Orlando doesn't have giant food halls on the lines of L.A.'s Grand Central Market or the James Beard Public Market in Portland, but we do have a few places that offer plenty of choices under one roof. Plans are brewing for at least five more that we know of – check back next year and this page might be a lot fuller.
À La Cart
609 Irvington Ave., alacartorlando.com
Orlando has had several "permanent food truck parking" spots over the years, but À La Cart is doing it better. Located in the Milk District, À La Cart hosts mobile food vendors every day, and the bar features a rotating draft list of 15 taps of beer, wine, cider and cold brew. Of the five slots, three are permanently occupied by PokeKai, Steak It Easy and Viny & Kory. A fourth slot is split between SwedeDish and Adao Pastel Gourmet; and the fifth features a daily rotating vendor.
6877 Tavistock Lakes Blvd., boxiparklakenona.com
Picture a food truck park, but instead of food trucks, giant cans. Well, sort of. Trendily housed in repurposed shipping containers, Boxi Park is 30,000 family-friendly square feet of counter-service restaurants and bars, volleyball courts, a fenced-in dog park and a performance stage. In addition to all the ice cream, lobster rolls and margaritas you can handle, enjoy DJs, live bands and sand volleyball matches. Just don't forget your card (or phone); Boxi Park is strictly cashless. Open Thursday to Sunday.
Hourglass Social House
2401 Curry Ford Road, facebook.com/hourglasssocialhouse
This house is home to a Foxtail Coffee for all your caffeination needs, along with beer and wine; Leguminati, serving cheeky vegan handhelds; Tamale Co.'s luscious Mexican street food; and Le Ky Patisserie, a French-Vietnamese bakery. Community markets and pop-ups are common, so keep an eye on their social media.
East End Market
3201 Corrine Drive, eastendmkt.com
Our first and so far our finest, East End Market houses about a dozen local vendors slinging artisanal, organic, locavore tastiness. Try Farm-Haus for breakfast, Lineage for coffee, Olde Hearth for freshly baked bread, Skyebird for cold-pressed juices and artful raw dishes, La Femme du Fromage for fancy cheese to take home or the best grilled cheese sandwich you'll ever sink your teeth into. Plus there's Bird of Paradise, a restaurant serving locally sourced, seasonal small plates, sandwiches and bowls; Domu, probably Orlando's hottest ramen-and-cocktail bar; and Hinckley's Fancy Meats, a meat shop selling smoked meats, terrines, rillettes and pâtés, and some mighty fine sandwiches. At East End, you'll find literally the best of what's around.
This story is from the Aug. 8, 2019, print issue of Orlando Weekly's Newcomers Guide 2019. Stay on top of Central Florida news and views with our weekly Headlines newsletter.