This is the place for breaking plates, dodging confetti-style napkins and sampling tasty dishes like the smash-it-yourself garbanzo beans appetizer. Just as impressive: the garlic-marinated chicken kabobs and Santorini shrimp. Better yet, the energy of this eatery will have you dancing in your seat or — for the more adventurous — on the table.
(9101 International Drive; 407.351.8660; opaorlando.com)
A Polynesian-style feast is in full swing as the Royal Pacific Resort plays host to hula dancers, fire eaters and hungry guests each Tuesday and Saturday night at the Wantilan Luau. The overflowing buffet begins with an array of starters including tropical fruits garnished with papaya-seed mint dressing and an Ahi tuna poke salad. Big appetites can feast on guava barbecue beef short ribs and top it off with the dessert extravaganza. Reservations are required.
(6300 Hollywood Way; 407.503.3463)
This nook of a spot pays tribute to two things — beer and music. Underground Bluz offers Belgian ales, English stouts and little known American microbrews, including hometown favorite Shipyard Pumpkinhead Ale. Not to mention, there are some serious crooners rocking this joint, including up-and-coming blues stars.
(12261 University Blvd.; 407.482.4141; ucf.undergroundbluz.com)
Lazy Moon is the local pick for pizza, where slices are the size of your face. What’s even bigger than the hefty portions is the behemoth selection of brewskies — starting with wheat varieties and rounding out with specialties. It’s the perfect night out, especially if productivity isn’t your style. At Lazy Moon you can get a slice of pizza the size of your face with two toppings and a drink for less than $6.
(12269 University Blvd.; 407-658-2396; eatdrinkandbelazy.com)
Eden Bar at Enzian Theater
This cozy outdoor bar offers up cleverly named cocktails and superb bites of food. Afterwards, check out an indie movie inside in the theater.
(1300 S. Orlando Ave., Maitland; 407.629.0054; enzian.org)