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Side Dish

Cantina Catrina, the authentic Mexican restaurant dedicated to celebrating the traditional Mexican holiday of Día de los Muertos or Day of the Dead, will soon be opening in Orlando.  This will be the restaurant’s second location in the United States, the other being in Miami. Situated in the Florida Mall, the 220-seat restaurant will offer indoor and outdoor covered-patio dining... Read More

Side Dish

Café-Boutique Piano will open in Winter Park’s Hannibal Square in 2022. The family-run restaurant will feature eclectic European cuisine, live piano music and original art for purchase. While the family has previous restaurant experience from their time living in western Russia, the café 1,200-square-foot will be their first U.S. location.  After much anticipation, new local... Read More

Taco Time!

It certainly doesn’t have to be Tuesday for us to enjoy a plateful of tacos. In fact, we’d argue that every night is taco night in the Greater Orlando region. That’s because our area is replete with eateries that serve them in a variety of enticing ways and aimed at every palate. And while such a wonderful array of creative offerings makes it hard to narrow down the best,... Read More

Palate & Side Dish

TOP FIVE: SUSHI A quintet of tasty things to try this month HAWAII X.0 AT KABOOKI SUSHI EAST COLONIAL & SAND LAKE  A favorite of frequent diners, this citrusy sushi roll is filled with yellowtail, avocado, tobanjan aioli and crispy shallots and then topped with a savory white fish, lemon confit, sprouted daikon radish seeds and pink salt.    B.F.F ROLL AT OOTOYA SUSHI ALTAMONTE... Read More

Tables with a View

Grabbing a seat outdoors at these restaurants makes for an enhanced dining experience. Central Florida’s favorable weather makes outdoor dining a year-round attraction, but the allure of al fresco dining has only grown during the pandemic as area foodies look to support their favorite eateries. Here we spotlight some of Greater Orlando’s top spots for enjoying a meal outdoors.... Read More

Rendezvous for Two

Safe and romantic getaways to escape pandemic fatigue, all within a day’s drive. Are you in desperate need of a date night or long weekend away with your significant other? You’re not alone. Even though the pandemic has people spending more time together, they are not connecting. After a long day of remote work and virtual education, couples are emotionally exhausted, and being... Read More

Best of the Best 2020

92 reasons why there’s no place like Orlando. They say absence makes the heart grow fonder, and after the past few months, we’d say we’re more fond of the Orlando area than ever before. Now that our favorite places are reopen(ing), it’s the perfect time to dive into our annual Best of the Best, featuring the top spots for food, drinks, shopping, health and beauty services,... Read More

Outdoor Adventures

Get outside this fall and winter with these ideas for safe, family-friendly activities. With the weather turning cool and the coronavirus pandemic still a concern, families are looking for ways to enjoy the fall and winter season safely. Because social distancing is best achieved in the open air, we’ve rounded up a list of some of the best places around town to engage in outdoor... Read More

A Seat at the Table

Dining out in the pandemic is certainly different, but most locals are finding it to be a welcome respite. Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, one of the hardest hit areas has been the restaurant industry. Already a challenging business, without diners filling seats regularly, it was only right for owners, chefs, servers and more to worry about their futures. Slowly, as restrictions... Read More

The Secret’s Out

Authentic Italian cuisine and a Prohibition-era atmosphere await at Enzo’s Hideaway—that is if you can find it. True to its name, Enzo’s Hideaway is a restaurant and speakeasy tucked into an underground tunnel at Disney Springs. The fine-dining establishment seizes on Florida’s rum-running history with Prohibition-era cocktails and a mix of Roman and Sicilian dishes. Upon... Read More

French-Kissed Dining

Bites & Bubbles achieves its vision as a throwback to the 1960s neighborhood bistro. In 2018, Bites & Bubbles opened in Mills50 in the building previously occupied by the short-lived Brooklyn Coffee Shop. The restaurant, which bills itself as an “American restaurant with a French kiss,” is the creation of Eddie Nickell and Nicholas Olivieri. On the eatery’s website,... Read More

Pure Gold: Golden Forks 2020

From old favorites to newer spots that have made a lasting impression, we present our annual Golden Fork awards for the best restaurants in Greater Orlando. The dining scene in Orlando has seen the opening of a bevy of new restaurants over the past year, many of which have been met with acclaim. To that end, we made a concerted effort this year to welcome some of these newcomers... Read More

Playing to the Crowd

Kabooki Sushi earns every bit of its reputation with well-executed dishes that showcase culinary creativity. The high-end, highly touted Kabooki Sushi now sits at two convenient corners of Central Florida. About six years ago at age 22, Chef Henry Moso opened Kabooki’s first location in a plaza off of East Colonial Drive and, then, in May of last year, the restaurant expanded... Read More

French Connection

With delectable dishes served in an intimate setting, Le Coq Au Vin gives guests a lot to savor. Although the building that houses Le Coq Au Vin looks more like a cottage than a restaurant, my friend and I knew we were in the right place when we arrived on a recent Saturday evening because we saw the restaurant’s “Bon Appétit Y’all” sign outside. Having driven past that... Read More

Big Catch

Dive into a sea of flavors and options at Paddlefish in Disney Springs, where quality food meets an elegant ambience. Paddlefish, formerly Fulton’s Crab House, opened in 2017 as a faux yacht, luxurious seafood restaurant docked at Disney Springs. Although this stand-alone restaurant has been around for only a few years, its operator, Levy Restaurants, is no stranger to fine dining... Read More

The Best of The Brunch

If you’re like us, you love a good brunch. There’s just something about being able to toe the line between late morning and early afternoon, no matter whether you’re partial to breakfast, lunch or somewhere in between. And while the over-the-top, all-you-can-eat buffets are great on occasion, we find ourselves more excited by the tantalizing options that can be found on area... Read More

Style and Substance

The chef-driven Market to Table doesn’t forsake flavor in its search for beauty. Market to Table opened in the Roper Garden Building in Historic Downtown Winter Garden in 2016 but its roots had already begun to grow in the area several years prior at the district’s popular Saturday farmers market, where chef/owner Ryan Freelove would sell soups, salad dressings, butters and... Read More

A True Neighbor

Cozy and eclectic, Maxine’s on Shine is the neighbor you wish lived next door. If you’ve never been to Maxine’s on Shine, you might find yourself a little confused when your GPS sends you to a block of residential homes in the Colonialtown area. But don’t turn around, you’re not lost—this eatery, set between two inconspicuous homes, is just a part of the neighborhood. Opened... Read More

An Evening in Spain

Tapa Toro offers a culinary journey of Spanish Flavors and culture in the heart of Central Florida. Tapa Toro is conveniently located at ICON  Park off International Drive. Opened in 2015, the restaurant  is known for its traditional Spanish cuisine that is set alongside nightly flamenco dancing. Having traveled to Spain many times to visit relatives who call this beautiful country... Read More

Green Cuisine

Leading the way in upscale plant-based cuisine, Proper & Wild offers diners healthy, satisfying plates. If there were ever a right time to open an upscale plant-based restaurant serving healthy eats in Orlando, it’s certainly now. With “wellness” becoming the most commodified buzzword on the planet and more chefs and restaurants embracing entrées that give veggies a starring... Read More

A Taste of Revelry

Jaleo doesn’t miss a beat with its tasty tapas and festive atmosphere. The first Jaleo opened its doors in Washington, D.C., in 1993. Since then the restaurant has expanded the brand into Maryland, Virginia and Nevada, and now it’s made its way to Central Florida with the opening of its fifth location at Disney Springs this past March. Jaleo, which is a Spanish word for revelry,... Read More