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20. Antonio's Maitland

Executive chef Patrick Tramontana's gorgeous, slickly staged Instagram posts of soft-core gastronomica have singlehandedly brought a whole new audience to this erstwhile bastion of the blue-haired. But his dishes aren't just photogenic – long-stem Italian artichokes wrapped in crispy prosciutto and stuffed with goat cheese, and braised lamb shank with a Parmesan-sweet pea risotto, are as magnificent to ingest as they are to behold. (

Elliot Hillis and Seth Parker of Orlando Meats - PHOTO BY ROB BARTLETT
  • Photo by Rob Bartlett
  • Elliot Hillis and Seth Parker of Orlando Meats

21. Orlando Meats

At Edgar Massoni's gleaming butchery-eatery, a bevy of meats, offal, broths and fats can be had thanks to the relationships he's formed with farmers and ranchers from Weirsdale to Avon Park. Head butcher Raul Rubero is big on spotlighting lesser-known and interesting cuts of carne – they look enticing in the display case, but they're real lookers when cooked and plated. The burger is can't-miss, but the in-house sausages are irresistible. (

22. Prato

If the crowd amassed on both sides of the restaurant's entrance is any indication, Brandon McGlamery's legion of fans appears to be ballooning like Tom Colicchio's political conscience. They come to feast on Italy's dynamic duo of carbs: pizza (wood-fired in Acunto ovens imported from Naples, Italy) and pasta (crafted in-house from scratch). (

DoveCote Brasserie - PHOTO BY ROB BARTLETT
  • Photo by Rob Bartlett
  • DoveCote Brasserie

23. DoveCote Brasserie

Having worked with such names as Boulud (Daniel), Cardoz (Tabla), Keller (French Laundry) and Van Aken (Norman's), and being named one of Food & Wine's Best New Chefs of 2010, it's no surprise chef Clay Miller's French and French-Colonial creations at this modern brasserie are as inspired as those of his mentors. (

24. Sanctum Café

Chelsie Savage and her culinary conjurers have managed the rare feat of luring not just dedicated vegans to her inviting little Colonialtown eatery, but flesh-weary meat-eaters as well. It's, hands down, the finest vegan/veg restaurant in the city, though we'll see if it holds that standing after the Savages' Proper & Wild opens in Winter Park. (

25. Se7en Bites

On any given day, the tables inside Se7en Bites will be occupied and the line to get into Trina Gregory-Propst's homey Milk District bakery will be out the door. Accept it; embrace it; ain't nothing you can do about it. Once you've come to terms with that inevitability, you can go about enjoying some of the finest baked goods and gut-busting Southern brekkies in the city. (

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