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Chains are born here and remain beloved
July 21, 2016
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by Zagat Staff

Zagat Orlando users love their multi-unit restaurants, especially when the concepts were born in Central Florida. That's surely why four of the city's top five made the list.

4 Rivers Smokehouse
Barbecue · $
Food 4.5 · Decor 3.9 · Service 4.1

Cue fans "go ga-ga" over the "heavenly" Texas-style BBQ at this counter-serve chain, a local "sensation" thanks to "humongous" portions of "smoked-to-perfection brisket" , "simply divine" pulled pork and a "variety of delicious sides" all washed down with "retro sodas" ( "no booze" ); yes, "lines can be long" and it's often "crowded" , but "reasonable" tabs and "gracious" service help, so most still give it a "definite thumbs-up."
Seasons 52
New American · Dr. Phillips · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.5 · Service 4.5

"Even the most season-ed diners" "rave" about this chain, with "well-presented" New American fare including “many healthy choices” ; the "inviting" dining rooms have a "very Frank Lloyd Wright feel" and service is "professional" , so most dub them “a sure thing.”
Seasons 52
Bar · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.5 · Service 4.5

"Even the most season-ed diners" "rave" about these chain links, with "well-presented" New American fare including “many healthy choices” ; the "inviting" dining rooms have a "very Frank Lloyd Wright feel" and service is "professional" , so most dub them “a sure thing.”
Ruth's Chris Steak House
Steakhouse · Dr. Phillips · $$$
Food 4.7 · Decor 4.4 · Service 4.6

"Magnifique" proclaim fans of this "special-occasion" chophouse chain known for "melt-in-your-mouth delicious" steaks and a "classy" , "clubby atmosphere" ; "pampering" service is another part of the package – as are prices considered "reflective" of the "high-class" experience.
Bubbalou's Bodacious Bar-B-Que
Barbecue · MetroWest · $$
Food 4.3 · Decor 3.7 · Service 4.1

“Extra napkins are a must” at these “down-home” BBQ joints, where “tender” smoked meats with “just the right amount of twang” inspire “finger licking” ; service comes “with a smile” , and the “homey” cafeteria-style environs suffice for a “value” meal with the “family.”
Dexter's Thornton Park
New American · Thornton Park · $$$
Food 4.2 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.2

"Fantastic for brunch" , these "upbeat" "neighborhood hangouts" are a “staple” for "tasty" American fare that’s “plentiful and reasonably priced” ; a "quick, attentive" crew handles the typically "crowded” scene, and the "great happy hours” are a “lively” plus.
Dexter's Windermere
New American · $
Food 4.2 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.2

"Fantastic for brunch" , these "upbeat" "neighborhood hangouts" serving "tasty" American fare are also pleasers when you want to "sip wine, dine and relax" ; a "quick, attentive" crew handles the "crowded scene" well, and the "enjoyable" happy hours are another plus.
Dexter's Winter Park
New American · $$
Food 4.2 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.2

"Fantastic for brunch" , these "upbeat" "neighborhood hangouts" serving "tasty" American fare are also pleasers when you want to "sip wine, dine and relax" ; a "quick, attentive" crew handles the "crowded scene" well, and the "enjoyable" happy hours are another plus.
The Ravenous Pig
American · $$$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.2 · Service 4.4

Live "a foodie's dream" at this "simply marvelous" Winter Park gastropub, where chefs-owners James and Julie Petrakis offer a "constantly evolving" but "consistently fabulous" menu of "innovative" New American cuisine, "from pub food to complex main dishes" , all served alongside "creative" "Prohibition era–inspired cocktails" , "awesome" micro-beers (some brewed on-site) and a "thoughtful wine list" ; they "pay close attention to every detail" , and the "charming" , wood-enhanced space has a "true big-city feel" , so most fully "embrace the pig."
Fleming's Prime Steakhouse
Steakhouse · $$$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.5 · Service 4.5

Diners "indulge" in "top-notch" steaks and burgers at this "reliable" chophouse chain with branches in Dr. Phillips and Winter Park, where a "modern" and "less stodgy" vibe makes it a "far hipper destination" than some of its kin; "professional, friendly" service adds to the "high-end" experience, and if tabs seem "expensive" , try the "lower-priced" bar menu.
Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar
Steakhouse · Dr. Phillips · $$$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.5 · Service 4.5

Diners "indulge" in "top-notch" steaks and burgers at this "reliable" chophouse chain with branches in Dr. Phillips and Winter Park, where a "modern" and "less stodgy" vibe makes it a "far hipper destination" than some of its kin; "professional, friendly" service adds to the "high-end" experience, and if tabs seem too "expensive" , try the "lower-priced" bar menu.
Bosphorous Turkish Cuisine
Turkish · Dr. Phillips · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.1 · Service 4.2

"Save the airfare to Istanbul" and head instead to this moderate Winter Park Turkish (with a Dr. Phillips sequel), where the "delicious" , "well-prepared" fare, like "incredible" , "puffy" lavosh bread and "orgasmically good" hummus, is "perfect for sharing" ; the casual dining room is pleasant, and sidewalk seating is "nice too" , so though "friendly" service can be "somewhat slow" , fans suggest you simply appreciate that there's "no rush."
Texas de Brazil
Steakhouse · International Drive · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.3 · Service 4.4

Expect to be "rolled out" of this I-Drive link of the Brazilian churrascaria chain, a "high-end" "meat lover's paradise" where "strolling gauchos" deliver a "never-ending selection" of "deliciously prepared" , "mouthwatering" meat "until you scream ‘no mas'" ; the "huge" , "heavenly" salad bar completes the "pig-out" experience, and while it doesn't come cheap, most are satisfied since you get "lots of food for lots of bucks."
Luma on Park
New American · $$$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.7 · Service 4.5

A "chic" , "ultramodern" dining room with a "buzzy atmosphere" provides the backdrop for "innovative" , "beautifully crafted" New American plates at this "high-end" Winter Park "hot spot" , where the "always-changing" seasonal menu gets a boost from "delicious" cocktails and an "extensive wine list" ; add in "knowledgeable" staffers who make you their "number-one priority" and it's no surprise many make it a "special-occasion" destination.
Hollerbach's Willow Tree Cafe
German · $
Food 4.5 · Decor 3.9 · Service 4.3

“It's impossible not to have fun” at this “festive” Sanford “staple” , where “hearty portions” of “fantastic” German “comfort food” meet a “well-curated selection” of imported beers and “everyone can join in” with the “oompah band” ; though “a little dated” , the space has “lots of personality” “and the gemütlichkeit is unparalleled.”