Florida Seafood Shines During Orlando’s Magical Dining Month 2017


Magical Dining Month is back and bigger than ever, with 110 restaurants in the Orlando area offering three courses for just $35. Florida seafood fans will find plenty to savor on our list of locales showcasing local ingredients, but even landlubbers can get some local love at bargain prices. Deals available through October 1st.


photo by Lindsey Thompson

The prosciutto salad at Prato comes with roasted beets, radishes and a Lake Meadow Naturals farm egg; an entree at The Rusty Spoon features a grilled Lake Meadow Naturals grass-fed skirt steak with
crispy potatoes, seasonal vegetables and salsa verde (pictured); Lake Meadow’s chicken is on the menu at Urban Tide, where its served with cornbread panzanella, black-eyed peas and kale; 1921 by Norman Van Aken uses a heritage varietal for their hearth-roasted Seminole pumpkin soup with pepita brittle, and purple ninja radishes in the 1921 Caesar salad.


Start with Canaveral shrimp and grits at The Ravenous Pig, then move on to the roasted local fish (grouper, wreckfish or barrelfish depending on the day’s catch) with farro and apple mustard; Deep blu offers a local catch of the day with Southern rice and Creole tomato sauce as an entree choice; the catch changes daily at Reel Fish Coastal Kitchen + Bar, and comes on either grains or greens with tasso ham gravy and Key lime vinaigrette; local tiger shrimp are pickled low-country style in a starter at The Smiling Bison, and an entree features Canaveral white shrimp with house-made andouille, sofrito and dirty grits; the Dirty South entree at The Rusty Spoon includes head-on Canaveral shrimp, local fish, purple peas, broken-rice “grits” and smoky shrimp broth.

Everglades Restaurant broils Florida grouper and serves it with smoked-tomato grits, asparagus and pickled onion; you’ll find Florida trigger fish with carmelized onions and blue-cheese butter at The Oceanaire Seafood Room; at Morimoto Asia, poached Key West shrimp star in the Shrimp Yum Woon Sen starter, a bean-thread noodle salad; look for Key West pink shrimp ceviche with sweet potato, Peruvian corn and hot yellow pepper at STK Orlando; the local fish and chips at Chroma Modern Bar + Kitchen come with hand-cut fries and malt vinegar; the daily catch at Lakeside Bar + Grill is served with root veggies, fingerling potatoes and a tarragon beurre blanc; Urban Tide offers a fried grouper cheek in a Crooked Can beer batter, and the cioppino is loaded with local fish and shellfish.


The creme brûlée at deep blu features Florida corn and a Plant City strawberry coulis; the Florida key lime pie is made from scratch at Reel Fish Coastal Kitchen + Bar; at Morimoto Asia, mango coconut soup features local berries.