February 09, 2018

20 female-owned Orlando restaurants you should have tried by now

These Orlando restaurants range from sweet doughnuts and cupcakes to entrees straight from the family's recipe book, and they all have one thing in common – they're owned by women. In a male-dominated industry, these Orlando women are showing what they can do in the culinary world, and they're pretty damn good at it.

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Buttermilk Bakery
1198 Orange Ave., Winter Park, 407-757-0346
Buttermilk Bakery is a family-owned spot that was launched by Taissa Rebroff with her mother and brother. After attending UCF and then heading up to New York, this young writer got a job at a bakery and eventually decided to bring what she learned back to Central Florida. Buttermilk has menus for anyone looking for a small meal or an aid to a sweet tooth craving.
Photo via Rob Bartlett

Buttermilk Bakery

1198 Orange Ave., Winter Park, 407-757-0346
Buttermilk Bakery is a family-owned spot that was launched by Taissa Rebroff with her mother and brother. After attending UCF and then heading up to New York, this young writer got a job at a bakery and eventually decided to bring what she learned back to Central Florida. Buttermilk has menus for anyone looking for a small meal or an aid to a sweet tooth craving.

Photo via Rob Bartlett
DaJen Eats Cafe & Creamery
4845 N. Orange Blossom Trail, 407-300-0612
DaJen Eats Cafe & Creamery is a Jamaican vegan-styled restaurant known for their "Irie Cream," which is a dairy-free ice cream. Chef-owner Jenn Ross left Jamaica and came to America at 16 years old, developed an appreciation for cooking and embarked on a vegan lifestyle. 
Photo via DaJen Eats/Facebook

DaJen Eats Cafe & Creamery

4845 N. Orange Blossom Trail, 407-300-0612
DaJen Eats Cafe & Creamery is a Jamaican vegan-styled restaurant known for their "Irie Cream," which is a dairy-free ice cream. Chef-owner Jenn Ross left Jamaica and came to America at 16 years old, developed an appreciation for cooking and embarked on a vegan lifestyle.

Photo via DaJen Eats/Facebook
Florida & Co. Market & Eatery
3201 Corrine Drive, 407-790-7758
Florida & Co. Market & Eatery offers hyperlocal meats, seafood and vegetables that are cooked with care. Chef-owner and Audubon Park native Emily Rankin created and supports interest in local food through her relationships with farmers. 
Photo via Rob Bartlett

Florida & Co. Market & Eatery

3201 Corrine Drive, 407-790-7758
Florida & Co. Market & Eatery offers hyperlocal meats, seafood and vegetables that are cooked with care. Chef-owner and Audubon Park native Emily Rankin created and supports interest in local food through her relationships with farmers.

Photo via Rob Bartlett
Infusion Tea
1600 Edgewater Drive, 407-999-5255
Christina Cowherd got the idea for Infusion Tea while serving in the Peace Corps in Guatemala with her husband, Brad. Infusion Tea offers handpicked and organically sourced teas from around the world.
Photo via weekendwarriororlando/Instagram

Infusion Tea

1600 Edgewater Drive, 407-999-5255
Christina Cowherd got the idea for Infusion Tea while serving in the Peace Corps in Guatemala with her husband, Brad. Infusion Tea offers handpicked and organically sourced teas from around the world.

Photo via weekendwarriororlando/Instagram
Jillycakes
125 N. Orlando Ave., Winter Park, 863-797-4233
Food Network “Cupcake Wars” winner Jillian Hopke elevates cupcakes to a gourmet level with her shop Jillycakes in Winter Park. From Florida classics like Key lime pie to savory offerings like Thanksgiving Dinner, her tasty treats are sure to leave you reminiscing.   
Photo via Jillycakes/Facebook

Jillycakes

125 N. Orlando Ave., Winter Park, 863-797-4233
Food Network “Cupcake Wars” winner Jillian Hopke elevates cupcakes to a gourmet level with her shop Jillycakes in Winter Park. From Florida classics like Key lime pie to savory offerings like Thanksgiving Dinner, her tasty treats are sure to leave you reminiscing.

Photo via Jillycakes/Facebook
La Femme Du Fromage
3201 Corrine Drive, 407-571-9947
La Femme Du Fromage brings artisanal cheese from around the world and the United States to Central Florida. Owner Tonda Corrente, featured on the Cooking Channel show “Emeril’s Florida,” has a passion for culinary imagination and education that reaches audiences beyond the East End Market in Audubon Park. 
Photo via Le Femme Du Fromage/Facebook

La Femme Du Fromage

3201 Corrine Drive, 407-571-9947
La Femme Du Fromage brings artisanal cheese from around the world and the United States to Central Florida. Owner Tonda Corrente, featured on the Cooking Channel show “Emeril’s Florida,” has a passion for culinary imagination and education that reaches audiences beyond the East End Market in Audubon Park.

Photo via Le Femme Du Fromage/Facebook
Maraya at Sabrina’s Restaurant
8100 Crystal Clear Ln, 407-856-8155
Chef-owner Violette Haddad grew up in a small village in the southern part of Lebanon where she learned how to cook under the guidance of her mother and grandmother. She opened Maraya’s bringing an authentic taste of Mediterranean food to Central Florida through her falafel and kibbeh.
Photo via Rob Bartlett

Maraya at Sabrina’s Restaurant

8100 Crystal Clear Ln, 407-856-8155
Chef-owner Violette Haddad grew up in a small village in the southern part of Lebanon where she learned how to cook under the guidance of her mother and grandmother. She opened Maraya’s bringing an authentic taste of Mediterranean food to Central Florida through her falafel and kibbeh.

Photo via Rob Bartlett
The Meatball Stoppe
7325 Lake Underhill Road, 407-270-6505
This family Italian restaurant is co-owned by wife and mother Isabella Morgia di Vicari, who is a first-generation American born in Brooklyn. The Meatball Stoppe was featured on Guy Fieri’s “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” for their one-of-a-kind Nonna’s meatballs.
Photo via becominglocal/Instagram

The Meatball Stoppe

7325 Lake Underhill Road, 407-270-6505
This family Italian restaurant is co-owned by wife and mother Isabella Morgia di Vicari, who is a first-generation American born in Brooklyn. The Meatball Stoppe was featured on Guy Fieri’s “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” for their one-of-a-kind Nonna’s meatballs.

Photo via becominglocal/Instagram
New Moon Market
2314 Edgewater Drive, 407-440-8147
This family-owned juice company was founded by Jennifer Moon, who has a passion for wellness. New Moon Market offers organic and locally sourced fruits and vegetable that include your daily nutrients for any refreshing break during your day.
Photo via Rob Bartlett

New Moon Market

2314 Edgewater Drive, 407-440-8147
This family-owned juice company was founded by Jennifer Moon, who has a passion for wellness. New Moon Market offers organic and locally sourced fruits and vegetable that include your daily nutrients for any refreshing break during your day.

Photo via Rob Bartlett
 Peperoncino
7988 Via Dellagio Way, 407-440-2856
Peperoncino serves authentic Southern Italian food right here in Central Florida with recipes straight from chef-owner Barbara Alfano’s grandmothers. The restaurant also offers handcrafted pizza and Italian beer, and a menu with a family in mind.
Photo via Rob Bartlett

Peperoncino

7988 Via Dellagio Way, 407-440-2856
Peperoncino serves authentic Southern Italian food right here in Central Florida with recipes straight from chef-owner Barbara Alfano’s grandmothers. The restaurant also offers handcrafted pizza and Italian beer, and a menu with a family in mind.

Photo via Rob Bartlett