Hotel dining has certainly changed over the years. Gone are the dimly lit hotel lounges off the lobby with a bar menu of club sandwiches and BLTs. Today's hotels, especially in Orlando, put as much emphasis on the dining as the overnight stay. Orlando guests will find trendy restaurants with innovative menus and award-winning chefs, surprisingly located within Orlando's hotels and resorts. Here are some highlights, whether you're booking a stay or looking for a great meal.
Celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse goes Polynesian here. The lively dining room turns out dishes such as Togarashi blackened scallops, creative sushi rolls and local snapper served Hawaiian-style, which achieve umami, a perfect balance of flavors and textures. The wine list features tasty blends from hard-to-find small vineyards.
This beautiful boutique hotel has been recognized by Conde Nast and recently opened as a unique fund-raiser partner to Rollins College. The lobby is filled with contemporary art from notable artists, and Hamilton's Kitchen is a popular spot for lunch and dinner among visitors and locals.