Southern Living Names Two Orlando Restaurants Among Florida’s Most Legendary Eateries

Southern Living magazine has recently unveiled its prestigious lineup of Florida’s “most legendary” dining destinations, and Orlando proudly boasts two standout entries.

In a departure from the social media-centric dining culture, Southern Living shines a spotlight on local gems and authentic culinary experiences that hold cultural significance. These celebrated establishments are chosen for their longstanding history and their role in shaping the cultural identity of their communities.

Among Orlando’s esteemed honorees is Lee and Rick’s Oyster Bar, securing the No. 8 spot on the list. Nestled at 5621 Old Winter Garden Road, Lee and Rick’s has been a cherished staple for more than seven decades.

With its inviting seaside atmosphere and an impressive 80-foot-long oyster bar, the restaurant offers patrons a delightful array of cold beer and freshly shucked shellfish. Managed by Lee and Rick’s eldest son, this iconic eatery continues to attract locals in search of an authentic seafood experience.

Also earning a coveted spot on the list is Bull & Bear, situated within the prestigious Waldorf-Astoria Orlando at 14200 Bonnet Creek Resort Lane. Claiming the No. 15 position, Bull & Bear sets itself apart with its contemporary twist on traditional steakhouse fare and elegant ambiance.

Renowned for its personalized service and captivating table-side presentations, Bull & Bear treats diners to a memorable culinary journey, complete with the unveiling of its signature dessert, the Lemon.

Southern Living’s compilation showcases a total of 17 distinguished eateries from across the Sunshine State, each lauded for its unique contributions to Florida’s culinary tapestry. From bustling seafood markets to renowned steakhouses, these restaurants embody the rich diversity and culinary traditions that define Florida’s vibrant dining scene.

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