As the beating heart of tourism in Florida, you’re going to be offered oodles of choice in what to eat when on holiday in International Drive. Befitting the name, food here takes its cues from every corner of the world, although the great steakhouses, burgers and all-American diners keep you grounded in the American dream. During your adventures, keep a few of our favourites in mind to ensure hearty meals and happy bellies.
Eat like a champion at Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse
Expect thick, succulent steaks, from fillets to ribs and plenty of other cuts besides, to get you salivating here. Enormous portions with crisp sides and refreshing drinks keep you going long after the enormous platters of meat have satisfied your appetite. There’s plenty more to tuck into here besides though, including lobster, pasta dishes and some artfully arranged desserts.
Say buon giorno at Maggiano's Little Italy
Homecooked cuisine at a rustic table is how dinner is enjoyed over in Italy, and those traditions have been translated magnificently to Maggiano’s Little Italy, where your surroundings are as authentic as your lasagne. Pastas and other Italian dishes await your approval, while the tiramisu dessert is particularly recommended to round off your night.
Get a taste of home at The Pub
Themed after Britain’s finest public houses, The Pub isn’t just where you go for a pint after a long day exploring Hogwarts at Universal Studios. It’s also home to a menu packed full of the good stuff, from shepherd’s pie and steak with mash through to fish and chips, and even a cheeky scotch egg or two.
Have rum with your roast at Cuba Libre
The finest rums that the Caribbean can provide line the colourful shelves of Cuba Libre, which, as you might have guessed, mixes the spicy flavours of Cuba with some of the more renowned culinary inventions of Mexico, and all to tremendous effect. Whether it’s just a platter of tapas or a full steak with tacos, Latin spirit keeps Cuba Libre vibrant and inviting.
Tackle the club sandwich at B-Line Diner
Americana hits the high notes at B-Line Diner, where enormous cake slices, big cheesy burgers and sandwiches as grand as they come are all the order of the day. Soups, salads and pastries rest on the more sophisticated end of the spectrum, and when you’ve a big day ahead, one of the superb breakfasts here will definitely energise and satisfy you.
Put fish on your dish at The Oceanaire
Whether you’re after grilled sea bass, delicate oysters or a creamy, filling chowder, The Oceanaire Seafood Room keeps your plate piled high with the freshest fish around. The restaurant is also well known for its generous array of gluten-free options.
Embrace your inner artist at Cafe Tu Tu Tango
Quirky yet welcoming, airy yet cosy, Cafe Tu Tu Tango is known as the local hotspot for artists. It’s been known for painters to be honing their craft at the easel while you tuck into skewered steaks, tapas as tasty as any you’ll find in Spain and spicy shrimp that really hits the spot.
Taste the culture at Siam Thai Cuisine
Enjoy the flavours of Thailand in this fantastic restaurant. The decorative masks, mysterious screens and overall feel of Siam Thai Cuisine complement the chicken satay skewers, big noodle bowls and mouthwatering curries. Make sure you take the time to appreciate the scallops, too.
Wolf down lunch at Hot Krust
Authentic flavours make Hot Krust Panini Kitchen a well-placed pit-stop during your I-Drive tour. Big crusty rolls rammed with fillings of every description are the most apparent choice, although you should also take the time to gobble down the chilli and load up on fries, because they’re big on generosity and scrumptious tastes.
See new twists on classic dishes at Urban Tide
As the name implies, there’s plenty of seafood to enjoy here on your holidays to International Drive, from shrimp risotto to succulent fillets, all backed up by spicy soups and a great range of desserts. It’s home cooking with a slick modern style, which can be felt in Urban Tide’s decoration and furniture as much as in the flavours that will be gracing those stylish square plates.