Best of Orlando 2011

Show Stoppers

They dazzle with wit, whimsy and song. These performers—a crooner, a puppeteer, a comedian, a magician and a quintet of harmonizers—entertain audiences near and far. They are show stoppers, always on the move. But they stopped long enough to offer us a snapshot into their lives.

50 Most Powerful

Jacobs’ Ladder

The climb to No. 1 was fast and furious for the new county mayor, the first woman to lead the 50 Most Powerful list. But the top could be a lonely place.

Out of the Ordinary

There is more to do for excitement in the Orlando area than stand in lines to ride roller coasters at the theme parks. For example, did you know you can hang glide or go on a safari here? No kidding. We Came up with 23 extraordinarily fun things to do, so step out of that line and go for it.

The Reader

Pat Williams hasn’t put a book down since he was a kid with a newspaper route, using the money he made from it to fund what became his passion—reading. Now 71, the Orlando Magic executive has read about 7,000 books and has a home library packed with all of them, including rare first printings. In other rooms are hundreds of other tomes anxiously waiting to be read. Be patient, Williams tells them, your time will come.

Casey & Me

It wasn’t my intention to become a crime blogger, but once I wrote about the Anthony case, I realized I had to see it through to the end.

2011 Dining Awards

Our annual readers survey names the top restaurants in town in 60 categories.

2011 Dining Hall of Fame

Orlando magazine honors two chefs, a master chef who teaches culinary arts, a longtime favorite menu item, and a family-owned restaurant as Dining Hall of Fame inductees. Our Hall of Fame recognizes individuals and establishments with lasting ties to the local dining scene.

Order in His Court

The Casey Anthony trial may be the most sensational murder case since O.J., but don’t expect any courtroom showboating. With Judge Belvin Perry Jr. presiding, justice is serious business.

Orlando's Top Dentists

Just for Thrills

A traditional county fair may seem to have no place in a town known as the theme park capital of the world, where the latest and greatest rides await fun seekers. But for many Orlandoans, the Central Florida Fair is an annual rite of passage, like the senior skip days of yore. The recent 99th edition of the fair reminded visitors of the simple thrills in life, like riding bumper cars and tossing rings to win stuffed animals. Even the iPhone generation had a good time.

Paint the Town

Vertically Challenged

If Joe Kittinger’s 50-year-old, high-altitude jump records fall, it could be with the legendary aviator’s help.

Orlando's Best Lawyers 2011

Warming Trends

Add sizzle to a springtime getaway with these hot fashions.

Get Out of Town

Ready to take a springtime vacation in Florida, even if it’s only for a long weekend? Here are 13 destinations—some you may have never considered or even heard of—that are near and far from home.

Hearts of Gold

They range in age from 12 to 89. They include a computer store owner and a pro golfer, a concert booker and a radio personality, a college student and a middle schooler, among others. They help children and veterans, arts organizations and hospitals, the hungry, the homeless, the helpless. They live among us and inspire by example. They are 11 local people with “hearts of gold” who give back to this community in so many ways.

 

Guides & Resources

Real Estate's Hot 100

Whether you’re trying to buy or sell real estate, getting the best deal means finding an agent who possesses savvy and know-how and gets results. This list showcases some Central Florida agents who have demonstrated those skills.

Spotlight on Plastic Surgeons 2014

This special advertising section highlights the accomplishments of plastic surgeons, who tell about their commitment to helping people look their best.

Orlando's Best Lawyers of 2014

Get informed with our annual list of more than 400 Orlando-area attorneys, compiled by Best Lawyers in America. The annual selection features lawyers in 78 areas of practice.

Spotlight on Lawyers 2014

Our special advertising section featuring profiles on local lawyers.

Premier Doctors

Best Lawyers