Dining Kosher In Orlando - Yes It’s Possible!
Kosher is a term that describes food that complies with the strict dietary standards of traditional Jewish law. It is more than just food safety or health as it is about adherence and reverence to religious tradition. Jews who are true to their religion make sure they eat kosher food wherever they go. The problem is, it’s hard to find a true kosher restaurant.
Some restaurants claim they are kosher or kosher-style as a vague reference to serving either healthy or Mediterranean food, a complete misunderstanding of the term kosher. A restaurant that is designated as kosher complies fully with Jewish dietary laws based on the Talmud. Finding a kosher restaurant is a common challenge among traveling Jews.
Jewish visitors to Orlando, Florida will find a good number of kosher restaurants in the area. Many organizations help kosher eaters identify truly kosher restaurants in the city.
Kosher Restaurants Orlando Fl
A kosher restaurant serves food that complies with Jewish dietary laws. This type of business, which includes cafes, diners, fast food, pizzerias, and cafeterias are typically listed together with kosher butchers, bakeries, caterers, and similar places. The kosher restaurants are different from kosher-style establishments because they operate under rabbinical supervision, which requires the observance of the laws of kashrut and certain other Jewish laws.
The kosher restaurants must be closed during Shabbat and Jewish holidays when under Jewish ownership. Kosher restaurants have separate dairy and meat sections. Typically, a kosher restaurant is limited to serving exclusively either meat or dairy foods. Pareve or vegetarian kosher restaurants serve only vegetarian fare. Some kosher establishments, such as delicatessens serve both meat and dairy but are kept in separate areas.
This is a full-service kosher eatery in the Orlando area featuring a meat restaurant and dairy-to-go. The restaurant is under the supervision of the Rabbinate of Central Florida and Rabbi Yosef Konikov. The restaurant offers guests Israeli sandwiches and deli, as well as Chinese and American dishes. There is also a separate dairy kitchen where guests can grab a pizza, ice cream, pasta, and milkshakes to go.
The restaurant can accommodate parties from 10 to 80 guests.
The Pantry is a new kosher restaurant with separate kitchens that will satisfy the cravings of everyone in the family. It is only the second kosher restaurant in the country, after Boston’s Milk Street Café, to have separate kitchens for meat, dairy, and pareve. The restaurant is a little bit away from the main theme park and hotel areas but they deliver to hotels, making this restaurant a game-changer for Orlando’s kosher tourists. The restaurant is under kosher supervision by the ORB and has a full-time Mashgiach.
Lower East Side Restaurant
The restaurant, which came to Orlando 2o years ago, dedicates itself to kosher travelers and their needs. The restaurant’s improved menu features appetizers, salads and soups, chicken entrees, beef delights, wraps, paninis, desserts, and kid’s items. Lighter and vegetarian options are also available. The restaurant offers dine-in, take-out, and Shabbat options.
Catering of home-cooked kosher food is another option for Jewish travelers in Orlando. Tourists can order kosher food for parties and other events to be delivered right into their homes or party venues.
Zayde’s Kosher Catering
Zayde’s is a restaurant and caterer with 3 separate kitchens inside Rosen Plaza Hotel. Zayde’s is ready to provide catering services for weddings, Bar and Bat Mitzvahs, and other life’s special celebrations. The catering service provides the best quality food suited for a kosher event. Their amazing cuisine and superb service build memories the guests leave with, making your event one to remember. Zayde’s caters to the small or large party either onsite at their beautifully appointed Rosen Plaza or elsewhere in Orlando. Zayde’s will let you entertain your guests with Glatt kosher cuisine prepared in their hermetically sealed kitchen at Rosen Plaza.
Catering by Motti
Catering by Motti is a newly opened spot in Orlando for Jewish residents and travelers. Located at the Visitors Circle in Orlando, Motti’s provide catering events and food for Shabbat, including the option of ordering online. Motti’s is certified under the RCF - Rabbi Yosef Konikov.
Motti’s offers exquisite kosher food that is coupled with gracious service and expert coordination. They use locally sourced produce and the freshest ingredients that are exceptional in taste. Motti’s work with clients to create a menu that fits their taste, budget, and style.
Kosher Grocery Shopping
Cities with Jewish communities and those frequented by Jewish travelers or tourists usually have kosher grocery stores. The stores can range in size from a corner store, such as a delicatessen to a full-sized supermarket. Some corporate supermarket chains have kosher sections inside their locations in areas popular among religiously observant Jews. Kosher sections of supermarket chains offer pre-packaged kosher sandwiches and other meals.
The following are some groceries in kosher Orlando:
Winn Dixie, a subsidiary of Southeastern Grocers, has the best selection of kosher groceries in Orlando. Located at S. Apopka Vineland Road in Orlando, Winn Dixie has a kosher section that includes Glatt Kosher meats and Chalav Yisroel dairy products, pastries, Challah, wine, and other kosher products.
Publix is one of the largest regional grocery chains in the US. Located a short distance from the Chabad Center, it carries Pas Yisroel Greenwise bagels with Herchser at the bakery section. Their kosher aisle includes Tam Tams, Wine, Grape Juice, and more. Kosher meats are available in the frozen section.
Whole Foods sells products that do not contain hydrogenated fats and artificial flavors, colors, and preservatives. It is a USDA-certified organic grocer in the U.S. popularly known in the country for its organic selections. Whole Foods Orlando has a section for kosher foods.
BJ’S - Wholesale Club
Located close to Chabad Center, BJ’s carries Larome’s Challah & Lily’s pastries and other items.
Trader Joe’s Orlando
Trader Joe’s is a grocery chain with a variety of signature items, including dairy, produce, and more. It is located less than a mile from Chabad Center. Trader Joe’s has a nice array of kosher foods, meats, and pastries.
Kosher In The Disney Parks
Disney Parks are the leading attraction in Orlando, Florida. When frum families head to Orlando on Yeshiva Week or other Jewish holidays, they need not worry about finding kosher food. They can have fun exploring the theme parks the city offers and head to numerous kosher restaurants and dining places.
There is a good deal of kosher restaurants and kosher food available in the Orlando area but guests need not go out and search the city if they are busy exploring the different theme parks in the city as kosher food is available in Disney World.
A Glatt Kosher meal can be ordered for pick up at any Walt Disney World Resort by calling telephone no. 407-939-3463. Kosher meals Glatt Kosher under the OU, may be ordered 24 hours by advanced reservation at any restaurant in the Disney Parks.
Kosher meals and ready to go Kosher meals, Glatt Kosher under the OU, may be ordered without advance request at the following locations:
- Salu’li Canteen at the Animal Kingdom
- ABC Commissary at Hollywood Studios
- Liberty Inn - American Adventure, and the Electric Umbrella at Epcot Center
- Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café - Tomorrowland at the Magic Kingdom
- World Premiere at the All-Star Food Courts
- Old Port Royale Food Court at Caribbean Beach
- Everything Pop Dining at Pop Century
- Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory at the Port Orleans French Quarter
- Riverside Mill Food Court at the Port Orleans Riverside
- Phemora at Animal Kingdom Lodge
- Gasparilla at Disney’s Grand Floridian
- Artist’s Palette at Saratoga Springs Resort
Making your kosher vacation special
You can make your kosher vacation super special by upgrading to luxury rental accommodations in Orlando. Villatel Luxury Villas is a new vacation experience that takes the guesswork out of vacation home rentals by providing brand-owned, brand curated properties that are approachable and luxurious.
Tips when going to Orlando for a kosher vacation
When planning to go on a vacation to Orlando, Florida, it is important to make restaurant reservations ahead. If traveling during the holiday season, make reservations before the travel date.
Before making a reservation at a restaurant, review first the menu for selection and price. Make sure that the restaurant serves kosher food, not only kosher-style food. Check the restaurant website to see if it is under rabbinical supervision and if there is a Mashgiach on site.
Kosher Orlando Resources
1. Chabad South Orlando; Kosher Food In Orlando.
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