Our ode to the octopus and the restaurants serving the best version of this delicacy

What do you order when you’re at your favorite seafood restaurant in Orlando? If the answer isn’t octopus, you might be missing out on some of the tastiest morsels around. Octopus comes in many different shapes and sizes depending on where it was caught, so while they can come out very differently on the plate, they all have their delightful traits that make them worthy of ordering time and time again when you find yourself at a restaurant in Orlando serving up this delicacy.

For the Octopus Lover

Make room in your stomach to try all kinds of octopus recipes and to dip bread non-stop, because we’re going to take you to the best restaurants where to eat octopus in Orlando.

It is true that today the octopus is in fashion and is considered an ancient gastronomic delicacy since it was already eaten in ancient Greece!

Because of the unique texture of the octopus, this dish is one of the most popular in restaurants. It’s unlike anything else. Grilled octopus is a delectable delicate and smokey delight.

You probably had a squashed, uncertain expression the first time you ate it, but then you fell in love.

It’s a dish that can be found on menus all across the world but look no further than these three eateries for the best octo-meal. We’ve got your cephalopod requirements covered, from raw to deep-fried and everything in between. In this edition of Restaurant Roundup, we’ll talk about our ode to the octopus and where to find it in Orlando.

The Grilled Octopus at Cocina Maya Mexican Grill and Mezcaleria

Cocina Maya is a Mexican restaurant that also has an extensive seafood menu. This means you can find everything from tacos to octopuses, but we recommend starting with the grilled octopus. This dish is served with corn on the cob and sauteed Broccoli. It’s one of the most popular dishes at the restaurant, and for good reason! The intense flavor is intense, with a crisp exterior and creamy interior that make it hard to stop eating this tasty dish. Pair them with an ice-cold Dos Equis beer or an old-fashioned mezcal, and you’ll be set!

What is the secret to the Pulpo Maya recipe?

Chef and Owner, Gustavo gives us some tips on the recipe.

The adobo is like ‘al Pastor’. We prepare it with a combination of pineapple juice, orange, dried guajillo chilies, garlic, oregano, pepper, and salt just to mention a few spices. We blend it until obtaining a smooth paste. After, we cover the octopus and let it rest for several hours.

Octopus at Cocina Maya


“Pulpo Al Grill Anticuchado” at El Inca Grill Ceviche

El Inca Grill Ceviche is a seafood lover’s paradise with the freshest catch. Among all the dishes they serve, the crisp grilled octopus is by far our favorite. They serve a pair of tender cuts of octopus marinated in a Peruvian panca pepper sauce and grilled to perfection. Pair them with a nice glass of white wine or two!

Grilled octopus is one of the most requested dishes in restaurants, but many times we wonder how it will be done.

Is cooking octopus complicated?

Chef Ivan, from the El Inca Grill cevichería, gave us some tips on how to prepare it.

Cooking octopus is not difficult. It may cost you more the first few times, but it is not complicated. Try not to go too far with the cooking point, otherwise, you will get the result that you want to avoid so much: that the octopus is hard and chewy. When the water is boiling, turn off the heat and let it cool in the water. Let it finish cooking slowly.

The “Rocktopus” at Frenchy’s Rockaway Grill

Nothing better than eating this delicacy on the beach, and since we have the beach close to Orlando, we recommend you go to Frenchy’s!

As you know already, octopus is a common Mediterranean dish, and it’s no stranger to the menu at Frenchy’s Rockaway Grill . If you’re in the mood for a laid-back beach restaurant with good food and live music, then Frenchy’s Rockaway Grill in Clearwater Beach is the place for you. We had the “Rocktopus” which was chargrilled and seasoned with garlic and paprika, it’s served on a bed of green and has hints of citrus. Exceptional views, tasty food,live music, fruity drinks and fresh seafood promise the perfect dining experience!

Octopus at Frenchies restaurant Tampa

  • BEST FOR WATERFRONT DINING BECAUSE: Frenchy’s Rockaway has been pleasing locals and visitors alike since 1991 with good food, ambiance and entertainment.




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