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Bananas Modern American Diner

(Now Closed)
Diner, American Restaurant, and Winery$$$$
Park Lake- Highland, Orlando
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  • Jeannie R.
    Jeannie RemonFebruary 19, 2014
    The food is phenomenal... but what you really have to go here for is their Gospel Brunch. Bring Grandma along, but leave the kids at home. Enjoy some great food, a mimosa, and some AMAZING Queens!
  • Alessandra F.
    Alessandra FoleyJuly 21, 2012
    This place is fantastic and amazing! The servers are beautiful and hilarious!! The girls are amazing, miss t is the best server ever!!! The ribs are amazing too!! This place is too die for!!
  • House of Blues
    House of BluesJuly 10, 2012
    Tuesdays and Sundays are the best days to come! Their ever-changing mac 'n' cheese and chicken pot pie are must tries! And don't forget your banana flavored cotton candy on the way out!
  • Bianca C.
    Bianca C.April 2, 2011
    Went back today and ordered a Belgian waffle with blueberries and whip cream. It was delicious and with no kidding like an entire cup of fresh blueberries on the side. Shame I forgot to snap a pic lol
  • Janessa G.
    Janessa GOctober 2, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    If you can't get the Danielle booth, then sit in the lounge in the back. The couches are comfy and they serve full menu...Kick you feet up and order the Pinot Grigio & Mac & cheese!! Ask for Ally!!
  • Brycen E.
    Brycen EdwardsJuly 5, 2011
    Deep fried pickles plus chicken and waffles for the win. Loved the Orange Dream milkshake for my dessert. This is a gem in Orlando. Go real late on the weekend for extra fun.
  • Lynn D.
    Lynn DeeDecember 22, 2012
    First time at Bananas and the service and food was excellent!! Chicken and waffles are the bomb!!! Also get the Della's ham and bean soup!!!
  • Brenda B.
    Brenda BowmanAugust 7, 2013
    Great comfort food & service! Was SO excited to see a Garbage Plate on the menu. Decent enough...a few tweaks & it'll b closer to a genuine Nick Tahoe original!
  • Heather R.
    Heather ReynoldsJuly 14, 2011
    Chicken n waffles = some ppl love them. Me...meh. funky monkey goat chz is great. Best onion rings ever! Daily ever-changing mac n chz is great.
  • Ron H.
    Ron HaggertyOctober 30, 2010
    Great Food and Large portions!. I had Breakfast Boritto, my wife had a turkey club on toast with avocados, etc. and the kids had Pancakes. 2 people can share... They're huge!
  • Diane B.
    Diane BourneJanuary 7, 2011
    Service is excellent. I've tried five dishes from breakfast and dinner menus, all five were very disappointing. Also resent forced valet when spaces in front are available. Free. But who doesnt tip?
  • Jen R.
    Jen RickmannAugust 17, 2010
    The same owners as Funky Monkey. Very quiet spot for a morning breakfast meeting where you will not be rushed. The food and service were outstanding so maybe things have changed since the other review
  • Jamal D.
    Jamal DavisDecember 7, 2011
    Try the loaded fries and milk shakes they are amazing and go well with the show which is also amazing
  • Brooke K.
    Brooke KelleySeptember 7, 2011
    Don't bother w the chips n salsa, very plain & waaay more chips than salsa. Great food, otherwise, and say Hi to the puffer fish!
  • Anthony V.
    Anthony VitoFebruary 12, 2011
    Great food, great service, Jimmy and "Snaps" are the best... Ask for them when you visit. They will take great care of you...
  • Marvin M.
    Marvin MollinedoOctober 6, 2011
    This place is BANANAS! Awesome chicken and waffles!!! Service was great. Staff very friendly. Two thumbs up
  • Abigail M.
    Abigail MuirSeptember 15, 2011
    I live in NYC but when I'm in FL, Bananas is my jam. Crazy good veggie burgers and don't get my started on the cotton candy..
  • eddie n.
    eddie nickellMay 2, 2012
    Bananas just won top 100 brunch places in AMERICA one of 3 on florida so it looks like Bananas is doing many things very right...
  • Lori P.
    Lori PollgreenJuly 28, 2013
    Order the Bloody Mary and eggs benedict!! They go perfectly with drag queens :)
  • Samantha D.
    Samantha DeFrancescoJune 2, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Great first impression! Awesome atmosphere and food. The cotton candy with your check? Adorable!
  • Derek S.
    Derek SebastianWoodsOctober 14, 2012
    Serving amazing breakfast, lunch and dinner and 24 hour weekends with FANTASTIC drag queen servers.
  • eddie n.
    eddie nickellAugust 22, 2010
    The place is so fabulous.. just opened and amazing food. great vine and atmoshpere come check it out for yourself. Its a diner people
  • Khristina L.
    Khristina LovingMarch 4, 2012
    Unless you have a reservation forget eating here. I can't say if the food is good because it took 25 mins to find out that you have to have a reservation to eat here on a Sunday afternoon.
  • Debi
    DebiJuly 15, 2011
    Best food ever!! The people that work here are beyond nice. AND if you don't want your cotton candy can I have? Please?
  • Amy N.
    Amy NApril 16, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    This place is amazing! The food is some of the best diner fare I've ever had!
  • Courtney B.
    Courtney BuchananOctober 23, 2011
    Go with friends, it keeps you occupied. As for the tator tots... They are heavenly,!!
  • Ally G.
    Ally GOctober 19, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Try the shepards pie or some amazing grilled cheese! Oh, and stuffed French toast is out of this world!
  • James W.
    James WeaverJanuary 16, 2014
    All the milkshakes are awesome and they're no longer 24 hours either
  • BRINK Magazine
    BRINK MagazineJuly 9, 2012
    Hey! This is your post-downtown Orlando “it's 3am and I NEED some fries” spot. Forget IHOP... Bananas has drag queens!
  • SBK
    SBKApril 3, 2011
    Great All-American menu, awesome service, free valet parking and excellent decor!
  • Erika B.
    Erika BarkerApril 2, 2012
    OMG! You must try the deep fried pickles! They are to die for!
  • christy r.
    christy roschenApril 27, 2012
    Breakfast is my favorite. But always ask for the banana cotton candy.
  • Chris V.
    Chris ValloweNovember 17, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Great food! Ask to substitute the regular fries for sweet potato fries, They're awesome!
  • Kevin S.
    Kevin StillJuly 8, 2012
    If you hate air conditioning, fast service, and friendly wait staff... You'll love it...
  • BRINK Magazine
    BRINK MagazineAugust 7, 2012
    Hey! This is your post-downtown Orlando “it's 3am and I NEED some fries” spot. Forget IHOP... Bananas has drag queens!
  • Rodrigo M.
    Rodrigo MenendezJune 29, 2011
    Home of the famous and most expensive breakfast...."the millionaire breakfast", never had it but looks awesome!!
  • Antonio R.
    Antonio RodriguezJanuary 2, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    I was drunk most of the time I was here, but it was fun!. The Chocolate milkshake was delicious.
  • karson k.
    karson kaleyOctober 7, 2010
    Much improved from first few weeks, however, they really do need more vegetarian lunch/dinner items. And the water's atrocious. Suck it up and spend the money on a soda, or tea, but dont get the water
  • Kathy F.
    Kathy FFebruary 18, 2013
    Get the new Breakfast Burger! To die for!
  • Kevin K.
    Kevin KarsonJanuary 28, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The Benedicts are sinfully good. Try the jalapeno and corn fritters!
  • Charlotte S.
    Charlotte SalafiaApril 19, 2013
    Fun place! Great Food! Great service!
  • Michael R.
    Michael ReyesJune 19, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Keep a mental list of entrees you're interested in. Otherwise, you may be setting yourself up for disappointment when the waitress takes your order.
  • eddie n.
    eddie nickellSeptember 16, 2012
    Bananas was packed tonight.. everyone had an amazing time with great food
  • Jerry D.
    Jerry Del ValleFebruary 19, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Bananas apparently cannot take negative commentary on Facebook, as they deleted my wall post, and shut me off from being able to make comments. Check out all the poor reviews on Open Table.
  • Bianca C.
    Bianca C.March 27, 2011
    The Reuben was great but bring a sweater! It was freezing in there!
  • Amber
    AmberJanuary 17, 2011
    So delicious! Try the meatloaf! Amazing place & very entertaining!
  • Kathy F.
    Kathy FFebruary 18, 2013
    Fresh cotton candy with the check!
  • Blue E.
    Blue EstrellaMarch 9, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    This place is only cool on nights when the beautiful drag queens are here. :)
  • Jerry D.
    Jerry Del ValleSeptember 15, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Giving Bananas another chance tonight, I shall report on the service and food. Hopefully they have improved.
  • Johnny B.
    Johnny BoulwareSeptember 8, 2012
    Try the peanut butter Kelly milkshake, amazing!
  • John W.
    John W.September 4, 2010
    Great food and great service!! Fun atmosphere too. Can't wait to go back.
  • eddie y.
    eddie yarbroughApril 21, 2013
    Ugh! I went Friday night and they were out of tater tots, onion rings, and French fries. Not only that, I ordered the Buffalo Chicken Mac 'n Cheese and it was burnt. Never going back.
  • John Z.
    John ZileJanuary 9, 2011
    Ally was amazing. The gospel brunch was very fun. Great food.
  • Matthew C.
    Matthew ClarkJuly 6, 2012
    Daddies love the daddy burger
  • Amber L.
    Amber LuuApril 24, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    We always come for steak and eggs, but they took it off of the menu! Super sad face.
  • Kate C.
    Kate ClarkMay 11, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    great milkshakes and burgers! I recommend the loaded tots.
  • Cody B.
    Cody BushOctober 10, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Get here before 2 am on the weekend or you'll lose a parking spot.
  • Barry S.
    Barry SpillerSeptember 16, 2012
    If ur open minded to this lifestyle gay or str8 it's a wonderful time on Sunday so fun
  • Parker S.
    Parker SketchMarch 21, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    There is a burger for everyone here.... great selection!
  • Quinton S.
    Quinton SheerFebruary 10, 2013
    Worst service! Tool an hour to get breakfast and when they brought said it had been sitting for 30 min. But did I want it anyways?! No on seemed to care. We left. And will never come back.
  • Sean P.
    Sean PittsOctober 27, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Order ahead for to-go! The Breakfast Pizza is AMAZING!!!
  • Amilia S.
    Amilia SSeptember 21, 2011
    Their deep fried pickles are to die for!!!!
  • Jerry D.
    Jerry Del ValleFebruary 19, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    On top of being out of what I wanted, what I DID order tonight came out cold. I will not be coming back to Bananas. Such a shame, this place used to be so good. It has to be poor management.
  • John P.
    John PaulJune 30, 2012
    It's not bad. A little dumpy. Air conditioning not working too well. Fries are generic Orida, substitute for something else.
  • Jaysen N.
    Jaysen NavarroNovember 22, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    They no longer have the Elvis Sandwich; it was my fav.
  • eddie n.
    eddie nickellFebruary 27, 2012
    just had some chicken and waffles... so good !! you have to try them
  • Jerry D.
    Jerry Del ValleFebruary 19, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    THINK TWICE BEFORE COMING-Has gone way downhill as of late. They have ruined their wings, if you're even lucky enough to get any, always running out of things.
  • Michael A.
    Michael A.February 13, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    The Alicia Markstone is a great sandwich! And she's a fabulous server!
  • Bruce R.
    Bruce RuizAugust 18, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Great food! Just don't expect to eat healthy... :)
  • May K.
    May KayeeAugust 13, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    I was so excited for the chicken and waffles. Unfortunately, it was raw on the inside and I had to send it back. There are definite kinks that need to be worked out. Has potential.
  • Ariadne A.
    Ariadne AridasDecember 4, 2010
    Love the cotton candy when they give you the check, nice touch!
  • Julie F.
    Julie FaulkJanuary 2, 2012
    Absolutely do NOT recommend this place! Found a crust of bread in coleslaw which was a very disgustingdiscovery. When I told them I did not want the meal they told me that they had to charge me anyway
  • Jerry D.
    Jerry Del ValleNovember 4, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    This place used to be great. Service is getting bad, and the food isn't as good as it used to be. ALSO, they are ALWAYS out of something. I think they need a better restaurant manager.
  • Mike S.
    Mike SilvaJanuary 19, 2013
    This place is good at any time of the day!!!
  • Doug L.
    Doug L.January 9, 2011
    Ally, a fantastic server. Look for the purple hair, sit back and relax.
  • Michael P.
    Michael PoleyApril 24, 2011
    I have been here 3x - the service is terrible and management is unapologetic. Got fish & chips - 40min later it arrived black - management says it always comes like that. Change your fryer oil.
  • Jerry D.
    Jerry Del ValleSeptember 16, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    So...gave them another chance, and really shouldn't have. The reduced the number of wings for same price, and they were awful again. The tater tots were also bad; old, old oil. Gross!
  • Derek
    DerekJuly 14, 2012
    Staff always delivers top notch service!
  • Justin S.
    Justin StarrAugust 16, 2011
    Overpriced kitsch with an unfortunate claustrophobic decor and a menu that is both uninspired and lazily prepared. A good chef could make this more than novelty.
  • Josh A.
    Josh AlvarezOctober 21, 2012
    Chicken and waffles is where its at :)
  • Elizabeth K.
    Elizabeth KozupApril 24, 2011
    Don't waste your time. I wanted this place to work so badly I kept coming back, even though I've only had bad experiences here. Slow and straight-up bad service and mediocre food each and everytime we
  • Ralph G.
    Ralph GoicouriaOctober 28, 2011
    Free coffee with check in..oh and don't forget your free cotton candy!
  • Central Florida T.
    Central Florida Top 5May 12, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Tweet us your here and we'll RT you! @CentralFLTop5 !!!
  • ✨Christina B.
    ✨Christina Bolling✨December 17, 2010
    Fabulous place! Try a saki bomb... trust me.
  • Chris S.
    Chris ShackelfordFebruary 19, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Over the past year I have had more and more horrible experiences. Whether they run out of things, food comes out uncooked, or the service is just crap, this place seriously went downhill.
  • Lily T.
    Lily TFebruary 9, 2012
    Cotton candy for dessert. Nuff said.
  • David E.
    David EvansFebruary 4, 2011
    Always a good meal, love the Mac and cheese!!
  • Aaron C.
    Aaron ClevengerJune 5, 2011
    Addison knows how to take care of the boys oh and the girls too!
  • Tiffany C.
    Tiffany CarrollFebruary 18, 2013
    The daddy burger is amazing!!
  • Julie F.
    Julie FaulkJanuary 5, 2012
    Found something n my food,told them I did not want the meal. Was charged 4 it even thoI had taken only 1 bite! Bottom line, if ur not happy w/ ur meal, u will still have to pay 4 it, unbelievable!
  • Matthew C.
    Matthew ClarkJuly 6, 2012
    American burger
  • Daniel D.
    Daniel DennisDecember 4, 2010
    There's a man in a tie, maybe a manager, walking to each table and talking. But he's like's funny as hell. Lay off the coke, brother...
  • Dre F.
    Dre FourthousandOctober 19, 2010
    Yummy! Ally is my fav server! Suuuch good burgers!
  • Dustin
    DustinSeptember 19, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Get the Buffalo Benedict it is amazing!
  • J R.
    J RauchSeptember 25, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Another recommendation for the Buffalo Benedict. Incredible!
  • Justin J.
    Justin JonesJune 14, 2011
    The fried green beans are the best!
  • Julie F.
    Julie FaulkJanuary 2, 2012
    Don't bother with the chips and dip. Chis are from a bag.
  • Tyler W.
    Tyler WaideApril 21, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Get Stacey!! She's amazing and beautiful!!
  • manuel c.
    manuel caramesApril 3, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Food not so great, soaked in butter. But the staff is alot of fun.
  • Gabriel G.
    Gabriel GibaldiFebruary 19, 2012
    Get the chicken and waffles!!
  • Trevor A.
    Trevor AllenFebruary 14, 2012
    Overpriced. Atmosphere is good. Food and service are mediocre at best. Didn't hate it, didn't love it either. I do know I will never come here again.
  • Will B.
    Will BatesSeptember 26, 2010
    The ever changing Mac n cheese is the bomb
  • Cyndy M.
    Cyndy MurrietaFebruary 18, 2013
    Try the Breakfast Burger!!
  • eddie n.
    eddie nickellApril 25, 2012
    fabulous show tonight
  • eddie n.
    eddie nickellMarch 3, 2012
    Addison Taylor is Back at Bananas and she looks HOT !!!
  • Lindsay W.
    Lindsay WagnerDecember 15, 2011
    Awesome milkshakes!
  • eddie n.
    eddie nickellOctober 3, 2010
    Amazing brunch today... go BANANAS YOU rock !!
  • Steve Y.
    Steve YoungMarch 4, 2012
    Horrible!! Need a reservation for a Sunday lunch? WTF! Forget about finding someone to tell you that, they are too busy to care.
  • Toni H.
    Toni HouserJuly 24, 2012
    Delicious Food !!
  • Jason C.
    Jason ChappellFebruary 9, 2014
    It was BANNANAS!!
  • John O.
    John OverchuckJune 7, 2012
    Great Burger
  • Ryan L.
    Ryan LoweMarch 31, 2011
    Amazing grilled cheese samich Yum :)
  • William F.
    William FrenchJune 5, 2011
    Get Addison. She is Amazing!!!!
  • Bill W.
    Bill WilliamsAugust 3, 2010
    Went to opening day lunch. Service was very slow and food came out cold and not even right. Might give it a another shot but not very impressed.
  • Ryan L.
    Ryan LoweMarch 10, 2012
    Tip miss Danielle Hunter :)
  • Shaun M.
    Shaun McCarronSeptember 4, 2010
    the wings are realllllllllllllllly good
  • Kat A.
    Kat AwwsomeMarch 3, 2012
    Service is HORRIBLE and the food was undercooked and cold. Chuck's Restaurant, across the street, is way better!
  • Brian C.
    Brian CaseJune 5, 2011
    I will return here
  • Kristian™ C.
    Kristian™ C.September 5, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Just had the worst service experience at this restaurant. I have come here on numerous occasions and never treated this crappy. Goodbye forever Bananas!
  • manuel c.
    manuel caramesJuly 3, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Don't have the biscuits and gravy.
  • Sandra N.
    Sandra NeadAugust 3, 2010
    Has potential. May be awesome after a few weeks.
  • Chris L.
    Chris LeblancSeptember 13, 2010
    The drag show better be good because the food sure isn't the best tip is to order bottled water. Not a fan, sorry guys I'm still sick from my meal :-(
  • John H.
    John HareFebruary 18, 2012
    Loaded tots!!!
  • Matt M.
    Matt McCownJanuary 1, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    If you are may want to go somewhere else...they are really slow for no apparent reason
  • Dimitris T.
    Dimitris TournasDecember 10, 2011
    Terrible service during non-peak hours! I ordered a veggie burger and after 30 minutes of "it'll be right out" I just left.
  • Bill G.
    Bill GordonAugust 7, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Good luck getting somebody to take your order.
  • Steven M.
    Steven MorganFebruary 5, 2012
    Wait to be seated .., wait a long time.
  • Anthony L.
    Anthony LyleNovember 7, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    The short waitress with brown hair.. Is not good!!!! (Karen I think her name is Karen)
  • Danielle D.
    Danielle D.July 2, 2011
    Burger was dry, bun too hard and fries were lame. Tip? Eat somewhere else.
  • Lauren B.
    Lauren BOctober 25, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Great food!
  • Kristian™ C.
    Kristian™ C.January 22, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Stay away from the shakes. They are crap!
  • Jesi E.
    Jesi E.July 15, 2012
    Worst experience ever. No service in over an hour, runny "queso' and the manager was fowl
  • Chris S.
    Chris ShackelfordJanuary 29, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    I know I don't have a drag queen server for my food, but why is it taking so long?!?!?
  • Peter R.
    Peter RamagliaAugust 30, 2013
    By far the worst burger ever!
    ICEBAR OrlandoApril 22, 2012
    Dirty restroom yuk
  • Shaun M.
    Shaun McCarronAugust 28, 2010
    This place roxxxx
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