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Best Soul Food: 2021 Orlando Sentinel Foodie Awards

Orlando Sentinel logoOrlando Sentinel 2/26/2021 Amy Drew Thompson, Orlando Sentinel
a close up of a plate of food: Mac and cheese and collard greens Seana's Caribbean Soul Food. © Ricardo Ramirez Buxeda/Orlando Sentinel/Orlando Sentinel/TNS Mac and cheese and collard greens Seana's Caribbean Soul Food.

Up top this year, two tempting venues where crossover is the queen, second only to the king principles of flavor and friendliness.

Seana’s Caribbean Soul Food was one of the most welcome newcomers of 2020. Even the NBA agreed, welcoming this Orlando eatery’s cooked-to-order food — from simple smothered staples like turkey wings to chef’s specialties like whole, fried snapper — into the bubble like an old friend. Or perhaps more accurately, like someone’s grandma whose house smells like kitchen-spun love. You’ll also want to sample from the Caribbean side of the menu: goat, oxtail and so forth. And if you’re hungry, Seana’s pork chops come two to an order. Full after one? Use the second one as a Frisbee to work off your meal. They’re as big as your face.

a person holding a slice of pizza on a table: Joshua Johnson, owner of Seana's Caribbean Soul Food poses with mac and cheese and collard greens. © Ricardo Ramirez Buxeda/Orlando Sentinel/Orlando Sentinel/TNS Joshua Johnson, owner of Seana's Caribbean Soul Food poses with mac and cheese and collard greens.

Similarly, Oley’s Kitchen & BBQ straddles the genres of soul food, barbecue and island favorites with aplomb (and some seriously good fried chicken, among other things).

And you can’t say “soul food” in this town without mentioning Nikki’s Place. So now, my job is complete.

Critic’s Choice

Runners-up: Oley’s Kitchen & BBQ (Orlando) and Nikki’s Place Southern Cuisine (Orlando)","type":"text

Readers’ Choice

Readers’ Choice

Runners-up: Nikki’s Place Southern Cuisine (Orlando) and Chef Eddie’s (catering only)","type":"text

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Want to reach out? Find me on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram @amydroo or on the OSFoodie Instagram account @orlando.foodie. Email: amthompson@orlandosentinel.com. For more foodie fun, join the Let’s Eat, Orlando Facebook group.

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