International Drive's Best Restaurants: Let the fact that Hanamizuki's website is in Japanese clue you in: this I-Drive dining experience may be atypical compared with Japanese restaurants you've frequented in the past. And that's definitely not a bad thing. Hanamizuki serves sushi to be sure, but you may want to save that for another venue and treat your palate to something new and adventurous amid this restaurant's traditional Kyoto-style menu. Ramen is a lunchtime favorite here – be aware: it is not available at dinnertime – locals travel from well outside the tourist zone for their Japanese noodle soup fix, bowls laden with noodles and perhaps pork and boiled eggs depending on your selection, all quite elegantly served. The tableside hot stone grill makes for an interesting presentation, as well. Lots of vegetarian options for the herbivore in your group.
Local Expert A.D. Thompson Says:
International Drive's Best Restaurants: "One of the nice things about Hanamizuki is its serene atmosphere and authenticity. Boisterous groups – and those looking for monstrous American portions – may prefer another venue."
Best for International Drive's Best Restaurants Because: Often frequented by Japanese business travelers (along with locals who appreciate its authenticity), Hanamizuki is another atypical gem amid I-Drive's tourist-driven dining options.
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