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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 4.0

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
Brunch · 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
Vegan · $$
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 4.6 · Decor 4.4 · Service 4.5

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 4.0

“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
American · Thornton Park · $$$
Food 4.1 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.1

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
American · $
Food 4.1 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.1

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
American · $$
Food 4.1 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.1

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
Gastropub · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.1 · 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 & Wine Bar
Steakhouse · $$$$
Food 4.5 · 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 4.5 · 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
Middle Eastern · Dr. Phillips · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.1

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
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
Bar · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.6 · 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.”