Think Orlando is just one theme park after another chain restaurant, on repeat? The truth might come as a revelation: Orlando is home to Florida’s most surprising food scene—one that plays out at newly opened restaurants within its theme parks, yes, but even more so along the brick-street neighborhoods and districts around the city’s vibrant downtown. From a jewel box omakase restaurant with just nine seats, tucked away in the Audubon Park Garden District, to big fine-dining players at the city’s many luxury hotels, and a ramen hot spot in a co-op food hall that’s garnered national recognition, prepare to be delighted. Here are our picks for the restaurants you don’t want to miss, whatever it is that’s brought you to Orlando.
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