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Florida was home to the nation's fastest growing metro area from 2013 to 2014, according to new U.S. Census Bureau metropolitan statistical area, micropolitan statistical area and county population estimates released today.

The Villages, located to the west of the Orlando metro area, grew by 5.4 percent between July 1, 2013, and July 1, 2014, to reach a population of about 114,000. State population estimates released in December revealed that Florida had become the nation's third most populous state. Today's estimates show Florida's growth to reach this milestone was propelled by numerous metro areas and counties within the state.

Florida contained seven of the nation's top 50 numerically gaining metro areas between July 1, 2013, and July 1, 2014, and these areas accounted for more than three-quarters of the state's population gain over the period:

  • Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach (with a one-year gain of about 66,000).
  • Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford (about 50,000).
  • Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater (about 41,000).
  • Jacksonville (about 23,000).
  • Cape Coral-Fort Myers (about 18,000).
  • North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton (about 16,000).
  • Lakeland-Winter Haven (about 11,000).

In addition, eight counties within these metro areas were among 50 counties nationwide that gained the most population between 2013 and 2014. Collectively, these counties accounted for more than half of the state's population gain over the period:

  • All three counties in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach metro area: Broward (with a population gain of about 24,000 over the period), Palm Beach (about 22,000) and Miami-Dade (about 21,000).
  • Two counties in the Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford metro area: Orange (about 26,000) and Osceola (about 11,000).
  • One county in the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater metro area: Hillsborough (about 22,000).
  • The single counties that comprise the Cape Coral-Fort Myers and Lakeland-Winter Haven metro areas: Lee (18,000) and Polk (11,000), respectively.

Furthermore, six metro areas in Florida were among the 20 fastest-growing in the nation between 2013 and 2014. In addition to The Villages, they were Cape Coral-Fort Myers (sixth), Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island (10th), Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford (16th), North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton (18th) and Panama City (19th).

"Florida's ascension, revealed when the 2014 state population estimates were released last December, was a significant demographic milestone for our country," Census Bureau Director John H. Thompson said. "These county and metro area estimates provide a more detailed picture of how this happened, showing growth in areas such as central and southern Florida."

Migration to Florida from other states and abroad was heavy enough to overcome the fact that in about half the state's counties, there were more deaths than births over the 2013 to 2014 period.

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Posted by Brent Ferry on March 26th, 2015 3:19 PM
WASHINGTON — Mar 26, 2015, 3:22 AM ET
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Posted by Brent Ferry on March 26th, 2015 1:24 PM
TORONTO, Canada – March 9, 2015 – As Canadians head south for spring break to escape the winter chill, U.S. housing affordability remains good despite a stronger U.S. dollar, according to a new outlook released from Toronto, Canada-based BMO Private Bank.

The bank tells its clients that U.S. prices are expected to continue an upward trend in Florida, along with Arizona and other popular Canadians vacation property areas.

"U.S. housing is inexpensive when viewed through the lens of international real estate," says Jack Ablin, chief investment officer with BMO. "Residential real estate in Florida and Arizona is roughly two-to-three times median incomes. That is about half the valuation of many of America's trading partners."

Overall, U.S. house prices have increased 19 percent in the past two years, BMO says – but they're only about halfway back to their 2006 peak.

The median home price in Florida is $169,400. In comparison, the median home price for major centers in Canada is roughly $230,192 when converted to U.S. currency.

Traditional Canadian Winter destinations remain affordable. Compared to their peaks, prices in Tampa, Miami, Phoenix and Las Vegas have yet to retrace half of their losses.

Sal Guatieri, senior economist, BMO Capital Markets, notes that all the regions, except Miami, were considered highly affordable in 2014 when comparing median prices with median family income; Miami was considered modestly affordable.

"With the American economy and employment gaining strength, home sales and prices should continue to rise," says Guatieri. "We expect prices to increase about 4 percent this year, and we look for the U.S. greenback to strengthen modestly further against the Canadian dollar in 2015 before weakening next year."

Florida continues to be a hotspot with Canadians – the largest foreign buyers of Florida housing. More than 500,000 Canadians currently own real estate in Florida. Popular areas include Sarasota-Bradenton-Venice, Orlando-Kissimmee, Miami-Ft. Lauderdale-Palm Beach, Cape Coral-Ft. Myers, Tampa-St. Petersburg and Naples-Marco Island.

Jerry Bevers, regional mortgage manager of BMO Harris Bank in Florida and Arizona, advises that those interested in purchasing U.S. properties should consider financing the new purchase with a financial institution in the U.S. – preferably a Canadian-based bank with branches south of the border. "The process of purchasing a home and acquiring a mortgage in the U.S. is quite different than in Canada."

BMO offers the following tips for Canadians buyers:

  • Consider how much time you'll spend south of the border.
  • Consider how many months of the year you'll live there, so that your purchase reflects your lifestyle.
  • As of June 30, 2014, travelers were required to swipe passports both when they enter and when they depart each country. Canada and the U.S. will share the information. If you exceed 183 days in the U.S. in a year, you become subject to U.S. tax laws.
  • What states and neighborhoods fit your needs?
  • Since you are responsible for property maintenance, consider how easily you can access your property from your Canadian home throughout the purchasing process and after acquisition.
  • Consider flights, airlines, travel time and commuting costs.
  • It's important to understand the differences in mortgage financing and how interest is charged in the U.S.
  • Understand the impact of penalties and withholding taxes if you decide to sell your home in the U.S.
  • Do you understand the status of the property? For instance, is it labeled as short sale or on foreclosure? The status of the property can have a variety of implications. Be sure to consult an expert before making any buying decisions.
  • Is the purchase for investment or lifestyle? This affects where you buy and how you hold the property. Understand the options and what benefits you in the long run.
  • If your purchase is for income purposes, keep in mind that renting a property means added responsibility. Research the possibilities of increased utility usage, property management needs and the area's vacancy rate.

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Posted by Brent Ferry on March 10th, 2015 2:17 PM
Orlando City SC plays its inaugural Major League Soccer (MLS) game at home against New York City FC tonight at 5 PM. Over 60,000 fans are expected for the match which is being played at the Orlando Citrus Bowl. Don't have a ticket? The game will be nationally televised on ESPN2 and broadcast worldwide in over 30 languages in over 100 countries.
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Posted by Brent Ferry on March 8th, 2015 9:03 AM
Play ball! It's opening day for the Atlanta Braves as they return for their 18th Spring Training at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World. Braves vs. Mets right now at Champion Stadium. Take yourself out to a ballgame. The team will play 18 home games between now and April 4th.
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Posted by Brent Ferry on March 4th, 2015 1:05 PM
A new set of townhome lots have been released in the exciting Storey Lake Resort in Kissimmee. A new home interior package has also been announced featuring stream lined contemporary cabinets, upgraded hardware, 12" x 24" tile floors, a beautiful backsplash, and more. The upgrade package as well as a private, heated pool is included in the price.

Storey Lake is Lennar's newest vacation home community conveniently located at the southeast corner of 535 and Osceola Parkway just minutes from Disney.

The townhomes are approved for short term rental. Get one year free Property Management when you buy through me.

Here is the availability and updated pricing.

86, 89 - Sabal Palm - $274,990 + $2,000 home site premium
87, 88 - Beach Palm - $279,990 + $2,000 home site premium
85 - Royale Palm - $294,990 + $5,000 home site premium

Please follow Storey Lake on Facebook for the latest updates including lot releases, photos, and more. You can also find more information on my website at http://www.bferryhomes.com/StoreyLakeForSale.
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Posted by Brent Ferry on February 25th, 2015 3:51 PM
Gov. Rick Scott announced yesterday another record tourism year for Florida with 97.3 million visitors in 2014 up from nearly 94 million people in 2013 based on estimates prepared by Visit Florida.

The majority of visitation comes from the United States with an estimated 3.8 million people from Canada and 11.5 million visitors from overseas.

Read the article 'Tourists visiting Florida top 97 million in 2014' in the Orlando Sentinel
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Posted by Brent Ferry on February 17th, 2015 4:03 PM
Orlando City Exceeds 11,000 Season Tickets Sold

Orlando City Soccer Club this week have surpassed 11,000 season tickets sold for the teams's debut 2015 Major League Soccer (MLS) season.

Just last month the club recognized 13-time Major League Baseball (MLB) All-Star Ken Griffey Jr. as the Lions' 10,000th Central Florida resident to purchase season tickets.

Orlando is the 21st expansion team to MLS. They will kickoff their season against fellow first-year team New York City FC on Sunday, March 8.

Orlando City SC aims to make history from day one having assembled a team that includes distinguished young players, recognized professionals including Brazil's Kaka, returning fan favorites including Luke Boden and Trinidad's Kevin Molino, international team players, and more.

The season ticket package includes 20 home matches with additional benefits including membership in Society XXI and priority renewal for 2016 Season Tickets at the new soccer specific stadium in downtown. 2015 games will be played at the newly renovated Orlando Citrus Bowl.

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Go City!

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Posted by Brent Ferry on February 4th, 2015 8:31 AM
RealtyTrac has posted its Q1 2015 Residential Property Rental Report ranking the best markets for buying residential rental properties in the first quarter of 2015. The Orlando Metro Area, specifically Osceola County, makes the list of 20 Best Markets to Rent to Gen Xers. Read the report here. And contact me at 407-506-7857 for assistance buying short or long term rental properties in Osceola County near Disney World.
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Posted by Brent Ferry on February 3rd, 2015 1:44 PM
The Orlando Sentinel (the primary newspaper in Orlando/Central Florida) has revealed the winners in the 17th annual installment of their Orlando Sentinel Foodie Awards. While this only touches the surface of the many varied and excellent dining options in the area, these Readers' and Critic's choices are a great starting point if you are looking for a specific category of food or something new to try. Bon Appétit!

African
READERS' CHOICE
Boma - Flavors of Africa (Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge)
Runners-up:
Jiko - The Cooking Place (Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge); Nile Ethiopian (Orlando)
CRITIC'S CHOICE
Nile Ethiopian
7048 International Drive, Orlando

Bakery
READERS' CHOICE
Charlie's Gourmet Pastries
3213 Curry Ford Road, Orlando (Dover Shores Shopping Center)
Runners-up:
Sweet By Holly, Orlando (Waterford Lakes Town Center); Publix Super Markets (various locations)
CRITIC'S CHOICE
Se7en Bites
207 N. Primrose Drive, Orlando
Runners-up:
Blue Bird Bake Shop (Orlando); Yalaha Bakery (Yalaha)

Barbecue
READERS' CHOICE
4 Rivers Smokehouse
Various locations, including 1600 W. Fairbanks Ave., Winter Park
Runners-up:
Bubbalou's Bodacious BBQ (various locations); Sonny's BBQ (various locations)
CRITIC'S CHOICE
Keller's Real Smoked Bar-B-Q
280 S. State Road 434, Altamonte Springs and 3893 Lake Emma Road, Lake Mary
Runners-up:
Porkie's Original BBQ (Apopka); Harry & Larry's (Winter Garden)

Bar menu
READERS' CHOICE
Margaritaville
6000 Universal Blvd., Universal CityWalk
Runners-up:
Ruth's Chris (various locations); Marlow's (Orlando and International Drive)
CRITIC'S CHOICE
The Pharmacy
8060 Via Dellagio Way, Orlando

Breakfast
READERS' CHOICE
Keke's Breakfast Cafe
Various locations, including 4000 Town Center Blvd., Orlando (Hunter's Creek)
Runners-up:
White Wolf Cafe (Orlando); Peach Valley Cafe (three locations)
CRITIC'S CHOICE (TIE)
Mason Jar
37534 State Road 19, Umatilla
The Coop
610 W. Morse Blvd., Winter Park

Brunch
READERS' CHOICE
First Watch
Various locations, including 1414 N. Mills Ave., Orlando
Runners-up:
Nona Blue (Orlando); Santiago's Bodega (Orlando)
CRITIC'S CHOICE
Cask & Larder
565 W. Fairbanks Ave., Winter Park

Buffet
READERS' CHOICE
Golden Corral
Various locations
Runners-up:
Sweet Tomatoes (various locations); Texas de Brazil (Orlando)
CRITIC'S CHOICE
Villa de Flora
6000 W. Osceola Parkway, Kissimmee (Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center)

Burger
READERS' CHOICE
Burger Fi
Various locations, including 3801 W. Lake Mary Blvd., Suite 141, Lake Mary
Runners-up:
Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville (Universal CityWalk, Orlando); Five Guys (various locations)
CRITIC'S CHOICE
B&B Junction
2103 W. Fairbanks Ave., Winter Park

Caribbean
READERS' CHOICE
Bahama Breeze
Various locations, including 8735 Vineland Ave., Orlando
Runners-up:
Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville (Orlando); Caribbean Sunshine Bakery (Orlando)
CRITIC'S CHOICE
Singh's Roti Shop
5244 Old Winter Garden Road, Orlando

Chain
READERS' CHOICE
Seasons 52
7700 Sand Lake Road, Orlando; and 463 E. Altamonte Drive, Altamonte Springs
Runners-up:
Marlow's Tavern (Orlando, Winter Park); Miller's Ale House (various locations)
CRITIC'S CHOICE
Mellow Mushroom
Various locations, including 18221 U.S. Highway 441, Mount Dora

Cheap eats
READERS' CHOICE
Tako Cheena
932 N. Mills Ave., Orlando
Runners-up:
Wendy's (various locations); Chipotle Mexican Grill (various locations)
CRITIC'S CHOICE
Gringos Locos
20 E. Washington St., Orlando; 2406 E. Robinson St., Orlando

Chinese
READERS' CHOICE
Mings Bistro
1212 Woodward St., Orlando
Runners-up:
P.F. Chang's (Orlando, Winter Park); Imperial Dynasty (Longwood)
CRITIC'S CHOICE
Chuan Lu Garden
1101 E. Colonial Drive, Orlando

Coffee shop
READERS' CHOICE
Starbucks
Various locations
Runners-up:
Axum (Winter Garden); Barnie's CoffeeKitchen (various locations)
CRITIC'S CHOICE
Vespr Craft Coffee & Allures
626 N. Alafaya Trail, Orlando

Cuban
READERS' CHOICE
Black Bean Deli
325 S. Orlando Ave., Winter Park; and 1835 E. Colonial Drive, Orlando
Runners-up:
ZaZa New Cuban Diner (Orlando); Rolando's (Casselberry)
CRITIC'S CHOICE
Padrino's Cuban Bistro
13586 Village Park Drive, Orlando

Food truck
READERS' CHOICE
Korean BBQ Taco Box
Runners-up:
Yum Yum Cupcake; Swededish
CRITIC'S CHOICE
900 Degreez Pizza

French
READERS' CHOICE
Chez Vincent
533 W. New England Ave., Winter Park
Runners-up:
Le Coq au Vin (Orlando); Cafe de France (Winter Park)
CRITIC'S CHOICE
Le Coq au Vin
4800 S. Orange Ave, Orlando

Frozen treats
READERS' CHOICE
Jeremiah's Italian Ice
Various locations, including 4750 The Grove Drive, No. 180, Windermere
Runners-up:
Menchie's (various locations); Twisted Bliss (Orlando)
CRITIC'S CHOICE
Yogurtland
415 N. Orlando Ave., Winter Park

German
READERS' CHOICE
Hollerbach's Willow Tree Cafe
205 E. First St., Sanford
Runners-up:
Schumann's Jager Haus (Orlando); Biergarten Restaurant (German Pavilion, Epcot)
CRITIC'S CHOICE
Schumann's Jager Haus
25 W. Church St., Orlando

Gourmet store
READERS' CHOICE
The Fresh Market
Four Central Florida locations
Runners-up:
Petty's Meats (Longwood); Cavallari Gourmet (Oviedo and Lake Mary)
CRITIC'S CHOICE (TIE)
KaDee Kay Gourmet Kitchen Products
237 W. Fourth Ave., Mount Dora
Penzeys Spices
102 N. Park Ave., Winter Park

Greek
READERS' CHOICE
The Greek Corner
1600 N. Orange Ave., Orlando
Runners-up:
Greek Flame Taverna (Orlando); Mykonos Authentic Greek Cuisine (Longwood)
CRITIC'S CHOICE
Greek Flame Taverna
7600 Dr. Phillips Blvd., Orlando

Hotel restaurant
READERS' CHOICE
Hamilton's Kitchen
300 E. New England Ave., Winter Park (The Alfond Inn)
Runners-up:
Venetian Room (Caribe Royale Resort, Orlando); Hemingway's (Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress, Orlando)
CRITIC'S CHOICE
Victoria & Albert's
4401 Floridian Way, Lake Buena Vista (Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa)

Indian
READERS' CHOICE
Royal Indian Cuisine
1410 S.R. 436, Casselberry
Runners-up:
Tamarind Indian Cuisine (Orlando and Winter Park); Saffron (Orlando)
CRITIC'S CHOICE
Kohinoor
249 S.R. 436, Altamonte Springs

Italian
READERS' CHOICE
Vincenzo Cucina Italiana
8255 International Drive, Orlando
Runners-up:
Antonio's (Maitland); tie: Olive Garden (various locations) and Stefano's Trattoria (Winter Springs)
CRITIC'S CHOICE
Prato
124 N. Park Ave., Winter Park

Japanese
READERS' CHOICE
Kobe Japanese Steakhouse
Various locations, including 11609 E. Colonial Drive, Orlando
Runners-up:
Imperial Dynasty (Longwood); RanGetsu (Maitland)
CRITIC'S CHOICE
Shin Japanese Cuisine
803 N. Orange Ave., Orlando

Korean
READERS' CHOICE
Korean BBQ Taco Box
Food truck
Runners-up:
Korea House (Longwood); Seoul Garden (Maitland)
CRITIC'S CHOICE
Korea House
1155 S.R. 434, Suite 121, Longwood

Late night
READERS' CHOICE
Tako Cheeno
932 N. Mills Ave., Orlando
Runners-up:
Gringos Locos (Orlando); Pom Pom's Teahouse & Sandwicheria (Orlando)
CRITIC'S CHOICE
Donut King
208 S. U.S. Highway 27, Minneola; and 3716 Howell Branch Road, Winter Park

Latin
READERS' CHOICE
Pio Pio Latin Cuisine
2500 S. Semoran Blvd., Orlando
Runners-up:
Black Bean Deli (Orlando and Winter Park); Rice & Beans (Orlando)
CRITIC'S CHOICE
Spanish River Grill
737 E. Third Ave., New Smyrna Beach

Mexican
READERS' CHOICE
Cocina 214
151 E. Welbourne Ave., Winter Park
Runners-up:
Tijuana Flats (various locations); Garibaldi's (Orlando)
CRITIC'S CHOICE
Taquitos Jalisco
1041 S. Dillard St., Winter Garden

Middle Eastern
READERS' CHOICE
Bosphorous Turkish Cuisine
108 S. Park Ave., Winter Park; and 7600 Dr. Phillips Blvd., Suite 108, Orlando
Runners-up:
Mediterranean Deli (Orlando); Cedar's (Orlando)
CRITIC'S CHOICE
Bosphorous Turkish Cuisine

Newcomer
READERS' CHOICE
The Coop
610 W. Morse Blvd., Winter Park
Runners-up:
Artisan's Table (Orlando); Eddie V's Prime Seafood & Steaks (Orlando)
CRITIC'S CHOICE (TIE)
Txokos Basque Kitchen
3201 Corrine Drive, Suite 100, Orlando (East End Market)
The Strand
807 N. Mills Ave., Orlando

Outdoor dining
READERS' CHOICE
Hillstone
215 S. Orlando Ave., Winter Park
Runners-up:
Park Plaza Gardens (Winter Park); Johnnie's Hideaway (Orlando)
CRITIC'S CHOICE
K Restaurant
1710 Edgewater Drive, Orlando

Pizza
READERS' CHOICE
Tomasino's New York Pizzeria
2612 E. Colonial Drive, Orlando; and 5229 Red Bug Lake Road, Winter Springs
Runners-up:
Pizzeria Valdiano (Orlando, Winter Park); Pizza Paradiso (Orlando)
CRITIC'S CHOICE
Pizzeria Del-Dio
3210 E. Colonial Drive, Orlando

Power lunch
READERS' CHOICE
Park Plaza Gardens
319 S. Park Ave., Winter Park
Runners-up:
Citrus (Orlando); Seasons 52 (Altamonte Springs and Orlando)
CRITIC'S CHOICE
The Rusty Spoon
55 W. Church St., Orlando

Puerto Rican
READERS' CHOICE
Guavate
422 S. Alafaya Trail, Orlando
Runner-up:
Latin Roots (Orlando)
CRITIC'S CHOICE
Guavate

Romantic
READERS' CHOICE
Hillstone
215 S. Orlando Ave., Winter Park
Runners-up:
The Venetian Room (Caribe Royale Resort, Orlando); Eddie V's Prime Seafood & Steaks (Orlando)
CRITIC'S CHOICE (TIE)
Chatham's Place
7575 Dr. Phillips Blvd., Orlando
Cress
103 W. Indiana Ave., DeLand

Sandwich
READERS' CHOICE
Beefy King
424 N. Bumby Ave., Orlando
Runners-up:
Pom Pom's Teahouse & Sandwicheria (Orlando); TooJay's (various locations)
CRITIC'S CHOICE
Yellow Dog Eats
1236 Hempel Ave., Gotha; and 147 Canal St., New Smyrna Beach (386-410-4824)

Seafood
READERS' CHOICE
TJ's Seafood Shack
197 E. Mitchell Hammock Road, Oviedo
Runners-up:
Big Fin Seafood Kitchen (Orlando); FishBones (Lake Mary and Orlando)
CRITIC'S CHOICE
The Oceanaire Seafood Room
9101 International Drive, Orlando

Soul
READERS' CHOICE
Shantell's Cafe
406 S. Sanford Ave., Sanford
Runners-up:
Chef Eddie's (Orlando); B.B. King's Blues Club (Orlando)
CRITIC'S CHOICE
Nikki's Place
742 Carter St., Orlando

Steakhouse
READERS' CHOICE
Christner's Prime Steak & Lobster
729 Lee Road, Orlando
Runners-up:
Ruth's Chris (Lake Mary, Orlando, Winter Park); Stefano's Grill (Orlando)
CRITIC'S CHOICE
Bull & Bear Prime Steakhouse
14200 Bonnet Creek Resort Lane, Orlando (Waldorf Astoria Orlando)

Sushi
READERS' CHOICE
Imperial Dynasty
2045 W. S.R. 434, Longwood
Runners-up:
Hana Sushi (Altamonte Springs); A-aki Sushi & Steakhouse (Orlando)
CRITIC'S CHOICE
Kabooki Sushi
3122 E. Colonial Drive, Orlando

Tex-Mex
READERS' CHOICE
Tijuana Flats
Various locations, including 8 N. Summerlin Ave., Orlando
Runners-up:
Chuy's Mexican Food (Kissimmee and Orlando); Amigos Original Tex-Mex Restaurant & Cantina (Altamonte Springs and Orlando)
CRITIC'S CHOICE
Amigos Original Tex-Mex Restaurant & Cantina
120 N. Westmonte Drive, Altamonte Springs; and 749 N. Alafaya Trail, Orlando

Takeout
READERS' CHOICE
4 Rivers Smokehouse
Various locations, including 1600 W. Fairbanks Ave., Winter Park
Runners-up:
Imperial Dynasty (Longwood); Outback Steakhouse (various locations)
CRITIC'S CHOICE
Fatto in casa
3201 Corrine Drive, Orlando (East End Market)

Thai
READERS' CHOICE
Thai Cuisine
5325 Edgewater Drive, Orlando
Runners-up:
Golden Thai House (Longwood); Sea Thai (Orlando)
CRITIC'S CHOICE
Thai Blossom
99 W. Plant St., Winter Garden

Theme park restaurant
READERS' CHOICE
Be Our Guest
Fantasyland, Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World Resort
Runners-up:
The Hollywood Brown Derby (Disney's Hollywood Studios); Les Chefs de France (France Pavilion, Epcot, Walt Disney World Resort)
CRITIC'S CHOICE
Via Napoli
Italy Pavilion, Epcot, Walt Disney World Resort

Vegetarian
READERS' CHOICE
Infusion Tea
1600 Edgewater Drive, Orlando
Runners-up:
Ethos Vegan Kitchen (Winter Park); Dandelion Communitea (Orlando)
CRITIC'S CHOICE
Cafe 118
153 E. Morse Blvd., Winter Park

Vietnamese
READERS' CHOICE
Pho Saigon
5100 W. Colonial Drive, Orlando (Westside Crossings)
Runners-up:
Pho 88 (Orlando); Saigon Flavors (Oviedo)
CRITIC'S CHOICE
Pho Vinh
657 N. Primrose Drive, Orlando

Wine bar
READERS' CHOICE
The Wine Room
270 S. Park Ave., Winter Park
Runners-up:
Eola Wine Co. (Orlando); Carmel Kitchen (Winter Park)
CRITIC'S CHOICE
Vines Grille & Wine Bar
7533 W. Sand Lake Road, Orlando

Wine list
READERS' CHOICE
Eddie V's Prime Seafood & Steak
7488 W. Sand Lake Road, Orlando
Runners-up:
The Venetian Room (Caribe Royale Resort, Orlando); Vito's Chop House (Orlando)
CRITIC'S CHOICE
The Capital Grille
4200 Conroy Road, Mall at Millenia; and 9101 International Drive, Pointe Orlando, both Orlando

Wings
READERS' CHOICE
Gator's Dockside
Various locations, including 4982 New Broad St., Orlando
Runners-up:
Buffalo Wild Wings (various locations); Ker's WingHouse (various locations)
CRITIC'S CHOICE (TIE)
Sinbad's Bar & Grill
1050 W. Burleigh Blvd., Tavares
Papa Bee's
851 E. S.R. 434, Longwood

Overall
READERS' CHOICE
Eddie V's Prime Seafood & Steak
7488 W. Sand Lake Road, Orlando
Runners-up:
Greek Flame Taverna (Orlando); Venetian Room (Caribe Royale Resort, Orlando)
CRITIC'S CHOICE
Luma on Park
290 S. Park Ave, Winter Park

The list of winners and additional commentary can be found on www.orlandosentinel.com.
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Posted by Brent Ferry on January 30th, 2015 3:43 PM

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