Orlando is a lot more than an amusement park dining experience. There’s a local food movement taking place in the area, with farm to table dining and gourmet farmers markets becoming much more prevalent. Here’s a look at 8 restaurants you need to visit in the Orlando area, whether you’re visiting town on vacation or you’re a local food lover.
8. Txokos Basque Kitchen
Txokos Basque Kitchen embraces the act of sharing, as is the Basque tradition. Quality ingredients fill the menu, with standouts including the Kalimotxo Pork Belly, Grilled Octopus and Bone Marrow Rescoldo. Bring your appetite, and don’t forget to return for Brunch – their Benedict Chorizo and Fried Shrimp & Dirty Grits are equally as satisfying.
7. Hollerbach’s Willow Tree Cafe
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Hollerbach’s Willow Tree Cafe is the real deal. They’re serving up authentic German food that will leave your mouth watering for more. All of the dressings, soups and desserts are made fresh from scratch in the kitchen, and you’re sure to leave feeling more than satisfied – you’ll experience Gemuetlichkeit – a sense of well-being and happiness. You can’t go wrong with half a liter of your favorite beverage (there are plenty of options), a sausage platter, or one of their famous schnitzels.
6. The Briarpatch
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Briarpatch uses the freshest ingredients, incorporating many authentic Florida tastes into their menu. Their breakfast, in particular, is out of this world – one of the best in Orlando, no doubt. The corned beef potato & hash benedict and southern breakfast are standouts – but if it’s your first visit, you have to try either the waffles or pancakes. You can’t go wrong with any of the selections. Just look at that picture above!
5. The Rusty Spoon
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The Rusty Spoon’s tag line is ‘American Food, European Roots, Locally Sourced’, and Chef Kathleen Blake is staying true to her roots. The restaurant is committed to serving locally sourced food, simply prepared, in a comfortable environment. The menu is rotating, the food is wonderful, and on top of that it’s not overly priced. The Jamison Farm Lamb Shank and Handmade Farfalle are delicious, and the ‘Dirty South’ is truly a must try.
4. Dragonfly Robata Grill & Sushi
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Easily one of the best sushi spots in Orlando, Dragonfly has something for everyone. Their Robata Grill menu items are just as good as their sushi, with their jumbo wild white prawns, Australian lamb chop, and Wagyu tenderloin being standouts. Their Tonbo Special is the perfect order for those who want to sample their sushi menu to the fullest extent.
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Located in the heart of Winter Park, Scratch is an intimate space featuring fresh, locally prepared ingredients. Executive Chef Albert DeSue is serving up amazing small plates that will surely delight your pallet. Their pork belly adobo is as good as it sounds. The restaurant is run on a first come, first served basis, so be sure to get to Scratch early. This is easily one of the most creative restaurants in Central Florida.
2. Cask and Larder
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Cask and Larder is a ‘Southern Public House’ with charm, and their sister restaurant, The Ravenous Pig, is equally delicious. Their southern-sourced seasonal dishes will have you coming back again and again, whether it be for the sweet potato cavatelli or the hog snapper. If it’s your first visit, and you can handle the heat, you have to try the Nashville Hot Chicken. There aren’t many restaurants serving up this Nashville favorite, and Cask and Larder is doing it right.
A fantastic blend of Italian classics with modern techniques and seasonal ingredients, Prato has a communal atmosphere that you’ll fall in love with. Their meatballs are divine, and their Widowmaker pizza is a must taste. With ingredients like hazelnut romesco, cavolo nero, fennel sausage, and farm eggs, it’s a pizza you’ve got to sink your teeth into.