The 15 best new Orlando bars to open in 2017, so far

Even though we’re only half way through 2017, its already been a good year for new bars around in Orlando. The metro…

By Orlando Weekly Staff

Ace Cafe
    100 W. Livingston St., 407-996-6686
    The original Ace Cafe was actually established in London in 1938, but it made it eventually made its way to the states. The Orlando cafe--located in the building that used to house this very publication--has been revamped with a beer garden, outdoor stage, and the Stonebridge Motorgallery, which showcases motorsports and rock & roll-inspired artwork, photography, sculptures, and memorabilia, as well as vintage and custom motorcycles. The location also houses a full restaurant, coffee bar, a BMW bike dealership, and more.
    Photo via acecafeorlando_official/Instagram
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20 Orlando frozen treats you probably haven't tried yet

Whether your thing is ice cream, popsicles, bubble tea or gelato, you can find your dessert heaven right here in Orlando. For…

By Orlando Weekly Staff

Bullshit Blend at Valkyrie 
    12226 Corporate Blvd. Ste. 160, 407-999-9799 
    The Bullshit Blend is the perfect treat for a hot day. The blend will always have vegan soft serve mixed with coffee or a flavored sparkling drink topped with whipped cream, a tiny doughnut, and a cone, but the dessert is a different creation every time. Make sure to check out Valkyrie's Instagram account to see what the Bullshit Blend flavor of the day is.  
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Photos from Tacos & Tequila 2017

Tacos & Tequila was Orlando's first ever event celebrating the city's latest and greatest culinary creation: TACOS! The event featured tequila samplings,…

By Orlando Weekly Staff

Photos from Tacos & Tequila 2017
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The most underrated restaurants in Orlando right now

It’s no secret that Orlando is chock-full of fantastic eateries. However, while The City Beautiful comes into its own as a legit…

By Orlando Weekly Staff

Teak Neighborhood Grill
    6400 Times Square Ave. | 407-313-5111
    This chill MetroWest hang developed a loyal following for its hefty half-pound burgers and craft brews, and it’s no wonder. Purists can indulge in the “Plain Jane” with American cheese, Bibb lettuce and tomato on a brioche bun, while braver souls can feel the heat with the peppery “Wholey Hell!!!”.
    Photo via hungryfoodette/Instagram
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The 25 best Orlando spots for day drinking

Whatever your day drinking needs require, here are a few spots that are either open early, have killer patios or are a…

By Orlando Weekly Staff

M Lounge 
    2000 N. Orange Ave., 321-430-1140 
    Nestled amongst the buildings of downtown Orlando, M Lounge is Orlando’s newest rooftop bar and serves up some strong drinks to help you relax after work. Doors open at 4 p.m.
    Photo via MLounge/Facebook
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Top chefs: 16 Orlando foodies that need to be on your radar

It takes more than a regional dish or some annual festival to make a food city, it takes time, love and care…

By Orlando Weekly Staff

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     Bruno Zacchini, Pizza Bruno 
    It's hard to come across an avid eater in the city who hasn't been to Pizza Bruno, and it's even harder to find someone who has anything bad to say about their magical Neapolitan-style pies. So when the inevitable question "Where should we go for pizza?" arises and "Pizza Bruno!" is the response, it really should be no surprise.
    "Hopefully we're one of those Orlando places that locals can show off to out-of-towners as a true taste of our city," says chef and owner Bruno Zacchini. "My whole idea was to be able to say we have some world-class pizza being made in the Curry Ford neighborhood."
    That world-class pizza is a point of pride for all Orlandoans, bestowing Pizza Bruno with near-landmark status after just a year in business. And that pride ties into the strong sense of community echoed by Zacchini and many other of the city's chefs and restaurateurs: "It's apparent how excited we are about all things Orlando, from soccer to food to, yeah, even theme parks, and I just really love how much the city has changed since I moved here in 2002."
    Zacchini went to culinary school at Valencia before starting Big Bruno's Bites (a much-beloved food cart) and the highly respected Third Wave restaurant in New Smyrna Beach, but Orlando is where he wanted to be and it's clear that Orlando felt likewise. Says Zacchini: "I mean I own the place, and I'm proud of it, but Orlando as a whole is, like, SUPER PROUD of this place and sings its praises to anyone who'll listen." If you haven't yet sampled the pies at Pizza Bruno, you better listen up. —FK
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Orlando's 10 best craft coffee and tea shops right now

Over the past few years, major coffee chains have relinquished their grip on Orlando, while the local craft scene has bubbled to…

By Orlando Weekly Staff

Downtown Credo 
    Address: Multiple locations, 407-519-0643 
    Espresso drinks (lattes, macchiato, cappuccino), pour-overs and cold-brews are served in four different spaces – College Park, Florida Hospital, North Quarter and downtown – all as sleekly simple as the menu. The erstwhile misnomer of a College Park café with “Downtown” in the name has been rectified with the addition of an actual downtown counter location in the Church Street exchange building. The pay-what-you-will model is intriguing, and it seems to be working out for them. 
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10 Orlando-area doughnut shops that absolutely crush Krispy Kreme

Central Florida's food scene boasts some awesome under the radar doughnut shops. Instead of reaching for a Dunkin or a Krispy, here…

By Orlando Weekly Staff

Donut King 
    Address: 3716 Howell Branch Road, Winter Park
    If you really want a drive, check out their Clermont store, but the Donut King closest to us, on Howell Branch in Winter Park, is far enough. Classics like Boston cream, coconut flake and powdered-sugar jelly sit in the case with more outré flavors like maple-bacon, Oreo and Heath Bar.
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Photos from Bite Night 2017

The 4th Annual Bite Night presented by Publix Aprons Cooking School was held at the Orchid Garden & Ballroom at Church Street…

By Orlando Weekly Staff

Photos from Bite Night 2017
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Orlando foodie district face-off: Mills 50 vs. I-Drive

Both neighborhoods are packed with restaurants, but which you choose has a lot to do with what you’re craving – hyperlocal flavor…

By Orlando Weekly Staff

Mills 50
    King Cajun Crawfish
    A large number of Vietnamese refugees made the Southern states their home during the 1960s and 70s, and adopted Cajun seafood as part of their culture. King Crawfish and L.A. Boiling Seafood are two spots to get your hands really, really dirty on Mills 50, elbows deep in crawfish, corn and melted butter. 
    Photo via Instagram/tongkumsai
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The 10 best reviewed Orlando restaurants of 2017, so far

It's been a busy first half of the year for new local restaurants, and Orlando Weekly's food critic, Faiyaz Kara, has reviewed…

By Orlando Weekly Staff

Be sure to try the Insalata di Mare, a dish of mussels, clams, calamari, octopus, and shrimp prepared with extra virgin olive oil, garlic and lemon.
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14 fish camps near Orlando that are Florida as hell

With an abundance of water inside and out, Florida is home to its fair share of fish camps and seafood shacks. Welcome…

By Orlando Weekly Staff

Ms. Apple's Crab Shack
    580 W Merritt Island Cowy, Merritt Island, FL 32952
    Eat and buy at Ms. Apple's Crab Shack in Merritt Island - this fresh seafood market and takeout offers wild blue crab and live Maine lobster. 
    Photo via zhinky2012/Instagram
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Every appetizer, entree and dessert being served during Bite30 2017

In June, Orlando Weekly produces Bite30, Bite Night and the city's premier annual guide to dining and food trends, Bite Magazine, making…

By Orlando Weekly Staff

Every appetizer, entree and dessert being served during Bite30 2017
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Every food and drink event worth attending this summer in Orlando

For adventurous foodies, there's a lot going on this summer. From food trucks to community markets to unique sit-down dinners, here's every food…

By Orlando Weekly Staff

Saturday, June 3-4
    Cocoa Beach Uncorked A weekend of great food from the area's most celebrated chefs and restaurants paired with wine and craft beer. Noon-4 pm; Alan Shepard Park, 211 E. Cocoa Beach Causeway, Cocoa Beach; $55-$75;
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10 tiny Orlando bars you should probably be drinking at more often

Orlando is home to some of the country's most over-the-top watering holes. However, we also have quite a few small, under-the-radar bars serving…

By Orlando Weekly Staff

Ivanhoe Craft Bar & Packy
    1915 N. Orange Ave., 407-270-4685
    The owners of the Savoy bar and Ivanhoe Spirits liquor and package store have merged part of one with the other and created the Ivanhoe Craft Bar & Packy, a place where you can sit and sip a properly built craft cocktail or a beer from a wide-ranging list, or just pick up the ingredients to make/sip your own at home. 
    Photo via ivanhoeorl/Instagram
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10 restaurants that take you around Latin America – without ever leaving Orlando

It's actually pretty easy to eat your way across Latin America without ever leaving the Orlando area. Here are a few great…

By Orlando Weekly Staff

Willie’s Pinchos Restaurant 
    U.S. Territory: Puerto Rico  
    1718 N. Goldenrod Road, 407-601-3373
     Featured on Guy Fieri’s Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives, Willie’s Pinchos serves up hot, fresh Puerto Rican classics. Although there is usually a 15 or 20-minute wait, diners will vouch that the food is well worth it. Some of the options are the tripleta (a three-meat sandwich), the jibarito (a sandwich with flattened plantains instead of bread), and, of course, the pinchos (skewers). Willie’s serves up $4 pi?a coladas, and the portions of food are generous, so order modestly. 
    Photo via Willie's Pinchos/Facebook
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22 Orlando spots where you can always drink in a bathing suit

   If you're drinking in a bath suit, it typically means you're having a good time. Here are a few Orlando area…

By Orlando Weekly Staff

Wekiva Island
    1014 Miami Springs Drive, Longwood, 407-864-2003 
    For the entrance fee of $1, exclusively on weekends and holiday weekdays, Wekiva Island is a watering hole good for more than wetting your whistle. In addition to being pet and child friendly, Wekiva Island sports a volleyball court, cornhole and lounging chairs on the sandy river bank and boardwalk as well as Canoe, Kayak and Paddleboard rentals.
    Photo via Wekiva Island/Facebook
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10 new Orlando international restaurants you should be eating at this weekend

Cuisine from different cultures has never been something that Orlando shies away from, and the amount of new international restaurants is only…

By Orlando Weekly Staff

What we recommend: Some real good lookin’ ricotta meatballs.
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10 beautiful beachside restaurants within driving distance of Orlando

With temperatures rising, eating next to the beach is probably the only good reason to be outside in Florida. Here are a few of…

By Orlando Weekly Staff

The Beach Bucket
     867 S. Atlantic Avenue, Ormond Beach 32176
     It is hard to say no to a $2.50 beer, even more so when the deal is offered at a quaint beachside eatery nestled along the Atlantic coast. So go easy on yourself and simply say yes to beach beer. Do your best to line this up with a Wednesday, Friday or Saturday, so you can catch the live music.  This spot also serves a brunch with seafood selections like the "Blue Crab Benedict" that warrants a morning venture. 
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11 Orlando rooftop bars you should be drinking at this weekend

As we all know boozy beverages arguably taste way better on a roof. No one knows exactly why this is, but it's…

By Orlando Weekly Staff

One80 Skytop Lounge
    400 W. Church Street
    Climb the stairs to Amway’s fancy sky lounge where you a get one of the best views of downtown. 
    Photo via makeithappenmoe/Instagram
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10 Orlando restaurants you probably haven’t tried, but should

There are a lot of options for the Orlando foodie, but sometimes you have to look outside your usual haunts to find…

By Orlando Weekly Staff

Fuel BBQ
    120 S. Park Ave., Sanford, 407-328-4848
    The BBQ chains have nothing on this local joint, where succulent pulled pork seasoned with rib drippings, brown sugar and butter are piled up high on metal trays. Reminiscent of 4 Rivers, but with better fried okra and collard greens, Fuel packs its menu with enough ribs, briskets and pulled meats to make any carnivore happy. 
    Photo by Rob Bartlett
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21 Florida beach bars you should be drinking at this weekend

youFlorida has plenty of great beaches, but a seasoned beachgoer always picks a patch of sand close to a watering hole. Here…

By Orlando Weekly Staff

Shephard’s Beach Resort
    619 S Gulfview Blvd., Clearwater Beach, 33767
    Party, party, party. That’s what it’s all about at Shephard’s. The stage for the band is huge as is the one for dancing, the latter of which goes over the water. Drinks keep on coming, so if you’re worried about not being able to make it home, the accompanying hotel is a quick, stumbling walk away. Oh, and the food is good too.
    Photo via Shephard's Beach Resort/Facebook
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The 20 best college bars at every Florida university

There's a solid chance many of you made some of your best damn memories at these Florida college bars. You may have also shamelessly…

By Orlando Weekly Staff

The Knight Library
    11448 University Blvd, Orlando, (407) 704-7477
    Named the No. 1 college bar in America at least once, Knight’s Library has established itself to be worthy of the award. Why? Three words: free liquor pitchers. But also, Karaoke night. 
    Photo via Knight Library/Facebook
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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…

By Orlando Weekly Staff

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. 
    Photo via imsarahchristine/Instagram
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Everything worth doing in Orlando this spring

Spring is at last upon us, which means that it basically just feels like summer now. But it also means that it's…

By Orlando Weekly Staff

Star Wars Celebration
    April 13-16, tickets start at $75 
    There is not another convention in the galaxy that holds a light to this Lucasarts-focused gathering. Bring your friends and family to the only place that will have Mark Hamill, Billy Dee Williams, the guy who played Darth Sidious and a seemingly endless list of other A- to C-list star wars heroes, so kick off your spring here.
    Photo via starwarscelebration/Instagram
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How to conquer the legendary Ivanhoe-Mills Quest, Orlando's most savage bar crawl

Here we have a walk-through, a guide on how to best tackle the legendary Ivanhoe-Mills Quest, the most vicious bar crawl our city has…

By Orlando Weekly Staff

How to conquer the legendary Ivanhoe-Mills Quest, Orlando's most savage bar crawl
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The 10 hottest new restaurants in Orlando right now

Whether we're talking fast-casual or the kind of swanky place you put a cloth napkin in your lap, there are a ton…

By Orlando Weekly Staff

    3201 Corrine Drive, 407-960-1228
    Popular ramen joint lives up to the hype offering near-perfect bowls of tonkotsu, shoyu, miso and curry ramen. There’s an uni pasta for those who want to forgo broth for the richness of sea urchin, but don’t overlook other soupless options like the crackling good Korean fried chicken with Korean butter sauce, the grilled octopus, and Sichuan cucumbers. Cocktails crafted by Rene Nguyen (Herman’s Loan Office) are taken seriously here. 
    Photo by Rob Bartlett
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The 25 best decisions you can possibly make in Orlando

The City Beautiful is great and all, but it's even better if you make the right moves. Here are a few ways…

By Orlando Weekly Staff

Pre-ordering your Publix chicken tender sub
    Why wait in line to enjoy your delicious sub when you could just grab and go?
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19 Orlando brunch spots serving bottomless mimosas

Bottomless mimosas are the cornerstone of successful day drinking. Thankfully, Orlando has quite a few local spots offering up infinite breakfast booze.

By Orlando Weekly Staff

Kasa Restaurant & Bar 
    Get the $32 brunch package at this minimalist restaurant on Sundays 11 a.m-4 p.m. and enjoy as many mimosas as you can drink.
    183 S. Orange Ave., 407-985-5272
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22 classic Orlando restaurants to put on your bucket list

Though the Orlando restaurant scene is without a doubt coming into its own, it's the trailblazers that put our city on the map.…

By Orlando Weekly Staff

Lee & Ricks Oyster Bar
    Sidle up to the 50-person bar at one of Orlando's most venerated dive spots, claim yourself a bottle of Tabasco and a bowl of sliced lemons, and you're set to shuck.
    5621 Old Winter Garden Road, 407-293-3587, $
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