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  • Taste of Chengdu

36. Taste of Chengdu

We've had a bevy of top-notch Sichuan restaurants open in the city of late, but Taste of Chengdu is the best of the lot. Chef Xiong "Tiger" Tang, a graduate of the Sichuan Higher Institute of Cuisine and former chef at Zen Restaurant inside the Omni Orlando Resort, fires up blazing dishes such as pompano with triple chili pepper, five-spice sauce and peanuts, and sautéed lamb with hot pepper sauce wrapped in foil. (

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  • Swine and Sons

37. Swine & Sons

Rhys and Alexia Gawlak take charcuterie and whole-animal butchery very seriously at their bright Winter Park eatery – a nibble of the spicy Calabrese and nutmeg-and-clove Varzi from the charcuterie board is proof positive. Should you require further evidence, I'll just point you to one of their butcher sandwiches and, ohh, that Nashville hot chicken. (

38. Ravello

Four Seasons Orlando executive chef Fabrizio Schenardi oversees Ravello's kitchen, shunning trends in favor of fresh, simple fare like perfectly blistered pizzas fired in the restaurant's wood stone oven. But the house-made pastas (and a drink at the beautiful bar) can neutralize the sounds of wailing tots. Schenardi likes importing ingredients from his native land so, naturally, a trip here during white truffle season (October) is a must. (

39. Wine Bar George

The only master sommelier-led wine bar in town may feature 130 wines by the glass (and ounce!), but there are also some mighty fine small plates (porchetta-spiced pork cheeks), as well as family-style platters (Greek sea bass), to be had at George Miliotes' lively two-story space. (

Soondubu at BBB Tofu House - PHOTO BY JOEY ROULETTE
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  • Soondubu at BBB Tofu House

40. BBB Tofu House

The Korean fare is more than commendable, but at BBB Tofu House in the 1st Oriental Supermarket Plaza, soondubu – the fiery, bubbling soup of silken tofu – is their raison d'etre, and a sexier broth you never will see, reddened and rippling with the fumes of gochugaru and gochujang. (

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