AB Road Eats: Orlando


COFFEE

Credo: I ordered the cortadito at Credo in Orlando, which is also a non-profit coffee shop that runs on donations! I can get behind that.

Lineage: A coffee roaster that bottles single-servings of black coffee (or one ready to go with milk and sugar), heck yeah.

BREAKFAST

Skyebird Juice Bar: Believe it or not it’s not all coffee and doughnuts for me. I really do enjoy a good juice and this was exactly what I needed. Plus they come in mason jars with reusable lids.

Olde Hearth Bread: Beautiful pastries and bread everywhere and my eyes went straight for the homemade pretzels. They were soft, doughy and salted. Everything I want in a pretzel. They also supply all the bread for the food stalls in East End Market.

LUNCH

East End Market: When you have a moment and are in the Orlando area, stop by East End Market. It was a pleasure to walk around the different food and drink stalls, as well as the florist (I picked up a succulent for the tour bus). It’s the best way to try a little bit of what Orlando has going on and everything I sampled was good.

Kappo: This shop has only seven seats and if there’s a line, it’s worth the wait. These guys know what they’re doing with fish and they’re passionate about it. I look forward to coming back and having a sit-down meal here.

Beefy King: When I asked locals for recommendations, they said a trip to Orlando wouldn’t be complete without Beefy King. They’ve been serving roast beef sandwiches for over 40 years and I agree with the locals. It’s a simple sandwich done right … get the tots too.

The Ravenous Pig: What didn’t I eat at The Ravenous Pig? I was lucky enough to be here on the first Saturday of the month, a.k.a pig roast day. Along with the pig roast (and greens which were out-of-this-world), I tried their whiskey punch and the Ravenous Pig Old-Fashioned (made with bacon-infused bourbon).

AFTER-SHOW

Pho 88: I ate and slurped, and ate and slurped the pho tai soup until the very last drop. Enough said.

Pom Pom’s Teahouse & Sandwicheria: The amount of recommendations that came in for Pom Pom’s made it clear it wasn’t to be missed. Along with my soup from Pho 88, I also ordered the Viet Pom sandwich (turkey, carrot, daikon, cilantro, cucumber and spicy sriracha mayo). Once again, the locals were correct.

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  1. 1
    Dominic

    Hawkers is a must. Also give Ravenous Pig’s sister Cask and Larder a go. Ramen at Rice & Noodles cafe is pretty delicious. For breakfast – if you are downtown try Artisan’s Table.

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    Kelley

    If you liked East End Market, you’ll love Plant Street Market in Winter Garden (suburb of Orlando), great food selections and a brewery too. You can even start your Saturday off at the award winning Farmers Market.

  3. 4
    Brian

    If you’re here April 22, check out the German Society of Central FL’s Spring Germanfest. Authentic food, music and fun. Other great spots are Pizza Bruno, Smiling Bison, Black Bean Deli, Gnarley Barley, Lee & Rick’s Oyster Bar and Sloppy Taco Palace.

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    paul drake

    The Coop is great southern hospitality at it’s best. 610 w morse blvd winter park fl 32789
    Maryland Fried Chicken 9710 e Colonial Dr orlando fl 32817 there are a few around the general area all hole in the wall vibe but but awesome chicken…I like to say best yard bird ever
    Fred’s market is a buffet style (but the food is the best around) worth the drive from California even…835 currency Cir Lake Mary fl 32746…

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    Debbie Adams

    Noodles and Rice, Market on South, 903 Mills Market, Seven Bites. If you end up visiting and have a Tuesday to spare there’s a variety of food trucks you can try at Tasty Tuesday as well!

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    Cs

    4 Rivers for the best smoked meats and BBQ, bar taco for delicious tacos, rice and beans in winter park for authentic Cuban, and stefanos trattoria for classic Italian.

  7. 8
    Kelly McLaughlin

    The Gnarly Barley, Yellow Dog Eats, Tako Cheena, The Coop, Hansen’s Shoe Repair, The Pharmacy, Q’Kenan, Hanamizuki (lunch time ramen or ramen monday), Sapporo Ramen, Bahn Mi Nha Trang Subs (a true hole in the wall), Bauren-Stube (this guy is straight outta the old country), so many more

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    Joe

    Santiagos Bodega for lunch/dinner or Saturday/Sunday Brunch on Virginia Ave. Also Saigon Noodle and Grill on Bumby Ave for the best Pho in town!

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    Leslie

    The Taco Company in Ocoee. A little outside of Orlando, but you can’t beat it for good, authentic Mexican favorites. Let me know if you go. I’m always looking for a good excuse to get some quesotacos!

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