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Whatever culinary creation you crave, you'll find it at Disney Springs™. This bold neighborhood—formerly Downtown Disney before the massive, three-year renovation—is a foodie's paradise; its lakefront streets are packed with restaurants galore and trendy shops. To help you make the best choices for your particular palate, here's a quick overview of five of our favorites.
The “D” in the title obviously stands for delicious. Here you can sink your teeth into seven different burgers served with fresh-cut fries with house-made dipping sauces. And if the fried banana peppers on the El Diablo burn your mouth, then the artisanal shakes and floats will be the remedy you need. They even make adult dessert drinks, like the Smoked Bourbon Gelato Shake and the Not Your Father's Hard Root Beer Float.
Iron Chef Morimoto created more than just a powerhouse of Pan-Asian cuisine—this restaurant is also the most romantic choice for a date night in all of Disney Springs. Centered around a two-story glass chandelier and covered by sleek ironwork, the vibe her is super swanky. There’s even a hidden VIP area upstairs called the Forbidden Lounge, providing the perfect place for late-night libations.
EARL OF SANDWICH
The line here usually stretches out the door, and once you walk into the whimsical interior and smell the fresh-baked bread, you’ll see why. While most of the sandwiches served are typical American fare—albeit, made fresh and deliciously before your very eyes—the all-star of the lot is the Holiday Turkey hot sandwich. Complete with turkey, cornbread stuffing, turkey gravy, cranberry sauce and mayonnaise, it’s a Thanksgiving meal you can eat every day.
CHEF ART SMITH’S HOMECOMIN’
This farm-to-fork restaurants brings all of Florida’s freshest flavors together under the watchful eye of award-winning chef Art Smith. This is comfort food with a conscious, as most of the ingredients come straight from local farms, ranches or—in the case of the Fried Catfish and Florida Grouper—fisheries. We recommend that you start with the Church Lady Deviled Eggs before diving into Art's Fabulous Fried Chicken, a signature dish where the chicken is brined in buttermilk for 24 hours.
Your kids are going to love this place. In fact, you will too. In this prehistoric heaven, you’re surrounded by dino replicas as you tear into a Guac-Asaurus Burger or Tar Pit Fried Shrimp. The best part—the restaurant includes several hands-on discovery zones to keep the wee ones busy, like a giant sand pit with hidden bones and basins to pan for precious stones and gems.
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