Posted on 23 April 2011.
I admit, finding great places to ‘dine’ in Orlando can be a challenge.
To the rescue: Orlando Magazine Annual 2011 Dining Issue. www.orlandomagazine.com and input from a foodie that has called the Orlando area home for the last 9 years: ME. As a foodie, my husband & I love to cook, eat and enjoy. If we’re going out, no matter the budget, it has to be better than something that we can ‘whip up.’ Keep this in mind as you read my comments.
My fav places and how Orlando Magazine rated them:
Best of the Best
Seasons 52 www.seasons52.com Voters got this one right! Seasons 52 was ranked in 10 categories.Amy: Great lunch spot: for business meetings, quick bite with your s.o. or the girlfriends. Knowledgeable staff, caring service, great food, $ wise is up to you.
Fishbones www.talkofthetownrestaurants.com www.fishbones.com Voters got this one right! Fishbones was ranked in 7 categories.Amy: Lunch, dinner or just happy hour so glad this place is only 10 minutes from my home/office in Lake Mary. The outdoor patio is unbelievable. Staff, service, quality is all top shelf! Yes, a little pricey but worth it! when I have friends or business associates in town, I love to bring them here. They are always grateful I did.
Best Deli TooJays ranked high and they always do, I am a fan. But a few years ago a family opened up That Deli here in Lake Mary and I was hooked from day one. Not a surprise to me, they were ranked #2 in all of Orlando. Their claim to fame: ‘one store, one owner’ (If I can talk them into it, I’m thinking ‘franchise!!!’) Creative & healthy sandwiches, soups, side salads all made fresh each day..what a nice option to ‘pick a side’ vs. pick a bag of chips. YUM. www.thatdelifl.com
Jason’s Deli has long been a staple in Altamonte Springs, right outside the gates of Uptown Altamonte and the Altamonte Mall. Their sandwich/deli menu is awesome! But even the biggest meat eaters go there for the salad bar. www.jasonsdeli.com
Best in their category
Best of Florida/Spanish/Cuban/Latin Cuisine In my past life, I worked at the Columbia Restaurant (St. Armands Cir in Sarasota, FL) for 5+ years. Every day, I enjoyed the best Spanish, Cuban, Latin cuisine…and NEVER tired of it. Once I moved to Lake Mary/Orlando, FL I was happy to know that the Columbia could be had via a short drive to their location in Celebration. As it’s a short drive from the Disney area and the convention center, this is my #1 choice for any group or business dinner I arrange for myself or others. www.columbiarestaurant.com
The location, the atmosphere, service are beautiful. Now, let me tell you about the food & spirits! Enjoy a nice Spanish red, a mojito, or a pitcher of sangria…1905 salad, Cuban bread, Spanish bean or black bean soup..that is just the beginning…the menu is full of flavor…plan to make an evening of your time at the Columbia. Walk it all off around the picturesque town of Celebration.
Best of Sushi/Japanese Cuisine Thank goodness they recognized Lake Mary as a great place to open store #2. Amura is amazing! Fresh, fun (and yes a little pricey) so I don’t hop over there once a week…it’s an investment…in your palate for a happy dance!Amura: whatever you are doing, keep it up! Lake Mary/Seminole County has embraced you and wants you here for a long time to come.
For Fun and something for everyone from $-$$ Some may avoid the chains (truthfully, whenever I can I want to support the independents) yet at end of day everyone is a business owner, has a local investment and is good as their last meal. 2 of my fav’s:
www.cheesecakefactory.com Hit up the store in Winter Park Village…lunch, dinner, desert..you won’t be disappointed.
www.cafetututango.com This has got to be one of my fav restaurants of all time. Their location in the Mercado, just south of the convention center and in the heart of “yes, we are busy all of the time!’ means as a local I don’t frequent the location that much. BUT if you are in town for a few days and in the area, it should be a must attend place for you. Outstanding tapas/small plates..great for groups too..order 1 of everything and share!! My fav location is the one in Cocoanut Grove..if you ever get down to south FL, you must visit café tu tu tango at Coco Walk.
Places I want to go:
www.citrusorlando.com everyone is loving Citrus..this is on my list!
www.theravenouspig.com In Orlando being voted # 2 in ‘best places worthy of waiting for a table’ is a place I need to check out.
www.seaorlando.com Other than @ home, I haven’t had good thai food in a while…looks like I need to check out 2SeaThai
Lastly, the new Amway Center open with it’s signature rooftop lounge. Got to get myself up there to enjoy the breeze, see the lights of the city and enjoy a great martini with my man..going soon to: One80GreyGoose Lounge @ the Amway Center.
For more info on things to do and see in Orlando, and great places to eat, drink and PLAY:
contact Amy Stier firstname.lastname@example.org 321-363-6600
Your time here should be extraordinary!
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