Orlando offers a lot of great options for adventurous eaters. Refuel at some of these local favorite venues in between seeing the sights.
The Market on South
This hip and relaxed venue is a great place to grab lunch. The menu is 100% vegetarian, but this isn’t health food: offerings include deep-fried green tomatoes and sinful donuts. Even if vegan and vegetarian is not your thing, you’ll still find something to enjoy. Many reviewers say that the pulled jackfruit barbecue sandwich is a favorite even with the carnivores.
Nha Trang Subs
This charming mom and pop bahn mi shop offers a range of Vietnamese sandwiches. The menu is easy on the wallet, with most sandwiches costing between $3 and $5. Selections include steamed pork buns, grilled chicken, and vegetarian subs, all served on the soft French-style baguettes, common in Vietnamese kitchens. The lack of signs make it a little hard to find, but you can get there easily if you park behind Mills and walk into the courtyard. Be sure to bring cash, as they do not accept credit cards.
This breakfast and lunch destination bills itself as a “sweet and savory bakeshop.” Satisfy your sweet tooth with homemade moon pies, shortbread, and an assortment of bar cookies. On the savory side, you can enjoy sausage sandwiches on homemade biscuits, comfort food standards like chicken pot pie, meatloaf sandwiches, and a rotating selection of quiches. The restaurant is small and popular, so be prepared for crowds. Head in on the weekends for an indulgent Southern brunch!
JJ’s Fusion Grille
Mediterranean meets Mexican in a healthy fusion setting. Meals here are infinitely customizable: choose a base such as a tortilla, salad bowl, or the house special tabbouleh. Then, add toppings like rice, lentils, beans, chicken, pork, and steak. Finish your bowl off with fresh pico de gallo, a cucumber dill sauce, hummus, or other options. The friendly staff wins rave reviews from customers, and they’re always willing to make suggestions. If you’re looking for a wider beer selection than you can find at JJ’s, order your meal to go and head over to the Ocean Sun Brewing, a microbrewery at the end of the shopping plaza.
Hanson’s Shoe Repair
This is no ordinary shoe shop. Those in the know understand that this humble business is actually a front for an exclusive speakeasy. Once you are past the facade, you can enjoy elegant rooftop cocktails and dining in a secretive and exciting atmosphere. You’ll need a password to get in. Check their Twitter feed for the latest one.
As the website says, “the night isn’t over until the ouzo runs out.” The ouzo runs freely in this boisterous Greek restaurant. Choose from a number of delicious Greek dishes; often, the best bet is to get a few small plates and share with friends to try them all. Belly dancing starts at 7 pm every night. Join in on the festivities with the traditional Zorba line dance, complete with plates and napkins crashing to the floor.
No matter where you go to eat you’ll always find something to enjoy. So, once your flights to Orlando are booked, let us know where you’ll be going to grab a low-cost bite.