semoran bld) between red bug lake road and hollow branch rd, I was there the other day and got 5 pairs of shorts for under $10! they were all old navy, gap, ralph lauren, etc (Its in casselberry)<br><br>
Also there is a place called "Klassy Kidz" also on 436 about a mile north of red bug lake road and they have crazy cheap kids clothes (I got my son pants for less then a buck a pair!) you can google them and get directions.. (its in fern park or casselberry)<br><br>
For food there is the Dandelion CommuniTea in orlando (local organic) and the thai house on hwy 50 has good thai (they are really close to the leu gardens)<br><br>
I like lake eola, down town..<br><br>
Have fun in orlando!
 
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