Support local journalism. Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club.

click to enlarge toritorifb.jpg

Photo courtesy of Tori Tori

Takeout from Mills 50's Tori Tori holds up splendidly 

The Dining-In Diaries

Ed. note: While we support social distancing and we're all for waiting out the COVID-19 quarantine, we also want to help our restaurants keep going any way we can. One of those ways is by ordering takeout, so we've launched this new feature, the Dining-In Diaries. Enjoy!

I hadn’t paid a visit to Tori Tori ever since the Mills Avenue yakitori house and cocktail bar was declared the Top Table of 2019. On March 20, just a few months after the accolade, Tori Tori’s space had been closed to the public and I just so happened to be the first in line on that day they went takeout only.

My order was ready when I arrived and after a couple of pumps from the hand sanitizer dispenser, I was off.

So how did those skewers hold up by the time I made it back home 15 minutes later? Splendidly, I must say. The binchotan-grilled chicken skin crackled; the prime-grade beef was still warm and plush; the king oyster mushrooms were a mouthful of firm. I hadn’t tried their Japanese fried chicken (served with garlic Kewpie mayo) until now, and I’d order it again in a chicken heartbeat. Order five skewers and they’ll throw in some stellar fried rice and stir-fried veggies with your order.

Their booze-to-go options include $10 cocktails like whiskey sours and Raspberry Berets, Japanese beers, three different types of sake, and a host of red and white wines. Chef-owner Sonny Nguyen says he’ll be restructuring the menu in the coming days with entree-sized Japanese rice box sets. You’ll find me first in line. (Tori Tori, 720 N. Mills Ave., 407-735- 0999,; takeout only; 4-9 p.m. daily)

This story appears in the April 1, 2020, print issue of Orlando Weekly. Please follow CDC guidelines and Orange County advisories to stay safe, and please support this free publication. Our small but mighty team is working tirelessly to bring you news on how coronavirus is affecting Central Florida. Please consider making a one-time or monthly donation. Every little bit helps.

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Orlando Weekly. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Orlando Weekly, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club for as little as $5 a month.

Related Locations


Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Read the Digital Print Issue

January 19, 2022

View more issues


© 2022 Orlando Weekly

Website powered by Foundation