James and Julie Petrakis have given Orlando some culinary renown (and published a cookbook) for knowing just when to deploy bacon and in what amount, a talent dear to me, and they have been rewarded by operating one of the city’s most influential dining choices. Expect a sophisticated evening where the food is sustainable gourmet without pretentiousness and the beer is brewed on the premises in small batches. The menu changes seasonally but always features traditional farmhouse meats—in the form of frites, say—and some Southern comfort dishes with an upscale spin, like shrimp and grits with Gruyère biscuits. To drink, get the Old Fashioned: bacon-infused Old Forester bourbon with vanilla and maple, garnished with candied bacon.
The Ravenous Pig
1234 N. Orange Ave., Winter Park
Our Rating Neighborhood Downtown Area Hours Tues–Thurs 5–9pm; Fri 5–10pm; Sat 11am–10pm; Sun 11am–3pm. Reservations recommended. Phone 407/628-2333 Prices Mains $18–$33 Cuisine Type Southern / Barbecue Web site The Ravenous Pig Other Reservations recommended
Map1234 N. Orange Ave., Winter Park Orlando
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