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Cooking With Fire

From his wild child past to his transcendental philosophy about food, Chef Norman Van Aken remains every bit as colorful as his matchless Florida cuisine.

When Pigs Fly

With a combination of Latin, African and American flavors, Pig Floyd’s is the real thing—and really good.

Culinary Masterpiece

With simple ingredients, exemplary preparation and a wealth of experience, Chef Scott Copeland has hit on a winning recipe at Artisan’s Table.

Puttin’ on the Ritz, Y’all

At Highball & Harvest, Chef Mark Jeffers serves up scrumptious Southern fare in posh surroundings.

Good Taste

Raise a Glass

Wine is no longer just for sommeliers at fancy restaurants or trips to Europe and Napa.

Tapas Temptation

The Spanish mainstay is the star at Fuego, which offers a tasty selection of hot and cold dishes at its dining room inside Celebration’s Meliá hotel.

Sweet Success

Local Kissimmee couple David and Elaine Duran compete on the latest season of Next Great Baker on TLC.

Luck of der Irish

Schumann’s Jäger Haus, the Mulvaney brothers’ venture into German cuisine, is a winner all around, from schnitzel to spatzle.

Serving Notice

These five chefs operate somewhat under the radar. But their creations are high-flying taste sensations.

Inn Harmony

At Hamilton’s Kitchen, Chef Marc Kusche excels with European accents on everything from pork belly to snapper.

Vision Statement

A chef’s dreams come true at Tartini, where pizzas and pasta dishes are meticulously crafted works of art.

Classic Taste

Orlando’s oldest restaurant has been a family affair for 67 years.

Bloom Time

Yuki Hana, with its exotic takes on sushi and more, carves out a place on the thriving Japanese dining scene.

Comforts of Home

From pierogis and schnitzel to a stunning apple strudel, family-run Chef Henry’s is bursting with Eastern European delights.

Fresh Takes

Farmers markets provide a delightful stroll for the senses and the chance to bond with family and friends. On the following pages are five prime places where you can gather nature’s bounty and socialize among the greens.

Top Tchoup

From pork chops to Korean fried chicken, Chef Ryan Vargas infuses Emeril’s Tchoup Chop with creativity. And he can do wonders with the sizzling robata grill.

Craft Trio

Three intimate eateries have taken over old spaces, with a common thread of reuse, repurpose and refresh.

Pure Pleasure

Brown’s New York Deli brings a delicious kosher slice of the Big Apple to Maitland.

Wish They All Could Be California Grills

A makeover freshened up the menu and dining room, but left intact the Disney mainstay’s 19-year tradition of superb food and an outstanding view.

The Gluten-Free Way

The GF movement draws both celiac patients and those simply looking to become more health conscious.

Major Cajun

This year, Mardi Gras, the last day of unbridled eating before Lent, is on March 4th. While we won’t have any revelers on Orange Avenue, we do have some Cajun-inspired eateries that offer tasty repasts year-round.

Sea Change

Eddie V’s makes a formidable mark on Restaurant Row with superb seafood, steaks and service.

Chocolate Unwrapped

It’s the time of year when our thoughts turn to romance and chocolate, two eternal concepts that have delighted and bedeviled us for centuries. Romantic love cannot be explained. Love of chocolate? Well, we’ll try our best.

Turkish Blend

Cappadocia draws on a diverse food history from the homeland, with charcoal-grilled meats that are out of this world.

Say Cheese!

Or filet mignon, or ricotta gnocchi, or Bananas Foster. Diners love to dish on their dishes via photos on social media. And so do the chefs.

A Study in Creativity

Chef Henry Moso watches and learns from others—and Kabooki Sushi diners are reaping the benefits.

All Smiles

With items like duck lovers pizza and buffalo burgers, The Smiling Bison takes ‘bar food’ to new heights.

Mixed Grill

Santiago’s Bodega offers tasty tapas in an inviting space, but some kinks need ironing out.

Savory Southern Accent

From an on-site brewery to dazzling smoked dishes, Cask & Larder beckons diners to make themselves at home.

On a Fast Track

With its modern Mediterranean flavors, the casual Carmel Café & Wine Bar is cause for celebration in Winter Park.

Royal Palm

Steak and seafood is The Palm’s bread and butter, and the venerable restaurant at Hard Rock Hotel excels at both.

In Plain Sight

Rocco’s Italian Grille is a true reflection of its chef, who runs his restaurant with a focus on family, friends and good food.

Flavorful Intersection

At B&B Junction, in the old 4 Rivers spot, Aaron Quinones crafts creative burgers as well as a superb mac ’n cheese.

Bakery Brilliance

Modest but Mouthwatering

Mi Casa Tequila Taqueria at Rosen Shingle Creek dazzles with a chef from Hawaii who is a wizard with Mexican food.
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