2018 Dining Awards - Readers' Choice



Reyes Mezcaleria

Roberto Gonzalez

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Best Restaurant

Soco
Thornton Park
socothorntonpark.com

Bull & Bear
Waldorf Astoria Orlando
bullandbearorlando.com

Nonno's Ristorante Italiano
Altamonte Springs
nonnositalianrestaurant.com

Best New Restaurant

1    Reyes Mezcaleria
North Quarter, Orlando
reyesmex.com

2   Luke’s Kitchen and Bar
Maitland
eatatlukes.com

3   Ace Café Orlando
Downtown Orlando
acecafeusa.com

Best Chef

1    Wendy Lopez
Tapa Toro
I-Drive 360
tapatoro.restaurant

2   Brandon McGlamery
Luma on Park
Downtown Winter Park
lumaonpark.com

3   Greg Richie
Soco
Thornton Park
socothorntonpark.com

Best Appetizers

1    The Tasting Room
Downtown Winter Garden
chefstableattheedgewater.com

2   Santiago’s Bodega
Orlando and Altamonte Springs
santiagosbodega.com

3   Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurants
Waterford Lakes and International Drive
coopershawkwinery.com

Best Independent Bakery

1    Buttermilk Bakery
Orange Avenue, Winter Park
buttermilk-bakery.com

2   Se7en Bites
Milk District-Primrose Drive
se7enbites.com

3   Charlie’s Gourmet Pastries
Curry Ford Road
407-898-9561

Best Barbecue

1    4 Rivers Smokehouse
Six Orlando-area locations
4rsmokehouse.com

2   Pig Floyd’s Urban Barbakoa
Mills 50 District and Lake Nona
pigfloyds.com

3   Bubbalou’s Bodacious BBQ
Five Orlando-area locations
bubbalous.com

Best Beer Selection

1    World of Beer
Five Orlando-area locations
worldofbeer.com

2   Red Light Red Light Beer Parlour
Audubon Park
redlightredlightbeerparlour.com

3   Ace Café Orlando
Downtown Orlando
acecafeusa.com

Best Breakfast

1    Keke’s Breakfast Café
Multiple Orlando-area locations
kekes.com

2   First Watch
Multiple Orlando-area locations
firstwatch.com

3   Briarpatch Restaurant
Downtown Winter Park
thebriarpatchrestaurant.com

Best Brunch

1    Santiago’s Bodega
Orlando and Altamonte Springs
santiagosbodega.com

2   Soco
Thornton Park
socothorntonpark.com

3   Maxine’s on Shine
Colonialtown
maxinesonshine.com

Best Local Burger

1    Beth’s Burger Bar
Three Orlando-area locations
bethsburgerbar.com

2   Teak Neighborhood Grill
MetroWest
teakorlando.com

3   The Tap Room at Dubsdread
College Park
taproomatdubsdread.com

Best for a Business Dinner

1    Bull & Bear
Waldorf Astoria Orlando
bullandbearorlando.com

2   Hillstone
Highway 17-92, Winter Park
hillstone.com

3   Christner’s Prime Steak & Lobster
Lee Road, Orlando
christnersprimesteakandlobster.com

Best Caribbean

1    Bahama Breeze
Multiple Orlando-area locations
bahamabreeze.com

2   Mango’s Tropical Café Orlando
International Drive
mangos.com/orlando

3   Caribbean Sunshine Bakery
Three Orlando-area locations
caribbeansunshinebakery.net

Best Chef’s Table

1    Chef’s Table at the Edgewater
Downtown Winter Garden
chefstableattheedgewater.com

2   Luma on Park
Downtown Winter Park
lumaonpark.com

3   Victoria & Albert’s
Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort
victoria-alberts.com

Best Chinese

1    Peter’s Kitchen China Bistro
East Colonial Drive
peterskitchencb.business.site

2   Hawkers Asian Street Fare
Mills 50 District
eathawkers.com

3   Chuan Lu Garden
Mills 50 District
chuanluorlando.com

Best Deli

1    Toojay’s
Six Orlando-area locations
toojays.com

2   Publix
Multiple Orlando-area locations
publix.com

3   Swine & Sons
Fairbanks Avenue, Winter Park
swineandsons.com

Best Desserts

1    Better Than Sex
Ivanhoe Village
betterthansexorlando.com

2   The Glass Knife
Highway 17-92, Winter Park
theglassknife.com

3   Se7en Bites
Milk District-Primrose Drive
se7enbites.com

Best French

1    Café de France
Downtown Winter Park
lecafedefrance.com

2   Le Coq au Vin
South Orlando
lecoqauvinrestaurant.com

3   DoveCote Brasserie
Downtown Orlando
dovecoteorlando.com

Best Food Truck

1    Peru Power Food Truck
facebook.com/perupowerfoodtruck

2   Tamale Co. Mexican Street Food
tamaleco.com

3   OverRice Food Truck
facebook.com/overrice.foodtruck

Best German

1    Hollerbach’s Willow Tree Café
Downtown Sanford
hollerbachs.com

2    Schumann’s Jager Haus
Church Street
schumannsjagerhaus.com

3   Bauern-Stube
South Orlando
bauern-stube.com

Best Greek

1    Taverna Opa
Pointe Orlando
opaorlando.com

2   The Greek Corner
Ivanhoe Village
thegreekcorner.net

3   Mediterranean Blue
East Michigan Street
mediterraneanblue.net

Best Happy Hour

1    Ace Café Orlando
Downtown Orlando
acecafeusa.com

2   Cocina 214
Downtown Winter Park
cocina214.com

3    Santiago’s Bodega
Orlando and Altamonte Springs
santiagosbodega.com

Best Healthy Selections

1    The Sanctum Café
Mills 50 District
thesanctumcafe.com

2   Savoree
Downtown Winter Garden
savoree.net

3   Seasons 52
Restaurant Row and
Altamonte Springs
seasons52.com

Best Hotel Restaurant

1    Bull & Bear
Waldorf Astoria Orlando
bullandbearorlando.com

2    The Boheme
Grand Bohemian Hotel Orlando
Downtown Orlando
kesslercollection.com/boheme-restaurant

3   Highball & Harvest
The Ritz-Carlton Orlando,
Grande Lakes
ritzcarlton.com

Best Indian

1    Tamarind
Winter Park and East Orlando
tamarindfl.com

2   Mynt Fine Indian Cuisine
Hannibal Square, Winter Park
myntorlando.com

3   Saffron Indian Cuisine
Restaurant Row
saffronorlando.com

Best Italian

1    Nonno’s Ristorante Italiano
Altamonte Springs
nonnositalianrestaurant.com

2   Prato
Downtown Winter Park
prato-wp.com

3   La Luce
Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek
laluceorlando.com

Best Japanese

1    Kobe Japanese Steakhouse
Multiple Orlando-area locations
kobesteakhouse.com

2   Seito Sushi
Baldwin Park and Restaurant Row
seitosushi.com

3   Dragonfly Robata
Restaurant Row
dragonflyrestaurants.com

Best-Kept Secret

1    Maxine’s on Shine
Colonialtown
maxinesonshine.com

2   Pizza Bruno
Curry Ford Road
pizzabrunofl.com

3   Nonno’s Ristorante Italiano
Altamonte Springs
nonnositalianrestaurant.com

Best Late-Night Dining

1    Santiago’s Bodega
Orlando and Altamonte Springs
santiagosbodega.com

2   Retro Station Italian Food
Kissimmee
retrostationrestaurant.com

3   Tako Cheena
Mills 50 District
mytakocheena.com

Best Latin

1    Black Bean Deli
Colonialtown and Winter Park
blackbeandeli.com

2   Mango’s Tropical Café Orlando
International Drive
mangos.com/Orlando

3   Zaza New Cuban Diner
Three Orlando-area locations
zazacubandiner.com

Best Live Music/Entertainment

1    Mango’s Tropical Café Orlando
International Drive
mangos.com/Orlando

2   Ace Café Orlando
Downtown Orlando
acecafeusa.com

3    Maxine’s on Shine
Colonialtown
maxinesonshine.com

Best Mexican

1    Cocina 214
Downtown Winter Park
cocina214.com

2   Reyes Mezcaleria
North Quarter, Orlando
reyesmex.com

3   Black Rooster Taqueira
Mills 50 District
blackroostertaqueria.com

Best Middle Eastern

1    Bosphorous Turkish Cuisine
Three Orlando-area locations
bosphorousrestaurant.com

2   Cedar’s Restaurant
Restaurant Row
orlandocedars.com

3   Mediterranean Deli
West Fairbanks Avenue, Orlando
407-539-2650

Best Neighborhood Restaurant

1    Maxine’s on Shine
Colonialtown
maxinesonshine.com

2   Soco
Thornton Park
socothorntonpark.com

3   The Tap Room at Dubsdread
College Park
taproomatdubsdread.com

Best Old Favorite

1    Linda’s La Cantina
East Colonial Drive
lindaslacantina.com

2   The Tap Room at Dubsdread
College Park
taproomatdubsdread.com

3   The Ravenous Pig
Winter Park
theravenouspig.com

Best Outdoor Dining

1    Hillstone
Highway 17-92, Winter Park
hillstone.com

2   The Tap Room at Dubsdread
College Park
taproomatdubsdread.com

3   PB&G
Four Seasons Resort Orlando
Walt Disney World Resort
fourseasons.com/Orlando/dining

Best Pizza

1    Pizza Bruno
Curry Ford Road
pizzabrunofl.com

2   Retro Station Italian Food
Kissimmee
retrostationrestaurant.com

3    Lazy Moon
University Boulevard and
Mills 50 District

lazymoonpizza.com

Best Place for Cocktails

1    The Guesthouse
Mills 50 District
407-630-6574

2   The Tasting Room
Downtown Winter Garden
chefstableattheedgewater.com

3   Highball & Harvest
The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes
ritzcarlton.com

Best Place to Celebrate

1    Taverna Opa
Pointe Orlando
opaorlando.com

2   Mango’s Tropical Café Orlando
International Drive
mangos.com/Orlando

3   Cocina 214
Downtown Winter Park
cocina214.com

Best Place to Take the Kids

1    T-Rex Café
Disney Springs
trexcafe.com

2   Tony Roma’s
International Drive
tonyromas.com

3   4 Rivers Smokehouse
Six Orlando-area locations
4rsmokehouse.com

Best Power Lunch

1    The Tap Room at Dubsdread
College Park
taproomatdubsdread.com

2   Hillstone
Highway 17-92, Winter Park
hillstone.com

3   Seasons 52
Restaurant Row and
Altamonte Springs
seasons52.com

Best Ribs

1    4 Rivers Smokehouse
Six Orlando-area locations
4rsmokehouse.com

2   Pig Floyd’s Urban Barbakoa
Mills 50 District and Lake Nona
pigfloyds.com

3   Tony Roma’s
International Drive
tonyromas.com

Most Romantic

1    The Venetian Chop House
Caribe Royale Orlando
cariberoyale.com

2   Chef’s Table at the Edgewater
Downtown Winter Garden
chefstableattheedgewater.com

3   Bull & Bear
Waldorf Astoria Orlando
bullandbearorlando.com

Best Salads

1    Savoree
Downtown Winter Garden
savoree.net

2   Eden’s Fresh Co.
Five Orlando-area locations
edensorlando.com

3    Greens & Grille
Millenia Boulevard
greensandgrille.com

Best Sandwiches

1    Pom Pom’s Teahouse & Sandwicheria
Milk District-Bumby Avenue
pompomsteahouse.com

2   Bad As’s Sandwich
Milk District-Primrose Drive
badasssandwiches.com

3    Swine & Sons
Winter Park
swineandsons.com

Best Seafood

1    Paddlefish
Disney Springs
paddlefishrestaurant.com

2    Reel Fish Coastal Kitchen + Bar
Winter Park
reelfishcoastal.com

3   deep blu seafood grille
Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort
Bonnet Creek
deepbluorlando.com

Best Service

1    deep blu seafood grille
Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort
Bonnet Creek
deepbluorlando.com

2   Bull & Bear
Waldorf Astoria Orlando
bullandbearorlando.com

3   Highball & Harvest
The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes

ritzcarlton.com

Best Southern

1    The COOP
Winter Park
asouthernaffair.com

2   Soco
Thornton Park
socothorntonpark.com

3   Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’
Disney Springs
homecominkitchen.com

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