Put on your stretchy pants and prepare to chow down like an A-lister. Celebrity Chefs from around the world have chosen Orlando to showcase their talent, making the region a mecca for dedicated foodies. In fact, Wallethub ranked Orlando as the best foodie city in the nation. Whether you crave Florida favorites, Asian cuisines or New Orleans flavors, there's an Orlando restaurant guaranteed to give your taste buds the star treatment.
Fine dining meets classic Southern cooking at Chef Art Smith's Homecoming. Florida native Celebrity Chef Art Smith paid homage to his home state by developing a menu filled with comfort food and crafty moonshine in his Disney Springs restaurant. Must Try Dish - Art's Famous Fried Chicken, buttermilk-brined for 24 hours then fried to perfection and garnished with house-made hot sauce.
Guy Fieri, host of Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, teamed up with the new Planet Hollywood Observatory to develop exclusive menu items for the Disney Springs restaurant's re-opening. Must Try Dish - A burger, of course! Guy's favorite is The Mayor of Flavortown, which pairs a burger patty and pretzel bun, then takes it to the next level with seasoned pastrami, Swiss cheese, caraway slaw, pickles, Dijon mustard and Donkey Sauce.
"New World Cuisine," a culinary style created by Celebrity Chef Norman Van Aken that blends Florida flavor with Asian, Caribbean and Latin roots, was the inspiration for NORMAN'S. Must Try Dish - Pan Cooked Fillet of Florida Snapper, which is prepared with a citrus butter sauce, served with asparagus spears and laid on top of a belly of garlicky mashed potatoes.
Located in the heart of Universal's CityWalk, Emeril's Orlando is the first of two Orlando restaurants opened by Celebrity Chef and television personality Emeril Lagasse. Must Try Dish - Sweet Barbeque Roasted Salmon is paired with Louisiana classics like andouille and potato hash, topped off with crispy onions and served with a house-made Worcestershire sauce.
Master Chef and star of Iron Chef America Masaharu Morimoto took influence from China, Japan and Korea when creating the menu for Morimoto Asia, his first "pan-Asian" restaurant, Morimoto Asia. Must Try Dish - Peking Duck, which serves two and features a house-roasted whole duck, apricot sweet chili and hoisin miso sauces and steamed flour pancakes.
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