Orlando's Talked-About Tables: Asian Delights, American Classics & Seriously Saucy Options

If you're a seafood lover, you're going to find plenty to get excited about on this updated Orlando list of new, newish and top talked-about-tables we're posting as 2018 begins. Asian goodies abound, as well, whether you're in the market for a rare taste of some deep-sea succulence at Joyful Garden Seafoods Restaurant or feel more Korean-inspired, in which case you can amble over to BBB Tofu House. The two are mere steps from one another in West Orlando. Japanese delights in the wonderfully intimate confines of Kadence are an immersive and educational experience. And if something closer to home suits, pop into Muddy Waters, a new Thornton Park enclave where oysters are just the tip of the Cajun-inspired iceberg. Over in Mills 50, a new fast-casual, healthy-bowl experience awaits at Too Much Sauce, while out in East Orlando, Oviedo residents are enjoying a new outpost of the popular, Jacksonville-spun outfit, Maple Street Biscuit Company. Also on tap: pizza, cake and mighty fine butchery.... Explore the city's latest and greatest. 

There was a buzz when this growing Southern chain (locations in northern Florida, a few in Tennessee and one each in SC and Georgia thus far) opened in a snazzy new section of Oviedo in late 2017 and the buzz here is phenomenal for those on the...  Read More

Doctor Phillips

Hot pot is action-oriented and the AYCE option at Nine Spices " where a food conveyor moves ingredients out among the hungry diners for grabbing " ups the ante considerably. Choose your broth base, from the veggie-forward turnip radish to...  Read More

West Orlando

You don't have to have seafood at Joyful Garden. There are numerous chicken, beef, veggie and pork options amid its expansive menu of largely Hong Kong-style fare, but you'd be missing out. The unassuming place, located in the Asian-eats...  Read More

The brains behind a longtime favorite panini joint here in town (he's since sold that business) is at it again, this time in trendy Mills 50, with Too Much Sauce, a clean-lined rice-quinoa-salad bowl joint that's tailor made for quick service,...  Read More

West Orlando

The smells alone emanating from this Korean haven inside the 1st Oriental Supermarket are the stuff your sinuses' dreams are made of. To lean one's face into the steam above a bowl of the silkyspicywonderful soondubu? The culinary sauna you...  Read More

Located in the cosmopolitan and comely South Eola/Thornton Park section of town, Muddy Waters is the lovechild of the culinary team at the stellar Two Chefs Seafood Oyster Bar (another nearby NOLA-inspired gem) and the Beacon Hill Group where...  Read More

East Orlando

Small, cozy and absolutely reminiscent of the simple, walk-in pizzerias of New York City, Pizzeria Roberti, helmed by neighborhood native Joe Roberti, is a welcome addition. Though the pizza appears in a straight-up,New York-style, Roberti...  Read More

Beautiful, artful cakes, pies, cookies, pastries and the like set in a sleek, almost resort-like operation, makes for elegant and casual dining " whether you're stopping in for coffee and a pastry or a full-on lunch of soup, sandwich, salad,...  Read More

MEAT. It's what's for dinner (and breakfast, brunch and lunch) at this Mills 50 mecca of all things carnivorous. Grass-fed beef, pastured pork, goat, lamb, eggs, you name it - all of it locally sourced - is what goes into dishes like the Sloppy...  Read More

Audubon Park

Don't let the $140 average dinner price tag scare you off. You see Kadence, formerly known as Kappo (once housed a few blocks away at Audubon Park's East End Market), is a nine-seat omakase experience unlike any other you'll find here in...  Read More


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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