It's time to start taking Orlando's Gateway District seriously

The Gateway Orlando District
The Gateway Orlando District

The Gateway Orlando District is the city’s newest Main Street District, according to their new website: “Welcoming Orlando’s visitors and residents to the multicultural business district just north of Orlando International Airport.” We’re just glad to have a name to put to the corridor of deliciousness that locals know runs along that stretch of Semoran Boulevard. With all the development happening around MCO, a slew of newer chain restaurants has joined those longtime favorites, but adding award-winning Korean fried chicken wings to a neighborhood known for stellar Latin mom-and-pops and old Orlando hangs is just win-win-win, as far as we’re concerned.



5475 Gateway Village Circle, 407-270-8565,

Some say Bonchon serves the world's best wings. Whether you agree or not, there's no denying the excellence of the delicate spice blend and crackly-crisp twice-fried exterior, and the Korean accompaniments of daikon radish and kimchi make for a nice change from the same-old, same-old SportsWings™.

High Tide Harry's

4645 S. Semoran Blvd., 407-273-4422,

Shrimp, crab, oysters, mussels and crawfish by the pound ... frog legs, cracked conch and hot smoked fish dip ... bone-in catfish, sea scallops and gumbo ... if you look hard enough around this comfy Floridian spot, you might even find Nemo.

Oh! Que Bueno

1125 S. Semoran Blvd., 407-447-5026,

Colombian food may be the nightmare of cardiologists, but it's the delight of everyone else. Beef, chicharrón, eggs, cheese-stuffed arepas, fried yuca and black sausage come together at Oh! Que Bueno in a carnivorous dreamworld.


Bar Louie

7015 S. Semoran Blvd., 407-845-7080,

New location of the popular happy-hour spot offers a resting place to calm the nerves before or after a flight, or just a chill hangout while you wait to pick up out-of-towners.


Park of the Americas

201 Andes Ave., 407-246-2283,

A half-mile-long path through the picturesque park offers five workout stations, plus a dog park; shade pavilions, picnic tables and grills; and a tot lot with swings, climbers and motion activities for the kids.

Lee Vista Epic XL Theatres

5901 Hazeltine National Drive, 407-259-2368,

Reclining seating, huge screens, and a beer and wine bar make this a comfy spot to catch a flick.

Orlando International Airport

1 Jeff Fuqua Blvd., 407-825-2001,

Get the hell out of town and explore the world!


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