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OUT/IN 2012

The start of a new year means it’s time for dining critic Joseph Hayes to proclaim what’s ‘out’ and what’s ‘in.’

A Good Neighbor

Maxine’s on Shine, with an Italian-esque menu, makes itself at home amid the dwellings off Mills.

Two Jews Walk Into a Chinese Restaurant. . .

Like they would eat anywhere else on Christmas Day.

Brilliant As Always

Luma shines on with McGlamery’s creative flavor combinations and a chic dining room.

Deck the Dishes

…with main courses and treats mentioned in Christmas stories and songs.

A Hit Spin-Off

From the creators of Chef’s Table, a tastefully done addition.

Main Squeeze

Dining critic Joseph Hayes loves (not likes, loves) these four dishes for their citrus ingredients and thinks you will, too.

Block Party

A Lake Eola neighborhood is back in business as a dining destination.

Where Tex-Mex Meets Portugal

At Cocina 214, Southwestern cuisine is open to interpretation. And the chef knows what he’s talking about.

A Baffling Misfire

A few sparks fly at City Fire, but the overall dining experience is a flameout.

Truth Is Relative

Using family recipes, Brian Wheeler delivers real N’Awlins cooking at Tibby’s.

Bait and Switch

Roy’s has a reputation for excellent seafood. If only the celebrity chef restaurant could live up to it.

Luma’s Resident Wine Expert

When Cara Cown was in college, the only glasses she was interested in were beakers and test tubes.

A Shiny Spoon

There are no signs of rust on Kathleen Blake’s new gastropub on Church Street.

Thank Goodness for Little Feasts

At Le Rouge, one small plate leads to another and another.

Land of the Rising Fun

In its new Maitland location, RanGetsu dazzles with its showy Japanese cuisine and cool late-night ambience.

Hot Wheels

These food trucks deliver the goods, drawing thousands to parking lots all over Orlando.

Almost Famous

Their names may not be familiar, but given these chefs’ glorious creations that could soon change.

An Italian Stallion

Although it’s grown older and bigger, Rossi’s Pizza is still home.

Banking on a Comeback

Terrace 390’s solid menu and nifty tech touches enliven former Harvey’s spot.

A Road Best Traveled

The diverse Asian offerings at Hawkers Street Fare please both palate and pocketbook.

Everything’s Just Ducky

Peabody’s Napa, with its innovative farm-to-fork cuisine, deserves ‘special place’ status.

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.

2011 Dining Awards

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

Great Meals for Mom on Her Day

Wondering where to dine on Mother’s Day? Consider these five fine brunches.

Competitive Smoker

You can be the judge of BBQ champion Kenny Nadeau’s ribs and brisket.

A Boatload of Delights

From flatbreads to chili cheeseburgers to crab cake sandwiches, the food served at The Boathouse seldom fails to please.

Roman at Heart

The food, service and intimate setting at Café Trastevere all bring Old World Italy to mind.

Curry, With a Side of Belly Dancing

The cuisine at India Blue is authentic and some of it is excellent, but the entertainment is out of place.

Set Your GPS to ‘Delicious’

Chatham’s Place may be a bit hard to find, but it’s well worth tracking down.

Lost in Transit

Quality didn’t make the move when Bravissimo left downtown for Altamonte Springs.

It’s Even Good Enough to Drink

The Legend Lives on

A classic steakhouse, Linda’s La Cantina is Orlando’s oldest restaurant and, still, one of its best.

At Jernigan’s, Game On!

For a certain type of person, dining at Amway Center’s glitzy flagship restaurant is even better than watching the Magic play.

City Dining on Church Street

Sweet Spots

Gingerbread brownies? Mincemeat pie? An edible Yule log? You’ll find all kinds of holiday treats at these local bakeries.
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