by Sandra Carr - 258 Reviews - 109 List
Adventurous diners embarked on a culinary journey where cuisines abounded at restaurants this year. Barbeque, international fare and seafood ruled Orlando's cookery charts. Some restaurants are new (like Kouzzina by Cat Cora, left) and others are classic spots. Newbies also have a chance to take a break from their restaurant routine and step outside of their comfort zone by enticing their palates with something new before 2009 is over with. Click through and see if you agree, but note that our Top 10 is randomly listed and not necessarily in our order of preference.
Updated: December 14, 2009
Authentic South American cuisine is served at this popular Church Street restaurant. Tapas rule the menu, including ceviche (a mixture of seafood, vegetables and spices). The packed house dines while being entertained by Flamenco dancers and guitarists heating up the stage.
Homemade Mexican and Puerto Rican dishes keep customers coming back for more in the Milk district. This eatery may be small but it's mighty when it comes to its delightful menu. Customers seem to agree especially, since the restaurant is busy most nights of the week.
Bam! Chef Emeril Lagasse's culinary team prepares delectable meals in an intimate setting at Universal's CityWalk. Lagasse is known for cooking spicy meals but mild diners don't need to fret because the entrees are toned down at the Orlando location.
Celebrity chef Cat Cora has partnered with Mickey Mouse to bring her handed down Greek recipes to Disney's BoardWalk. The Mediterranean-inspired restaurant's name means kitchen in Greek and serves spanakopita (Greek spinach pie), oak-grilled steak and pork, lamb and seafood.
This Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress Hotel restaurant presents an over-the-top brunch extravaganza featuring waffles, pancakes, fresh fruit, cheeses, pastas, salads, chicken and seafood dishes, decadent desserts and made-to-order entrees served with a breathtaking view of Lake Windsong.
Scrumptious seafood done the Italian way is served in an upscale, contemporary ambiance mixed with a modern oceanic theme overlooking a picturesque view of Lake Baldwin. Salmon, snapper, ahi tuna and pasta command the menu and satisfy appetites.
Classy Mediterranean-inspired restaurant in The Plaza lures palates while adding flavor to the Downtown Orlando arts district's palette. Tempting menu options include grilled octopus, cioppino, rigatoni con brodo and pistachio-crusted lamb chops.
Bodacious, Texas-style barbeque keeps connoisseurs coming back for more at this Winter Park smokehouse. Customers wait in long lines outside the door just for owner John Rivers? Angus beef brisket, Southern pulled pork or St. Louis-style ribs.