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The Osprey Tavern - PHOTO BY ROB BARTLETT
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11. Osprey Tavern

Jason Chin and his wife, Sue, the local restaurant impresarios who've also given us Seito Sushi and Reyes Mezcaleria (both made this list, BTW), certainly aren't short on passion for all things culinary. Their handsome Baldwin Park boîte doesn't break new ground, as far as upmarket Americana is concerned, but who needs innovation when it's the perfect burger, a whole grilled branzino, or a bottle of Muscadet and fresh oysters you crave? (ospreytavern.com)

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12. Domu

"I want to put Orlando on the map with Domu," says Sean Nguyen, the sanguine owner of the East End Market ramen-ya and pan-Asian hotspot. Given the numerous national TV appearances his restaurant has made, I'd say he's done just that. Domu has established its ramen street cred among the city's noodle cognoscenti, but the black truffle burrata, wings glazed in a kimchi butter sauce and signature cocktails designed by Rene Nguyen (Hanson's Shoe Repair) are more than worthy of mention. (domufl.com)

13. Seito Sushi & New Japanese

From-scratch ramen bowls, izakaya faves (okonomiyaki, uni pasta) and sushi of the highest order lend Seito elite restaurant status in Baldwin Park. Its sister resto on Sand Lake Road (run by Jason Chin's sister Jennifer and husband, Eric Springer) is just as dedicated to creativity and sourcing quality ingredients. Sibling rivalry? I'd say so. (seitosushi.com)

14. Hunger Street Tacos

Not content with merely churning out some of the best tacos in town, Joe and David Creech, along with Bruno Fonseca of now-closed Millenia 106, turn up the heat with various specialty items like vegan tlacoyos, pescado a la talla smoked over binchotan coals and (gasp!) tacos al pastor flown in from Mexico City and shaved off the trompo. Oh, did I mention they're doing pop-up Mexican omakases all over town? (hungerstreettacos.com)

15. Chef's Table at the Edgewater Hotel

Skip the Tasting Room and enjoy a more intimate affair with the chef's table experience (which is actually 16 separate tables) within the historically quaint walls of the Winter Garden hotel. Don't expect any cozy confabs with chef/owner Kevin Tarter, but do expect superb, and confidently executed, continental fare. (chefstableattheedgewater.com)

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