Catch spring fever at these amazing Orlando eateries

Sometimes Spring is something you taste: radish, asparagus, tomatoes, sweet corn. Other times, it's an essence, a tip in the weather scales that in places like Orlando, moves the thermostat from boots weather to beach weather in what feels like a blink. Similarly, spring menus feature fresh, local produce and the best patios in town come alive with those of us looking to warm up after an Arctic blast pushes our overnight temps dangerously close to freezing. (Sorry, Minnesota. It's not our fault!) The views, of course, are varied. Over at Urbain 40, you can peruse a new seasonal menu as you enjoy the ambient noise of the majestic Dellagio Fountain – modeled on the Place de la Concorde in Paris. In Thornton Park, Soco offers the chance to nibble locally procured deviled eggs in its see-and-be-seen outdoor space. Up in Mount Dora, the secret garden-like courtyard of the Goblin Market is as romantic as it gets, while the casual-wonderful party vibe of the Milk District's weekly Tasty Takeover, a food truck block party that's sized just right is ideal for friends, families, dogs, you name it!



The Relax Grill is casual, comfortable and nothing fancy, but with nightly drink specials (Fridays, for example feature $10 AYCE beer and $15 AYCE wine) and a gorgeous location on the shores of Lake Eola, you can't beat it. Menu is a mixed bag...  Read More

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Disneyphiles will remember Paddlefish from its time as the Empress Lily and in 2017, its smokestacks and iconic paddlewheel returned as the floating Downtown Disney eatery most recently known as Fulton's Crab House was sumptuously reavmped into...  Read More



A romantic hideaway of the highest order, Mount Dora's Goblin Market is a favorite among critics both local and farther flung, not only for its eclectic menu. but its charming spaces, inside and out. Each of its three indoor dining rooms seems...  Read More



Vanbarry's expansive and mostly covered outdoor section is a haven with fire pits, live music and serene water views. Okay, there's a parking lot, too, but you won't mind. The vibe here is casual, friendly, local. You may already know its sister...  Read More



Modern preparation, locally sourced ingredients and a lovely setting " indoor or out " make Hamilton's Kitchen, the resident eatery at Winter Park's chic Alfond Inn a wonderful choice for a business dinner (or breakfast, lunch or brunch,...  Read More



For those of you unfamiliar with Earl's Kitchen + Bar, it's a chain. Let's get that out of the way up front. It is, however, a surprising one, with its soaring and elegantly appointed digs at the Mall at Millenia, its patio beckoning those with...  Read More



Love food trucks? This weekly celebration features some of Orlando's mobile culinary masters and allows diners to grab whatever speaks to them. One week that could be a phenomenally juicy burger from the Treehouse Truck, another a paper boat...  Read More



Soco offers up loads of plated Southern comfort, though its name is actually a representation of Southern contemporary �" which means you'll find some down-home diner favorites that have undergone an evolution into something more upscale....  Read More



With a rotating menu of New American cuisine and a romantic, lakeside setting, Canvas has made Lake Nona's rapidly expanding culinary scene tastier and prettier, injecting the Sunshine State's flavorful blend of Southern and Latin American into...  Read More

Doctor Phillips


This beautiful venue, which bills itself as an American brasserie, has been delighting guests with its 1940s panache and versatile continental menu since 2015. Groups here are well taken care of and larger parties are welcome to book separate...  Read More


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