If you are in Orlando with your kids or if you have some sports enthusiasts in your family then spending an evening dining at NBA City will be a big hit. Established in 1999, NBA City has twice been voted the best Theme Restaurant by the Orlando Sentinel and this praise is also echoed by many visitors to the restaurant.

It is easy to see the appeal. You dine in an atmosphere that is rich with sports memorabilia and with flat panel TV screen showing either live action sports or choice videos from the NBA archives highlighting exciting moments, performances and rivalries -- from Bill Russell and Wilt Chamberlain to Kevin Garnett and Kobe Bryant.

If your kids, or you, want to test basketball skills then there is an interactive area where there are games for all ages. Yes, you can shoot some hoops at this place.

The restaurant's menu features a mix of American cuisine, including grilled steaks, hamburgers, fresh pastas, brick oven pizzas, salads, and sandwiches. The desserts are made from scratch. The price is moderate with the average price for a meal coming in under $15.

Although the menu sounds ordinary, the cuisine has garnered a lot of praise from ordinary customers and connoisseurs alike. The respected Fodor’s Review said "The NBA memorabilia and video games are great, but the food is actually the real draw here."

The restaurant is 17,500 sq. feet and seats up to 352 on two levels. Private party space is available from an intimate VIP room for 25 to a cocktail reception for 800.

If you really want to watch sporting events in style then you should try the SkyBox Lounge. With a good view of Universal’s CityWalk area. The SkyBox Lounge is an upscale lounge serving cocktails and showing non-stop sports action on 20 different TVs.

Before you leave from NBA City you may also want to get an NBA jersey or other gear from your favorite basketball team. You can get your heart’s desire in the well-stocked merchandise area.

NBA City is great for family outings but it is also attractive for group events as well, and they host numerous parties throughout the year as well as a variety of corporate events, youth group outings, team functions, birthdays, bar mitzvahs, church outings and much more.

In case you are wondering about the location of NBA City, it is in the heart of Universal’s CityWalk area. This is an entertainment, dining and shopping complex loaded with night clubs, restaurants and theme restaurants.

Here is the exact address and phone number: NBA City Orlando, 6068 Universal Blvd, Orlando, FL 32819, P: (407) NBACITY . The restaurant is open daily from 11:00 AM and the closing time is flexible depending upon the business.

So, if you are going to spend some time at the theme parks in the Orlando area this year and are looking for an interesting dining spot, then save some time for NBA City. You and your sports-loving family and friends will be appreciate it.

Mark & Whichard writes frequently on Orlando Tourism and is a specialist in Orlando vacation home rentals. Visit his website http:// www.orlandosfinest.com for information about condos, vacation homes and villas for rent in the Orlando, Florida area
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