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January 30th, 2015 3:43 PM by Brent Ferry

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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