Knights Win! Where to Score Grub after the UCF Game

You’ve got on your black and gold. You’re ready to cheer. But wait, is that your stomach rumbling? You may need some pre-game sustenance. You may want to dine over some post-game analysis. Either way, you won’t have to stray far from the confines of Bright House Stadium, because the East Orlando area around the University of Central Florida is rife with restaurants. Sure, there are tens of chain offerings on University Blvd. that might get rid of the growl, but while you’re in the neighborhood, you may as well roam and explore a bit. For games that are doubling as dates, you may want to check out Tamarind Indian Cuisine out on Colonial, with its extensive and exotic menu or head to Oviedo’s famed Sushi Pop, for creative takes on traditional fare and other offerings that come with a side of sleek, anime-inspired surrounds. If fast-casual is more the order of the day, Sus Hi Eatstation gives diners a new spin on sushi. Patrons choose from wraps, bowls or rolls and choose among proteins and other ingredients that can get a little out there…. How much you like it may surprise you. Go Knights!



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