Five delicious reasons — from elevated street food to high-end Floribbean cuisine — to explore the cuisine of Orlando.
This article originally appeared on Travel + Leisure
At Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto’s place in the revamped Disney Springs shopping-and-entertainment complex, the menu is Pan-Asian, with dim-sum, like kakuni pork bao, and a Korean- style buri-bop rice bowl. But the standout is Japanese Wagyu beef seared tableside on an ishiyaki stone. Entrées $16–$46.
This modern brasserie from chef Clay Miller in downtown Orlando serves enticing entrées like haddock bouillabaisse and chicken-and-sausage cassoulet, plus creative craft cocktails. Stop by during the day for inventive baked goods like the gibassier, an orange-scented Provençal pastry. Entrées $16–$38.
This popular Winter Park gastropub, a pioneer of Orlando’s emerging food scene, has moved to a larger home, sharing space with a brewery, Cask & Larder. Chefs James and Julie Petrakis use local ingredients for their pork belly with whiskey praline and Cape Canaveral shrimp and grits. Entrées $21–$34.
This Thai tea bar in Winter Park pays homage to Asian street foods like tom yum goong and panang pork by re-creating them as panini-style sandwiches. Don’t skip the dessert toasts, topped with red bean, matcha, or coconut ice cream. Sandwiches $6–$10.
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The James Beard Award winner now serves his take on Floribbean cuisine — conch fritters, plantain flatbread, and Ponce Inlet barrelfish with charred Zellwood sweet corn — in a converted home in Mount Dora. The historic lakeside town is less than an hour away from Disney and well worth a visit. Entrées $19–$45.