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3 Orlando Restaurant makes the Top 50 in this year's Yelp Top 100 US Restaurants 2023

Updated: Feb 9, 2023

Yelpers are always looking for their next great meal, and the hungry community has discovered the best places to eat them, then reviewed their experiences for the rest of us.

So, on this 10th anniversary of Yelp’s Top 100 US Restaurants list, we’re excited to reveal that three Orlando restaurants have been named in this year’s most popular and highly rated restaurants, according to Yelp's users.

The first Orlando restaurant actually makes the Top 10, congratulations to Selam Ethiopian and Eritrean Cuisine.

Kadence in Audubon Park, which earned its first Michelin star last year (along with a place on Yelp’s Top Florida Restaurants list) has made in into 30th spot in this years list.

The Audubon Park restaurant is known for it's Japanese sushi and sakes.

The third and final Orlando restaurant to make the top 100 restaurant in the country is Hungry Pants on S Orange Avenue, which comes in at number 42.

Hungry Pants is billed as a “plant-curious, fast-fine eatery”

Congratulations to all three local restaurants on being named in they years tops 100 list!

Selam Ethiopian and Eritrean Cuisine is located in the Williamsburg Downs Shopping Center at 5494 Central Florida Pkwy, Orlando.

Not for the first time the restaurant has made Yelp’s top-restaurant lists for the US and Florida.

Huge, colorful platters dot nearly every table at this family-style spot, located in a bustling shopping center.

Diners scoop up spiced-just-right stewed meats and pureed veggies with injera (the spongy, fermented bread served with Ethiopian and Eritrean food), while Ethiopian music and music videos play in the background.

Don’t miss the Ethiopian coffee ceremony after dinner, which includes a brief explanation of the tradition. A slice of flaky baklava in honey sauce is the perfect finish to this savory meal.

Popular dishes include shareable meat and veggie (or vegetarian-only) combos, with a handful of small side dishes and fluffy injera, clay pots filled with traditionally spiced chunks of beef or lamb sauteed in butter, onions, peppers, and tomatoes, and fried triangular samosas; and kitfo, which is herbed, buttery minced steak with a house-made soft cheese.

 Selam Ethiopian and Eritrean Cuisine Orlando

Kadence, is a tiny Audubon Park space that is hard to snage booking, it typically accommodates 2 seatings of 9 guests nightly.

Once there, you’ll watch husband-and-wife chef-owners Mark and Jennifer Berdin—University of Florida grads who trained in high-end New York and London hotspots—prepare photoworthy multi-course meals from across the counter.

Updated versions of traditional Japanese sushi and unusual sakes are served in a variety of formats—including artfully composed single-bite dishes, such as smoky Japanese striped jack paired with diced citrus, or creamy chunks of foie gras in a foie gras broth. Kadence periodically offers advance-order takeout menus that may feature sushi rolls or chirashi bowls (rice topped with several types of sliced raw fish).

The restaurant is best known for its raw fish preparations served kaiseki-style, in which each course is predetermined by the chef based on ingredient availability (as opposed to omakase, which has more flexibility). The menu may include cooked dishes, such as chawanmushi (steamed egg custard) filled with premium uni or foie gras.

Kadence Audubon Park Orlando

Hungry Plants serves inventive comfort food for vegans and carnivores alike.

Here, diners indulge in “guilt-free, healthy, but OH SO TASTY” dishes designed by the cheerful duo behind Orlando’s beloved Yum Yum Cupcake Truck.

While their former hotspot is now shuttered, they brought the same playful spirit to this counter-service diner, which sparkles with baby-pink walls, a whimsical mural, and artfully framed pairs of pants.

Yelpers give thumbs-up to traditional diner items, like the thick grass-fed cheeseburger—but veggies are the stars of the show, with veggie/vegan substitutes for almost every dish. For example, the Belgian waffle, which features “the perfect balance of crispy edges and soft insides,” is topped with vegan butter, a fresh-made fruit compote, and maple syrup.

Or try crispy cauliflower-sweet potato tots with chipotle ranch dipping sauce. Yelpers love to wash it down with one of the sake-based cocktails, lavender oat milk, or refreshing sodas like ginger-cucumber. Still craving the sauces after your meal? You can now buy them to take home.

Popular dishes include the Saucy Brussels in sweet and spicy chili sauce or the MDP (Most Delicious Potatoes) roasted sweet potatoes with yogurt and almond gremolata or a vegan cilantro aioli.

Don’t miss luscious slices of top-selling pies either, like Sour Orange on South (a “game changer” reminiscent of key lime pie) and vegan Chocolate Silk.

Hungry Pants S Orange Avenue Orlando


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