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.