August 14, 2021

20 hidden gem restaurants and bars only found in Orlando strip malls

If Floridians know how to do anything, it's sprawl and eat. So, Orlando citizens in the know know that sometimes finding the best food The City Beautiful has to offer requires pulling up next to vape shops and liquor stores. Here are 20 of the best bars and restaurants hidden in Orlando strip malls.

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Dali’s Lao Thai Cafe 
1181 Rinehart Rd., Sanford
The absolute best Laotian food in the Orlando area is in a strip mall in Sanford.
Photo via Google Maps

Dali’s Lao Thai Cafe

1181 Rinehart Rd., Sanford
The absolute best Laotian food in the Orlando area is in a strip mall in Sanford.

Photo via Google Maps
Hanamizuki 
8255 International Drive
This Japanese spot is well hidden, in a strip mall behind the Starflyer.
Photo via Google Maps

Hanamizuki

8255 International Drive
This Japanese spot is well hidden, in a strip mall behind the Starflyer.

Photo via Google Maps
Nile Ethopian Restaurant 
7048 International Drive
Nile makes every effort to overcome its nondescript surroundings on International Drive. Outside the store, you’ll find massive signage. Inside the store, you’ll find incredible food.
Photo via Google Maps

Nile Ethopian Restaurant

7048 International Drive
Nile makes every effort to overcome its nondescript surroundings on International Drive. Outside the store, you’ll find massive signage. Inside the store, you’ll find incredible food.

Photo via Google Maps
Stardust Video 
1842 Winter Park Rd, Orlando
This hipster haven with notoriously indifferent staff is controversial, to say the least. But the folks who dig it really dig it. 
Photo via Google Maps

Stardust Video

1842 Winter Park Rd, Orlando
This hipster haven with notoriously indifferent staff is controversial, to say the least. But the folks who dig it really dig it.

Photo via Google Maps
Lacomka Russian Bakery & Deli 
2050 FL-436, Winter Park
This Russian outpost is a triple threat, serving up baked goods and deli items while also offering imported foodstuffs.
Photo via Google Maps

Lacomka Russian Bakery & Deli

2050 FL-436, Winter Park
This Russian outpost is a triple threat, serving up baked goods and deli items while also offering imported foodstuffs.

Photo via Google Maps
La Fiesta Mexican Grill 
3000 Curry Ford Rd.
It’s almost impressive how well hidden La Fiesta is. This Mexican restaurant is worth seeking out in its nook of a Winn-Dixie plaza off Curry Ford Road.
Photo via Google Maps

La Fiesta Mexican Grill

3000 Curry Ford Rd.
It’s almost impressive how well hidden La Fiesta is. This Mexican restaurant is worth seeking out in its nook of a Winn-Dixie plaza off Curry Ford Road.

Photo via Google Maps
Takumi 
8933 W Colonial Dr, Ocoee
Ocoee is about as far as you can get from the ocean in Florida, and it’s still not that far. So we feel no regret in spilling the beans on this top-notch sushi resto hidden in a shopping center.
Photo via Google Maps

Takumi

8933 W Colonial Dr, Ocoee
Ocoee is about as far as you can get from the ocean in Florida, and it’s still not that far. So we feel no regret in spilling the beans on this top-notch sushi resto hidden in a shopping center.

Photo via Google Maps
El Pueblo 
7124 Aloma Ave.,  Winter Park
Foodies in Winter Park know this tiny strip mall Mexican restaurant punches above its weight.
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El Pueblo

7124 Aloma Ave., Winter Park
Foodies in Winter Park know this tiny strip mall Mexican restaurant punches above its weight.

Photo via Google Maps
Whippoorwill Beer House 
2425 East South Street
Another wonder that’s been camouflaged by its surroundings. If you’re willing to keep looking once you see the yoga studio and doggy day care, you’ll find an incredible bar at the tail end of this strip mall. 
Photo via Whippoorwill Beer House/Instagram

Whippoorwill Beer House

2425 East South Street
Another wonder that’s been camouflaged by its surroundings. If you’re willing to keep looking once you see the yoga studio and doggy day care, you’ll find an incredible bar at the tail end of this strip mall.

Photo via Whippoorwill Beer House/Instagram
Antica Pizzeria  
249 W State Road 436, Altamonte Springs
This Altamonte Springs spot exudes Italian authenticity from its wood-fired pizzas and gorgeous salads on down to its limited hours. The shop is open from 3:30 to 9 p.m. every day but Sunday and it’s worth the trek. 
Photo via Google Maps

Antica Pizzeria

249 W State Road 436, Altamonte Springs
This Altamonte Springs spot exudes Italian authenticity from its wood-fired pizzas and gorgeous salads on down to its limited hours. The shop is open from 3:30 to 9 p.m. every day but Sunday and it’s worth the trek.

Photo via Google Maps