It comes as no surprise that Orlando’s Audubon Park neighborhood and nearby Winter Park often appear on food TV shows.
Both neighborhoods boast lush landscaping and lovingly maintained historic buildings. And, of course, both are home to top-tier restaurants. Every time a food TV program features a local restaurant, viewers are left dreaming of stunning scenery and amazing cuisine.
Headed to Central Florida soon? Stop dreaming and experience Winter Park and Audubon Park’s food scenes for yourself.
Here are four Orlando area restaurants you may have seen on television.
1. Ravenous Pig
From 2013 to 2017, Emeril Lagasse traveled around Florida to explore the state’s ever-growing culinary scene.
In episode one of Emeril’s Florida, the celebrity chef picked up an apron at the Ravenous Pig in Winter Park. There, he met chef James Petrakis, co-owner of the gastropub and brewery. The two cooked mouthwatering pan-seared and cured fish dishes together. Meanwhile, Petrakis described the restaurant’s commitment to using fresh, seasonal ingredients.
Because the Ravenous Pig uses locally sourced meat and produce, new masterpieces are added to the menu all the time.
The menu currently features steak in bordelaise, fresh-caught Atlantic salmon, and gnocchi in a savory vodka sauce.
The Ravenous Pig’s delightful dishes pair exquisitely with their signature beers.
The restaurant brews everything from rich porters to refreshing rice lagers. If beers are the main draw for you, consider having a seat in the modern beer garden. While unwinding outdoors, you can enjoy a variety of beers and a crowd-pleasing menu of upscale bar food.
2. Farm & Haus
In fall 2018, food critic Andrew Zimmern took a culinary tour of Orlando for his Travel Channel show The Zimmern List.
While there, he visited East End Market. Zimmern described the hip Audubon Park food hall as a “theme park for fantastic food.”
He started his day at Farm & Haus. Like the Ravenous Pig, this Orlando restaurant uses local ingredients to craft dishes rich in nutrients and flavor. Zimmern opted for a piece of avocado toast topped with fresh veggies and a farm-fresh egg.
Other breakfast options include buckwheat pancakes, hashbrown bowls, and crispy bacon cured in-house.
Later in the day, Farm & Haus serves salads, wraps, and rice bowls that make for a delightful lunch or light dinner.
After enjoying farm-to-table delights at Farm & Haus, Zimmern headed to fellow East End eatery DOMU.
He first feasted on a platter of massive chicken wings. His next course consisted of spicy tonkatsu ramen with bone broth, pork belly, and tender noodles made in-house.
DOMU also wows its guests with curry chicken, vegan miso, and broth-free ramen varieties.
In 2022, DOMU’s fresh takes on Japanese classics earned the restaurant a Michelin Bib Gourmand designation.
The restaurant’s Asian fusion flavors carry into its bar menu. Order a martini that pairs lychee syrup and boba with elderflower liqueur. Or travel the world with a New Japan cocktail, which blends Japanese whisky with French cognac and orgeat syrup.
In addition, DOMU serves expertly made mocktails that delight diners of all ages.
4. Bem Bom
From 2011 to 2015, comedian James Cunningham hosted Eat St.
The fun food TV show gave Cooking Channel fans a look at North America’s best food trucks.
In the show’s final episode, he gets a taste of Portugal at Bem Bom. At the time, the business served Iberian sandwiches from a food truck that traveled around Orlando. Cunningham watched as chef Chico Mendonça prepared lamb burgers with freshly made feta compote and peri-peri sauce.
The juicy, flavorful burgers were a hit with Cunningham and Bem Bom’s customers.
In fact, the truck was such a hit that in 2018, Mendonça opened a brick-and-mortar spot in Audubon Park.
The restaurant’s large windows and ornate blue tilework give it a breezy, friendly feel. In addition to sandwiches on Portuguese prego rolls, Bem Bom has ventured into Mexican rice bowls and quesadillas. Round out your meal with a flavorful glass of Portuguese wine.
More Orlando Restaurants You’ve Seen on Food TV
Orlando’s best restaurants have been on food TV so often, we couldn’t fit all our favorites into one blog.
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Rosen Plaza: A Food TV Lover’s Paradise
As you embark on your Food TV tasting tour of Orlando, make Rosen Plaza your home base.
Our Orlando hotel is close to major highways, making it easy to reach Winter Park and Audubon Park’s delightful restaurants.
For more dining options, walk down International Drive for a meal at Pointe Orlando’s many restaurants.