Food And Drinks

Meals blogger Ricky Ly on Orlando’s ‘Tasty Chomps’


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Ricky Ly is a civil engineer by day, a food blogger by night, and a 24/7 encyclopedia of Central Florida restaurants. Ricky runs the popular Orlando area food blog, Tasty Chomps. He also wrote the book on Orlando restaurants – literally. His book, Food Lover’s Guide to Orlando, was published in 2013 and has since eaten at hundreds of other restaurants in central Florida.

In this interview with The Zest, Ricky recalls how he got into food blogging and offers advice to budding food influencers. He also shares the latest food and drink trends he’s been watching, including birria tacos, matchashops, and ghost kitchens. And of course, in our conversation, Ricky mentions many of his favorite Central Florida restaurants, including:

Bao’s Castle – Nintendo restaurant with baos, bowls and boba tea

Bull & Bear – fine dining restaurant in the Waldorf Astoria

Christner’s – Steak and Lobster

Git-N-Messy BBQ – Chicken, Ribs, Brisket and more

Henry’s Depot – a dining hall converted from the train station

Hollerbach’s – German food

Kabooki Sushi – contemporary Japanese cuisine and desserts

Mamak – Asian street food

Mills 50 – Orlando neighborhood full of diverse restaurants

Soupa Saiyan – Dragon Ball Z-themed noodle bar

Susuru – retro Japanese gastropub

Glutinous rice – Lao street food with a night market feel

Taste of Chengdu – Sichuan cuisine

Tori Tori – Japanese gastropub

Tortas El Rey – authentic Mexican food

Venetian Chop House – Steak and fish restaurant in the Caribe Royale

Would you like further restaurant recommendations? Join the Tasty Chomps Orlando Foodie Forum Facebook group.

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Janet Smith