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.
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.
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).
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.