From fried chicken with a side of honey dipping sauce to foie gras with strawberries, this list is composed of my tried and true recommendations of restaurants from Los Angeles and Orlando. It’s a Glorious List of winners gathered from my foodie adventures of 2017. It’s separated by Casual and Break the Bank categories, so it’s a list consisting of experiences ranging from your every day casual spots to that special occasion warranting fine dining. In no way was I compensated for listing these restaurants;  I’m just keeping tabs on what my favorites are and what I consider as best restaurants in LA/Orlando for 2017.

Casual

Brodard Restaurant

Vietnamese, Desserts, Macarons

9892 Westminster Ave
Garden Grove, CA 92844

I don’t know why but the spring rolls are addicting and delicious. The crunchy bits inside of the roll and the meat in there is just a match made in heaven. Must get the Brodard Spring Rolls. 1 order comes with 4 rolls.

The restaurant itself is pretty big and the pace is fast! We tend to go around odd hours because it gets packed around lunch time and dinner time. The wait can easily be an hour. There’s a parking lot right in front.

 

Súp Noodle Bar – Buena Park

Vietnamese, Noodles

5141 Beach Blvd
Buena Park, CA 90621

Saaaavory pho all around! I love the broth! The original short rib noodle soup (~$11) has thin tender slices of meat. It cooks in the broth and has great marbling. I like getting the fifty cent add on for extra garlic and more flavors. The noodle soup pho dac biet came with a bone and the meat just melted right off.

Also the service was great. Very attentive ladies.

The gooey fries were deliciously crisp and tasty. They tasted even better the day after as leftovers!

There’s a plaza to park as well.

 

Honey’s Kettle Fried Chicken

Southern, American (New), Soul Food

9537 Culver Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232

Awesome fried chicken and service. I order, try to grab a table, and pick up the order. I recommend the blueberry hot cakes and any fried chicken. The fried catfish is always super tender and Cajun seasoned perfectly.

I’m super happy I bought a groupon for Honeys Kettle! Great investment.

 

Yellow Fever

Asian Fusion, Japanese, Korean

2560 Lincoln Blvd
Venice, CA 90291

The bowls are delicious. I love the Seoul bowl and the Bangkok bowl. For the Bangkok they give you free rein as to how much sauce you want because they keep extra sauce canisters on the counter. The place is quick and convenient. Service is friendly as well.

Break the bank

 n/naka

Japanese
3455 Overland Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90034

Victoria & Albert’s

 American (New)

4401 Floridian Way
Orlando, FL 32830

You have to try this place! The service is second to none! I loved dinner here and will definitely keep coming back. It’s number 1 in all of Florida to me.

First off you’re greeted ever so warmly. The executive chef even came to greet us in the waiting area which was very brief. For guys a jacket is required. If you don’t have one, which one member of our party forgot to wear or omitted, they supplied one for him. The ambiance quiet with liquid elegance and decadence. It has an old vintage feel to it with a serving of classy.

There are two set menu options. We opted for the cheaper one which was around $100. The other more upgraded menu had wagyu beef but I wasn’t in the mood (Shocking! I know. Maybe I was craving turkey legs from WDW). Even the butter feels meticulously created and they offer a few bread options throughout the night. The plates are beautiful and filling.

If you ever feel chilly they do offer some scarves. They used to be pashima… 🙁 But it’s very thoughtful of them to offer scarves! More restaurants should do this. It’s incredibly thoughtful and exceeds expectations.

Get the tea! It comes in a cool contraption that is such a great conversation starter.

This place can be booked three months out, so reserve very early.

Also shout out to the harpist, Elizabeth! She plays such beautiful harp music during the night and she’s such a smart, talented lady. The servers are also outstanding. They’re fun to talk to and really understand good service.

 

Kato

Japanese, Taiwanese, Seafood

11925 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025

I walk in and the hostess already knew who I was! I’m assuming it’s from the reservation time, but that’s great service. We had lunch here and I’d come back. The set menu is a bit pricey $55 but the food is really great. I loved the flavors of each dish. Ocean trout with charred cabbage was my favorite. The trout was oh so soft and just melts in your mouth. The cabbage adds some smokey and substance to the dish that creates a great party of flavors. It seems that they’re having fun with the flavors and it’s working!

I think others feel the same about this: the drinks do come in a pretty small cup for the price.

It’s a nondescript entrance, so it’s pretty hard to spot. The parking lot hasn’t been updated with a sign for the restaurant. It’s in the center in a corner.

 

This concludes the glorious list of restaurants.