Comfort Suites UCF Area - Research Park
12101 Challenger Pkwy
Orlando, FL 32826
Phone: (407) 737-7303
Fax: (407) 737-7304
Situated within the Bubbalou's Bodacious BBQ, The Lucky Pig Lounge offers an array of exotic cocktails and drinks to its guests. Having hosted rocking live music concerts, its no wonder that this place has the tag of being the best bar and lounge of the city.This place also serves awesome bar food that will surely satisfy your taste buds. Featuring an outdoor patio, this place is an ideal place to chill out with friends and family, while watching your favorite matches that are screened on the televisions here. And if in case, you are planning to throw a party, this place is also available for private hire.
Situated just south of the UCF campus, Mix Frozen Yogurt gives customers an amazing array of choices. This Fro-Yo shop is a favorite among the college crowd and others looking for refreshing, delightful treats. The menu changes weekly, but always offers 16 different frozen yogurt flavors and includes more than 50 toppings. Choose from regular flavors like strawberry, chocolate and vanilla, or more unique ones like Irish mint, caffe latte and New York cheesecake. Special tart flavors are also available. Topping choices include fresh fruits of all kinds along with many dry toppings to create that perfect treat. -Diane Dilov-Schultheis
Olive Garden serves up authentic Italian cuisine. Their signature breadsticks and one-of-a-kind menu make them an American icon. Standard Italian options like bruchetta, calamari, ravioli, and eggplant parmigiana line their lengthy menu. More exotic items like salmon, chicken dishes, and innovative pizzas are also available. For the calorie-counter, Olive Garden has a range of low fat and low carbohydrate options. Their bottomless salads ensure a well-balanced feast. Enjoy your meal with a bottle from their extensive wine list or one of their tropical island drinks. Finally, top it all off with a little something from their dessert menu—cakes, custards, and ice creams are sure to win you over.
Juancho’s Grill is a bright red food truck that specializes in Colombian food. The truck is typically located on East Colonial Drive in a dirt lot, which is a short distance west of North Alafaya Trail. The menu is small, but includes a great variety of popular Colombian street food options. Selections available consist of Colombian-style hamburgers and hot dogs (both include bacon strips, crushed chips, lettuce, mayo, tomato, pineapple, sautéed onions and melted cheese), pinchos (grilled meat on a stick), salchipapa (hot dogs with yellow potatoes), empanadas, Hawaiian quesadillas and Colombian sodas. -Diane Dilov-Schultheis
If you have a hankering for seafood, this is the place to go. Red Lobster has a wide variety of good eats for the whole family. Various appetizers, special entrees, drinks and desserts ensure a menu with something for just about anybody. Lunch and dinner menus include shrimp, soups and salads, seafood platters, chicken, steak, and pasta. For calorie-counters, choose from the LightHouse Menu—which highlights dishes that won't cause you to tip the scales. A Kid's Menu is available with fine fare for the little ones like Chicken Fingers and Mac & Cheese. Be sure to save room for a scrumptious dessert. Gift Cards are available as a great gift for the seafood lover.
Rice and Beans Cocina Latina, located northeast of downtown Orlando in the Waterford Lakes area, is a family-owned and operated restaurant serving home-cooked Cuban and Dominican cuisine created from original family recipes. Enjoy your lunch or dinner in a casual, clean and cheery environment, or place your order to go. When dining in, you need to pick up your food yourself, but a friendly waitress takes care of your drinks. -Diane Dilov-Schultheis
Firkin and Kegler Family Entertainment Center is located east of Orlando in Waterford Lakes. Plan on spending the day here and being occupied with many things. This two-level complex has something for everyone of every age. Choose from a quick snack or a full-course meal from the menu offering a variety of selections, or enjoy a cold one in the restaurant and pub that has a full service bar. Play a game of pool, try out the golf simulator, or hang out in the arcade room. Firkin and Kegler Family Entertainment Center also has a 32-lane state-of-the-art bowling alley with 22-foot HD televisions, a nightclub and sports lounge with entertainment, and a dance floor, along with outside patio seating.
Located east of the Downtown area, Maria Bonita provides guests with a nice selection of both Mexican and Cuban creations in a friendly setting. The restaurant is colorful on the outside, and the inside is lively, welcoming and includes beautiful murals on the walls. Start your meal with warm, crispy chips with salsa and a cold, refreshing flavored margarita, mojito, beer or wine from the full service bar. The lunch and dinner menus include a wide assortment of specially prepared authentic Mexican and Cuban dishes. Friendly servers provide menu explanations, if needed. -Diane Dilov-Schultheis
Balagan Kosher Mediterranean Café has two locations in the University of Central Florida area. One is in the UCF Student Union and the other is a concession stand that is only open during events that are held in the UCF Arena. This kosher, vegetarian-friendly little eatery serves fresh Mediterranean/Middle Eastern fare and is a favorite among students and locals alike. The menu items include high-quality salads, wraps, sandwiches and burgers. Some of the popular menu items are Chicken Shawarma, Beef Shawarma and falafels. Customers can add an abundance of healthy and flavorful options to all of these freshly made creations. -Diane Dilov-Schultheis
Knight Library is conveniently located just across the street from UCF (University of Central Florida). It is the “library” used by a large number of college students to gather with friends or to meet new ones. There are no books found here, but a lot of fun activities and events. This is UCF’s favorite hangout that features a huge bar with more than 30 televisions. It also has 6 projector screens, poker, video games, darts, pool tables and numerous special events going on all the time. The menu includes appetizers, salads, soups, burgers, wings, subs, sandwiches, quesadillas, fish and more. Knight Library offers a laid back college-styled setting and affordable prices. - Diane Dilov-Schultheis
Located on University Boulevard, across from UCF, Jeremiah's Italian Ice is the place to go for a cool refreshing treat. Other locations in the Orlando area include a shop in Winter Park, Winter Springs and Maitland. Choose from made-fresh-daily Italian ice, soft serve or a combination of the two, known as "gelati." The menu includes 20-plus flavors every day, featuring several standards and also a variety of rotating flavors to choose from at the various shop locations. Stop by for a sweet treat in small, medium, large and quart sizes, or place an order to go for a half gallon of Italian ice. -Diane Dilov-Schultheis
Flippers Pizzeria is well known to those who live in the Central Florida area and will not soon be forgotten by those who try it for the first time. Stop by the pizzeria located in the University Commons area near UCF for a California classic brick oven pizza that is handmade using only the best ingredients and then cooked to perfection. The setting is contemporary and welcoming, and the menu features a nice selection of items besides the famous pizza, including appetizers, flat breads, calzones, salads, wings, brick-fired sandwiches and signature penne pastas as well as dessert, wine and beer. -Diane Dilov-Schultheis