Down­town Area

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AR­TI­SAN’S TA­BLE ‒ Farm-to-Ta­ble. The menu at this down­town hotspot changes fre­quently de­pend­ing upon what’s in sea­son. Home­made dishes, along with or­ganic, veg­e­tar­ian and ve­gan op­tions, are of­fered. B,L, D (daily), Br (Sa-Su). www.ar­ti­sansta­ble­or­lando.com. 22 E. Pine St., 407.730.7499.

BENTO SUSHI CAFÉ ‒ Japanese. Th­ese ca­sual spots of­fer sushi and other Japanese fa­vorites such as shrimp tem­pura and katsu plus Pan-Asian meals such as pad Thai and Korean spicy beef. Quick ser­vice inside a stylish room. L, D (daily). www.ben­to­cafe­sushi.com. 151 S. Orange Ave., 407.999.8989; 7335 W. Sand Lake Road, 407.352.2277.

BET­TER THAN SEX RES­TAU­RANT‒ Dessert. This pop­u­lar Key West date-night spot has just opened on Or­lando’s Ivan­hoe Row with desserts and cock­tails as tan­ta­liz­ing as the name im­plies. D ( W-Su). www.bet­terthan­sex­or­lando.com. 1905 N. Orange Ave., 407.761.8949.

BO­HEME RES­TAU­RANT‒ New Amer­i­can. This el­e­gant down­town res­tau­rant boasts a fab­u­lous art col­lec­tion along with a pres­ti­gious AAA FourDi­a­mond rat­ing. The cui­sine is eclec­tic nou­velle with French and Pa­cific Rim in­flu­ences. B,L, D (daily). www.grand­bo­hemi­an­ho­tel.com. The Grand Bo­hemian, 325 S. Orange Ave., 407.313.9000.

DAN­DE­LION COM­MU­NITEA‒ Veg­e­tar­ian/ Ve­gan. Inside a funky, bright-green house, this café bills it­self as an “ur­ban tea­house with an eco-at­ti­tude.” Plenty of or­ganic tea is on tap, but they also make a great sand­wich. L, D (M-Sa), L (Su). www. dan­de­lion­com­mu­nitea.com. 618 N. Thorn­ton Ave., 407.362.1864.

DEX­TER’S ‒ Amer­i­can. Sweet potato chips, wines and lots of lo­cal diners are the call. Menus fea­ture pressed sand­wiches, pas­tas and cre­ative en­trées. L, D (daily), Br (Sa-Su). www.dexwine.com. 808 E. Wash­ing­ton St., 407.648.2777. 558 W. New Eng­land Ave., Win­ter Park, 407.629.1150.

DOVECOTE ‒ Brasserie. This in­no­va­tive take on the clas­sic brassiere of­fers diners el­e­gant op­tions like cote de boeuf, steak frites and bouil­l­abaisse that pair well with an ex­ten­sive wine se­lec­tion and raw bar serv­ing an as­sort­ment of sea­sonal seafood se­lec­tions. B,L, D (M-Sa). www.dove­co­te­or­lando. com. 390 N. Orange Ave., 407.930.1700.

EAST END MAR­KET‒ Var­i­ous. In the Audubon Park Gar­den District you’ll find a col­lec­tion of restau­rants and up­scale food stalls along with home­made breads, ar­ti­san cof­fee and wine. Re­cently men­tioned in the New York Times. B,L, D (daily). www.eas­t­endmkt.com. 3201 Cor­rine Drive, 321.236.3316.

GRAF­FITI JUNKTION ‒ Amer­i­can. This burger bar has a funky vibe with freshly made spe­cialty burg­ers, drink spe­cials and amaz­ing Ma­cho Na­chos. L, D (daily). 700 E. Wash­ing­ton St., 407.426.9503; 54 W. Church St., 321.800.6921; 2401 Edgewater Drive, 407.677.1961.

K RES­TAU­RANT WINE BAR‒ Cre­ative/Con­tem­po­rary. James Beard nom­i­nee Chef Kevin Fonzo cooks up quite a fol­low­ing at this Col­lege Park strong­hold. Lo­cals flock for dishes such as sautéed salmon on Peru­vian pur­ple pota­toes and Florida Pom­pano. L, D (daily). www.krestau­rant.net. 1710 Edgewater Drive, 407.872.2332.

KRES CHOPHOUSE & LOUNGE ‒ Steak. Kres brings big-city at­mos­phere in the form of a stylish chophouse and lounge. Pro­gres­sive Amer­i­can food with Mediter­ranean in­flu­ences. Menu changes daily and fea­tures steaks and mar­ket fresh fish. Ex­ten­sive wine list and late-night menu. L, D (M-Sa). www. kres­restau­rant.com. 17 W. Church St., 407.447.7950.

LIT­TLE SAIGON ‒ Viet­namese. Be­gin by dip­ping sum­mer rolls into peanut sauce, then share a bowl of aro­matic beef soup. Or, try the pork bar­be­cue over rice ver­mi­celli. L, D (daily). www.lit­tle­saigonrestau­rant.com. 1106 E. Colo­nial Drive, 407.423.8539.

THE OS­PREY TAV­ERN ‒ Amer­i­can. Strik­ingly bold, clas­sic Amer­i­can. En­joy a warm at­mos­phere in the open bar and kitchen adorned with el­e­gant decor and menus fea­tur­ing raw bar of­fer­ings, deca­dent starters, ar­ti­san piz­zas and so­phis­ti­cated en­trees packed with vi­brant fla­vor and sea­sonal pro­vi­sions. Br (Sa-Su), D ( Tu-Sa). www.os­prey­tav­ern.com. 4899 New Broad St., 407.960.7700.

RUSTY SPOON ‒ Farm-to-Ta­ble. Three-time James Beard nom­i­nee Chef Kath­leen Blake brings farmto-ta­ble good­ness to down­town Or­lando. L (M-F),

D (nightly). www.therustyspoon.com. 55 W. Church St., 407.401.8811. SOCO ‒ New South­ern. Down­town’s charm­ing Thorn­ton Park wel­comes this South­ern con­tem­po­rary res­tau­rant by Greg Richie, ac­claimed chef of Mag­no­lias in Charleston and the Abbey in At­lanta. D (nightly), Br (Su). www.so­cothorn­ton­park.com. 629 E. Cen­tral Blvd., 407.849.1800. WAHLBURGERS ‒ Burg­ers. Celebrity broth­ers Mark, Don­nie and Chef Paul Wahlberg bring their pop­u­lar burger fran­chise, that has its own re­al­ity show, to down­town Or­lando. L, D (daily). www.wahlburg­er­sor­lando.com. 200 S. Orange Ave., 407.293.7777.

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