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2012 Dining Awards

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

BEST RESTAURANT: Chef’s Table at the Edgewater

BEST RESTAURANT: Chef’s Table at the Edgewater

BEST
RESTAURANT

1 (2) Chef’s Table
at the Edgewater  
chefstableattheedgewater.com
99 W. Plant St.
Winter Garden
407.230.4837

2 (3) Seasons 52
seasons52.com
7700 Sand Lake Road
Orlando
407.354.5212
463 E. Altamonte Drive
Altamonte Springs
407.767.1252

3 (1) FishBones
fishbonesrestaurants.com
6707 Sand Lake Road
Orlando
407.352.0135
7005 County Road 46A
Lake Mary
407.581.2399
 


BEST NEW
RESTAURANT

1 deep blu seafood grille
deepbluorlando.com
Wyndham Grand Orlando, Bonnet Creek
14651 Chelonia Parkway  
Orlando
407.390.2300

2 Cocina 214
cocina214.com
151 E. Welbourne Ave.
Winter Park
407.790.7997

3 The Rusty Spoon
therustyspoon.com
55 W. Church St.
Orlando
407.401.8811
 


BEST SERVICE

1 (1) Victoria & Albert’s
victoria-alberts.com
Grand Floridian Resort
Walt Disney World Resort
407.939.3862

2 The Venetian Room
thevenetianroom.com
8101 World Center Drive  
Orlando
407.238.8060

3 Johnnie’s Hideaway
talkofthetownrestaurants.com
12551 State Road 535
Orlando
407.827.1111
 


BEST CHEF

1 Cory York
deep blu seafood grille
deepbluorlando.com
14651 Chelonia Parkway  
Orlando
407.390.2300

2 Scott Hunnel
Victoria & Albert’s
victoria-alberts.com
Grand Floridian Resort
Walt Disney World Resort
407.939.3862

3 James and Julie Petrakis
The Ravenous Pig
theravenouspig.com
1234 N. Orange Ave.
Winter Park
407.628.2333
 


BEST
OUTDOOR
DINING

1 (1) FishBones
fishbonesrestaurants.com
7005 County Road 46A
Lake Mary
407.581.2399

2  (2) Hillstone
hillstone.com
215 S. Orlando Ave.
Winter Park
407.740.4005

3 Johnnie’s Hideaway
talkofthetownrestaurants.com
12551 State Road 535
Orlando
407.827.1111
 


BEST HOTEL RESTAURANT

1 deep blu seafood grille
deepbluorlando.com
Wyndham Grand Orlando, Bonnet Creek
14651 Chelonia Parkway  
Orlando
407.390.2300

2  Victoria & Albert’s
victoria-alberts.com
Grand Floridian Resort
Walt Disney World Resort
407.939.3862

3  California Grill
disneyworld.disney.go.com
Contemporary Resort
Walt Disney World Resort
407.939.3463
 


BEST
BREAKFAST

1 (1) First Watch
firstwatch.com
Six Orlando-area locations

2 (2) Peach Valley
peachvalleyrestaurants.com
5072 Dr. Phillips Blvd.
Orlando
407.522.2601
1210 S. International Parkway, Suite 108
Heathrow
407.833.9440
3 (3) Keke’s
kekesbreakfastcafe.com
Five Orlando-area locations
 


BEST SUNDAY BRUNCH

1 (1) La Coquina
grandcypress.hyatt.com
Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress
1 Grand Cypress Blvd.
Orlando
407.239.3853

2 Hue
huerestaurant.com
629 E. Central Blvd.  
Orlando
407.849.1800

3 (2) Villa de Flora
gaylordhotels.com
Gaylord Palms Resort
6000 W. Osceola Parkway
Kissimmee
407.586.1114
 


BEST POWER LUNCH

1 (1) Citrus Restaurant
citrusorlando.com
821 N. Orange Ave.
Orlando
407.373.0622
 
2 Tap Room at Dubsdread
taproomatdubsdread.com
549 W. Par St.
Orlando
407.650.0100

3 (2) Hillstone
hillstone.com
215 S. Orlando Ave.
Winter Park
407.740.4005
 


BEST FOR A BUSINESS
DINNER

1 Christner’s Del Frisco’s
Prime Steak & Lobster
delfriscosorlando.com
729 Lee Road
Orlando
407.645.4443

2 (2) Seasons 52
seasons52.com
7700 Sand Lake Road
Orlando
407.354.5212
463 E. Altamonte Drive
Altamonte Springs
407.767.1252

3 (1) Ruth’s Chris
ruthschris.com
Three Orlando-area locations
 


BEST LATE-NIGHT DINING

1 (1) Bananas
bananasdiner.com
924 N. Mills Ave.
Orlando
407.480.2200

2 Pom Pom’s Teahouse
and Sandwicheria
pompomsteahouse.com
67 N. Bumby Ave.
Orlando
407.894.0865

3 (3) Johnnie’s Hideaway
talkofthetownrestaurants.com
12551 State Road 535
Orlando
407.827.1111
 


BEST
TAKE-OUT

1 (1) 4Rivers Smokehouse
4rbbq.com
Three Orlando-area locations

2 That Deli
thatdelifl.com
3801 W. Lake Mary Blvd., Suite 131
Lake Mary
321.363.1394

3 Black Bean Deli
blackbeandeli.yolasite.com
325 S. Orlando Ave., Suite 1-1
Winter Park
407.628.0294
 


BEST
CARIBBEAN

1 (1) Bahama Breeze
bahamabreeze.com
Five Orlando-area locations

2 (2) Tommy Bahama
tommybahama.com
9101 International Drive
Orlando
321.281.5888

3 Mama Millie’s
mamamillies.com
12273 University Blvd.
Orlando
407.382.3570
 


BEST CHINESE

1 Hawkers Asian Street Fare
hawkersasianstreetfare.com
1103 N. Mills Ave.
Orlando
407.237.0606

2 (1) P.F. Chang’s China Bistro
pfchangs.com
The Mall at Millenia
407.345.2888
Winter Park Village
407.622.0188

3 Lotus Garden
7600 Dr. Phillips Blvd., # 106  
Orlando
407.363.7221
 


BEST DELI

1 (1) TooJay’s
toojays.com
Six Orlando-area locations

2 (2) That Deli
thatdelifl.com
3801 W. Lake Mary Blvd., Suite 131
Lake Mary
321.363.1394

3 (3) Jason’s Deli
jasonsdeli.com
Three Orlando-area locations
 


BEST
FRENCH

1 (1) Le Coq au Vin
lecoqauvinrestaurant.com
4800 S. Orange Ave.
Orlando
407.851.6980

2 (2) Café de France
lecafedefrance.com
526 S. Park Ave.
Winter Park
407.647.1869
 


BEST HEALTHY SELECTIONS

1 (1) Seasons 52
seasons52.com
7700 Sand Lake Road
Orlando
407.354.5212
463 E. Altamonte Drive
Altamonte Springs
407.767.1252

2 Ethos Vegan Kitchen
ethosvegankitchen.com
1235 N. Orange Ave., Suite 101
Orlando
407.228.3898

3 (3) Dandelion Café
dandelioncommunitea.com
618 N. Thornton Ave.
Orlando
407.362.1864
 


BEST PIZZA

1 (1) Cariera’s Cucina Italiana
carieras.com
7600 Dr. Phillips Blvd., Suite 12
Orlando
407.351.1187
10663 Narcoossee Road, Suite 108
Orlando
321.235.1931

2 Mellow Mushroom
mellowmushroom.com
11680 E. Colonial Drive  
Orlando
407.384.4455
2015 Aloma Ave.
Winter Park
407-657-7755

3 Winter Garden
Pizza Company
42 W. Plant St.  
Winter Garden
407.877.1930
 


BEST RIBS

1 (1) 4Rivers Smokehouse
4rbbq.com
Three Orlando-area locations

2 (2) Bubbalou’s Bodacious BBQ
bubbalous.com
Five Orlando-area locations

3  Hillstone
hillstone.com
215 S. Orlando Ave.
Winter Park
407.740.4005
 


BEST
SANDWICHES

1 (2) That Deli
thatdelifl.com
3801 W. Lake Mary Blvd., Suite 131
Lake Mary
321.363.1394

2 Pom Pom’s Teahouse
and Sandwicheria
pompomsteahouse.com
67 N. Bumby Ave.
Orlando
407.894.0865

3 (1) TooJay’s
toojays.com
Six Orlando-area locations

3 (3) Chez Vincent
chezvincent.com
533 W. New England Ave.
Winter Park
407.599.2929

BEST GREEK

1 (3) Greek Flame
greekflametaverna.com
7600 Dr. Phillips Blvd.
Orlando
407.370.4624

2 Kouzzina by Cat Cora
disneyworld.disney.go.com
Disney’s BoardWalk
Walt Disney World Resort
407.939.3463

3 (1) Taverna Opa
opaorlando.com
9101 International Drive
Orlando
407.351.8660
 


BEST
JAPANESE

1 (1) Kobé Japanese
Steakhouse
kobesteakhouse.com
Seven Orlando-area locations

2 (2) Amura
amura.com
Three Orlando-area locations

3 (3) Seito Sushi
seitosushi.com
4898 New Broad St.
Orlando
407.898.8801
8031 Turkey Lake Road
Orlando
407.248.8888
 


BEST INDIAN

1 (1) Memories of India
memoriesofindiacuisine.com
7625 Turkey Lake Road
Orlando
407.370.3277
3895 Lake Emma Road
Lake Mary
407.804.0920

2 Saffron
saffronorlando.com
7724 W. Sand Lake Road  
Orlando
407.674.8899

3 (3) Kohinoor
kohinoorindianrestaurant.com
249 W. State Road 436
Altamonte Springs
407.788.6004
 


BEST ITALIAN

1 (1) Cariera’s Cucina Italiana
carieras.com
7600 Dr. Phillips Blvd., Suite 12
Orlando
407.351.1187
10663 Narcoossee Road, Suite 108
Orlando
321.235.1931

2 (2) Antonio’s Ristorante
antoniosonline.com
611 S. Orlando Ave.
Maitland
407.645.1035

3 Enzo’s on the Lake
enzos.com
1130 S. U.S. Highway 17-92
Longwood
407.834.9872
 


BEST LATIN

1 Black Bean Deli
blackbeandeli.yolasite.com
325 S Orlando Ave., Suite 1-1
Winter Park
407.628.0294
2 Padrino’s Cuban Bistro
padrinosbistro.com
13586 Village Park Drive, Suite 304
Orlando
407.251.5107

3 Pio Pio
piopiointernational.com
5752 International Drive
Orlando
407.248.6424
 


BEST
MEXICAN/
TEX MEX

1 Cocina 214
cocina214.com
151 E. Welbourne Ave.
Winter Park
407.790.7997

2 (3) Paxia Alta
Cocina Mexicana
paxiarestaurant.com
2611 Edgewater Drive
Orlando
407.420.1144

3 (2) Taquitos Jalisco
1041 S. Dillard St.
Winter Garden
407.654.0363
 


BEST
SOUTHERN

1 Tibby’s New Orleans Kitchen
tibbysneworleanskitchen.com
2203 Aloma Ave.  
Winter Park
407.672.5753

2 (1) Cracker Barrel
crackerbarrel.com
Eight Orlando-area locations

3 The Rusty Spoon
therustyspoon.com
55 W. Church St.
Orlando
407.401.8811
 


BEST MIDDLE EASTERN

1 (1) Cedars Restaurant
cedarsoforlando.com
7732 W. Sand Lake Road
Orlando
407.351.6000

2 (2) Bosphorous
bosphorousrestaurant.com
108 S. Park Ave.
Winter Park
407.644.8609

3 Habibi
habibiusa.com
Three Orlando-area locations
 


BEST
SPANISH

1 (2) Mi Tomatina
mitomatina.com
433 W. New England Ave.
Winter Park
321.972.4881

2 (1) Columbia Restaurant
columbiarestaurant.com
649 Front St.
Celebration
407.566.1505

3 El Bodegón Tapas
and Wine Restaurant
bodegonrestaurant.com
400 S. Orlando Ave.  
Winter Park
407.628.1078
 


BEST STEAK HOUSE

1 (3) Christner’s Del Frisco’s
Prime Steak & Lobster
delfriscosorlando.com
729 Lee Road
Orlando
407.645.4443

2 (1) Charley’s Steakhouse
talkofthetownrestaurants.com
Three Orlando-area locations

3 (2) Ruth’s Chris
ruthschris.com
Three Orlando-area locations
 


BEST THAI

1 (2) Sea Thai
seaorlando.com
3812 E. Colonial Drive
Orlando
407. 895.0985

2 (1) Thai Blossom
mythaiblossom.com
The Edgewater Hotel
99 W. Plant St.
Winter Garden
407.905.9917

3 Soong Thai
9448 W. Colonial Drive  
Ocoee
407.822.8200
 


BEST
VIETNAMESE

1 (1) Little Saigon
littlesaigonrestaurant.com
1106 E. Colonial Drive
Orlando
407.423.8539

2 (3) Pho 88
pho88orlando.com
730 N. Mills Ave.
Orlando
407.897.3488

3 (2) Viet Garden
vietgardenorlando.com
1237 E. Colonial Drive
Orlando
407.896.4154
 


BEST
APPETIZERS

1 The Tasting Room
chefstableattheedgewater.com
99 W. Plant St.
Winter Garden
407.230.4837

2 (2) Café Tu Tu Tango
cafetututango.com
8625 International Drive  
Orlando
407.248.2222

3 deep blu seafood grille
deepbluorlando.com
Wyndham Grand Orlando, Bonnet Creek
14651 Chelonia Parkway  
Orlando
407.390.2300
 


BEST
BARBECUE

1 (1) 4Rivers Smokehouse
4rbbq.com
Three Orlando-area locations

2 (2) Bubbalou’s Bodacious BBQ
bubbalous.com
Five Orlando-area locations

3 Harry & Larry’s Bar-B-Que
harryandlarrys.com
54 W. Plant St.  
Winter Garden
407.614.5950
 


BEST
BURGER

1 (1) Five Guys
fiveguys.com
13 Orlando-area locations

2 Pine Twenty2
pine22.com
22 E. Pine St.  
Orlando
407.574.2160

3 (3) Tap Room at Dubsdread
taproomatdubsdread.com
549 W. Par St.
Orlando
407.650.0100
 


BEST FOOD TRUCK

1 Big Wheel Food Truck
bigwheeltruck.com

2 C&S Brisket Bus
facebook.com/csbrisketbus

TIE
3 Crooked Spoon
twitter.com/thecrookedspn

3 Korean BBQ Taco Box
kbbqbox.com
 


BEST SUSHI

1 (1) Amura
amura.com
Three Orlando-area locations

2 Nagoya Sushi
nagoyasushi.com
7600 Dr. Phillips Blvd.  
Orlando
407.248.8558
5661 Red Bug Lake Road
Winter Springs
407.478.3388  ‎ ·

3 Seito
seitosushi.com
4898 New Broad St.
Orlando
407.898.8801
8031 Turkey Lake Road
Orlando
407.248.8888
 


BEST SEAFOOD

1 (1) FishBones
fishbonesrestaurants.com
6707 Sand Lake Road
Orlando
407.352.0135
7005 County Road 46A
Lake Mary
407.581.2399

2 deep blu seafood grille
deepbluorlando.com
Wyndham Grand Orlando, Bonnet Creek
14651 Chelonia Parkway  
Orlando
407.390.2300

3 Bonefish Grill
bonefishgrill.com
Five Orlando-area locations
 


BEST SALADS

1 (3) Greens & Grille
greensandgrille.com
4104 Millenia Blvd., Suite 114
Orlando
407.770.1407
11325 University Blvd.
Orlando
407.373.0123

2 (1) Souplantation
& Sweet Tomatoes
souplantation.com
Six Orlando-area locations

3 The Cheesecake Factory
thecheesecakefactory.com
520 N. Orlando Ave.
Winter Park
407.644.4220
4200 Conroy Road
Orlando
407.226.0333
 


BEST
VEGETARIAN

1 (1) Ethos Vegan Kitchen
ethosvegankitchen.com
1235 N. Orange Ave., Suite 101
Orlando
407.228.3898

2 (3) Dandelion Communitea Café
dandelioncommunitea.com
618 N. Thornton Ave.
Orlando
407.362.1864

3 Loving Hut
lovinghut.us
2101 E. Colonial Drive  
Orlando
407.894.5673
 


BEST
DESSERTS

1 (2) Dessert Lady
dessertlady.com
120-A W. Church St.
Orlando
407.999.5696

2 (1) The Cheesecake Factory
thecheesecakefactory.com
520 N. Orlando Ave
Winter Park
407.644.4220
4200 Conroy Road
Orlando
407.226.0333

3 Blue Bird Bake Shop
bluebirdbakeshop.com
3122 Corrine Drive  
Orlando
407.228.3822

BEST
INDEPENDENT
BAKERY

1 (2) Charlie’s Gourmet Pastries
charliesgourmetpastries.com
3213 Curry Ford Road  
Orlando
407.898.9561

2 Blue Bird Bake Shop
bluebirdbakeshop.com
3122 Corrine Drive  
Orlando
407.228.3822

3 (1) Sweet Traditions
Bakery and Café
126 W. Plant St.
Winter Garden
407.656.6338
212 N. Park Ave.
Winter Park
407.622.2232
 


BEST
WINE LIST

1 (1) Seasons 52
seasons52.com
7700 Sand Lake Road
Orlando
407.354.5212
463 E. Altamonte Drive
Altamonte Springs
407.767.1252

2 (2) Luma on Park
lumaonpark.com
290 S. Park Ave.
Winter Park
407.599.4111

3 (3) The Vineyard Wine Company
thevineyardwinecompany.com
1140 Town Park Ave., Suite 1260
Lake Mary
407.833.9463
 


BEST BEER
SELECTION

1 (1) World of Beer
wobusa.com
Four Orlando-area locations

2 Redlight Redlight
Beer Parlour
redlightredlightbeerparlour.com
745 Bennett Road  
Orlando
407.893.9832

3 Oblivion Tap Room
obliviontaproom.com
5101 E. Colonial Drive
Orlando
407.802.4800
 


RESTAURANT MOST WORTH THE WAIT

1 (1) The Ravenous Pig
theravenouspig.com
1234 N. Orange Ave.
Winter Park
407.628.2333

2 4Rivers Smokehouse
4rbbq.com
Three Orlando-area locations

3 (3) Hillstone
hillstone.com
215 S. Orlando Ave.
Winter Park
407.740.4005
 


BEST KEPT
SECRET

1 (1) Chatham’s Place
Restaurant
chathamsplace.com
7575 Dr. Phillips Blvd.     
Orlando
407.345.2992

2 Aroma Italian Café
and Wine Bar
aromaitaliancafe.com
712 E. Washington St.  
Orlando
407.426.8989

3 (2) Yellow Dog Eats
yelllowdogeats.com
1236 Hempel Ave.
Windermere
407.296.0609
 


BEST PLACE
TO CELEBRATE

1 Luma on Park
lumaonpark.com
290 S. Park Ave.
Winter Park
407.599.4111

2 Seasons 52
seasons52.com
7700 Sand Lake Road
Orlando
407.354.5212
463 E. Altamonte Drive
Altamonte Springs
407.767.1252

3 Taverna Opa
opaorlando.com
9101 International Drive
Orlando
407.351.8660
 


BEST PLACE TO
TAKE COMPANY

1 (1) Seasons 52
seasons52.com
7700 Sand Lake Road
Orlando
407.354.5212
463 E. Altamonte Drive
Altamonte Springs
407.767.1252

2 The Ravenous Pig
theravenouspig.com
1234 N. Orange Ave.
Winter Park
407.628.2333

3 (3) Luma on Park
lumaonpark.com
290 S. Park Ave.
Winter Park
407.599.4111
 


BEST OLD
FAVORITE

1 (2) Linda’s La Cantina
lindaslacantinasteakhouse.com
4721 E. Colonial Drive
Orlando
407.894.4491
2  Charley’s Steakhouse
talkofthetownrestaurants.com
Three Orlando-area locations

3 (3) Enzo’s on the Lake
enzos.com
1130 S. U.S. Highway 17-92
Longwood
407.834.9872
 


BEST VIEW

1 (2) California Grill
disneyworld.disney.go.com
Contemporary Resort
Walt Disney World Resort
407.939.3463

2 (1) Hillstone
hillstone.com
215 S. Orlando Ave.
Winter Park
407.740.4005

3 Spice Modern Steakhouse
spicesteakhouse.com
407 E. Central Blvd.  
Orlando
407.481.9533
 


BEST PLACE
FOR COCKTAILS

1 (1) Blue Martini
bluemartinilounge.com
The Mall at Millenia
4200 Conroy Road
Orlando
407.447.2583

2  Luma on Park
lumaonpark.com
290 S. Park Ave.
Winter Park
407.599.4111

3  FishBones
fishbonesrestaurants.com
7005 County Road 46A
Lake Mary
407.581.2399
 


MOST ROMANTIC
RENDEZVOUS

1 The Venetian Room
thevenetianroom.com
8101 World Center Drive  
Orlando
407.238.8060

2 (2) Victoria & Albert’s
victoria-alberts.com
Grand Floridian Resort
Walt Disney World Resort
407.939.3862

3 (1) Chef’s Table at the Edgewater
chefstableattheedgewater.com
99 W. Plant St.
Winter Garden
407.230.4837
 


BEST CHEF’S TABLE

1 (1) Chef’s Table at the Edgewater
chefstableattheedgewater.com
99 W. Plant St.
Winter Garden
407.230.4837

2 (2) Victoria & Albert’s
victoria-alberts.com
Grand Floridian Resort
Walt Disney World Resort
407.939.3862

3 (3) Luma on Park
lumaonpark.com
290 S. Park Ave.
Winter Park
407.599.4111
 


BEST LIVE MUSIC/
ENTERTAINMENT

1 Timpano Italian Chophouse
timpanochophouse.net
7488 W. Sand Lake Road  
Orlando
407.248.0429

2 B.B. King’s Blues Club
bbkingclubs.com
9101 International Drive  
Orlando
407.248.1193

3 (1) Vines
vinesgrille.com
7533 W. Sand Lake Road  
Orlando
407.351.1227
 


BEST
CELEBRITY
SPOTTING

1 (2) Luma on Park
lumaonpark.com
290 S. Park Ave.
Winter Park
407.599.4111

2 Christini’s
christinis.com
7600 Dr. Phillips Blvd.
Orlando
407.345.8770

TIE
3 (3) Kres Chophouse
kresrestaurant.com
17 W. Church St.
Orlando
407.447.7950

3 (1) Blue Martini
bluemartinilounge.com
The Mall at Millenia
4200 Conroy Road
Orlando
407.447.2583
 


BEST
WINE BAR

1 (2) Eola Wine Company
eolawinecompany.com
500 E. Central Blvd.
Orlando
407.481.9100
136 Park Ave.
Winter Park
407.647.9103

2 (1) The Wine Room
thewineroomonline.com
270 S. Park Ave.
Winter Park
407.696.9463

3 (3) The Vineyard Wine Company
thevineyardwinecompany.com
1140 Town Park Ave., Suite 1260
Lake Mary
407.833.9463
 


BEST HAPPY HOUR

1 (2) MoonFish
talkofthetownrestaurants.com
7525 W. Sand Lake Road
Orlando
407.363.7262

2 (1) FishBones
fishbonesrestaurants.com
7005 County Road 46A
Lake Mary
407.581.2399

3 Paxia Alta
Cocina Mexicana
paxiarestaurant.com
2611 Edgewater Drive
Orlando
407.420.1144
 


BEST
NEIGHBORHOOD
RESTAURANT

1 (1) Tap Room at Dubsdread
549 W. Par St.
Orlando
407.650.0100

2 (2) K Restaurant
kwinebar.com
1710 Edgewater Drive
Orlando
407.872.2332

3 CityFish
cityfishorlando.com
617 E. Central Blvd.  
Orlando
407.849.9779
 


RESTAURANT YOU ARE
DYING TO VISIT

1 (1) Victoria & Albert’s
victoria-alberts.com
Grand Floridian Resort
Walt Disney World
407.939.3862

2 The Ravenous Pig
theravenouspig.com
1234 N. Orange Ave.
Winter Park
407.628.2333

3 (2) Norman’s
normans.com
4012 Central Florida Parkway
Orlando
407.393.4333
 


RESTAURANT THAT SAYS
ORLANDO BEST

1 (2) The Ravenous Pig
theravenouspig.com
1234 N. Orange Ave.
Winter Park
407.628.2333

2  Christner’s Del Frisco’s Prime Steak & Lobster
delfriscosorlando.com
729 Lee Road
Orlando
407.645.4443

3 (1) Citrus Restaurant
citrusorlando.com
821 N. Orange Ave.
Orlando
407.373.0622

 

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May 4, 2012 11:19 am
 Posted by  Leslie R.

Dear Orlando Magazine,
I have waited anxiously for this months release of the 2012 Dining Awards only to be sadly disappointed. I find it hard to believe that you have listed such a wide array of "Best" categories from different ethnic foods to personalized titles such as Best for Romance or Best for Business dinner. I know I might be overly peeved since this pertains directly to my own personal situation, but, how in the world could there be a Best for Celebrity Spotting on the list, when you didn't even find the room to put a listing for families with children? After all, do we not live in ORLANDO? Mecca tourist travel destination for families with small kids??? Maybe I should not take such offense to this, but I feel as though the awards encompassed so many genres of restaurants that one directed to families should have surely been able to make this article.

Shame on you Orlando Magazine. For forgetting what Orlando is all about. CHILDREN!

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May 7, 2012 01:20 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Your precious snowflakes, madam, are the center of your world, no one else's.

On second thought, please boycott all of these wonderful places listed above; one less screaming child to interrupt our meal.

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May 16, 2012 08:23 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

I agree, there should be a family listing so that those of us who do not want to be held hostage to screaming kids will know where not to go. I don't want to spend good money to eat at a resturant that caters to families. Stay home and make us all happy, or better yet go to Disney and spend your money.

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Jun 26, 2012 06:32 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Won't someone please think of the children?

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Jul 19, 2012 02:55 pm
 Posted by  viking

orlando is not all about "the children" for those of us that live here. take your kids to chucky cheeses and leave the fine dining to those of us that really enjoy it. there are plenty of places to take kids and not too many to get a 1st class meal. you are annoying.

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Jul 27, 2012 07:20 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

I agree that there should be a family listing. If you are going for diversity in your categories, I believe this one was overlooked. What I don't agree with is rude comments assuming that all children run rampant around restaurants. Those posting these comments were also children at one time (or possibly IQ-wise, still children) and I am sure they were not perfect angels based on their clearly disrespectful comments. Please consider a 'families' category for those of us that do have control over our children. Maybe even a 'immature' category would be appropriate so those of us with children who are mature enough to handle a fun themed dinner can avoid people like those who posted above.

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Sep 15, 2012 07:53 pm
 Posted by  dbpr

I am disappointed that the 'hole in the walls' are not listed. I eat out at least 4 times a week, and know of many, many cute and quaint restaurants with great food!

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Sep 24, 2012 10:30 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

I personally believe that children 10 and under should not be allowed to dine at any restaurant besides McDonald's, Chucky Cheese and such. Who wants to try and enjoy a nice dinner while a little crying rugrat throws pasta alfredo around like it's a Spongebob Squarepants toy? Every time you go out to dinner and get sat next to one of these horrid tables, don't you say to yourself, "what the hell"? Obviously the 10 and under rule will never apply unless you're at a place like V & A's, so I guess what I'm trying to say is keep your kids at home until they learn to behave, and if they don't behave, you might want to focus on raising your kids better and being a better parent in general.

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Oct 11, 2012 12:07 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Woah, first of all it's Chuck E. Cheese's.

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Oct 17, 2012 06:07 pm
 Posted by  RL

READ THE HEADING, please. DINING.. hopefully others won't go to deep with what what else that word means, but please take that word in the heading as dining... not "let's go out to dinner/ hey, let's go here..etc..". Maybe folks who intentionally think of DINING in search of a restaurant on a list, will only search for what (also in the heading 60 categories, which can be whatever Orlando Magazine wants to put in there). That is why there is also other community papers circulating around town, that lists family friendly places, things, & activities that are everchanging. Also for the hole in the walls... well, again- the heading is DINING AWARDS, based off of the readers. I love hole in the walls! This award is focused on the dining in a restaurant with the appeal of not a hole in the wall.... Leslie R....there is no rule/labeling for people, kids included... for dining. Kids are the responsibility of parents, (behavior, etiquette, etc.. ofcourse). They didnt add best homosexual friendly restaurant, or best outlaw biker friendly restaurant, etc.. Are not these places listed for what it is.. and are not children, invited? I didn't see that rule on what is: kid/toddler/elder/priest/sex offender/ bipolar/regular local kid/ business-oriented/ physically challenged/ unemployed/hustler/law enforcement/college student/etc--friendly. That would totally be on what they(from the perception of who wants to dine at the restaurant to perception of the romantic couple already at the restaurant) want, expect, and their attitude. Should we go on with the flip side of this? Do you want to get into pet friendly now? This is based on a survey of 60 categories... survey made from Orlando Magazine, so if kid friendly isnt on there, make your own survey- have your own awards. This is a magazine, tailored for their readers...If you want to get into that, bring it!

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