Orlando, most known for it’s theme parks, also happens to have a fantastic dining scene. Whether you’re looking for a romantic spot to entertain a date, a family restaurant, or just a fun spot to hang out — there are options a plenty in Orlando. Here’s a list of places we enjoy.
Urbain 40 – This restaurant ins 1940’s inspired and offers American and continental classics. The outlet offers brunch, lunch, dinner and late-night cuisine. Our menu favorites include the Hokkaido Scallops, which offers a Xeres-infused maple bourbon glaze, corn purée, and piquillo pepper salpicón — delicious! We also really dig the Crepe Urbain with roasted wild mushrooms, oven-dried tomatoes, roasted leek beurre blanc and a fig balsamic reduction. Service was great and atmosphere was low-key. Great experience! More information can be found on the restaurant’s web site.
Baoery – Think high-end pub, meets asian style cuisine. This unique combo is one to be enjoyed. Our favorite dishes include the fried-chicken bao and pork-belly ramen. The creativity of the menu is unrivaled locally. They also have fantastic Sake and cocktail selections. (Ask for the Pink Lotus!) The servers that we have experienced while visiting are always knowledgable and go above and beyond. Check out more information here.
The Sanctum Cafe – this is one of our new favorites. It opened up earlier this year and offers healthy, mostly plant-based cuisine. However, you don’t have to sacrifice on the comfort or hearty nature. You will not leave hungry! We really enjoy the Shiva Salad, which includes kale, roasted butternut squash, & house-seasoned tempeh with pink lady apples, celery, carrots, & raisins. It’s tossed in curried peanut dressing & finished with candied walnuts, toasted chickpeas, & flaked coconut. DELICIOUS! We also would recommend any of their “Grain Bowls” (our favorite is the Steve Rubin.) Check out more information on the cafe here.
Did you say steak? Although a chain, Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse is one not to be missed! You will experience classic American sides, with quality cuts of meat. Not much more to ask for here. Out favorites are the Bay of Fundy Salmon and the Prime Porterhouse. The atmosphere is upscale, the service is refined and the experience will be like no other. Great place to take your team after work or for a celebratory evening. More information here.
If you are looking for authentic, elevated Italian cuisine, in a contemporary environment, Vincenzos Cucina Italiana is the place to be. We love the Linguine All’ Aragosta Fra Diavolo and the Brasato Al Barolo. The times that we have visited, our servers are always attentive, without being too much. Check out the full menu and more information here.
Those are the few we’d like to highlight for now. As always, we’d love to hear the locals weigh in here. What’s been your experience at the above restaurants? Or is there another outlet you think we should highlight in an upcoming blog?