Best of ORL 2019 – Food & Drink

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Cuisine That Caught On

Forty years ago, Enzo Perlini and wife Jo Anne bought an Italian-style villa on Lake Fairy in Longwood and room by room turned it into Enzo’s on the Lake. They used Perlini’s mother’s recipes—a blend of Roman and Neapolitan cuisine—making everything from scratch with the  freshest ingredients. But no one came. 

“We sat in the restaurant alone, crying,” recalls Jo Anne Ross, who still runs the restaurant. 

They decided to invite everyone they knew to try their fare, which led to a rave review from a local television station. 

“They said it was a wonderful place and people started lining up,” Ross says. 

In the decades since, Ross has watched tables grow from newlyweds celebrating their anniversary to the multiple generations that the couple created, all celebrating the original milestone. 

Enzo died in 2006, but Ross says the restaurant never strayed from his original vision. 

“Enzo was from Rome and wanted to make a restaurant in the style of his hometown so if a Roman came here and had dinner, they would feel right at home. We really have not deviated from that since we’ve been open,” Ross says. enzos.com


Community Coffee Spot

1 Foxtail Coffee Co.
11 Orlando-area locations
foxtailcoffee.com

2 Axum Coffee
Winter Garden
& Clermont
axumcoffee.com

3 Lineage Coffee Roasting
Mills 50 District;
Audubon Park
lineageroasting.com

Caterer

1 Arthur’s Creative Events & Catering
Altamonte Springs
arthurscatering.com

2 Puff ’n Stuff
Events & Catering
Orlando
puffnstuff.com

3 Dubsdread Catering
College Park
dubsdreadcatering.com

Place for a Frozen Treat


Jeremiah's Italian Ice (ROBERTO GONZALEZ)

1 Jeremiah’s Italian Ice
15 Orlando-area locations
jeremiahsice.com

2 Twistee Treat
12 Orlando-area locations
twisteetreat.com

3 Kelly’s Homemade Ice Cream
Audubon Park;
East Kaley Street
kellyshomemadeicecream.com

Chocolate Shop

1 Peterbrooke
Chocolatier
Downtown Winter Park
peterbrookewp.com

2 Ghirardelli Soda Fountain & Chocolate Shop
Disney Springs
disneysprings.com

3 Farris & Foster’s
Famous Chocolate Factory
Baldwin Park
farrisandfosters.com

Wine Store

1 Total Wine  & More
Three Orlando-area locations
totalwine.com

2 Tim’s Wine Market
Four Orlando-area locations
timswine.com

3 ABC Fine Wine & Spirits
Multiple Orlando-area locations
abcfws.com

Downtown Restaurant

1 The Rusty Spoon
Church Street
therustyspoon.com

2 Reyes Mezcaleria
North Quarter
reyesmex.com

3 Kres Chophouse
Church Street
kresrestaurant.com

College Park Restaurant

1 K Restaurant
Edgewater Drive
krestaurantorlando.com

2 The Tap Room at Dubsdread
Par Street
thetaproomatdubsdread.com

3 RusTeak Restaurant & Wine Bar
Edgewater Drive
rusteakwinebar.com

Winter Garden Restaurant

1 Chef’s Table at the Edgewater
West Plant Street
chefstableattheedgewater.com

2 Thai Blossom
West Plant Street
mythaiblossom.com

3 Winter Garden
Pizza Company
West Plant Street
wintergardenpizza.com

Theme Park Restaurant

1 Le Cellier Steakhouse
Epcot World Showcase
disneyworld.disney.go.com

2 California Grill
Disney’s Contemporary Resort
disneyworld.disney.go.com

3 Rainforest Café
Disney’s Marketplace; Disney’s Animal Kingdom
rainforestcafe.com

Lake County Restaurant

1 1921 Mount Dora
Downtown Mount Dora
1921mountdora.com

2 Café Gianni Italian
Downtown Mount Dora
Café Gianni on Facebook

3 The Crooked Spoon
Citrus Tower Boulevard
Clermont
thespoonclermont.com

Seminole County Restaurant

1 Enzo’s on the Lake
Longwood
enzos.com

2 The Old Jailhouse Kitchen & Spirits
Downtown Sanford
theoldjailhousesanford.com

3 Sushi Pop
Oviedo
sushipoprestaurant.com

Osceola County Restaurant

1 Savion’s Place
Downtown Kissimmee
savionsplace.com

2 The Catfish Place
13th Street (U.S 192)
St Cloud
thecatfishplacestcloud.com

3 All Italian Market & Ristorante
West Osceola Parkway
Kissimmee
allitalianmarketandristorante.com

Restaurant Row Restaurant (Sand Lake Rd.)

1 Eddie V’s
eddiev.com

2 Rocco’s Tacos
roccostacos.com

3 Seasons 52
seasons52.com

Winter Park Restaurant

1 Luma on Park
Park Avenue
lumaonpark.com

2 Prato
Park Avenue
prato-wp.com

3 Hillstone
South Orlando Avenue
hillstone.com

I-Drive Restaurant


Tapa Toro (ROBERTO GONZALEZ)

1 Tapa Toro
ICON Park
tapatoro.restaurant

2 Texas de Brazil
Outlet Marketplace
texasdebrazil.com

3 Maggiano’s Little Italy
Pointe Orlando
maggianos.com

Brewery

1 Crooked Can Brewing Company
Downtown
Winter Garden
crookedcan.com

2 Hourglass Brewing
Longwood
hourglassbrewing.com

3 Ocean Sun Brewing
Curry Ford Road
oceansunbrewing.com

Hotel Lounge

1 The Alfond Inn
Downtown Winter Park
thealfondinn.com

2 Grand Bohemian Hotel Orlando
Downtown Orlando
grandbohemianhotel.com

3 Lobby Lounge
The Ritz Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes
ritzcarlton.com/orlando

Watering Hole or Lounge

1 Froggers Grill & Bar
Five Orlando-area locations
froggers.com

2 The Guesthouse
Mills 50 District
The Guesthouse on Facebook

3 Mathers Social Gathering
Downtown Orlando
mathersorlando.com

Tacos

1 El Zocalo Mexican
Downtown Sanford
elzocalosanford.com

2 Tijuana Flats
13 Orlando-area locations
tijuanaflats.com

3 Chuy’s
Five Orlando-area locations
chuys.com

Place for Something Sweet

1 Nothing Bundt Cakes
Four Orlando-area locations
nothingbundtcakes.com

2 Dunkin’
Multiple Orlando locations
dunkindonuts.com

3 The Glass Knife
South Orlando Avenue
Winter Park
theglassknife.com

Specialty Foods Store

1 The Fresh Market
Five Orlando-area locations
thefreshmarket.com

2 Trader Joe’s
Winter Park; Restaurant Row
traderjoes.com

3 Whole Foods Market
Three Orlando-area locations
wholefoodsmarket.com

Food Delivery Service

1 Uber Eats
ubereats.com

2 DoorDash
doordash.com

3 Shipt
shipt.com