When you’re in Orlando, take the opportunity to eat like the locals. Whether you’re moving to Orlando for good or just visiting for business or leisure, you’ll find that Orlando offers an impressive line-up of local restaurants that will make you glad you’re not a national chain. And with plenty of local food in every part of the city, great local food is never far away from Orlando apartments, homes or hotels. But, with so many food options, choosing a place to start can be a difficult decision. For a little inspiration, check out this list of some of the best local food in Orlando.
Harry & Larry’s Bar-B-Que
In every southern state, you’re guaranteed to find good barbecue. Harry & Larry’s Bar-B-Que is one of the best local barbecue spots in Orlando. The restaurant is owned by two sisters, Katie and Ashlee Grimes, and named after their grandfathers. The delicious, flavorful food is made from family recipes, including sauce made by their father and a coleslaw recipe from their mother. The restaurant offers casual, laid-back dining and is located in downtown Winter Garden.
310 Park South
With award winning “New American” cuisine, an attractive wine selection and beautiful outdoor dining overlooking downtown Orlando’s Lake Eola, 310 Park South is one of the city’s top local restaurants. Their menus feature classic American foods like burgers, pasta, meat entrees and sandwiches prepared with a surprising, modern culinary twist. The restaurant has separate menus for brunch and late nights, so you’ll always find just the right meal for any occasion or time of day.
Nile Ethiopian Restaurant opened in 2006 as the only Ethiopian restaurant in the Orlando area. As both a local and tourist favorite, Nile has received exceptional Yelp reviews from satisfied customers who recommend the restaurant for its excellent service and outstanding honey wine. The menu features beef, poultry and vegetarian entrees along with sharable meals for two. It’s located on International Drive close to popular attractions and recreation centers.
Zaza New Cuban Diner is a family-owned and operated restaurant that serves authentic Cuban food in a casual, friendly setting. Their menu includes breakfast items like the Carne con Queso omelet and the Mayorca breakfast sandwich. Their dinner and lunch sandwiches feature a classic Cuban sandwich, a traditional Cuban steak sandwich and the more adventurous Media Noche sandwich. Their dinner platters come piled with rice, beans, plantains and your choice of meat or veggies. ZaZa is also known for their authentic Cuban Coffee made from locally roasted beans and made fresh daily.
Christner’s Prime Steak & Lobster
Perfect for date nights, special occasions and family gatherings, Christner’s Steak & Lobster is one of Orlando’s oldest steakhouses. It has won awards for Orlando’s best steak and/or best steakhouse for more than three years straight. Their menu includes steakhouse classics including crab legs, filet mignon, Beef Wellington, lobster and a cheese plate to go with their impressive selection of wine. The restaurant offers private rooms for special event, takes reservations and includes two entertainment lounges for after-dinner drinks accompanied by music or a magic show.
Eating local in Orlando means delicious food, a wide selection and friendly vendors who are happy to share their food and culture. Be open to new experiences, try something adventurous and you’ll soon forget all about chain restaurants.