When people around the world think of Orlando, they inevitably think of Disney, so it makes sense that Zagat has chosen Disney's finest dining as Orlando's restaurant icon.
Oft-awarded Victoria and Albert's at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa was named by Zagat in a new list of 15 U.S. restaurants that "embody the essence of their city."
So if you're in New York and have just one place to eat for the most memorable experience, Zagat says go to the Four Seasons. If you're in Los Angeles, go to Spago. And if you're in Orlando, head to Disney.
Here's what Zagat's summary of reader reviews says of Victoria & Alberts:
"A 'once-in-a-lifetime experience,' this Grand Floridian 'celebration destination' earns 'superlatives all around,' from chef Scott Hunnel’s 'exquisite,' 'beautifully presented' New American prix fixes to 'impeccable' service -- and an 'über-romantic, high-end' setting where 'elegance rules' (jackets are required for men); you may 'need to hock one of your kids' to pay, but those 'trying to impress' say there’s 'no finer place.'"
It's yet another plaudit for the Disney restaurant, which earlier this year was named a James Beard award semifinalist for outstanding service, while Chef Hunnel was named a semifinalist for the Best Chef South category.
The restaurant is a 13-year recipient of the AAA Five Diamond award, 22-year recipient of the Forbes (formerly Mobil) Travel Guide four-star rating and has won numerous Foodie Awards over the years from the Orlando Sentinel.
Sentinel Food Critic Heather McPherson says "Hunnel's creative genius, along with one of the great chef's table experiences in Central Florida, an impeccable service staff and an exemplary food and beverage pairing program, has made V&A a crown jewel in the local dining scene."
Here's the list of 15 city's and their iconic restaurants:
Atlanta: The Colonnade
Austin Area: Salt Lick
Chicago: Gibson's Steakhouse
Honolulu: Alan Wong's
Las Vegas: Golden Steer
Los Angeles Area: Spago
Miami: Joe's Stone Crab
New Orleans: Galatoire's
New York City: Four Seasons Restaurant
Orlando Area: Victoria & Albert’s
Philadelphia: City Tavern
Portland: Jake’s Famous Crawfish
San Francisco: Swan Oyster Depot
Washington, DC: Old Ebbitt Grill
For more on the list of iconic restaurants, got to Zagat.com.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times