20 essential Mount Dora restaurants that are worth a road trip

Mount Dora is not just a quaint town nestled in between Orlando and The Villages, it is growing into a restaurant hub.…

By Orlando Weekly Staff

1921 by Norman Van Aken
    142 E 4th Ave, Mt. Dora, 352-385-1921, http://1921nva.com 
    Norman Van Aken, James Beard Award winner, does it again with his 1921 restaurant in Mount Dora. The menu is a take on modern Florida cuisine which features a 1921 burger, Florida Rudderfish sandwich and rice-crusted Florida Bluenose Bass, just to name a few. The restaurant also offers an extensive wine menu that pairs well with meals. Photo via natcoch/Instagram
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The 22 best patio happy hours in the Orlando area right now

Orlando lando's patios with killer happy hoursIt’s pretty much always patio season in Orlando – but with the cooler temperatures, now is…

By Orlando Weekly Staff

M Lounge 
    2000 N. Orange Ave.
     M Lounge is a rooftop bar with a view of downtown Orlando, offers two different happy hour specials. The first one is downstairs from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and the second one starts upstairs at 6 p.m. and ends at 8 p.m. M Lounge has a multitude of different cocktails for $7, such as their Old-Fashioned and Fog Cutter, as well as $4 beers and $5 glasses of wine.
    Photo via M Lounge/Facebook
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20 new Orlando restaurants opening in 2018 you should be excited about

New year, new food. A new year means new dining possibilities, and as usual, Orlando isn’t holding back. Whether you’re in the…

By Orlando Weekly Staff

Enzo’s Hideaway
    1560 East Buena Vista Drive, Lake Buena Vista, patinagroup.com/enzos-hideaway
    Expected opening: Winter 2018
    A statement released by Patina Restaurant Group, the owners of Morimoto Asia, describes Enzo's Hideaway as a "Roman-aparativo-inspired" speakeasy that pays homage to Florida's rum running history. While the website still says that it would be open as of last fall, it’s been pushed back to this year. Hopefully, the craft cocktails will be worth the wait.
    Photo via Enzo’s Hideaway/Facebook
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27 essential Orlando ramens, phó, and other hot soups to warm up your frozen ass

We are blessed in Orlando with an abundance of Vietnamese and Cuban restaurants, meaning you're never far from a good bowl of…

By Orlando Weekly Staff

Pozole verde: pork shoulder, roasted tomatillo, chile serrano, radish, cilantro, green cabbage, onion, lime, queso fresco, corn tortilla chips
    Black Rooster Taqueria, 1323 N. Mills Ave.
    Photo via Black Rooster on Instagram
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The best new Orlando restaurants that opened in 2017

The splashy, celebrity chef-driven restaurant openings of yesteryear were enjoyable indulgences, no doubt, but in 2017, the pendulum swung. This year marked…

By Orlando Weekly Staff

Other notable openings
    Valkyrie Doughnuts
    12226 Corporate Blvd., Suite 160, valkyriedoughnuts.com
    Photo via Valkyrie Doughnuts/Facebook
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20 Orlando restaurants we'll miss in 2018

While many restaurants in the Orlando area boomed this year, others didn't quite make the cut. Here are some of the eateries…

By Orlando Weekly Staff

Red Mug Diner
    63 E. Pine St.
    Photo via redmugdiner/Instagram
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20 essential Sanford restaurants you probably should've tried by now

Sanford is undoubtedly a blossoming restaurant hub. From boozy brunches to some of the best barbecue in Central Florida, here are a…

By Orlando Weekly Staff

Fuel BBQ
    120 S. Park Ave., Sanford, 407-328-4848,fuelbbq.com
    Served straight up on a metal tray, this restaurant's food is a no-frills barbecue get-down right next door to the Alley, a live blues venue owned by the same folks.
    Photo via karenkleyla1/Instagram
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Every tipsy Santa we saw at Thornton Park's SantaCon last weekend

A horde of drunken Santas took over Thornton Park last weekend for SantaCon 2017.  It was a jolly good bar crawl.December 9,…

By Orlando Weekly Staff

Every tipsy Santa we saw at Thornton Park's SantaCon last weekend
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The 20 best new bars to open in the Orlando area in 2017

It's been an intoxicating year for new watering holes in the Orlando area. From craft cocktail bars, to new breweries, to rooftop…

By Orlando Weekly Staff

Mathers Social Gathering
    30 S. Magnolia Ave., 407-250-5005
    You won’t find a better-looking throwback bar than Mathers Social Gathering. The space is decked out in early 20th-century opulence, from comfortable leather armchairs to polished wooden bookcases to some of the best mood lighting around. Touches of local history abound, including seats and a giant U.S. flag rescued from Tinker Field. Just know that you’re going to have to pay a steep price for the privilege of drinking anything here. There’s also a dress code, so suit up.
    Photo via mathersorlando/Instagram
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The 21 most beautiful bars in the Orlando area

You could say any place that serves beer is a thing of beauty, and you wouldn’t be wrong. But some places are…

By Orlando Weekly Staff

 M Lounge
    2000 N. Orange Ave., 321-430-1140
    Located in the former Orlando Surgery Center building, M Lounge is Ivanhoe Village’s first rooftop bar. Access to the upscale bar requires a trip in the external glass elevator to the top floor. The craft cocktails, imported beers and wines and a beautiful view of downtown make for a pretty fancy night out. 
    Photo via M Lounge/Facebook
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20 Orlando area restaurants cooking Thanksgiving dinner

Whether you just hate cooking, or somehow ruined your homemade Thanksgiving feast, a few local restaurants are staying open for Turkey Day…

By Orlando Weekly Staff

Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’
    1602 East Buena Vista Dr., 407-560-0100, disneysprings.com 
    Satisfy your holiday cravings with maximum Southern flavor at Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ in Disney Springs. The roast turkey dinner special includes mashed potatoes, turkey gravy, green beans, cheddar dropped biscuit, cranberry sauce, cornbread dressing and a special surprise dessert from the chef.
    Photo via Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’/Facebook
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The 10 best Florida restaurants that are also on a boat

The best dishes combine elements of familiarity and surprise - and not always on the dish. These 10 restaurants on the water…

By Orlando Weekly Staff

Calypso Queen
    25 Causeway Blvd., Slip #18 Clearwater, (800) 444-4818
    65 feet, 3 decks, and a very colorful, Caribbean themed paint-job: this is the Calypso Queen. It’s cruising around Clearwater Beach, and right now, you’re not on it. But if you were, you’d be dining on some sweet, sea-faring buffet. 
    Photo via starlitecruises.com
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25 Orlando area breweries you should be drinking at this weekend

Orlando Beer Festival may only last one day, but these breweries have great selections and killer taprooms worth checking out all year…

By Orlando Weekly Staff

Crooked Can Brewing Company 
    426 W. Plant St., Winter Garden, 407-395-9520
    Take in some fresh air as you sip some brews in Crooked Can’s beer garden located in the historic downtown Winter Garden area. 
    Photo via Crooked Can Brewing Company
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The 20 best restaurants in the Orlando area, according to Yelp

Here are the top places to eat in the Orlando area according to Yelp users, and while we agree with some of…

By Orlando Weekly Staff

18. iCajun Seafood Shack
    10725 E Colonial Drive, 407-734-5997
    ”The gumbo rivaled any that I've had in Louisiana (and I've been there dozens of times). And the garlic butter sauce on the crawfish, dirty with cajun boiling spices, was too spectacular to resist. I'd dip anything in that stuff; shrimp, corn, bread, my finger, a straw, your finger, you name it!” -- Brian N.
    Photo via chrissxyy/Instagram
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Here's the food truck lineup for Orlando Beer Festival, happening this Saturday

Sink your teeth into a dish from one of these delicious food vendors that will be at Orlando Beer Festival this Saturday!…

By Orlando Weekly Staff

Tamale Co. Mexican Street Food
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10 small town Central Florida restaurants that deserve a weekend road trip

Some food is so good, it's worth a tank of gas. It's called a "destination meal," and Central Florida has quite a…

By Orlando Weekly Staff

Third Wave Cafe & Wine Bar 
    204 Flagler Ave., New Smyrna Beach, 386-402-7864
    Flagler Avenue's offerings are growing by leaps and bounds, but this spot stands out. Though a hot pour-over might not sound like ideal après-beach fare, maybe a scoop of ice-cold gelato or a craft brew from the tap would do the trick? Stick around for dinner under the bistro lights on the patio and order kielbasa-spiced hanger steak with sweet mustard, fresh-crunchy kale salad or a charcuterie board to share. Maybe after dinner, with the drive home ahead of you, ordering that coffee will seem like the thing to do.
    Photo via Orlando Weekly/Instagram
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Here's a sneak preview of the brews featured at Orlando Beer Festival, Nov. 11

Here's a sneak preview of select brews that will be featured at Orlando Beer Festival, less than 2 weeks! Don't wait to…

By Orlando Weekly Staff

Dankster Of Love  
    IPA - Imperial / Double 
    Orange County Brewers, 9% ABV, 65 IBU 
    Orlando, FL
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Every brewery pouring brews at the Orlando Beer Festival

In less than two weeks, these local and regional breweries will be taking over Festival Park in the Milk District to give…

By Orlando Weekly Staff

Orange County Brewers
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The 20 best wing nights in the Orlando area right now

Whether you’re looking for a good wing night spot or daily deals, these sports bars, mom-and-pop shops and counters are slinging some…

By Orlando Weekly Staff

Flyers Wings and Grill
    5621 W. Colonial Drive, 407-297-9464 
    Flyers may not look like much on the outside, but the all you can eat Monday deal for $21 is enough to get you past the front door. Get 50 wings with bleu cheese, celery, fries and soft drinks for $45.79 on Tuesday nights or all day Sunday (sans the fries and drinks) for $41.
    Photo via cali_flours/Instagram
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The 25 best happy hour specials in Orlando right now

While an after work drink is always something to be happy about, saving a little money in the process makes this whole…

By Orlando Weekly Staff

Kasa Restaurant & Bar
    183 S Orange Ave., 407-985-5272 
    Ranging from $4 to $ 10, Kasa’s happy hour from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. (or until 10 p.m. on Tuesdays) offers pan-seared gyoza, pork belly poutine and pad thai calamari to those who find that food hankering has claimed them while out and about in the downtown area. Then there's Wine Down Wednesdays.... which is a beast in itself and involves bottomless wine, sangria and appetizers from 5-9 (with a cover). 
    Photo via b_good4life/Instagram
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All the lederhosen and dirndl we saw at Redlight Redlight's Oktoberfest in Audubon Park

Redlight Redlight hosted their own Oktoberfest last Saturday in Audubon Park. Swine & Sons & Olde Hearth Bread Company provided the grub. Prost!  October 14,…

By Orlando Weekly Staff

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The 25 Orlando restaurants you should try before you die

Orlando was recently named the No. 6 best foodie city in the nation, and it makes sense. Look, we have some damn…

By Orlando Weekly Staff

KrungThep Tea Time
    This Thai tea house and sandwich joint has a stark, yet soothing, simplicity. The chicken gra-prow will be on your regular sandwich rotation, as will the marinated beef sammie with tangy and peppery jaaw sauce. Also try “naked sanswiches,” aka salads. Brick toast, like the “ka-ti” with condensed milk, coconut ice cream, honey and crushed peanuts, is a must, as are the plethora of teas, offered hot or cold. Open daily.
    1050 W. Fairbanks Ave., Winter Park, 407-733-3561; $ 
     Photo via KrungThep Tea Time/Facebook
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19 hole-in-the-wall Orlando taco spots you should've tried by now

While there's a plethora of celebrated Mexican joints in Orlando, there's also plenty of spots that are vastly overlooked. These hidden gems…

By Orlando Weekly Staff

 Grocery Los Hermanos 
    4130 Curry Ford Road, 407- 895-5451
    They say grocery shopping on an empty stomach is a terrible idea, but at Grocery Los Hermanos that’s definitely not the case. The next time you have to stock on a few items for your kitchen stop in this spot and chow down on tacos while you’re at it. 
    Photo via _jo_briones/Instagram
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Orlando's best food festivals and events happening this fall

In a city that's obsessed with food, it comes as no surprise that there's a culinary event of some kind happening nearly…

By Orlando Weekly Staff

Thursday, Oct. 12 
    Hollerbach’s Oktoberfest 
    Three days of authentic German food, drink and entertainment.
     Through Saturday, Oct. 14; Hollerbach’s Willow Tree Cafe, 205 E. First St., Sanford; free; 407-321-2204; hollerbachs.com
    Photo via Hollerbach’s Willow Tree Cafe/Facebook
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The 20 best Orlando beer events you should be drinking at this fall

From Oktoberfests, to beer pairings, fall is all about crackin' cold ones in Orlando. Sure, other states may have us beat with…

By Orlando Weekly Staff

Saturday, Nov. 11 
    Orlando Beer Festival
    More than 200 craft beers from local and regional breweries. A portion of proceeds benefit the Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida.
     1-5 pm; Festival Park, 2911 E. Robinson St.; $40-$75; 407-381-5310 orlandoweeklytickets.com
    Photo via orlandoweekly/Instagram
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It's finally patio season in Orlando; here's where to get the most out of dining outdoors

Arguably the best thing about the fall in Orlando is that you can actually eat outside without sweating into your lunch. As…

By Orlando Weekly Staff

Hamilton’s Kitchen
    300 E New England Ave, Winter Park, 407-998-8089 
    Bearing the name of the 8th president of Rollins College, Hamilton Holt, Hamilton’s Kitchen is steeped in the history of Central Florida. Take a seat out on its patio for a night of fine dining in the open air. 
    Photo via hamiltonskitchen/Instagram
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10 brand-spankin' new Orlando restaurants you should be eating at this fall

While this hurricane season season has left little to be happy about here in Central Florida, we managed to find an unmistakable…

By Orlando Weekly Staff

Mission BBQ
    968 W Mitchell Hammock Rd, Oviedo, 407-479-3386 
    Mission’s patriotic, all-American food chain serves BBQ staples, with sides made from scratch. What’s more, they offer specials for veterans, active military members, and first responders.
    Photo via Yelp
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20 Orlando dishes that should be considered as our city's official 'Signature Dish'

In April 2017, Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs announced a search for Orlando's "Signature Dish." Visit Orlando wanted the treat to be…

By Orlando Weekly Staff

Roast beef sandwich from Beefy King
    424 N. Bumby Ave., 407-894-2241 
    Roast beef sandwiches and beefy spuds (tater tots) from Beefy King are an Orlando tradition that have been around longer than Walt Disney World. For the past 49 years, this landmark establishment has made this lunchtime staple to perfection. 
    Photo via flyguynyfl/Instagram
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20 Orlando dishes under $10 you should be eating right now

Orlando isn't just the City Beautiful, it's also The City Delicious. From tortas and tacos, to burgers and buns, here are a…

By Orlando Weekly Staff

    Combine southern hospitality, japanese inspired cuisines, and a dash of Florida weirdness, and what do you get? FOODoko. Opened just last November, FOODoko offers a number of fairly priced and creative dishes--including what might be Orlando’s only sushi-burrito.
    Photo via  avocaud0/Instagram
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The most exciting restaurants opening in Orlando this fall

Orlando is becoming a serious food destination, and with the addition of quite a few new spots planned to open before the…

By Orlando Weekly Staff

 Maria & Enzo’s
    Estimated opening date: Fall 2017/Spring 2018
    Maria & Enzo’s will join fellow Patina Restaurant Group operation Edison in Disney Springs this Fall. The fast-casual dining option will feature Italian cuisine and a speakeasy bar element. 
    1486 Buena Vista Drive, patinagroup.com
    Photo by Rob Bartlett
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