A Taste of Spring Training: Dining Near Champion Stadium in Kissimmee

So you're either an Orlando-local MLB junkie, a hardcore Atlanta Braves fan, or a visitor looking to take in some pre-season baseball. Either way, you've gotta eat. Exhibition games at Kissimmee's Champion Stadium are either early afternoon or evening events, but whether you're interested in grabbing lunch or dinner (or perhaps even breakfast at an off hour!) 10Best is here with the hookup. Over in nearby Celebration, a town initially created by the minds at Disney, a treasure trove of eats await. Relax with some unique fusion fare and a glass – or bottle – at Imperium Food & Wine or grab a decidedly more wholesome milkshake at the Market Street Cafe, where breakfast is served all day. Headed out for a romantic or special-occasion meal after the game? Visit Columbia Restaurant, also in Celebration, or go-to carnivore's favorite Charley's Steak House. Interested in something ethnic? Despite what some folks would have you believe, Kissimmee has plenty of locally owned, non-chain offerings. Case in point: King O Falafel, an absolute local favorite for Greek, Mediterranean and Middle Eastern delights or Taste of Punjab for those interested in flavorful Indian cuisine. Of course, if you want to follow through on the sports theme (and do a little resort reconnaissance while you're at it), pop over to Wrecker's Sports Bar at the Gaylord Palms and get your game on amid its 50 blazing TV screens.

So you want to watch a game? Wrecker's Sports Bar covers all the bases and the outfield with more than 50 high-definition televisions blazing in its soaring two-story digs inside the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center. In fact, Orlando...  Read More

Ole, ole! Columbia has quite a history in Florida – the first opened as a small café in Tampa's Ybor City neighborhood in 1905. Since then, this Spanish venue (its founder was Cuban, it should be noted) has opened outposts in several other...  Read More

With locations in an abundance of states – the most telling being its success in Texas – Chuy's is a solid chain option for Tex-Mex if you're in the mood for chimis, nachos, fajitas and the like. And don't forget the margaritas. Elvis...  Read More

Many Kissimmee residents are regulars at Taste of Punjab, whether they're enjoying a casual dine-in or picking up nan, butter chicken, chana masala and the like for some quality Indian take-out. For a few years now, this un-fancy family-owned...  Read More

Breakfast, lunch and dinner served up in the friendly little town of Celebration and just the sort of venue you'd imagine finding here. Burgers and salads, sandwiches and blue-plate specials and heat-beating milkshakes are among the spoils, but...  Read More

Big, gorgeous cuts of beef and a wonderful selection of seafood, chicken and other entrees are the order at Charley's Steak House, a venerable old favorite for Central Floridians looking for a special night out or special-occasion splurge. What...  Read More

Sports fans – and burger aficionados – delight! This newish offshoot of the famed Don Shula's restaurant empire (you've heard of Shula's Steaks, have you not?) features gourmet burgers, tasty tots and more football memorabilia than you can...  Read More

Disney Springs ®

This is the apex predator of Downtown Disney dining with kids in tow, though grown-ups should be aware that a visit to T-Rex will awaken your long-dormant inner paleontologist. Stellar theming to the Nth Degree is perhaps this restaurant's...  Read More

Downtown Celebration is a charming, walkable little burg made more so by unique, local joints like Imperium Food & Wine. Fusion is the word for Imperium's menu, which features a nice array of appetizers – Asian to Cajun to French, salads,...  Read More

The regulars here honestly wouldn't mind placing crowns on the heads of the falafel artisans here. Whether your passion is a well-seasoned gyro, a creamy platter of hummus or those crispy-delicious pita ensconced fried balls of chick-pea...  Read More


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