Richard Tribou, Orlando Sentinel">

For some of the best food, head to the theme parks

Some people love theme parks for the rides. Some for the shows. And while you can lay down some serious cash for not-so-haute cuisine like churros and turkey legs, there are some who love the parks for the food, and some of the best in Central Florida can be found around the attractions.

The Orlando Sentinel recently came out with their annual Foodie Award winners, and theme park and tourist corridor restaurants garnered plaudits from both Sentinel readers, who voted for their favorites in a variety of categories, but also Sentinel Food Editor Heather McPherson who chimed in with her top picks.

The Theme Park category, which is limited to restaurants within the turnstiles, had readers handing the honor over to

Universal Orlando

's Mythos restaurant, located in

Islands of Adventure


This is only the second year theme park restaurants have been broken out as their own category in the 14 years of Foodie Awards, and Mythos has taken the reader crown both years. Runner up from the readers this year was Le Cellier at the Canada Pavilion at Disney's Epcot.

Heather McPherson's choice for best restaurant is the relatively new Via Napoli, located in the Italy Pavilion at Epcot.

Other theme park restaurants popping up in the Foodie Awards include:


Boma -- Flavors of Africa

, Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge, reader winner for Best African/Soul Food


Jiko -- The Cooking Place

, Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge, runner-up for Best African/Soul Food


Latin Quarter


Universal CityWalk

, reader winner for Best Latin


Victoria & Albert's

, Disney's Grand Floridian resort, critic's choice and reader runner-up for Best Romantic

Outside theme park property lines, but in the tourist corridor, the following venues made a showing:


Bull & Bear

at the Waldorf Astoria Orlando on Bonnet Creek Resort Lane, Critic's choice for Best Steakhouse, reader runner-up for Best Hotel restaurant


The Capital Grille


International Drive

, Critic's choice for Best Wine List



on W. Sand Lake Road, Critic's choice for Best Middle Eastern


Dragonfly Modern Izakaya & Sushi

on W. Sand Lake Road, Critic's choice for Best Japanese


Greek Flame Taverna

on Dr Phillips Blvd. (The Marketplace at Dr. Phillips), Both Reader and Critic's choice for Best Greek


The Oceanaire Seafood Room

on International Drive, Critic's choice for Best Seafood


Spencer's for Steaks and Chops

, The Hilton Orlando on Destination Parkway near the Convention Center, Critic's choice for Best Hotel Restaurant


Venetian Room

, Caribe Royal Hotel on World Center Drive, Reader's choice for Most Romantic and Best Wine List, reader runner-up for Best Hotel restaurant


Villa de Flora

at the Gaylord Palms in


, Critic's choice for Best Brunch