Orlando’s Best Restaurants
Orlando gives you the perfect opportunity to sample the city’s finest food offerings. Numerous restaurants cater to all kinds of foodies.
1. Hot Krust Panini Kitchen
8015 Turkey Lake Road
The place is famous for its panini, which uses only the freshest ingredients. The bread is gluten-free and locally sourced from an Orlando bagel establishment.All their meats are roasted in-house.
Even the sides are exceptional. The signature cactus chili is a crowd favorite. Waffle fries and sweet potato fries are baked to order and use only premium extra virgin olive oil.
2. Chatham’s Place Restaurant
7575 Dr. Phillips Boulevard
This has been the go-to restaurant for fine dining in Orlando since it opened in 1988. The resident chef makes use of organic herbs, fruits, and vegetables that he grows in his own farm. Seasonal dishes range from rack of lamb to Cajun crab cakes. An extensive wine list is available.
3. Graffiti Junktion
2401 Edgewater Drive
This is the place for large, juicy, 100% Angus Beef burgers. There’s also a selection of nachos, wings, wraps, salads, and fries to choose from.Everything’s made from fresh ingredients and the restaurant takes pride in its aversion to frozen food.
4. Seasons 52
7700 Sand Lake Road
Like Chatham’s Place Restaurant, Seasons 52’s menu is based on seasonal ingredients. The restaurant employs rustic cooking techniques like open-fire grilling and brick-oven roasting. Entrees include oak-grilled filet mignon and caramelized sea scallops.
5. Harry and Larry’s Bar-B-Que
54 W. Plant St.
The owners use generations-old family recipes to whip up some of the best dishes in Orlando.You can gorge on ribs, turkey, sausage, brisket, and pork, along with slaw, okra, and beans.
6. Pig Floyd’s Urban Barbakoa
1326 N. Mills Avenue
This popular hangout serves barbecue using the barbakoa technique. Meat is cooked slowly all night so the dishes are tender and succulent when served. Pig Floyd also uses Latin, Caribbean, and Asian seasonings to create unique flavors.Pair your pork belly with beer.You’ll know what Pig Floyd’s means when it describes its food as “big on flavor, big on style.” Plus points for its hip, urban vibe.
4012 Central Florida Parkway
This upscale restaurant has culinary legend Norman Van Aken at the helm. The chef is known for establishing New World Cuisine – a fusion of flavors that come from Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean, and Southern United States. It serves an exciting assortment including picadillo empanadas and Serrano ham-crusted sea bass.
Orlando offers a true culinary adventure. Whether it’s a fancy dinner or laidback lunch, local restaurants will give foodies –from health-conscious diners to full-fledged meat lovers – everything their growling bellies desire.
And to complete the experience, don’ forget to sample some of Orlando’s best bites, including its famous key lime pies, Cuban sandwiches, gator bites, and kumquat marmalade..
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