Best Of 2023

Best Dough Show: The Dough Show
Photo by Rob Bartlett

Walk into the Dough Show near UCF and you'll be greeted by a mesmerizing performance from Alexandrian pastry maestro Ahmed Hamam. The man is the Egyptian equivalent of a pizzaiolo — not of pizza dough, mind you, but of delicate feteer meshaltet, or feteer, as it's commonly known. Hamam works, stretches and pounds the gossamer-thin dough before theatrically swirling the pastry disc around his head numerous times, all the while twirling in circular fashion himself. And then, like all shows, this dough show comes to an end: It's slammed back onto the quartz counter, given a few open-handed slaps, then filled with toppings like house-brined and cured pastrami and Kiri cheese before being folded, crimped, inverted and placed into a 600-degree oven for a few minutes until baked through. Encores are welcomed.

Best of Orlando: Food and Dining

Best of Orlando: Food and Dining
Best Restaurant Overall
Photo via Prato/Facebook

1st: Prato,

2nd: Maxine's on Shine,

3rd: The Strand,

Henry Moso
photo by Faiyaz Kara
Henry Moso

1st: Henry Moso, Kabooki,

2nd: Patrick Story, Hollerbach's German Restaurant,

3rd: Fabiano Olmo, Maxine's on Shine,

Best Wait Staff
Photo by Rob Bartlett

1st: Maxine's on Shine,

2nd: Prato,

3rd: Gnarly Barley,

Gideon’s Bakehouse
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Gideon’s Bakehouse

1st: Gideon's Bakehouse,

2nd: Se7en Bites,

3rd: The Glass Knife,

Best Barbecue Restaurant
Photo via 4 Rivers/Facebook

1st: 4 Rivers Smokehouse,

2nd: Pig Floyd's Urban BBQ,

3rd: Smoke and Donuts,

1st: DaJen Eats,

2nd: Island Thyme Caribbean Grille,

3rd: Singh's Roti Shop,

1st: Hawkers Asian Street Food,

2nd: Peter's Kitchen China Bistro,

3rd: Taste of Chengdu,

1st: Foxtail Coffee Co.,

2nd: Lineage Coffee Roasting,

3rd: Drunken Monkey Coffee Bar,

1st: TooJay's Deli,

2nd: Linda's Winter Park Diner (closed),

3rd: Shakers American Café,