Orlando's Best Local Restaurants

While in Orlando, anyone can get an ice cream bar in the shape of Mickey or stuff themselves on popcorn and soda. But why not sample some of the best local fare as well? Discover Orlando's best restaurants -- places where the locals gather to eat, sip and connect. From family-run barbecue havens and outrageous burger joints, to restaurants with healthy, seasonal offerings and dishes created by master chefs, you’ve got plenty of culinary options to satisfy every taste bud.

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Graffiti Junktion
Graffiti Junktion
Graffiti Junktion
Outrageous burgers, colorful street art and plenty of noise is what hungry visitors to one of Graffiti Junktion's Orlando locations will find. This is big food with a big imagination. Consider the Green Mountain Burger, an almost insurmountable stack topped with Canadian bacon, a fried egg and cheddar. Or try the Cheese Head -- a big, beefy patty topped with enough cheese (4 slices of American) to please any formaggionado.

For the beef-averse, there's the Fog City -- a “burger” anyone from San Francisco would be proud of: a turkey patty, pepper jack, avocado and sprouts. With inked, pierced hipster servers and neon decor, this unusual spot isn't too hard to find -- just look for the giant Les Paul-style guitars in front of the Thornton Park location, or the graffiti-painted picnic tables in and around the College Park location.
  • Orlando, FL 32801 US
Seasons 52
Seasons 52
Seasons 52
A fresh, seasonal menu and healthy offerings have helped Seasons 52 expand to several locations, but the original is right around the corner from the convention center in Orlando. The restaurant’s name reflects its unique approach: Every week of the year brings new ingredients and ever-changing harvests -- and therefore a seasonally-changing menu.

Depending on the time of year, entrees could include cedar-plank roasted salmon, oak-grilled filet mignon or caramelized sea scallops. Soft lighting, contemporary design, and wood and stone accents might create a sophisticated setting, but don't get too uptight: The piano bar and dessert flights bring everything back down to earth. Sample the wine list of more than 100 selections and order freely from the unique selections: Each item on the menu is no more than 475 calories.
  • Orlando, FL 32819 US
Miller's Orlando Ale House
Miller's Ale House
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Just steps from the Orange County Convention Center, this burger-and-a-beer eatery is a family- and wallet-friendly destination. This casual option provides guests with everything from bar food -- wings, pot stickers, burgers and quesadillas -- to over-the-top entrees like Maine lobster and tender ribeye steaks.

Sample some of the 75 beers or tip a glass from the surprisingly complete wine list. Daily drink specials include reasonably priced Cuervo shots and a tall, 20-ounce Guinness. Monday through Thursday nights during happy hour, thirsty guests can get a “bucket of beer” (5 bottles) for under $10.

If it's necessary to catch a game, Miller’s Ale House is also the spot for that. Screens abound for the sports fan in need of a meal and the score. There might seem to be one in most Orlando-area neighborhoods, but when the locals pack in every night, it's easy to see that someone is doing something right here.
  • Orlando, FL 32819 US

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