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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.

This One’s a Keeper

Mitchell’s Fish Market has what it takes to succeed— even in a location where other seafood restaurants haven’t.

Old Faithful

At three decades and counting, Park Plaza Gardens continues to impress.

In Sanford, an October Surprise

Hollerbach’s Willow Tree Café serves up a convincing German beer hall experience for Oktoberfest.

Pronounced Differences

The Boheme still stands for a posh experience, but some offerings aren’t as tasteful as the setting.

Eat Globally

You’ll have your choice of food from more than 25 countries at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival.

The Sweet Life of Hollis Wilder

Baking cupcakes brings her a measure of business success; a taste of fame is just icing on the cakes.

12 Hours of Sushi

One man’s marathon of this Japanese delicacy starts at lunchtime and goes late into the night.

Meals for Muggles

Lucky 7

Looking to expand your dining horizons? Check out Joseph Hayes’ picks for the BEST NEW RESTAURANTS in Orlando. They serve everything from Turkish cuisine to Spanish selections, Afro-Indian dishes to Greek delicacies, first-rate seafood to Italian (and Italian-Brazilian) offerings.

Drinks Made Responsibly

Two locals produce vino and vodka, both, coincidentally, in Oregon, with the best intentions.

A Movie Theater With Good Taste

At Enzian, an upscale dinner and an indie movie share top billing.

Fantastic Voyage

At Fiorella’s Cucina Toscana, the chef’s imagination makes the food taste almost too good to be true.

Harris Rosen’s Storied Life

Talking restaurants, Khrushchev and Marilyn Monroe with the prominent hotelier.

On Park Avenue, a Precious Jewel

A change in location puts Paris Bistro on the road to perfection.

John Rivers Is Smokin’

The former healthcare exec has customers lined up outside his new corner office, Four Rivers Smokehouse, waiting for barbecue.

Good Spirits

In Florida, an emerging boutique industry is offering distinctive versions of gin, vodka and whiskey.

Test Kitchen

At this culinary school’s student-run restaurant, the chefs of tomorrow get a passing grade.

‘The Light’ Shines at Hilton Resort

La Luce’s tasty and quirky Italian dishes put a new luxury hotel on the dining map.

The Best Sandwiches in Orlando

From Maine to Mexico, the Windy City to the Texas Badlands, one thing we all have in common is the sandwich. Fanatical fans of food stuffed into bread can spend hours debating the merits of Reuben over Cuban and sub vs. club. And I can hear the grumbling from the burgermeisters and frankfanatics in the audience—sorry, as far as I’m concerned they ain’t sandwiches. Having spent weeks sampling sandwiches from the sublime to the truly inedible, I can recommend the following six as the best of what Orlando has to offer.

The Rice Stuff

Mi Tomatina’s paella contradicts Americans’ notions about rice stuck to the bottom of the pot.

Covered Dishes

At Stone’s Throw Bistro, chef Rich Lendino tops off his fare with flavorful sauces.

The End of 2009 Is Reason to Cheer

Celebrate New Year’s Eve with five great sparkling wines. (And celebrate the holidays in general with two bubbly dessert wines.)

No Subtitle Needed at Disney’s Sanaa

The cuisine—African or Indian, or a bit of both—at the new restaurant in the Animal Kingdom Lodge speaks a universal language.
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