Orlando restaurants have been racking up recognition with recent awards and accolades. Orlando continues to grow its dining scene and is impressing foodies worldwide. The city has been dubbed an impressive dining destination with excellent value, validated by Orlando being recognized by Zagat as an up-and-coming foodie destination by releasing the Orlando Zagat Guide. This year, USA Today named the 10 best foodie spots in the city and the Huffington Post declared "10 Foodie Surprises" to impress the travelling critics.
Wallet Hub has ranked Orlando No. 1 Overall Best Foodie City for your wallet. Wallet Hub checked out 150 of the most populated U.S. cities and analyzed 18 metrics ranging from cost of groceries to the number of restaurants to determine the best and worst economical foodie scenes. Orlando shined as bright as all the pennies saved in the affordability and diversity and accessibility categories.
One of Orlando's most talked about restaurants is Cask & Larder located in Winter Park. Esquire magazine recently ranked it one of Esquire's Best New Restaurants in America in 2014. Cask & Larder offers unique southern flavors and is classified as a local favorite. Owners and James Beard nominated chefs James and Julie Petrakis also boast another successful and popular gastropub, the Ravenous Pig, with ratings above four stars on Open Table, Urban Spoon and Trip Advisor.
Another Orlando gem, Victoria & Albert's, has an outstanding reputation as a top restaurant with the highest quality food, exceptional service and an enchanting, elegant atmosphere. The Walt Disney World restaurant was recently placed on Trip Advisor's 2014 list of Top 10 Travelers' Choice Restaurants in the United States. The restaurant has also received the AAA Five Diamond rating since 2000 along with four star recognition by Forbes Travel Guide and Mobil Travel Guide, and Wine Spectator Best Award of Excellence. Victoria & Albert's talented chef, Scott Hunnel, was a James Beard Foundation nominee for Best Chef in the South and Santé Restaurant Awards' Grand Award Winner Culinary Professional of the Year. Daily Meal, a website that produces more culinary content than any other resource through articles, videos, and special reports, recently announced the "101 Best Hotel Restaurants in the World." NORMAN'S at The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes, was named the 37th best hotel restaurant in the world, and the seventh best hotel restaurant in the United States.
With all of the restaurant's awards and accolades, it is fair to say that Victoria & Albert's is the most impressive dining experience to be had in Orlando. Keep an eye on the Central Florida dining scene as Orlando continues to cook up success! For more information on Orlando incredible dining options, go to www.visitorlando.com/things-to-do/restaurants.