Orlando Makes the Top 10 Foodie Cities of America via @wallethub

With Oct. 16 being World Food Day and restaurant prices rising, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2017’s Best Foodie Cities in America.

To determine the best and cheapest local foodie scenes, WalletHub compared more than 180 of the largest U.S. cities across 24 key metrics. The data set ranges from affordability and accessibility of high-quality restaurants to food festivals per capita to craft breweries and wineries per capita.

Foodie-Friendliness of Orlando (1=Best; 91=Avg.)

  • 48th – Avg. Beer & Wine Price
  • 1st – Restaurants per Capita
  • 1st – Affordability & Accessibility of Highly Rated Restaurants
  • 7th – Gourmet Specialty-Food Stores per Capita
  • 28th – Craft Breweries & Wineries per Capita
  • 16th – Coffee & Tea Shops per Capita

Here are few of our favorite local chef driven restaurants in O-Town:

If like us, your eternal mantra embodies “Eat Local be Local”, step into Millenia 106, conveniently located near Mall of Millenia. At the helm is Chef Bruno Fonseca, a culinary artist, sporting his trusted chef’s knife as his paintbrush with a dedicated menu sourced from a palette brimming with fresh and local ingredients; be it produce, seafood, or meat.

Speaking of accolades, CFL’s most luscious spot in town Se7enbites was recently featured on Triple D’s Super Star Chef Guy Fieri’s show. Pastry Chef/Owner Trina Gregory-Propst is literally rocking our taste buds with sublime sandwiches and cookie-centric sweet treats. Did I mention the best damn PIE, I will gladly hand-wrestle my children for!

Paddlefish – a sophisticated seafood-centered restaurant with an ambiance and culinary creations to match by the brilliant Executive Chef Boor (A+ graduate of the hard knocks school and ex-navy). In its former life, known as Fulton’s Crab House, today Paddlefish has successfully reinvented itself into a swanky and luxurious steamboat swaggering three decks, including a rooftop deck, featuring ingenious cocktails, craft beers and over 175 Old and New World wines.

An award-winning veteran of the culinary arena, including a four-time James Beard Foundation nominee and Chef of the Year by Houston’s My Table Magazine, Chef Tim Keating might just be the second best thing that happened to Urbain 40. The first, needless to say is Chef Keating’s revitalized menu and delectable delights.

A relatively new comer, Canvas is already making it’s mark, with thoughtfully curated new American cuisine influenced by Florida’s Southern and Latin American roots. Elevating Lake Nona’s culinary real estate is Chef Bryan Thoman, a Florida Culinary School alumni, whose dauntless palate coupled with keen insight of Central Florida’s culinary landscape, has swiftly raised Canvas Restaurant as the neighborhood gem.

And then there is Ravenous Pig, Prato, Luma on the Park, Seasons 52, The Coop, Chuys, Pig Floyds, Kadence, and more….For details check out our picks at http://www.theprimlanikitchen.com/category/restaurants/

Until next time, have a delicious day!!

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