Mills 50 is fast becoming one of Orlando's most urban, walkable neighborhoods. Within the confines of a couple of miles, you'll find two grocery stores (a Publix on Colonial Drive and a Fresh Market on Mills, just above Virginia), upscale dining (the Strand), quirky casual (Pig Floyd's Urban Barbakoa), live music joints (Will's Pub, Lil Indies), a new craft beer bar (Brass Tap), art venues (Snap, the Space), coffee bars (Propagation, Segafredo) multiple Asian grocery stores and eateries ... and there's more new stuff coming all the time.
GRAB A BITE
Mamak Asian Street Food 1231 E. Colonial Drive, 407-270-4688, mamakasianorlando.com This sleek new eatery takes the Asian street food concept to the next level – sample tapas, soups, salads, rice dishes, light bites and wok specialties in a chic, modern dining room.
Pig Floyd's Urban Barbakoa 1326 N. Mills Ave., 407-921-1696, pigfloyds.com This newer addition to the neighborhood offers a fresh take on the barbecue experience – main courses include such favorites as smoked brisket and spice-rubbed chicken, but some of the dishes have a bit of a Latin flair – in place of traditional sides, platters come served with your choice of such things as plantains, fried yuca, chili-lime rubbed corn on the cob, or beans and rice.
Segafredo Espresso 1618 N. Mills Ave., 407-930-6558, sze-orlando.com This new espresso bar and lounge serves up reasonably priced breakfast, lunch and dinner options ranging from croissant sandwiches to salads and flatbreads. Check out the rooftop lounge, where DJs spin tunes while you sip cocktails and wine.
HAVE A DRINK
Brass Tap 1650 N. Mills Ave., 855-336-3653, brasstapbeerbar.com The wide-ranging menu will satisfy the pickiest craft-brew expert, and comfy tables on an airy patio and an affordable menu of pub grub make this new bar in Mills Park an ideal casual hangout.
Lil Indies 1036 N. Mills Ave., 407-898-5070, willspub.org Hip, low-key hole-in-the-wall Lil Indies upped its drinking game when it added craft cocktails devised by genius mixologist Kaitlin McGavock to the menu, which used to be dedicated to craft beer and wines.
Quantum Leap Winery 1321 Wilfred Drive, 407-897-2117, quantumleapwinery.com Orlando's only winery doesn't grow its own grapes, but it does finish, blend and bottle all of its wines on site, where you can sample the winery's environmentally sustainable wines on tap and buy by the bottle.
CHECK THIS OUT
Snap! Space 1013 E. Colonial Drive, 407-843-8700, snaporlando.com This gorgeous modern gallery in the old Cameo Theater building brings exciting art shows to town on the regular; stop in and look around, but if you get the chance, don't miss the gallery's show openings. Snap! proprietors Patrick and Holly Kahn know how to throw an opening party.
Will's Pub 1042 N. Mills Ave., willspub.org You haven't really lived in Orlando until you've been to a show at Will's, Orlando's quintessential venue for live indie music, craft beer and a drunken good time.
Browse the Asian markets Poke around the storefronts on East Colonial Drive between North Ferncreek and Hyer avenues, and you'll find an interesting group of Asian groceries, gift stores and even a jewelry store or two. You could – and should – spend an entire afternoon browsing and exploring.