Downtown and its environs hold the pick of the locals' eating haunts; most visitors, however, head for International Drive's inexpensive all-day buffets and gourmet restaurants.
There's a strict embargo on taking food into any of the theme parks, where the best restaurants are in Epcot's World Showcase -- head for Japan, Morocco or Mexico.
Bahama Breeze, 8849 International Drive. Decent Caribbean food in an upbeat atmosphere.
The Globe, 25 Wall St. Plaza. This is a perfect place for inexpensive Nouveau American snacks and light meals, such as pan-seared salmon salad and veggie burgers. Open 24 hours.
Le Coq au Vin, 4800 S. Orange Ave. French restaurant with surprisingly low prices for top-notch food.
Magic Mining Company, 7763 W. Hwy-192. Colorful steak and seafood mountain-themed joint.
Ming Court, 9188 International Drive. An exceptional Chinese restaurant, serving delicious potstickers, dim sum and fragrant noodles, is not as costly as you might expect.
Numero Uno, 2499 S. Orange Ave. Inexpensive, downtown Cuban restaurant.
Race Rock Supercharged Restaurant, 8986 International Drive. A race-car-themed restaurant with auto memorabilia on walls serves such eclectic American choices as burgers, milkshakes and malts at super-reasonable prices.
TuTu Tango, 8625 International Drive. This lively restaurant is done out like an artist's studio. Painters and sculptors work as you eat superb pan-Asian, New World and Mediterranean food, including seared tuna sashimi or black bean soup.
White Wolf Café, 1829 N. Orange Ave. The down-to-earth café/antique store is known for creative sandwiches and generous salads.
Dinner attractions are very popular here and center around themes, whether of an era or an ethnicity.
At Arabian Nights, for example, chariot races entertain guests during dinner. Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament in Kissimmee allows you to cheer on a knight to victory.
Wild Bill's Wild West Dinner Show re-creates the spectacle of the Old West. Downtown Disney® Pleasure Island celebrates New Year's Eve every night with laser lights and dancing in the streets.
Church Street Station in downtown is a nighttime entertainment complex, hosting a variety of different clubs and restaurants.