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Food & Drink

Eleven great Orlando spots where you’ll eat and drink equally well

A bite and a beverage

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If you can’t get a seat at Cask & Larder, you might find some of Ron Raike’s brews being poured from Smiling Bison’s founts, and downing a beer alongside one of chef (and sausage king) Josh Oakley’s kielbasas or currywursts is a match made in culinary heaven. The meat-centric menu dished up in the former Redlight Redlight space is perfect hearty drinking food. (745 Bennett Road, 407-898-8580; thesmilingbison.com)

6. Luma on Park

The “Jewel Box” – a two-story wine vault stocked with 7,000 bottles of 80 intriguing varieties – is quite the attention-grabbing lure for bon vivants, but it’s James Beard nominated chef Brandon McGlamery’s flawless dishes that makes wining and dining at Luma an unparalleled experience on Park Avenue. For more frugal sorts, one lavish appetizer and a balloon of red make for a high-end experience that won’t pop your buttons, or your wallet. (290 S. Park Ave., Winter Park, 407-599-4111; lumaonpark.com)

7. Sushi Pop

Even without experienced sommelier and sake expert Michael Ring patrolling the colorful room, the sometimes goofy, often wacky, always first-rate Sushi Pop continues to take libations as seriously as its sashimi. At any given time, you’ll find as many plates of sugi sugi rolls as you will creative sake-infused cocktails at the sushi bar. (310 W. Mitchell Hammock Road, Oviedo, 407-542-5975; sushipoprestaurant.com)

8. Iza Tapas Bar

Of three tapas joints on this list, Iza might be the least Spanish, but it’s also the least showy. Even with its modest selection of wines and beers, you can’t beat sitting on Iza’s outdoor terrace enjoying lamb sliders with a glass of sangria and taking in the Thornton Park scene. (712 E. Washington St., 407-999-0199; izatapasbar.com)

9. NOPA Grill

Draft and bottle crafts join the heady mix of reds, whites and sparkling wines offered at the former Diva Wines & Desserts, but its transformation to NOPA (“Not On Park Avenue”) has added some competently executed modern “urban-rustic” dishes to the mix. (155 E. Morse Blvd., Winter Park, 407-740-4040; nopagrill.com)

10. Mi Tomatina Paella Bar

This Hannibal Square standout offers the most refined and, along with El Bodegon, authentic tapas experience in town. Now with the addition of an outdoor bar, patrons can enjoy slow-braised oxtail or baby squid with a glass or two of sherry out front on a sidewalk table, or in relative seclusion out back at BARcelona. (433 W. New England Ave., Winter Park, 321-972-4881; mitomatina.com)

Honorable Mention:

On any given Friday and Saturday night at Barnie’s CoffeeKitchen, the small plates churned out by chef Camilo Velasco are as good as any you’ll find on Park Avenue (yes, they’re really that good). While their limited beer and wine selections are perfectly serviceable, the quaff of choice here is coffee, and there’s no better place to get your buzz on. (118 S. Park Ave., Winter Park, 407-629-0042; also CityArts Factory, 29 S. Orange Ave., 407-722-8363; barniescoffeekitchen.com)

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