Top Tier Tables & Lauded Local Hangs: Orlando's Best Restaurants



Yes. Orlando has theme parks. Lots of ‘em. The best in the world, some might say (we certainly would). But we’re also a city of real-live people who might spend some of our date nights drinking around the world at Epcot... but not all of them. In recent years, our foodie scene has exploded. We’ve got James Beard nominees all over town, in fact. We’ve got fancy eats and food trucks and quite frankly, we like them all. And so do our record-breaking numbers of visitors. Sure, they love our Magic Kingdom's Dole Whips as much as we do. Who wouldn't?! But we also think they'll love the barbecue at Mills 50 favorites like Pig Floyd's (try the Lake Nona location!) or the creative, top-shelf offerings at Kabooki Sushi as as much as the rest of us. On this list, you’ll find Asian soup in spades, from silky Japanese ramen at Domu to mouthwatering Malaysian kari mee at Mamak Asian Street Food. You'll find phenomenal high-rent steaks and, no lie, fantastic Turkish delight(s) in a strip-mall parking lot. We've got  spectacular Spanish and sublime Southern fare, as well, so step away from the kiosk chicken tenders, tourists. Our impressive culinary scene awaits….




This quaint working Milk District bakery is open for breakfast and lunch with a manageable, fresh-made menu that changes near daily and makes choosing easy. Okay, that's arguable, since how one chooses between creative, handcrafted moon pies and...  Read More


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Walt Disney World ®


Living up to its New York namesake's reputation, Orlando's version of Bull & Bear pulls out the stops with attentive service and a traditional, club-like steakhouse atmosphere with contemporary touches. Portions are hearty, beef is...  Read More




Pig Floyd's Urban Barbakoa's location amid the multicultural stretch of Mills on which it sits is ideal, and not merely for the hip vibe its confines " particularly the lovely open-air section " help breed. With Caribbean, Latin and Asian...  Read More




A sleek and intimate interior belies a strip-mall exterior on busy Colonial Drive near the Fashion Square Mall. It's a relatively new Orlando favorite for sushi and Asian fusion, with artful and generous presentation and a soothing, cosmopolitan...  Read More




Clean, modern lines meld with Spanish sensibility �" colorful tiles and a convivial, festive vibe �" at this fountain-bedecked enclave in Winter Park, where deliciousness comes in many flavors, spanning salty meats to sugary...  Read More




The Ravenous Pig probably among the first to bring the term "gastropub" into the local lexicon. Since it opened its doors, the city's dining scene has swelled to epic buzzworthy proportions (and the restaurant has swelled past its original...  Read More




The best restaurants are not always the fanciest restaurants. In fact, sometimes they're food stands in the middle of parking lots, as Mediterranean Street Food By Shishco deftly illustrates with its mouthwatering doner bowls with pita draped...  Read More




It's air-conditioned confines may be miles away from the sultry Southeast Asian climes in which one would enjoy the layered flavors of the Malaysian food stalls for which it is named, but Mamak Asian Street Food's plates " small and large "...  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


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Audubon Park


There's a word we want to use about Domu's phenomenal curry ramen (the other varieties are palate stunners, as well) but we're not sure how to spell that noise Homer Simpson makes when he is particularly food-enthralled. Ramen, the bowls are...  Read More


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Meet A.D. Thompson

Amy Drew has spent nearly three decades as a professional writer and roughly half her life as a Floridian. The words, she has found, come easier with bare feet and rum.

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