September 17, 2022

Orlando's best restaurants of 2022, as chosen by our readers

While it will take years for Orlando to shake its reputation as the chain capital of the world,  real heads know that the City Beautiful has been a culinary hotspot for quite some time.

Even with the help of our stellar food critics and reporters, navigating Orlando's booming food scene can be a bit difficult. So many chefs, baristas and asphalt road food truckers are doing great work in the 407.

So, we turned to the old-timers and foodies who scour our pages (both paper and web) to figure out what the best restaurants in Central Florida are.  Every choice from here on out was picked by our readers, who came out in droves to support their faves.

All Best of Orlando® 2022 winners posted on 8/31/22
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Best Altamonte Springs Restaurant
1st: Santiago's Bodega, santiagosbodega.com  
2nd: Seasons 52, seasons52.com  
3rd: Tibby's New Orleans Kitchen, tibbys.com  
All Best of Orlando® 2022 winners posted on 8/31/22
Santiago's Bodega

Best Altamonte Springs Restaurant

1st: Santiago's Bodega, santiagosbodega.com

2nd: Seasons 52, seasons52.com

3rd: Tibby's New Orleans Kitchen, tibbys.com

All Best of Orlando® 2022 winners posted on 8/31/22
Best Audubon Park or Baldwin Park Restaurant  
1st: Domu, domufl.com  
2nd: Winter Park Biscuit Co., winterparkbiscuitco.com  
3rd: Seito Sushi Baldwin Park, seitosushibp.com  
All Best of Orlando® 2022 winners posted on 8/31/22
Domu

Best Audubon Park or Baldwin Park Restaurant

1st: Domu, domufl.com

2nd: Winter Park Biscuit Co., winterparkbiscuitco.com

3rd: Seito Sushi Baldwin Park, seitosushibp.com

All Best of Orlando® 2022 winners posted on 8/31/22
Best Bakery
1st: The Glass Knife, theglassknife.com 
Not content to simply present an array of sweet treats to be boxed up and whisked away to a workplace breakroom, The Glass Knife elevates the confectionary experience to an encounter with delicate and delectable art.  
2nd: Gideon's Bakehouse, gideonsbakehouse.com 
3rd: Se7en Bites, se7enbites.com 
All Best of Orlando® 2022 winners posted on 8/31/22
Faiyaz Kara

Best Bakery

1st: The Glass Knife, theglassknife.com
Not content to simply present an array of sweet treats to be boxed up and whisked away to a workplace breakroom, The Glass Knife elevates the confectionary experience to an encounter with delicate and delectable art.

2nd: Gideon's Bakehouse, gideonsbakehouse.com

3rd: Se7en Bites, se7enbites.com

All Best of Orlando® 2022 winners posted on 8/31/22
Best Barbecue Restaurant
1st: 4 Rivers Smokehouse, 4rsmokehouse.com 
2nd: Pig Floyd's, pigfloyds.com 
3rd: Yellow Dog Eats, yellowdogeats.com 
All Best of Orlando® 2022 winners posted on 8/31/22
4 Rivers Smokehouse/Facebook

Best Barbecue Restaurant

1st: 4 Rivers Smokehouse, 4rsmokehouse.com

2nd: Pig Floyd's, pigfloyds.com

3rd: Yellow Dog Eats, yellowdogeats.com

All Best of Orlando® 2022 winners posted on 8/31/22
Best Birria
1st: Agave Azul, agaveazulcocinamex.com 
2nd: Hunger Street Tacos, hungerstreettacos.com 
3rd: Don Julio Mexican Kitchen & Tequila Bar, donjuliomexicankitchen.com 
All Best of Orlando® 2022 winners posted on 8/31/22
Agave Azu/Instagram

Best Birria

1st: Agave Azul, agaveazulcocinamex.com

2nd: Hunger Street Tacos, hungerstreettacos.com

3rd: Don Julio Mexican Kitchen & Tequila Bar, donjuliomexicankitchen.com

All Best of Orlando® 2022 winners posted on 8/31/22
Best Boba Tea
1st: Royaltea Orlando, royalteaus.com 
2nd: Quickly Boba, quicklybobasnowtogo.com 
3rd: Chewy Boba Co., chewyboba.com 
All Best of Orlando® 2022 winners posted on 8/31/22
Royaltea/Facebook

Best Boba Tea

1st: Royaltea Orlando, royalteaus.com

2nd: Quickly Boba, quicklybobasnowtogo.com

3rd: Chewy Boba Co., chewyboba.com

All Best of Orlando® 2022 winners posted on 8/31/22
Best Breakfast
1st: Se7en Bites, se7enbites.com 
2nd: The Briarpatch, thebriarpatchrestaurant.com 
3rd: First Watch, firstwatch.com 
All Best of Orlando® 2022 winners posted on 8/31/22
Rob Bartlett

Best Breakfast

1st: Se7en Bites, se7enbites.com

2nd: The Briarpatch, thebriarpatchrestaurant.com

3rd: First Watch, firstwatch.com

All Best of Orlando® 2022 winners posted on 8/31/22
Best Brunch
1st: Santiago's Bodega, santiagosbodega.com 
2nd: Maxine's on Shine, maxinesonshine.com 
3rd: The Briarpatch, thebriarpatchrestaurant.com 
All Best of Orlando® 2022 winners posted on 8/31/22
Santiago's Bodega

Best Brunch

1st: Santiago's Bodega, santiagosbodega.com

2nd: Maxine's on Shine, maxinesonshine.com

3rd: The Briarpatch, thebriarpatchrestaurant.com

All Best of Orlando® 2022 winners posted on 8/31/22
Best Burger
1st: The Tap Room at Dubsdread, taproomatdubsdread.com 
2nd: Teak Neighborhood Grill, teakorlando.com 
3rd: The Hangry Bison, thehangrybison.com 
All Best of Orlando® 2022 winners posted on 8/31/22
The Tap Room at Dubsdread/Facebook

Best Burger

1st: The Tap Room at Dubsdread, taproomatdubsdread.com

2nd: Teak Neighborhood Grill, teakorlando.com

3rd: The Hangry Bison, thehangrybison.com

All Best of Orlando® 2022 winners posted on 8/31/22
Best Caribbean Restaurant
1st: DaJen Eats Cafe & Creamery, dajeneats.com 
2nd: Island Time, islandtimeorlando.com 
3rd: Caribbean Sunshine Bakery, caribbeansunshinebakery.net 
All Best of Orlando® 2022 winners posted on 8/31/22
Rob Bartlett

Best Caribbean Restaurant

1st: DaJen Eats Cafe & Creamery, dajeneats.com

2nd: Island Time, islandtimeorlando.com

3rd: Caribbean Sunshine Bakery, caribbeansunshinebakery.net

All Best of Orlando® 2022 winners posted on 8/31/22