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  • Canvas Lake Nona

51. Canvas

The views through Canvas's floor-to-ceiling windows really do wonders in helping you forget the hellish drive to Lake Nona, but it's the menu of Southern and Latin fare (what could be more Florida?) that really steal the scene. (

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  • Chef Laurent Hollaender of the Boheme

52. The Boheme

The sultry downtown dining room is made all the sexier by executive chef Laurent Hollaender's French-leaning menu. His even-handed temperance yields escargots de Bourgogne that are rich, but not overly so, while seasonal dishes like roasted lamb loin noisette with a fat cap crusted with oregano fleur de sel, or duck breast with poached carambola, put Hollaender's creative skills on display. (

53. Hawkers Asian Street Fare

Slinging Singaporean-style Hawkers fare in this town seven years ago was a risk that paid off for this now-budding chain. The original on Mills, with its raucous atmo and tight dining quarters, is still an intergenerational pleaser, hawking everything from char siu and Filipino-style crispy chicken skin in jerk sauce to mei fun noodles and, of course, Malaysian roti canai. (

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  • Giant macaron dessert at Market 2 Table

54. Market 2 Table

Ryan Freelove, an accomplished chef who solidified his cred under Scott Hunnel at Victoria & Albert's, presents dishes that are at once precise, seasonal and, for the most part, classically American. His fare is all very alluring, and the moody digs only amp up the seductive qualities of such sexy dishes as lamb shank with truffle gnocchi and stacked fillets of seared golden tilefish with a cascade of succotash and steamed Romanesco. (

Maxine's on Shine - PHOTO BY ROB BARTLETT
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  • Maxine's on Shine

55. Maxine's on Shine

The most neighborhoody of neighborhood restaurants deserves inclusion on this list for the unmatched camaraderie the cozy joint elicits among its patrons. Proprietors Maxine and Kirk Earhart work the room in their own whimsical, inimitable style, and the menu is no different: escargots, meatloaf, cioppino and lobster ravioli can all be had. (

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