January 23, 2022

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Orlando’s best restaurants of 2021, as chosen by our readers

Best Local Chef

First: Henry Moso, Kabooki Sushi, kabookisushi.com

Second: Wendy Lopez, Reyes Mezcaleria, reyesmex.com

Third: Jason Campbell, Luke’s Kitchen and Bar, eatatlukes.com

Photo courtesy of Kabooki Sushi

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Best Curbside Service

First: 4 Rivers Smokehouse, 4rsmokehouse.com

Second: Tijuana Flats, tijuanaflats.com

Third: Hawkers, eathawkers.com

Photo courtesy of 4 Rivers.

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Best Breakfast

First: Se7en Bites, se7enbites.com

Second: The Briarpatch, thebriarpatchrestaurant.com

Third: First Watch, firstwatch.com

Photo by James Dechert

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Best Brunch

First: Santiago’s Bodega, santiagosbodega.com

Second: Maxine’s on Shine, maxinesonshine.com

Third: Briarpatch, thebriarpatchrestaurant.com

Photo by Savannah Herring

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Best Lunch

First: Yellow Dog Eats, yellowdogeats.com

Second: Beefy King, beefyking.com

Third: Black Bean Deli, blackbeandeli.com

Photo via Yellow Dog Eats/Facebook

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Best Date Restaurant

First: Hillstone, hillstonerestaurant.com

Second: Better Than Sex, betterthansexdesserts.com

Third: Prato, prato-wp.com

Photo via Hillstone/Facebook

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Best Cheap Eats

First: Gringos Locos, gringoslocos.com

Second: Beefy King, beefyking.com

Third: Lazy Moon, lazymoonpizza.com

Photo via Gringos Locos/Facebook

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Best Outdoor Dining

First: Hillstone, hillstonerestaurant.com

Second: Grills Lakeside, grillsseafood.com

Third: Ravenous Pig, theravenouspig.com

Photo via Hillstone

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Best Late-Night Restaurant
(serving after 11 p.m.)

First: Gringos Locos, gringoslocos.com

Second: Pom Pom’s Teahouse & Sandwicheria, pompomsteahouse.com

Third: Lazy Moon, lazymoonpizza.com

Photo via Gringos Locos/Facebook

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Best Splurge Restaurant

First: Hillstone, hillstonerestaurant.com

Second: Christner’s Prime Steak & Lobster, christnersprimesteakandlobster.com

Third: Kabooki Sushi, kabookisushi.com

Photo via Hillstone/Facebook

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Best Place to Eat Gluten-free

First: Ethos Vegan Kitchen, ethosvegankitchen.com

Second: Hungry Pants, eathungrypants.com

Third: Bolay, bolay.com

Photo by Rob Bartlett

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Best Bakery

First: Gideon’s Bakehouse, gideonsbakehouse.com

Second: The Glass Knife, theglassknife.com

Third: Se7en Bites, se7enbites.com

Photo by Sierra Williams

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Best Barbecue Restaurant

First: 4 Rivers Smokehouse, 4rsmokehouse.com

Second: Pig Floyd’s Urban Barbakoa, pigfloyds.com

Third: Yellow Dog Eats, yellowdogeats.com

Photo via 4 Rivers

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Best Caribbean Restaurant


First: Black Bean Deli, blackbeandeli.com

Second: Bahama Breeze, bahamabreeze.com

Third: DaJen Eats, dajeneats.com

Photo via Black Bean Deli/Facebook

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Best Chinese Restaurant

First: Hawkers Asian Street Food, eathawkers.com

Second: Peter’s Kitchen China Bistro, peterskitchencb.business.site

Third: Chuan Lu Garden, chuanlugardenfl.com

Photo courtesy of Hawkers

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Best Coffee Bar

First: Foxtail Coffee Co., foxtailcoffee.com

Second: Drunken Monkey, drunkenmonkeycoffee.com

Third: Lineage Coffee Roasting, lineageroasting.com

Photo courtesy of Foxtail

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Best Diner

First: Metro Diner, metrodiner.com

Second: Christo’s Café, facebook.com/christoscafeorlando

Third: Linda’s Winter Park Diner, winterparkdiner.com

Photo via Metro Diner/Facebook

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Best Food Truck

First: Chicken Fire, facebook.com/eatchickenfire

Second: Korean BBQ Taco Box, facebook.com/kbbqbox

Third: Smoke & Donuts, smokeanddonuts.com

Photo by Rob Bartlett

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Best French Restaurant

First: Le Coq Au Vin, lecoqauvinrestaurant.com

Second: Chez Vincent, chezvincent.com

Third: DoveCote, dovecoteorlando.com

Photo by Rob Bartlett

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Best Greek Restaurant

First: Little Greek Fresh Grill, littlegreekfreshgrill.com

Second: The Greek Corner, thegreekcorner.net

Third: Mediterranean Blue, mediterraneanblue.net

Photo via Little Greek Fresh Grill/Facebook

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Best Indian Restaurant

First: Tamarind Indian Cuisine, tamarindfl.com

Second: Mynt Fine Indian Cuisine, myntorlando.com

Third: Saffron Indian Cuisine, saffronorlando.com

Photo via Tamarind/Facebook

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Best Italian Restaurant


First: Prato, prato-wp.com

Second: Antonio’s, antoniosonline.com

Third: Enzo’s on the Lake, enzos.com

Photo via Prato/Facebook

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Best Korean Restaurant


First: Izziban Sushi & BBQ, izzibansushibbq.com

Second: Korea House, koreahouseorlando.com

Third: Chi-Kin, chi-kin.com

Photo via Izziban/Facebook

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Best Latin Restaurant


First: Black Bean Deli, blackbeandeli.com

Second: Agave Azul, agaveazulcocinamex.com

Third: Zaza New Cuban Diner, zazacubandiner.com

Photo via Black Bean Deli/Facebook

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Best Local Brewery


First: Hourglass Brewing, hourglassbrewing.com

Second: Crooked Can Brewing Co., crookedcan.com

Third: Sideward Brewing, sidewardbrewing.com

Photo courtesy of Hourglass Brewing

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Best Mexican Restaurant

First: Agave Azul, agaveazulcocinamex.com

Second: Black Rooster Taqueria, blackroostertaqueria.com

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

Photo via Agave Azul/Facebook

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Best Middle Eastern Restaurant

First: Bosphorous Turkish Cuisine, bosphorousrestaurant.com

Second: Mediterranean Deli

Third: Habibi, habibilg.com

Photo via Bosphorous/Facebook

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Best Seafood Restaurant

First: Winter Park Fish Co., wpfishco.com

Second: High Tide Harry’s, hightideharrys.com

Third (tie): The Osprey, theospreyorlando.com

Third (tie): Boston’s Fish House, bostonsfishhouse.com

Photo via Winter Park Seafood Co.

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Best Steakhouse

First: Linda’s La Cantina, lindaslacantina.com

Second: Ruth’s Chris Steak House, ruthschris.com

Third: Christner’s Prime
Steak & Lobster,
christnersprimesteakandlobster.com

Photo via Linda’s La Cantina/Facebook

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Best Thai Restaurant

First: SEA Thai, seathaiatorlando.com

Second: Thai House, thaihouseoforlando.net

Third: Thai Blossom, mythaiblossom.com

Photo via SEA Thai/Facebook

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Best Theme Park
Restaurant

First: The Boathouse, theboathouseorlando.com

Second: Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen, universalorlando.com

Third: Be Our Guest, disneyworld.disney.go.com

Photo via The Boathouse/Facebook

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Best Vegan or Vegetarian Restaurant

First: Ethos Vegan Kitchen, ethosvegankitchen.com

Second: Winter Park Biscuit Co., winterparkbiscuitco.com

Third: Hungry Pants, eathungrypants.com

Photo by Rob Bartlett

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Best Vietnamese Restaurant

First: Pho 88, pho88orlando.com

Second: Little Saigon, littlesaigonfl.com

Third: Viet-Nomz, vietnomzfl.com

Photo via Pho 88/Facebook

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Best Bloody Mary

First: The Hammered Lamb, thehammeredlamb.com

Second: Maxine’s on Shine, maxinesonshine.com

Third: Ravenous Pig, theravenouspig.com

Photo via Hammered Lamb/Facebook

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Best Burger

First: Teak Neighborhood Grill, teakorlando.com

Second: The Ravenous Pig, theravenouspig.com

Third: Hamburger Mary’s, hamburgermarys.com

Photo courtesy of Teak Neighborhood Grill

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Best Cheesesteak

First: LaSpada’s Original Cheese Steaks & Hoagies, laspadas.com

Second: Kappy’s Subs, kappyssubsfl.com

Third: Cavo’s Bar and Kitchen, cavosbar.com

Photo via LaSpada’s/Facebook

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Best Cuban Sandwich

First: Black Bean Deli, blackbeandeli.com

Second: Zaza New Cuban Diner, zazacubandiner.com

Third: Cubans on the Run, cubansontherun.com

Photo via Black Bean Deli/Facebook

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Best Desserts

First: The Glass Knife, theglassknife.com

Second: Kelly’s Homemade Ice Cream, kellyshomemadeicecream.com

Third: Gideon’s Bakehouse, gideonsbakehouse.com

Photo by Rob Bartlett

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Best Doughnut

First: Donut King, thedonutking.com

Second: The Salty Donut, saltydonut.com

Third: Voodoo Doughnut, universalorlando.com

Photo via Donut King

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Best Fried Chicken

First: Publix, publix.com

Second: The Coop, asouthernaffair.com

Third: Chicken Fire, facebook.com/eatchickenfire

Photo via Publix/Facebook

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Best Ice Cream

First: Kelly’s Homemade Ice Cream, kellyshomemadeicecream.com

Second: Jeremiah’s Italian Ice, jeremiahsice.com

Third: The Greenery Creamery, thegreenerycreamery.com

Photo courtesy of Kelly’s Homemade Ice Cream.

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Best Juice/Smoothies

First: Tropical Smoothie Cafe, tropicalsmoothiecafe.com

Second: Soho Juice Company, sohojuiceco.com

Third: Juice Bar, juicebarorlando.com

Photo via Tropical Smoothie Cafe/Instagram

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Best Locally Made Hot Sauce

First: Tijuana Flats, tijuanaflats.com

Second: Jason’s Mom’s Sauce, jasonsmomssauce.com

Third: MX Taco, mxtacorestaurant.com

Photo via Google Maps

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Best Nachos

First: Gringos Locos, gringoslocos.com

Second: Tijuana Flats, tijuanaflats.com

Third: Miller’s Ale House, millersalehouse.com

Photo via Gringo’s Locos/Facebook

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Best Pho

First: Pho 88, pho88orlando.com

Second: Viet-Nomz, vietnomzfl.com

Third: Little Saigon, littlesaigonfl.com

Photo via Pho 88/Facebook

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Best Pizza

First: Lazy Moon, lazymoonpizza.com

Second: Pizza Bruno, pizzabrunofl.com

Third: Mellow Mushroom, mellowmushroom.com

Photo via Lazy Moon/Facebook

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Best Poke

First: Poke Hana, poke-hana.com

Second: Da Kine Poke, dakinepoke.com

Third: Bento, eatatbento.com

Photo by Rob Bartlett

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Best Pub Grub/Bar Food

First: The Porch, theporchwinterpark.com

Second: Tori Tori, toritoripub.com

Third: Graffiti Junktion, graffitijunktion.com

Photo via The Porch/Facebook

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Best Ramen

First: Domu, domufl.com

Second: Jinya Ramen Bar, jinyaramenbar.com

Third: Soupa Saiyan, soupasaiyan.com

Photo via Domu/Facebook

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Best Sandwiches/Subs

First: Publix Deli Subs, publix.com

Second: Pom Pom’s, pompomsteahouse.com

Third: Stasio’s Italian Deli & Market, instagram.com/stasiositaliandeli

Photo via Publix/Facebook

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Best Sushi

First: Kabooki Sushi, kabookisushi.com

Second: Seito Sushi, seitosushi.com

Third: Sushi Pop, sushipoprestaurant.com

Photo via Kabooki Sushi/Facebook

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Best Tacos

First: Gringos Locos, gringoslocos.com

Second: Tin and Taco, tinandtaco.com

Third: Black Rooster Taqueria, blackroostertaqueria.com

Photo via Gringos Locos/Facebook

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Best Thing to Eat at a Theme Park

First: Anything from Epcot Food & Wine

Second: Dole Whip

Third: Butterbeer

Photo via Epcot

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Best Wings

First: Domu, domufl.com

Second: Gator’s Dockside, gatorsdockside.com

Third: Papa Bees, papabeeswings.com

Photo via Domu/Facebook

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