Orlando Family Magazine has awarded the Gold Rush: 2017 Golden Fork Awards to 20 of the best dishes in the Greater Orlando area. The winners were chosen based on top-notch food, service and ambiance.
Dishes at four Walt Disney World Resort restaurants made the list. The restaurants include Art Smith’s Homecoming Florida Kitchen, Wolfgang Puck Grand Cafe, Morimoto Asia and Todd English’s bluezoo.
Have you tried any of the following unforgettable meals on their menu?
Fried Chicken & Doughnuts
Art Smith’s Homecoming Florida Kitchen – Disney Springs
Given that celebrity chef Art Smith is a Florida native and proud Southerner, it’s no surprise that his signature eatery at Disney Springs taps deeply into both cultures. Our favorite is this sweet-and-savory gourmet dish, featuring two huge pieces of Smith’s mouthwatering fried chicken. Paired with house-made sugar doughnuts and creamy mashed potatoes, it’s a taste worth going back for.
Other standouts: It’s hard to go wrong with anything here, but we also can’t get enough of other main plates such as Art’s Famous Fried Chicken, Shrimp & Grits, and Braised Short Ribs.
Extra bite: If you don’t have time for a full meal, hit the bar for small plates and some house-made moonshine.
Braised Lamb Osso Bucco
Wolfgang Puck Grand Café – Disney Springs
The famous chef shows his mastery of Milanese cooking with this standout at the Grand Café’s Dining Room. Eschewing the traditional use of veal in this dish, Puck serves juicy lamb offset by mascarpone polenta, root vegetables and fresh parmesan cheese for a complete meal that you won’t soon forget.
Other standouts: The Dining Room’s Crispy Pork Schnitzel is recommended for a new take on a classic, while the Florida Gulf Catch of the Day hooks us every time.
Extra bite: Between the Dining Room, Sushi Bar, main café and Express options, Puck’s Orlando eatery offers flavors for every taste and price range.
Morimoto Asia – Disney Springs
Made famous by Iron Chef America, Masaharu Morimoto saved his most impressive restaurant to date for our own Disney Springs. Served in a hot clay pot, this attention-grabber is a Korean-style yellowtail rice bowl that’s finished with egg yolk, and the whole thing is freshly prepared tableside for added entertainment value.
Other standouts: Some of our other Asian fusion favorites include the Mongolian Filet Mignon, the Morimoto Spare Ribs, and the Duck Ramen.
Extra bite: Fans of architecture will find as much to love about Morimoto Asia as foodies, thanks to the Design Built Award of Merit from the American Institute of Architects.
Miso Glazed Mero
Todd English’s bluezoo – Swan and Dolphin Resort
Cooked to perfection, this Asian-inspired dish dreamed up by celebrity chef—and restaurant namesake— Todd English has all the components of a winner. Shiitake-ginger rice pairs sublimely with the Mero (aka Hawaiian sea bass), and black garlic and sticky soy sauce ties it all together. Plus, the servers are always happy to give suggestions for the perfect complement from their wine menu.
Other standouts: It’s not the sort of thing you’d expect a seafood restaurant to excel at, but the Chicken and Waffles gives a gourmet makeover to the comfort-food classic.
Extra bite: The restaurant was designed by renowned architect Jeffrey Beers, resulting in an interior that’s as artistic as the dishes being served.
Other standout dishes in the Greater Orlando area include:
- Braised Creekstone Farms Beef Short Rib at Emeril’s Orlando – Universal CityWalk
- Pollo Di Angelo at Trevi’s – Omni Orlando Resort
- Duck Breast at K Restaurant – College Park
- Grouper at Two Chefs Seafood Oyster Bar – Downtown Orlando
- Steak Frites at The Ravenous Pig – Winter Park
- Spicy Check Louisiana Creole at Chatham’s Place – Dr. Phillips
- Yellowfin Tuna at blu on the Avenue – Winter Park
- Port Havana 38 at Norman’s at the Ritz-Carlton, Grande Lakes – Williamsburg
- Dine Like a Bohemian at The Boheme Restaurant – Downtown Orlando
- Cioppino at The Osprey Tavern – Baldwin Park
- Spaghetti alle Vongole at Francesco’s Ristorante – Maitland
- Provencal Bouillabaisse at Urbain 40 – Dr. Phillips
- Route 528 at RusTeak – College Park/Ocoee
- Charman’s Reserve Delmonico at Luma on Park – Winter Park
- Shrimp & Saffron Fettuccine at NOVA Scratch – Ivanhoe Village
- Char-Grilled Berksire Pork Chop at The Chef’s Table at the Edgewater – Winter Garden
Do you agree with the Gold Rush: 2017 Golden Fork Award picks for the 20 best dishes in Greater Orlando?
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