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Nosh pit: The five best dishes in Orlando right now

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Grilled Artichokes, Hillstone
Carbon footprint aside, these beautifully charred Red Label heirloom 'chokes from Castroville, California, come served with a craving-inducing remoulade. Get 'em now before they're gone (which will be soon). 8215 S. Orlando Ave., Winter Park, 407-740-4005, hillstone.com

Crispy Smoked Duck, Ravenous Pig
It's half a duck – breast with wing, and leg with foot – aired, smoked, and fried to create a superbly crisp skin and flesh as tender as can be. 565 W. Fairbanks Ave., Winter Park, 407-628-2333, theravenouspig.com

Khao Soi Gai, Bangrak Thai Street Kitchen
Anything you get from the Bangrak folks will be as authentic as any dish you'll find in Bangkok, and this Northern Thai curry chicken noodle soup with pickled mustard greens topped with fried wheat noodles is their signature. Facebook.com/bangrakthaistreetkitchen

Vegan Tlacoyo, Hunger Street Tacos
Think wee Mexican calzone: a thick cake of fried masa flour stuffed with garbanzo beans, topped with black beans, guacamole, cabbage and squash-blossom salsa. Tends to sell out, so be an early bird. 2103 W. Fairbanks Ave., Winter Park, 321-444-6270, hungerstreettacos.com

Water-Boiled Spicy Fish Filet, Chef Wang's Kitchen
Order the dish, then ooh and ahh over the immaculate display of ingredients; the infernal broth of Sichuan peppercorns, tien tsin peppers and jalapeños; and the yielding flesh of whitefish. This is life-giving food at its best. 5148 W. Colonial Drive, 407-930-3188 —FK

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