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Microsoft Ignite 2017: Journey of an IT Guy – Episode 4

by | Jul 24, 2017

Hello and welcome back to episode 4 of my 6 part series, where I explore the epic journey to Microsoft Ignite 2017, down in Orlando, FL at the Orange County Convention Center, Sept. 25th – Sept 29th.

As you will recall from episode three, we explored airfare and travel to/from the conference center to your hotel and the airport. In this month’s episode, I had previously mentioned in episode three that we would cover the session catalog. I have had a change of heart in the past month, and thus decided that rules were meant to be broken; So instead of this months episode being all about the session catalog, we will instead discuss the local food in the fine city of Orlando, FL. So, with that out of the way, get back too it!


While I love to eat (Perhaps too much as my wife tells me) – I am not a food expert. I like what I like, and therefore I will give you my opinions on local eats, in the city of Orlando near the Convention Center. Some of these are local restaurants, some are national chains, which you may have tried yourself. I can guarantee all of these selections will at least fill your stomach.

Additionally, keep in mind, that these restaurants are primarily selected for dinner. (As they will be feeding lunch at the conference.)

In looking at restaurant near the convention center, there are hundreds of restaurants to sample. According to TripAdviser, there are at least 200 restaurants within 5 miles of conference center.  So for the sake of not making this episode incredibly long, I will briefly cover 5 restaurants within 5 miles of the conference center.  These are all my opinion, and on the bright side, my suggestions will give you at least 1 restaurant to try a day. That is, if you’ve never been to Orlando before, and are willing to take a chance off a blind recommendation! Heh – you’re adventurous aren’t you?

One other note –  I’m basing my ratings and pricing off of ratings viewed on TripAdviser, and reviews I gathered off a local flog (food blog). So take it or leave it, here are my 5 suggestions. If you have any suggestions of your own, please feel free to share them in the comments below.

Restaurants Near Microsoft Ignite 2017

  1. Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza
  2. Fogo De Chao
  3. Spencer’s
  4. Bonefish Grill
  5. Yard House

1. Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza

Anthony’s is dubbed; “casual chain serving charred-crust pies, wings and subs in a modern setting.” According to TripAdviser, the food is a 4.5 out of 5, and expect to spend $10-30 bucks for a pizza pie. Learn More


2. Fogo De Chao

Fogo De Chao, is a Brazilian steak house. Bring your appetite, because you will leave this place absolutely stuffed. Servers (Called Gauchos), circle around your table, and continually fill your plate with different cuts of meat, until you set the colored dial on the table to red (Indication to stop) Word of caution, don’t over eat at the salad bar.  According to TripAdviser, the food is a 4.5 out of 5, and I will personally give a thumbs up too. Expect to spend a little more here for a meal. A meal here will set you back $30-60. Learn More


3. Spencer’s

Spencer’s is an America Steakhouse nestled into the Hilton Orlando. Expect to bring an appetite, and a wad of cash, as its definitely on the pricier side if you’re on a budget. If you can swing it, it is definitely well worth the price. According to TripAdviser, the food is a 4.5 out of 5, and expect to spend $30-60 bucks. Learn More


4. Bonefish Grill

Bonefish Grill is an America Seafood restaurant. If you like seafood, you will like Bonefish. Ask for the swordfish, you wont regret it!  According to TripAdviser, the food is a 4.5 out of 5, and expect to spend $10-40 bucks. Learn More


5. Yard House

And to round out the list, The Yard House is the quintessential burger joint. According to TripAdviser, the food is a solid 4 out of 5, and expect to spend $10-30 bucks. Learn More


That brings us to the end of episode 4! I know, this episode was a little light.. I promise, I’ll make it up with our next episode! Only 1 more episode remains prior to the conference. In the next episode, I will cover the conference agenda, the session catalog and the MyIgnite website. Also – Just a reminder, that while episode 5 will be released on August 24th, episode 6 will not actually be released until after the conclusion of the conference. I just don’t want you anxiously awaiting my September release on the 24th.. You should be out enjoying all there is to learn at the conference, just like me!

As before, follow me on Twitter (@chrisrbmn), and keep an eye open for my tweets during the conference. I will be tweeting any Microsoft Ignite 2017 content, making daily updates, including but not limited to the keynote speech, along with any sessions I attend.

That’s it for now! So, for now, I’ll leave you until August, 24th.

Do you have any questions? Anything you want me to add to the series? Tell me about it in the comments below.

Check out the rest of the posts in this series:

Microsoft Ignite 2017: Journey of an IT Guy – Episode 1

Microsoft Ignite 2017: Journey of an IT Guy – Episode 2

Microsoft Ignite 2017: Journey of an IT Guy – Episode 3


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