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Thursday
Feb232012

I got my fix at Nick's!

Hey, everyone, it's Michael again.  Amy will be back to traveling soon, but for now I'm the one racking up airline miles and eating at different restaurants.  This week I found myself back in Florida.  However, this time I was in Orlando instead of Miami.  Unfortunately, this was a work trip so I didn't get to go enjoy Disney World or anything like that while down here.  Maybe next time.  I did get to eat at a couple of nice restaurants while there, so I thought I'd share my thoughts about them.  

The first restaurant we went to was called High Tide Harry's.  We were driving to our hotel on Tuesday night randomly looking for something to eat when we saw this place while sitting at a stop light.  We decided to pull in and try it out.  This place was right beside a Joe's Crab Shack, so we reasonably assumed they were competitors.  High Tide Harry's is a bit of a different place than Joe's.  First, their menu is much more extensive than Joe's.  Second, Harry's says they are home of the "almost all you can eat policy".  I asked what the "almost all you can eat policy" is, and was told that people are limited to seven pounds of food.  Who in the world could eat seven pounds of food?  I've previously talked about my love of seafood on here, so at a place like Harry's you know I'm going to order seafood.  I ordered the dungeness crab and my boss ordred fried soft shell crab.  We decided to split our plates and try a little bit of each.  I have to say that I wasn't that impressed with the dungeness crab.  Maybe it is because I'm spoiled after going to Joe's Stone Crab in Miami, or maybe it's because they weren't fresh from the water in San Francisco.  Whatever the reason, I wasn't that thrilled.  I enjoyed the fried soft shell crab much more.  We also got an order of crawdads.  I am not a huge crawdad fan, but they were ok.  I didn't take any pictures from Harry's because if you've been to a Red Lobster or a Joe's Crab Shack you kind of get the idea.  It wasn't bad, but I wouldn't seek it out again in the future.

The second restaurant we went to was called Citrus.  it is right outside downtown Orlando, only about a block from the Courtyard we were staying at.  We walked over after a long day of meetings and sat down for what I hoped would be a decent meal.  Citrus was adequate, but nothing spectacular.  Citrus is a pretty typical steak place.  They bring you bread, you get your choice of a wedge salad, house salad, or Caesar salad, and then your main course.  I got the house salad, which I found to be lacking in terms of dressing.  It just felt somewhat dry.  A bit more dressing would've helped a lot.  I typically don't like wedge salads, but the ones that I saw looked much better than my house salad.  If I ever eat at Citrus again, I would get the wedge.  As disappointed as I was about my salad, my entree made up for it.  I ordered the filet mignon (medium rare), and thoroughly enjoyed it.  It was just the right size and cooked just the way I like it.  The filet sat atop a layer of mashed potatoes and grilled asparagus.  I thought both of the sides were very well done.  I should note that a couple of other people in our group ordered some sort of fish (I believe it was salmon).  The portion that came out was absolutely massive.  I was, frankly, in shock.  That would've been way too much food for me, but those that tried it said they liked it.  The best part of the night was just getting to talk to all my co-workers in a casual setting, which isn't something that happens too often.  Again, no pics as you get the idea if you've been to a decent steak place (though I will say that Citrus was much better than STK Miami).

The third restaurant that I went to was called Nick's Family Diner.  All I can say about my trip to Nick's is thank goodness for my iPhone!  We finished up our last meetings early on Thursday so I had about 6 hours to kill before my flight and was tasked with finding something to eat close by.  I fired up foursquare and began searching.  I was intrigued when I saw Nick's Family Diner.  I have a fondness in my heart for diners of any type, so I decided to see what people had to say about Nick's.  I was excited when I saw reviews that read like this:  "What to eat??? What to eat??? Everything on the menu is amazing. Best diner in Orlando".  As the restaurant was only 2 miles away or so the five of us that were waiting on flights decided to go there.  Sure enough, it was what I think of when I hear the word diner.  They served all the downhome good food that people love to eat.  When I looked at the menu, I was surprised at how much food you got for the price.  For instance, I got the meatloaf plate that came with mashed potatoes, a bowl of soup, and a bowl of veggies all for about $9.  The menu didn't say this, but you also get complimentary dessert after your meal.  After reading the description, in my mind I was thinking "ok this is going to be a lot of food", but I had no idea what was to come.  When the waitress brought out our tray of food, I nearly keeled over.  These plates were MASSIVE!  I normally resize the pictures I put up on this blog, but just for the sake of scale I'm going to leave the one of the food untouched.  It was crazy.  Two of the others in our group ordered a fish sandwich that was nearly as big as the plate it sat on.  So, with that said, what was the food like?  I bit into my first bite of meatloaf and a curious taste hit my tongue.  I asked the waitress what was in the meatloaf and she said they stuff all their meatloaf with complete bacon slices and cheddar cheese (there was nothing about this on the menu, it simply said "meatloaf").  I could feel the heart attack coming as I sat there and chewed!  It was wonderful though!  I couldn't eat all of what was on my plate because there was just so much.  I had to save a little room for the dessert, which was ok but nothing great.  The main course was where it was at.  Amy likes to get tshirts from all the places she visits, so I picked her up one from Nick's that says "I got my fix at Nick's" on the back.  Truer words were never written!  

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Overall it was a good trip and I enjoyed all three restaurants.  If I'm ever in Orlando again, you better believe I'll be heading over to Nick's!  Until next time...