Annual Manual 2016: Mills 50 

Chelsie Nicole

Chelsie Nicole

It's possible to eat a different Asian cuisine every night of the week in Mills 50, formerly known as ViMi. Feast on noodle soup and dumplings, of course, but don't miss the tacos, craft coffee and cocktails that also pepper this strip of foodie heaven.

COFFEE SHOP

Order a flat white and settle into the mid-century surroundings at Propagation that demand a spot on your Instagram feed. The furnishings have been carefully curated, and most are for sale. Succulents housed in planter boxes punctuate the storefront and liven up the otherwise stark strip of stores.

Propagation, 1221 N. Mills Ave., 407-867-5309, propagation.co

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  • Propagation

PERSON

"Orlando was ready for this, but I don't think we were ready for the amazing response we've gotten so far," says yoga instructor and health coach Chelsie Nicole (right), who opened the Sanctum to much fanfare in late 2015. The plant-based restaurant serves brunch and lunch on Sundays and all three meals every other day, plus inventive organic coffee drinks, beer and wine.

Sanctum Café, 715 N. Ferncreek Ave., 407-757-0346, thesanctumcafe.com

RESTAURANT

Arrive after 11 a.m. on a weekend and it's a sure bet every table will be full and the carts will be overflowing with siu mai dumplings, egg tarts, chicken feet and rice wrapped in banana leaves for dim sum service at Ming's Bistro.

Ming's Bistro, 1212 Woodward St., 407-898-9672

TRAIL

Eventually, the Orlando Urban Trail will extend from downtown through Winter Park, but for now, the trailhead starts at Lake Highland and ends at Mead Garden. The Mills 50 section passes by Ten10 Brewing Co., where they serve Smiling Bison donuts alongside a beer flight every Sunday – so a boozy bike ride is easy like Sunday morning.

Orlando Urban Trail, cityoforlando.net Ten10 Brewing Co., 1010 Virginia Drive, 407-930-8993, ten10brewingcompany.com

ART

Muralists Boy Kong, Dolla Short, Tobar and Andrew Spear have certainly sprayed their mark, making Orlando a street-art hub. The supersized paintings populating this neighborhood range from uber-Florida alligators and oranges to buffaloes, bunnies and drunk satyrs. Just call Mills 50 the new Wynwood.

SANDWICH

Allow us to make a bold statement: Orlando's official sandwich is the banh mi, and Mills 50 is the place to get one. Everyone has their personal fave, but the crispness of the baguette enveloping the pickled vegetables, various meats, jalapeños and cilantro is the real mark of quality.

Pho 88, 730 N. Mills Ave., 407-897-3488, pho88orlando.com

Boston Bakery & Cafe, 1525 E. Colonial Drive, 407-228-1219

Nha Trang Subs, 1216 E. Colonial Drive, 407-346-4549

Anh Hong Restaurant, 1124 E. Colonial Drive, 407-999-2656, anhhongorlando.com

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