Winter Park's Best Eats Offer Variety for Any Budget

Making a list that features the best dining venues in the Orlando-area confines of Winter Park would be 100 percent fun if not for the whole "only 10" thing. We made the best of it, though, pulling together a list that mixes tried-and-true favorites suitable for special occasions, some get-in/get-out/get-stuffed casual options and a few in the middle. Menus are as varied as price points. Perennial local favorite the Ravenous Pig may have bid farewell to its famous pig roasts, but has added brunch into its menu mix (all the better to sample the creative flair of the kitchen and bar staffers!). Anna's Polish Restaurant in its modest, Aloma strip-mall digs has just as loyal a following for its pierogies as the Pig does for its blue cheese-laden Pub Burger. Bosphorous, with its Turkish delights and hookah pipes reps for tony Park Avenue while the mini-but-mighty Mediterranean Deli does the same for its off-grid location on the outskirts of College Park. Looking for a great option for take-out lunch? Look no further than the small Cuban confines of the Black Bean Deli. Is it date night? Head back to Fairbanks Ave. for dinner or happy hour and sign on for wine and tapas at Scratch, an intimate venue you'll enjoy just as much with your S.O. as your B.F.F.

The first thing you need to know about Winter Park's Black Bean Deli is that you're taking your food to go. Okay, fine, there are a couple of seats in the small waiting area – technically you could scarf and split – but honestly, you want to...  Read More

Casual and friendly with solid, largely Southern-American fare, the Porch's kitchen serves up cheese-and-bacon-laden offerings that anyone remotely serious about their diet will want to steer well clear of. For the rest of you culinary sinners,...  Read More

Winter Park's lovely Park Avenue is home to Bosphorous, a Turkish delight of a restaurant with a corner location and outdoor seating to boot. Inside is no less charming; it's warm and inviting, as is the food. Grilled lamb, all manner of kebabs,...  Read More

Not all of Winter Park's great restaurants are ensconced in tony digs. Many are hiding in plain sight. That's the case with Tamarind, where great South and North Indian cuisine surmounted the obstacles of strip-mall obscurity to become a local...  Read More

This place, in its exceedingly humble, aged strip-mall digs, has been around good, long while. Why? Others may have more upscale atmosphere, this modest, dine-in/take-out deli has truly delicious food. The menu's not too expansive. In fact, it's...  Read More

Doughy dumplings. Tender cabbage. Bright, flavorful borscht. Scrumptious pierogies. Just a few things you might enjoy on a visit to Anna's Polish, yet another hidden gem of an eatery tucked into yet another nondescript shopping center, this one...  Read More

Though portions at this Japanese fusion venue are billed as "tapas-style," they are generous, which makes sharing not only fun, but more filling than often expected. While seafood, sashiimi and sushi lovers are certain to love Umi's super fresh...  Read More

Prato is an upscale enough venue in which to celebrate a landmark anniversary or well-deserved promotion but also casual enough to bring the (well-behaved, please) kids for some wonderfully crispy pizza from the wood-burning oven and sandwiches...  Read More

Intimate and chic, but hardly pretentious, the folks at Scratch makes you feel at home whether you've dropped in for a drink at the bar or to sample its sublime small plates (which you can also do at the bar). Its location on Fairbanks is just a...  Read More

The Ravenous Pig was among the first businesses to begin a new phase of transformation on this stretch of Orange Avenue in 2007 – and probably among the first to bring the term "gastropub" into the local lexicon, as well. Local is king here; a...  Read More


Meet A.D. Thompson

A.D. Thompson has spent more than 20 years as a professional writer and roughly 15 as a Floridian. The words, she has found, come easier with bare feet and rum.

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