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Hourglass Social House

The Hourglass District is shaping up to be Orlando's new 'it' spot 

One of the latest areas to catch the urban revival bug, Curry Ford Road is shaping up to be the new "it" spot for local food and drink entrepreneurs. The legendary Pizza Bruno will always have a place in our heart, but here’s a list of some of the newer options to come to the nascent “Hourglass District.”

Peaceful Peacock
2500 Curry Ford Road, 407-317-6805, peaceful
Catty-cornered to the Claddagh Cottage lies the Peaceful Peacock, a yoga studio offering inclusive classes and instructor training. Keep an eye on their events calendar, though, for guided meditations, kirtan, book club meetings and puppy yoga.

2401 Curry Ford Road, 407-930-7308,
Vegetarians and vegans aren't left out in the cold on Curry Ford Road – the former vegan food truck opened up shop in Hourglass Social House last year. This means you have a one-stop shop for all of your caffeine and crunchwrap needs. Maybe this isn't the worst possible timeline after all.

Tamale Co.
2401 Curry Ford Road, 407-930-7308,
Though it wasn't quite open yet as we went to press, the newest addition to the Hourglass Social House is another stationary outpost of a popular food truck, Tamale Co., which has been slinging delicious varieties of tamales for several years.

Hourglass Brewing
2500 Curry Ford Road, 407-262-0056,
When the push to turn the area into the Hourglass District was announced, beer fans immediately assumed that it had something to do with Longwood's Hourglass Brewing. The nearby Lake Hourglass was the actual inspiration, but the brewery still took advantage and is reopening its satellite location in late April.

Le Ky Patisserie
2401 Curry Ford Road, 407-930-7308,
Their web presence is limited, to be generous, but this French-Vietnamese bakery serves up Instagram-worthy cheesecakes, croissants and other baked goods, along with the occasional banh mi on fresh-baked bread.

Forever Naan
4205 Curry Ford Road, 407-601-0835,
Finally, you can actually get a curry on Curry Ford Road. Proprietors Pooja Patel and Jasmeet Kaur work from family recipes to make spot-on samosas, curries, butter chicken and more. The decor, referencing several hit Indian films, will please Bollywood fans as well.

F&D Woodfired Italian Kitchen
2420 Curry Ford Road, 407-751-5697, fdwood
F&D opened this past November, bringing wood-fired pizzas, of course, along with pasta, osso buco, chicken parmigiana and other Italian favorites. There are even some vegan options given prominent space on the menu.

Claddagh Cottage
2421 Curry Ford Road, 407-895-1555,
This long-running Irish pub was just getting ready to reopen in a new location when we put out City Guide last year. The new digs still feel mighty authentic, and the savory pies are the best this side of homemade. Stop in every other Wednesday for a pint of Guinness and a seisiún, when local musicians get together to play Irish folk songs.

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