April 14, 2017

10 Orlando restaurants that are always worth the wait

No one prefers a 30 minute wait at their favorite restaurant, but some places it's completely justified. As they say, good things come to those who wait. Here are a few popular Orlando area hot spots where you might not be able to find a table right away, but your patience will be rewarded.

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Pizza Bruno
3990 Curry Ford Road, no phone
This local favorite doesn’t have a phone, so don’t bother calling ahead to try and snag a reservation (unless you’re bringing a party with 8 or more, than shoot them an email). You might have to wait a while before you get inside, but once you bite into a neapolitan style slice baked in a wood fired oven, the cheesy, saucy goodness will wipe away any grudges you might still be carrying. 
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Pizza Bruno

3990 Curry Ford Road, no phone
This local favorite doesn’t have a phone, so don’t bother calling ahead to try and snag a reservation (unless you’re bringing a party with 8 or more, than shoot them an email). You might have to wait a while before you get inside, but once you bite into a neapolitan style slice baked in a wood fired oven, the cheesy, saucy goodness will wipe away any grudges you might still be carrying.

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Must Try: Viva Verde
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Must Try: Viva Verde

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Black Rooster Taqueria
1323 N Mills Ave., 407-601-0994
Greasy burritos and a ten gallon soda aren’t the gig at this authentic Mexican eatery. The wait might be long, but the fresh taste of Black Rooster’s made to order guac and the juicy, fiesta of flavor you’ll find in its pork, chicken and beef tacos make this meal so much better than just swinging through a Taco Bell drive-through. 
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Black Rooster Taqueria

1323 N Mills Ave., 407-601-0994
Greasy burritos and a ten gallon soda aren’t the gig at this authentic Mexican eatery. The wait might be long, but the fresh taste of Black Rooster’s made to order guac and the juicy, fiesta of flavor you’ll find in its pork, chicken and beef tacos make this meal so much better than just swinging through a Taco Bell drive-through.

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Must Try: Chicken Tinga Taco
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Must Try: Chicken Tinga Taco

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Briarpatch Restaurant
252 Park Ave., Winter Park, 407-628-8651
This restaurant’s outdoor patio is the perfect place to people watch on Park Avenue during Sunday Brunch, but it fills up quickly in the mornings. While the breakfast options offer some of the best sampling of southern comfort food in Winter Park, it might be worth trying to stop in a bit later and sample a few lunch offerings instead. 
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Briarpatch Restaurant

252 Park Ave., Winter Park, 407-628-8651
This restaurant’s outdoor patio is the perfect place to people watch on Park Avenue during Sunday Brunch, but it fills up quickly in the mornings. While the breakfast options offer some of the best sampling of southern comfort food in Winter Park, it might be worth trying to stop in a bit later and sample a few lunch offerings instead.

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Must Try: California Benedict
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Must Try: California Benedict

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Domu
East End Market, 3201 Corrine Drive, 407-960-1228
You can’t make a reservation at this modern ramen restaurant, but at least its location in the East End Market means that you can shop around while you wait for your table to be ready. Plus, all that browsing will work up your appetite and get you ready to devour those noodles.
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Domu

East End Market, 3201 Corrine Drive, 407-960-1228
You can’t make a reservation at this modern ramen restaurant, but at least its location in the East End Market means that you can shop around while you wait for your table to be ready. Plus, all that browsing will work up your appetite and get you ready to devour those noodles.

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Must Try: Miso Ramen
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Must Try: Miso Ramen

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The Strand
807 N Mills Ave., 407-920-7744
This cozy eatery blends New American cuisine with retro accents and decor. Squeezed inside a small space in the Mill’s 50 District, it fills up quickly during peak hours because of limited seating. If you’re going during dinner hours, it’s best to make a reservation in advance and show up 15 minutes in advance. 
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The Strand

807 N Mills Ave., 407-920-7744
This cozy eatery blends New American cuisine with retro accents and decor. Squeezed inside a small space in the Mill’s 50 District, it fills up quickly during peak hours because of limited seating. If you’re going during dinner hours, it’s best to make a reservation in advance and show up 15 minutes in advance.

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Must Try: Olive Oil Cake
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Must Try: Olive Oil Cake

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