Faiyaz Kara's 55 best restaurants in Orlando 

Explore the Orlando Weekly restaurant critic’s essential places to eat in 2018

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  • Florida and Co.

46. Florida & Co.

The relationships Emily Rankin built with farmers, producers and purveyors helped her create a superb seasonal menu at this East End Market restaurant comprising all those Florida-grown and -raised ingredients. The edible arrangements she serves here – fresh, colorful and vibrant – are absolute pictures of health (as well as great fodder for our smartphone cameras). (florida-co.com)

Spanish charcuterie at Tapa Toro - PHOTO BY ROB BARTLETT
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  • Spanish charcuterie at Tapa Toro

47. Tapa Toro

With executive chef Wendy Lopez's recent departure, Francisco Galeano now helms the kitchen at the I-Drive Spanish restaurant, and he's keen on maintaining the high standards Lopez set. So long as he doesn't tinker with that paella teeming with chicken, chorizo, lobster tail and lamb chops, all should be fine. (tapatoro.restaurant)

48. Jiko

One of the more serene restaurants you'll find inside the Animal Kingdom Lodge, Jiko presents an African continent's worth of dishes in what's easily the most interesting menu on Disney property. Feast on Ethiopian ingudai tibs stuffed inside Tunisian brik pastry, a sweet/salty mrouzia-style lamb tagine, and Egyptian kushari. (disneyworld.disney.go.com)

Polpo at Bulla Gastrobar - PHOTO BY ROB BARTLETT
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  • Polpo at Bulla Gastrobar

49. Bulla Gastrobar

The raucous and lively atmo is intentional – this is a tapas joint, after all – but patrons are just as dazzled by the fine Spanish cuisine issuing forth from this gastrobar's cocina. At the helm is chef/partner Felix Plasencia, who serves fare that's pleasantly traditional and free of unnecessary frills. (bullagastrobar.com)

50. Pig Floyd's Urban Barbakoa

Thomas "The Tank Engine" Ward's Puerto Rican heritage infuses a slight Latin influence into his quality 'cue: Sweet plantains, fried yuca, and rice and beans go along faultlessly with everything from luscious brisket to succulent St. Louis-style ribs to flavorful pulled pork. Even the moist spiced-rubbed chicken is worth coming back for. (pigfloyds.com)

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