Savor Spring Training at the Top Tables Near Champion Stadium

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 breakfast for lunch?!) 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. 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, this area, while rife with chains (there are a few on this roster) has plenty of locally owned 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. Fresh fish is of the order at Island Fin Poke Co. and if you're a noob, its affable staffers will be happy to help you build your bowl. 

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

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

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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

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

Who wants biscuits?! This Southern-style breakfast/lunch chain has a few locations scattered across the nation. Celebration's is No. 3 and the locals – and area visitors – just love popping in for of biscuit-centric sammies like the Kickback...  Read More

Opened some 30-odd years ago by a Boston family, this comfortable Front Street tavern has served as home base for many a Celebration-local family in the decades since. Open late but decidedly kid-friendly during the usual family-meal hours, the...  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

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

Poke is confusing to some folks, so let's break it down really simply: protein (often in the form of raw fish, though cooked is readily available here), carbs (rice options) fresh veggies, fruits, slaws and the like, and house-made sauces make...  Read More


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