DINE Central Florida! BIGEYE’s restaurant infographic

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DINE Central Florida!

By Seth Segura Posted on January 30, 2015

Explore the eclectic tastes of Central Florida through this mini dining guide of our favorite highlights. Find new and exciting restaurants or even revisit some old favorites. And along the way, learn some interesting facts about the restaurants in our community.


4 Rivers Smokehouses

Founded in Winter Park, Florida, all six locations smoke more than 15,000 pounds of meat a week combined.

East End Market

The location of the 2014 James Beard Award Semifinalist live nomination event – the first of its kind ever held outside of New York City.

Tijuana Flats

The first one opened in Winter Park, Florida in 1995. Today, it has grown to have 100 restaurants in 6 states.

Olive Garden

The first one opened its doors in Orlando in 1982. Today, it’s the #1 full-service Italian restaurant company in the U.S.

Columbia Restaurant

Founded in 1905 in Celebrations is Florida’s oldest restaurant and it’s the largest Spanish restaurant in the world.


Celebrity Chefs in Orlando

Cat Cora at Kouzzina

Roy Yamaguchi at Roy’s

Melissa Kelly at Primo

Todd English at Bluezoo

Paul Boscuse & Roger Verge at Les Chefs de France

Wolfgang Puck at Wolfgang Puck Grand Cafe

Norman Van Asken at Normans



Orlando Weekly’s 2014 Reader’s Pick for best burger is served in Winter Park at Burgerfi.

Red Lobster

The first was opened in 1968 in Lakeland, Florida. Today, Red Lobster serves nearly 3 million guests a week and is the largest full-service seafood dining company in the world.


2014 James Beard Award Semifinalist Chefs in Orlando

James and Julie Petrakis of The Ravenous Pig

Hari Pulapaka of Cress

Henry Salgado of Spanish River Grill


Walt Disney World

Offers over 475 places for guests to eat on property.

Dandelion Communitea Cafe

Green certified by Green America for its sustainable business practices. Plus, it serves up the best hummus, according to Orlando Weekly.


The world’s largest Entertainment McDonald’s & Playplace is in Orlando with 100 arcade games and a 500 gallon fish aquarium.


If you ate breakfast, lunch, and dinner at a different Orlando restaurant every day, it would take 5 years to eat at all 5,300 of them!

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