Food & Wine features Orlando
Food & Wine magazine had a section on Orlando today, and they featured an amazing tour of top Orlando options from Norman Van Aken of Norman's - it was so interesting finding what a famous chef like him loves in our great hometown - I'm so happy he recognizes the great ethnic places we have.
What do you think he missed? The only really noticeable place he missed for me was K - he decided to feature Cask & Larder and Prato instead of RP and Luma, which I prefer from each of those respective restauranteurs. And I would have loved to see a mention of The Table for a great night out featuring local and seasonal food - in fact it's weird he left out the whole Restaurant Row area - maybe he figures tourists can find that so he focused on places farther afield
Very nice list!
I am surprised as I thought he lived in Miami...lol
@Sandwich_sister - there is a Martin's BBQ by the Airport off of Semoran Blvd still open
I think Pho Vinh is superior to Viet Garden
I am surprised they mentioned Caribbean places in the write up but no Caribbean places in the list unless Puerto Rico is considered Caribbean
I found his picks quite interesting. I did love the variety and that it focused on a few things I would have never had thought of.
Perhaps he hasn't been to RP or maybe he has and had less than great service like we did. Also next time I go to RP I think I'll stick with meat options. Norman does amazing things with fish and I feel RP is better with meat options. My fish I had there was just okay.
A nice surprise was the inclusion of Dolce Bakery. It's off of Osceola parkway more part of Kissimmee than Orlando but I enjoyed seeing that he gave them a mention.
The Colombian bakery Fortuna Bakery is also amazing and just down the street from Normans.
Food Truck. Big Wheel is closed for the summer and even though they hint at being back I'm not sure. Tony seems to be heading up some restaurants in Nantucket, MA for the time being. I do hope they return because they were my favorite truck but in the mean time, I think the list needs a replacement food truck. Any recommendations?
Martin's BBQ is also down the street from Normans but if I recall correctly Martins is now La Herradura. I have to go that way this week so I'll check to see. I haven't been. but I do know that it was Spanish style BBQ and cuisine.
I wonder when the last time he visited was. Or who is slacking in the research department to make sure these restaurants are still open and doing business as.
I would have liked to see a mention of the Table or The Pharmacy. I need to get to the Pharmacy. I had reservation for last night but I had to cancel them several days prior because my Husband is down in Miami doing work and I was going to take him there for a little birthday cocktail and some apps. I will reschedule.
A best sandwich category would always be good too. :) Maybe Pom Poms
We have some great Indian around the I-drive Restaurant row area. Most notable to me is Memories of India and Saffron.
I think he lives more in the Keys than he does here. He probably gets to Orlando a few times a year to check up on the restaurant. Makes you realize what things can change in the restaurant industry in just one year.