|About: A stylish spot with industrial chic warehouse vibes, Italian food and a buzzing bar with craft cocktails|
The food: We’re pretty sure that pizza is a superfood, especially when it’s coming from Prato’s wood-fired oven. Enjoy the al fresco dining along Park Avenue or relax inside (although the huge floor-to-ceiling windows and plant-covered wall will make you feel like you’re outdoors anyway) with a menu that featuring the likes of pretzel-crusted calamari, oversized meatballs, hand-stretched pizzas and the can’t-miss mustard spaghettini cacio e pepe. Make a reservation before you go.
|About: Inside a stark, all-black, boxed-shaped building is Kadence, a sushi experience so popular, you have to pre-pay to even get a reservation (bookings are available the first of the month for the following month).|
The food: No rainbow rolls here. When you take a seat at the nine-person sushi bar, watch the owners prepare a multi-course sushi and sashimi tasting. Because Kadence is fashioned after the Japanese tradition of omakase—where you leave your meal to the whims of the chef—you don’t have to stress about what to order. Can’t snag a res? Opt for a take-out chirashi bowl that comes in a reusable box that’s so pretty, they’ll charge you if you don’t return it in a week’s time.
3. The Stubborn Mule
|About: The always-packed downtown restaurant bar is known for creative takes on American fare. And, as its name suggests, it’s not a successful visit unless you sip one of the signature mule cocktails.|
The food: The weekend brunch scene is a spectacle in itself with crowds of guests waiting eagerly out front to down unlimited mimosas and soothe their hangovers with entrees like the Who Woke Up First, a gluttonously good sandwich that consists of funnel-cake fried chicken topped with bacon, egg and cheese between two cinnamon sugar pastries. You can order online or make a reservation for dine in.
4. The Ravenous Pig
|About: The Euro-American gastropub, helmed by chefs James and Julie Petrakis, opened back in 2007—right at the forefront of Florida’s seasonally-inspired cuisine movement that has yet to lose steam.|
The food: With a James Beard nomination under their belt, the chefs have truly turned The Ravenous Pig into a must-visit for both locals and tourists. What to order? Start with the ever-changing charcuterie board or Gatherer salad before moving onto the blue cheese and caramelized onion-topped burger. If you still have room, end your evening on a sweet note with the Pig Tails, cinnamon sugar fritters with chocolate dipping sauce. Sound good? Order Now
|About: Adjacent to Orlando’s East End Market, this ramen hotspot quite literally brings the heat with its homemade noodles, savory broths and assortment of small plates|
The food: When it opened its doors in 2016, Domu single-handedly brought ramen back on the map within the Orlando food scene. Four years later, its steaming bowls of noodles are still being slurped down at a record pace, leading to new locations in Dr. Phillips and Jacksonville as well as a fast-casual concept called Domu Chibi. Beyond ramen, this hip Asian kitchen also serves killer kimchi butter wings and lobster buns. If you head there for brunch, get a boba-mosa (champagne mixed with the flavored tapioca balls typically found in bubble tea).
6. Christner’s Prime Steak & Lobster
|About: While some steakhouses try too hard to stay cool with the times by modernizing their décor or taking creative liberties with the menu, Christner’s is all about doing things the old school way—and cooking up the best cuts of meat in Orlando.|
The food: Three words: order the filet. Trust us, you won’t find a better steak. Plus, between its bustling dining room, animated bar scene and myriad of private rooms, it’s the type of restaurant that your date, family, clients and even Tony Soprano would feel at home in. Reservations recommended.
7. Se7en Bites
|About: This Southern-inspired kitchen hasn’t met a comfort food it doesn’t like, so prepare for buttermilk biscuits, pimento cheese, homemade chicken pot pie and plenty of freshly baked pastries.|
The food: Do you think of bacon as a food group? Then this daytime eatery is for you. With a breakfast-all-day menu that includes an egg sandwich called 7th Trimester smothered with mac ’n cheese and potato chip bacon crumble and lunch items like a meatloaf sandwich, you’ll be going back and forth on what to order until reaching the counter. You can also get a party catered!