Looking back at 2013, quite a few changes have come and gone in the area’s restaurant scene. Scott Joseph does a wonderful job recapping the closings and openings of the notoriously difficult restaurant industry in Central Florida here.
It’s been a tough year but quite a few restaurants and establishments have been able to continue bringing Orlando’s food culture to a new level.
Here are some of my favorite meals looking back both locally here in Orlando and beyond:
1. Bull and Bear’s Pasta Explosion – Decadently rich, house made ravioli stuffed with an airy carbonara mousse, parmegiano reggiano cheese, and serrano ham in a white sauce
3. Bull and Bear at the Orlando Waldorf Astoria’s Roosevelt New Orleans inspired Filet of Red fish on top of oyster poached au beurre blanc, maque choux – part of the Food and Wine Weekends series
4. Smiling Bison Burger at the Smiling Bison – 6 oz. natural bison, garlic aioli, mushroom ketchup, smoked provolone, house bacon, texas toast
6. Barnie’s CoffeeKitchen’s Wild Mushroom Tart – Hen of the Woods mushrooms in a rich truffle scented custard, baked in a flaky crust
7. Kabooki Sushi’s Kurabuta Pork Belly and Tamaki Seasoned sushi rice – Braised ‘snake river farms’ pork belly, micro basil, tempura shallot
9. Disney’s California Grill’s Pork Belly Nigiri . . . House-cured Pork, Bacon and Yuzu Rice, Spicy Teriyaki
14. Crimson Tavern’s House Burger – caramelized onion, gruyere cheese, bread & butter pickles, sesame bun
16. Banh Cuon – Silky smooth rice crepes with ground pork and mushrooms at Vietnam Cuisine on Colonial Drive
18. Luma on Park’s Cocoa beach cobia mi-cuit – with florida citrus, avocado, waterkist farm red serrano
21. La Camaronera’s La Minuta – their signature fried snapper sandwich on some cuban pan bread. This sandwich provides a great taste to value ratio, costing only $6. No wonder they take cash only.
26. Bacchanal Buffet at the MGM Grand Las Vegas
Check out our friend Droolius’ favorite 25 meals of 2013!