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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16. Luma on Park

The "Jewel Box" – a two-story wine vault stocked with 7,000 bottles of 80 intriguing varieties – is quite the attention-grabbing lure for bon vivants, but it's James Beard Award-nominated chef Brandon McGlamery's flawless renditions of "casual American" cuisine that makes wining and dining at Luma an unparalleled experience on Park Avenue. (lumaonpark.com)

Kathleen Blake, chef-owner of the Rusty Spoon - PHOTO BY ROB BARTLETT
  • Photo by Rob Bartlett
  • Kathleen Blake, chef-owner of the Rusty Spoon

17. The Rusty Spoon

Forging alliances with local farmers and food purveyors since her chef de cuisine days at Primo paid dividends for chef/owner Kathleen Blake when she opened Rusty Spoon. Her self-described gastropub is just as down-to-earth as the Iowa native. Her Florida-only seafood policy means local wild clams and octopus grace her menu, though you'll find that the beef (Deep Creek Ranch), pork (Palmetto Creek Farms) and chicken (Lake Meadow Naturals) are also locally sourced. (therustyspoon.com)

  • Photo by Rob Bartlett
  • Urbain 40

18. Urbain 40

The brasserie is bit more American after four-time James Beard Award nominee Tim Keating replaced executive chef Jean-Stephane Poinard at this Dr. Phillips haunt. Steaks, flatbreads and burgers aside, there's still plenty to keep Paris on your mind – the crepe urbain, mussels à la flamande and bouillabaisse Provençal are standouts. Plus, the French Colonial room with a Swing-era vibe is still one of the most beautiful restaurant spaces in the city. (urbain40.com)

19. Highball & Harvest

The Ritz-Carlton's farm-to-table restaurant (they literally have a 7,000-square-foot farm on property) caters to well-heeled vacationers and food-conscious millennials with Southern-inspired dishes employing local, sometimes hyperlocal, ingredients. You'll mostly find competently executed plates of comfort food being issued from Scott Pizzo's kitchen. (facebook.com/highballharvest)


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