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Orlando's Food Scene Evolves 
with Celebrity Chefs and New Flavors



ORLANDO,Fla. - Named one of the BestFoodie Cities in the nation by Wallethub in 2017, Orlando has beendeveloping a dynamic dining scene worth a visit all its own, with a roster ofcelebrity chefs, home-grown culinary talent and inventive new concepts. Alltastes and price points can find a mouth-watering menu to fit them here, forthe perfect complement to Orlando's world-class attractions.



Witha continuously evolving dining scene, Orlando has a lot more to bring than itsworld-famous theme parks and thrilling attractions. With additions such asEngland-based motor diner AceCafé Orlando near downtown, new industrial gothic conceptTheEdison at Disney's Springs and the upcoming JINYA Ramen Bar inThornton Park, Orlando's explosion of unique dining concepts will continue tobring exciting flavors to the destination.



Orlandonow has a new must-taste experience: a signature dessert developed to showcasethe region's culinary evolution and connection with honey. A destination-wideculinary competition involved public voting as well as a celebrity panel ofjudges including two-time James Beard Award winner Chef Art Smith. The winningdish, "Orlando's Honey Nougat Glacé," is an Italian meringue prepared withhoney, nougat and fruit confit, on a red berries sorbet from Chef CatherineDelrieu of MonPetit Cheri.



Yearsago, Orlando's fine dining saga sparked with a handful of celebrity chefs likeWolfgang Puck and Chef Emeril Lagasse. Today, newcomers have flocked to jointhem, many of whom chose Walt Disney World Resort's Disney Springs as theirhome base, with restaurants including Jose Andres' Jaleo, Chef Art Smith's Homecomin',Chef Rick Bayless' FronteraCocina, Chef Masaharu Morimoto's MorimotoAsiaand Guy Fieri's collaboration with the new PlanetHollywood Observatory.



As thearea's reputation for good food has developed, local chefs have also stepped uptheir game. The destination is the proud home of local celebrity chefs and 2017James-Beard Award Nominees Kathleen Blake of TheRusty Spoon and Brandon McGlamery of Lumaon Park. In total, Orlando is home to 17 current James BeardFoundation Award winning or nominated chefs, representing 21 restaurantsbetween them, with more on the way.


Otherlocal favorites include Winter Park's 4Rivers Smokehouse (with multiple locations), a casual BBQjoint with a cult following. In downtown Orlando, Artisan's Table chefs useglobal influences to create modern twists on classic dishes. DoveCoteBrasserie brings a French twist to downtown Orlando. In nearbyThornton Park is Chef Greg Richie's Soco(for "Southern Contemporary Cuisine"), while in Winter Park, Bocafocuses on creating savory farm-to-table dishes.



Fromrooftops to waterfront, Capa atthe Four Seasons Resort at Walt Disney World Resort makes for stellar views ofDisney's Epcot and Magic Kingdom fireworks from the 17th floor. Alsoat Disney, CaliforniaGrill boasts a view of the Magic Kingdom, with the music forthe fireworks piped into the restaurant. SharksUnderwater Grill at SeaWorld Orlando offers an entirelydifferent kind of view, but no less spectacular, with walls of shark tanksbathing diners in their entrancing glow. For above-ground waterfront views,guests can head to Hillstone inWinter Park to watch the sunset, The BOATHOUSE atDisney Springs or CanvasRestaurant in Lake Nona.


Lowcost doesn't mean low-bar flavor in Orlando. Taco lovers can savor the boldfusion of Mexican flavors at GringosLocos, with tacos and beers for as low as $3. Super Rico Colombian Bistro indowntown Orlando offers a taste of traditional street dishes for less than $10.With two Central Florida locations, Lazy Moon is the place to savor extraordinarily large(and cheap) pizza slices and enjoy refreshing beers on tap or by the bottle.



Thereare concentrated pockets of culture all over Orlando, offering up a variety ofcuisines from Latino to Ethiopian, and Peruvian to French. Mamak Asian Street Food inthe Mills 50 District celebrates Asian street fare, especially Malaysiavarieties. Nile Ethiopian Restaurant onInternational Drive offers flavors of Africa, while Domu restaurant at East EndMarket specializes in delicious ramen and more. For Spanish cuisine, TapaToroat I-Drive 360 features fresh-made paella and live flamenco dance entertainment;for Cuban, Black Bean Deli is a must. The cozy Mynt in Winter Parkprepares savory Indian cuisine, while Bosphorousserves Turkish delights and Le Coq Au Vin offersclassic French dishes.



InOrlando there are limitless options for everyone. Dandelion Communitea Caféoffers organic teas, homemade soups, wraps, salads and more, all vegetarian andall made with Florida-grown produce. In Winter Park, Ethos Vegan Kitchen'sdaily menu features hearty home-style traditional and intercontinental farealong with vegan baked goods. The Vegan Hot DogCartis popular with hungry Orlando visitors craving "notdogs" like Philly cheesedogs. The Sanctum Café inthe Mills 50 District prepares every single item from scratch, while Heirloom Deli, anew vegan eatery coming in 2018, features plant-based comfort food. Otherdelicious options include YellowDog Eats, offering a variety ofsandwiches, tacos, nachos and salads, and Walt Disney World's Sanaa, servingsalads and vegetarian specialties with an African-Indian fare.



Ifbottomless mimosas are a brunch deal-breaker, TheBoheme at the Grand Bohemian and KASARestaurant & Bar in Downtown Orlando have it covered. SLATEoffers farm-to-table freshness, as does TheOsprey Tavern in Baldwin Park. The COOP in Winter Park brings southern comfort food to a newlevel with chicken, biscuits and beyond. For a decadent treat, Se7en Bites isthe place to savor Salted Caramel Bacon Cinnamon Rolls on the weekend, and Skyebird Juice Bar &Experimental Kitchen at East End Market serves organic juicesmade on the spot.



Spendingan endless amount of time deciding where to go is never a problem in Orlando.Food halls such as PlantStreet Market, which includes 20 vendors, two restaurantsand a brewery, give consumers a variety of options all in one place. East EndMarket in Audubon Park hosts independently-owned businesses, including Skybird juicebar and Olde Hearth Bread Co. bakery, while the new Marketon Magnolia offers a uniquetapestry of delicious dining options, including hand-crafted pizza at 081 Pizzaand fresh poke bowls at Da Kine Poke.



Craftcocktails and locally brewed beers are on tap throughout Orlando. The new Wine Bar George inDisney Springs is the only Master Sommelier-led wine bar in Florida wherewine-enthusiasts can experience storied vintages and endless varietalsalongside George Miliotes, Master Sommelier. Wine lovers should also check out The Wine Room inWinter Park for the chance to taste tons of varieties from all over the worldby the ounce. For the original local brew, Orlando Brewing's beer is made only in accordance with the GermanPurity Law of 1516, using all organic ingredients. In historic downtown WinterGarden,CrookedCan Brewing Company offers a selection of locally crafted beerson tap, showcasing a variety of seasonal and limited edition beers, sourcedfrom unique ingredients to produce unrestricted beer styles. The Courtesy in Downtown Orlando uses homemade elixirs and high-endspirits, while a bona fide speakeasy experience awaits at Hanson's Shoe Repair, password required. Eden Bar at the independentEnzian Theater offers a refreshing natural outdoor setting to thirsty guests,with cool films playing year-round to boot. With its own brewery and hundredsof choices, RedlightRedlight Beer Parlour is the place for craft beer selection. OnInternational Drive, Howlat the Moon's high-energy piano players entertain whilethe crowd drinks and sings along. Mango'sTropical Café Orlando is a high-energy dining, entertainment anddance club featuring live entertainment. Also on International Drive is theworld's largest ice bar - ICEBAROrlando. And with over 70 tons of hand-carved ice, this loungeis a cool place to enjoy ice-cold drinks with friends in a frosty 22 degrees -a perfect way to escape the Florida heat.