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Kosher Gourmet Orlando- Know Before You Go

Whether you're traveling for your Passover or Pesach holiday or your family vacation or special occasion, Orlando has plenty of options to help you with all of your Kosher dining needs. There are numerous Kosher restaurants offering food to please every budget and palate. If you prefer to stock the pantry and do it yourself, there are several good shopping options. There are also some excellent caterers who will do it all and deliver it to your door. You'll also find several Pesach programs that will address all of your needs, from luxury accommodations equipped with Kosher kitchens and utensils to synagogues and dining options. Check out our guide for frum families to all things "Kosher gourmet Orlando."

Staying Kosher in Walt Disney World 

Yes, it is possible to travel to Orlando, enjoy the theme parks, and still keep Kosher. There are many restaurant and pantry options to help you keep Kosher in Orlando, and you can even visit and enjoy the theme parks without worry. Just remember, planning is everything. 

  • Walt Disney World Resort

Kosher meals can be arranged at any table-service Walt Disney Resort restaurant and some quick-service restaurants. Select quick-service restaurants serve Kosher food without advance notice. The list changes, so confirm before you go, but some of the quick-service restaurants currently serving Kosher offerings without advance notice are listed below.

At the parks:

  • Animal Kingdom: Satu'li Canteen
  • Disney's Hollywood Studios: ABC Commissary
  • Magic Kingdom: Cosmic Ray's Starlight Cafe - Tomorrowland
  • Epcot: Liberty Inn - American Adventure 

At the Walt Disney World Resorts - Selections change but ask about this lineup. 

  • All-Star Movies: World Premiere Food Court
  • All-Star Music: Intermission Food Court
  • All-Star Sports: End Zone Food Court
  • Animal Kingdom Lodge: The Mara
  • Caribbean Beach: Centertown
  • Grand Floridian: Gaasparilla Grill
  • Pop Century: Everything Pop
  • Port Orleans — French Quarter: Sassagoula Floatworks & Food Factory
  • Port Orleans — Riverside: Riverside Mill
  • Saratoga Springs: Artist's Palette

Some extras and goodies you may want to know about:

You can often find Kosher baked goods at Erin McKenna's Bakery NYC in Disney Springs. Call to confirm. It is reported that the Mickey Pretzels and Dole Whip at Disney World are all kosher, but always always, check for yourself first. Mickey ice creams are always OU-D (Kosher Dairy.) 

Important! Kosher meals at Disney must be requested 24 hours in advance by calling their dining reservations number. For family-style or buffet meals, you will probably receive only one meal, and it will not be "all you can eat." You will be charged the regular pricing.

If your party has purchased the Disney Dining Plan, your options will be the same. For example, if your package includes one appetizer, one entree, and one beverage, then you can order one Kosher appetizer, entree, and beverage. 

You must also indicate any special dietary requirements when making reservations or ordering. The wait time may be a little more based on the special care required but be patient and enjoy a magical meal! 

Restaurants- Experience Kosher gourmet Orlando

There are many great Kosher restaurants in Orlando offering anything from the best deli sandwich south of NYC to an excellent Kosher meal. Ask around at your accommodations, but here are a few that are well established and highly rated. Whenever it is possible, make reservations well ahead of time to ensure you are seated at your preferred time.

  • For the casual bite

Menchie's Frozen Yogurt. Check out Menchies when you want to grab a quick snack between parks and attractions or topping off a great meal. They have dozens of flavors and plenty of toppings. You'll pay for your concoction by the pound! 

Check out The Pastrami Project, a food truck located on Magnolia Drive that delivers the best pastrami on fresh bread and other specialties like beef brisket tacos you'll ever have. Their meats are hand-brined, smoked, and cured. Do not miss the chance to have old-school pastrami and coleslaw. Beware- there may be a wait. Orlando loves The Pastrami Project. 

Get funky at The Mellow Mushroom on International Drive. It's an eclectic, art-filled pizzeria that offers craft beers and stone-baked pizzas. 

  • Favorites for a more complete meal ane choose your favorite Kosher eatery Orlando offers. 

Kosher Eatery in Kissimmee has a Glatt kosher kitchen that provides Israeli etas, plus American and Chinese. It is not fussy and offers good service and good food. They feature pizza, pasta, salads, a favorite - low temperature, and slow cook smoked BBQ. Located near Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom, they're said to be the best Kosher eatery Orlando offers.

For something special, try out Kosher Grill on International Drive. This is a contemporary eatery serving kosher Mediterannean eats and burgers in a relaxed atmosphere. Check out their hummus and puta or the steak and grilled onions on a baguette.

Feel like having a meal delivered? Crafted Gourmet is said to offer the best delivery kosher culinary experience in the area. Their food is fresh, delicious, and beautifully presented, and you may want to try them for more than one meal! They will deliver to any resort in Orlando and have very extensive menu options. They are certified Kosher under the OVO and use only the best products. 

Groceries

If you are purchasing groceries to prepare your own lunches or snacks, there are several good options. BJ's Wholesale Club does require a membership card. Non-members can shop at BJ's with a one-day shopping pass. Located in Clermont, Florida, they offer Larome's Challah and Lily's Pastries and other Kosher options. Check the BJ's website for more information and current offerings.

Whole Foods, located on Turkey Lake Road, has a generous Kosher section and offers fine quality food. Trader Joe's on Sand Lake Road also offers very high-quality products. 

Publix, Florida's premier supermarket, has a kosher aisle that offers Tam Tams, Grape Juice, Wine, bagged Pas Yisroel bagels, "CK: Kashrut hechsher, and other traditional Kosher foods. They also provide some Kosher meats in the frozen section. Winn Dixie in South Orlando on South Apopka Vineland road has the best selection of Kosher groceries in Orlando, including Glatt Kosher meat and Chalav Yisroel daily products, and other traditional Jewish foods such as Challah.

Catering

According to your needs, Kosher Private Chefs (see below) serves Pesach, complete Sedermeals, or a specially curated menu. They are well known and garner great reviews. 

Catering by Motti in Orlando offers delicious food for special events, Shabbat Dinner or Pesach. They receive excellent reviews for their flavorful offerings and great service. Check their online menu and dine in or take out if you are not ready to have your dinner catered at your accommodations. 

Another Orlando staple is Zayde's Kosher Catering, located conveniently on International Drive in Rosen Plaza. Check them out on Facebook for a look at their fantastic food. 

There are numerous fine catering companies in Orlando that are sure to satisfy your needs for catering in your villa or other accommodation.

Passover or Pesach Programs (LINK)

Kosher Private Chefs is a top Florida-based gourmet option and has been delivering for 20 years. Their 2021 Passover program is outstanding, and they continue to earn great reviews. They have a designated Pesach kitchen and prepare elaborate Yom Tov cuisine while adhering to the highest hechsher. They can bring you a hassle-free fantastic dinner and quote you the meal of your choosing after discussing it with you. 

To find out more about Passover or Pesach Programs in Orlando, check out Kosher Orlando Choices for your Passover Vacation. 

Kosher Villas 

To make it easy to keep kosher and have a luxurious and relaxing experience, take a look at some of Orlando's unique kosher villas. You can rent an elegant home with up to 10 rooms at a surprisingly affordable rate. Your gourmet kitchen and plenty of space to spread out make it easy for your family to enjoy traditions and new Orlando experiences in privacy and luxury. 

A luxury villa in Orlando can give you and your family an amazing vacation experience that also meets the cleanliness and privacy of your own Kosher home. The team at  Villatel is experienced in your requirements for creating and serving kosher meals and will provide you with all of the utensils and provisions you need to maintain the highest kosher standards. 

Imagine your family enjoying the utmost in luxury in Orlando in an amenity-filled 10-room mansion located in a luxury vacation rental community while still maintaining kosher standards. You'll be working with a team that can provide all of the information you need regarding the local Jewish community, great places to purchase your provisions, and the very best kosher restaurants in Orlando. Your luxury retreat is private yet located just minutes from Walt Disney World and other attractions. 

The luxury mansions of Solterra Resort offer 10 bedrooms and space for up to 26 of your family members or community, all to spread out under one roof. These homes exceed 5000 square feet and are tastefully appointed with designer furniture and style and all the comforts of home. Everyone will be happy with 10 Bedrooms, 11.5 baths, and multiple community spaces—no more cramped hotel rooms and lots of privacy. Smart TVs, plush sofas, and armchairs provide the perfect place to unwind after a busy day or just wait for dinner.

Bedtime for the kids will be a snap when they retreat to their themed bedrooms with superhero decor and furnishings or the toy room with fantastic bunk beds and wall art. Kids loved to sleep surrounded by colorful animation and characters. 

Kids of all ages will love the private home theatre with 10 leather recliners, an arcade room with all the favorites like Pac-Man, air hockey, and a pool table. And the fun continues outside with the private patio, private pool and spillover spa, and comfortable loungers and patio table for poolside lounging. 

The community amenities, including an oversized pool, lazy river slide, poolside snacks, and luxury clubhouse, are just the beginning of what these kosher villas have to offer. For more information, check out Kosher Villas in Orlando.

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