About: A stylish spot with industrial chic warehouse vibes, Italian food and a buzzing bar with craft cocktails
The food: We're pretty sure that pizza is a superfood, especially when it’s coming from Prato’s wood-fired oven. Enjoy the al fresco dining along Park Avenue or relax inside (although the huge floor-to-ceiling windows and plant-covered wall will make you feel like you're outdoors anyway) with a menu that featuring the likes of pretzel-crusted calamari, oversized meatballs, hand-stretched pizzas and the can’t-miss mustard spaghettini cacio e pepe. Make a reservation before you go.
About: Inside a stark, all-black, boxed-shaped building is Kadence, a sushi experience so popular, you have to pre-pay to even get a reservation (bookings are available the first of the month for the following month).
The food: No rainbow rolls here. When you take a seat at the nine-person sushi bar, watch the owners prepare a multi-course sushi and sashimi tasting. Because Kadence is fashioned after the Japanese tradition of omakase—where you leave your meal to the whims of the chef—you don’t have to stress about what to order. Can’t snag a res? Opt for a take-out chirashi bowl that comes in a reusable box that’s so pretty, they’ll charge you if you don’t return it in a week’s time.
About: The always-packed downtown restaurant bar is known for creative takes on American fare. And, as its name suggests, it’s not a successful visit unless you sip one of the signature mule cocktails.
The food: The weekend brunch scene is a spectacle in itself with crowds of guests waiting eagerly out front to down unlimited mimosas and soothe their hangovers with entrees like the Who Woke Up First, a gluttonously good sandwich that consists of funnel-cake fried chicken topped with bacon, egg and cheese between two cinnamon sugar pastries. You can order online or make a reservation for dine in.
About: The Euro-American gastropub, helmed by chefs James and Julie Petrakis, opened back in 2007—right at the forefront of Florida’s seasonally-inspired cuisine movement that has yet to lose steam.
The food: With a James Beard nomination under their belt, the chefs have truly turned The Ravenous Pig into a must-visit for both locals and tourists. What to order? Start with the ever-changing charcuterie board or Gatherer salad before moving onto the blue cheese and caramelized onion-topped burger. If you still have room, end your evening on a sweet note with the Pig Tails, cinnamon sugar fritters with chocolate dipping sauce. Sound good? Order Now
About: Adjacent to Orlando’s East End Market, this ramen hotspot quite literally brings the heat with its homemade noodles, savory broths and assortment of small plates
The food: When it opened its doors in 2016, Domu single-handedly brought ramen back on the map within the Orlando food scene. Four years later, its steaming bowls of noodles are still being slurped down at a record pace, leading to new locations in Dr. Phillips and Jacksonville as well as a fast-casual concept called Domu Chibi. Beyond ramen, this hip Asian kitchen also serves killer kimchi butter wings and lobster buns. If you head there for brunch, get a boba-mosa (champagne mixed with the flavored tapioca balls typically found in bubble tea).