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It's not all about the Mouse. Orlando is a southern town with a bit of a counter-culture movement and an exploding culinary scene.

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Orlando


It's not all about the Mouse. Orlando is a southern town with a bit of a counter-culture movement and an exploding culinary scene.

There’s a counter culture movement here that pushes back against Orlando’s chains and urban sprawl.
— Chef Matt Hinckley
Orlando  | Photo Credit: Find. Eat. Drink.

Orlando  | Photo Credit: Find. Eat. Drink.

The biggest misconception about Orlando is...

"That the lifestyle here is connected to the theme parks."
FED Pro > Chef Matt Hinckley of Hinckley's Fancy Meats"

"That it's all about The Mouse."
FED Pro > Barman Gene Zimmerman of The Courtesy Bar

IN REALITY...

"It is more of a southern town. We're one of the few major Florida cities not on a coast. There's also a counter culture movement here that pushes back against Orlando's chains and urban sprawl."
FED Pro > Chef Matt Hinckley of Hinckley’s Fancy Meats

"It is more about us having the best theme parks in the world, but also an exploding culinary scene which is thriving due to our diverse population and availability of local ingredients year-round."
FED Pro > Chef Kevin Fonzo of K Restaurant

"It is more about music, art, oaks, chefs, design, lakes, proper bars, pride, locally-driven, inspired, operated, and supported."
FED Pro > Barman Gene Zimmerman of The Courtesy Bar


MORNING | Coffee

Lineage Coffee at East End Market | Photo Credit: Find. Eat. Drink.

Lineage Coffee at East End Market | Photo Credit: Find. Eat. Drink.

Lineage Coffee

This is a local craft coffee roaster inside of the East End Market. Stop in for a pour-over coffee or take beans home. They also sell bottled cold brew.

"This is how I start my day. Nothing fancy. Just a Caffe Americano brewed with good beans. But by all means, be as fancy as you like."
FED Pro > Chef Matt Hinckley of Hinckley’s Fancy Meats

"Hands down, the best coffee in town. If you truly love and appreciate coffee, this is the place to go. They are very knowledge about what they are brewing, their cold brew in amazing, and they have one of the friendliest staffs."
FED Pro > Bartender Paul Johnsen at Slate

"They are coffee fanatics and their coffee is really good -- some of the best coffee I have ever had."
FED Pro > Chef Henry Salgado of Spanish River Grill

"They do strictly pour overs and they're really, really into coffee."
FED Pro > Chef James Petrakis of Ravenous Pig, Cask & Larder, Swine & Sons

"Swing by the East End Market for their incredible coffee."
FED Pro > Chef Kevin Fonzo of K Restaurant

3201 Corrine Drive, Orlando FL 32803
T: 
407.205.8096 | www.lineageroasting.com

Credo

"They have great coffee, a great scene, and they practice fair trade."
FED Pro > Chef Kevin Fonzo of K Restaurant

"Great coffee from sustainable sources with great service and plenty of room to stretch out."
FED Pro > Barman Gene Zimmerman of The Courtesy Bar

706 West Smith Street, Orlando, FL 32804 | T: 407.371.2925
550 East Rollins Street, Orlando, FL 32803

downtowncredo.com


MORNING | Breakfast

Artisan's Table

You'll find an eclectic menu that ranges from Japanese breakfast bowls to pecan smoked bacon at breakfast and more entree options for lunch and dinner.

"Come here and order the Japanese Rice Bowl with Farm Egg from chef Scott Copeland."
FED Pro > Chef Kevin Fonzo of K Restaurant

22 East Pine Street, Orlando, FL 32801
T: 407.730.7499 | 
www.artisanstableorlando.com

Se7en Bites

This is a sweet and savory bakeshop specializing in nostalgic Southern comfort food with a modern twist.

"I'm a bit of a cycling junkie and this great breakfast spot is right next to my local bicycle shop. It's two birds and one stone for me. I get great coffee and a quick bite to eat before picking up any gear I need at the shop before my weekend rides."
FED Pro > Chef Matt Hinckley of Hinckley’s Fancy Meats

"This place is an absolute hidden gem. It's small and perfect for breakfast. Located in a small part of town called The Milk District, their menu is always changing yet there are a few favorites that tend to always stick around. The Florida Citrus Bundt Cake is a must. It's a great place to sit outside with your dogs and enjoy the beautiful weather with an even better breakfast."
FED Pro > Bartender Paul Johnsen of Slate

207 N Primrose Drive, Orlando, FL 32803
T: 407.203.0727

 
Photographs courtesy of Swine & Sons

Photographs courtesy of Swine & Sons

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TO GO BREAKFAST | Swine & Sons

This is a butcher, provisions shop, and restaurant serving sandwiches, salads, sweets, and breakfast. Sit down and eat in or take away. They offer everything from pork terrine to a Southern Cuban sandwich to chilaquiles.

"This provisions shop is great if you're in a hurry."
FED Pro > Chef Kevin Fonzo of K Restaurant

595 West Fairbanks Avenue, Winter Park, FL 32789
T: 407.636.7601 | 
swineandsons.com


FARMERS MARKETS

Winter Park Farmers Market

The Winter Park Farmers Market is held at the old train depot which has been restored into an historical landmark.

"It's a great farmers market held on Saturday mornings."
FED Pro >  Chef Brandon McGlamery of Prato, Luma on Park

Saturdays 7am - 1pm
200 W New England Avenue, Winter Park, FL 32789
T: 407.599.3397 | website

Audubon Park Community Market

"You'll find Fleet Farming's veggies here. They are a bicycle-powered group of urban farmers who turn neighborhood lawns into gardens. You can eat fish tacos made by Chef Jes Tantalo, the resident chef at East End Market. She pops up here every other week with Cinthia Sandoval from Wild Ocean Seafood, who also accepts pre-orders for responsible and tasty Florida fish and shellfish."
FED Pro > Chef Matt Hinckley of Hinckley's Fancy Meats

Mondays from 6-10pm
1842 East Winter Park Road, Orlando, FL 32803 | audubonmarket.com


SHOPS

East End Market | Photo Credit: Find. Eat. Drink.

East End Market | Photo Credit: Find. Eat. Drink.

East End Market

This is a market to showcase Central Florida's local farmers and food artisans. There are various vendors selling meats, seafood, cheeses, soups, produce, coffee and juices, as well as restaurants.

"This is based on the Ferry Building in San Francisco, but on a smaller scale. For anyone who's interested in culinary and food, this is a must go-to market. A local guy bought an old church building and now there are several food vendors here.
FED Pro > Chef James Petrakis of Ravenous Pig, Cask & Larder, Swine & Sons

Olde Hearth Bread at East End Market | Photo Credit: Find. Eat. Drink.

Olde Hearth Bread at East End Market | Photo Credit: Find. Eat. Drink.

"Visit any of the artisans here. Swing by Lineage for some incredible coffee. Have it with a pastry from Olde Hearth Bread or a chunk of cheese from La Femme Du Fromage. You can also get a glass of local wine from Quantum at Local Roots."
FED Pro > Chef Kevin Fonzo of K Restaurant

"This is a great spot to check out. Not because Hinckley’s Fancy Meats are available there through Local Roots, but because there’s a wide variety of other locally-made stuff here as well. There’s coffee, a juice bar, a bakery, sushi, and a lot of packaged goods that are regionally crafted."
FED Pro > Chef Matt Hinckley of Hinckley's Fancy Meats

"This market is just awesome. You can start by getting a cold brew coffee from Lineage or fresh juice from Skyebird. Then you can hit up La Femme du Fromage for some artisan cheeses and Olde Hearth Bread for amazing pastries and breads. Local Roots Farm Store is great to pick up some fresh local produce or craft beers."
FED Pro > Bartender Paul Johnsen of Slate

3201 Corrine Drive, Orlando, FL 32803
T: 321.236.3316 | www.eastendmkt.com


LUNCH

Summer Rolls at Anh Hong | Photo Credit: Find. Eat. Drink.

Summer Rolls at Anh Hong | Photo Credit: Find. Eat. Drink.

VIETNAMESE | Anh Hong

They serve many classic Vietnamese dishes, including bahn mi, using local organic produce. Owner Anh learned in his grandmother's restaurant and carries on the tradition.

"We have one of the largest Vietnamese populations here in Orlando. This is one of my favorite restaurants for Vietnamese food."
FED Pro > Chef James Petrakis of Ravenous Pig, Cask & Larder, Swine & Sons

1124 East Colonial Drive, Orlando, FL 32803
T: 407.999.2656 | 
anhhongorlando.com

Anh Hong | Photo Credit: Find. Eat. Drink.

Anh Hong | Photo Credit: Find. Eat. Drink.

Photograph courtesy of Little Saigon

Photograph courtesy of Little Saigon

VIETNAMESE | Little Saigon + Pho 88

"I hit the Vietnamese District pretty regularly because it's so close to my house. You can find spots there like Little Saigon or Pho 88 serving up bowls of noodles (pho) with tendon, tripe, and pig skin. They've been doing it for years and the people in the know (read: foodies and chefs) have gobbled it up. It has only been recently that those cuts have made their way into Orlando's fancier restaurants."
FED Pro > Chef Matt Hinckley of Hinckley's Fancy Meats

LITTLE SAIGON
1106 E Colonial Drive, Orlando, FL 32803
T: 407.423.8539 | 
www.littlesaigonrestaurant.com

PHO 88
730 N Mills Avenue, Orlando, FL 32803
T: 407.897.3488 | 
www.pho88orlando.com

Photograph courtesy of Prato

Photograph courtesy of Prato

ITALIAN | Prato

Italian-inspired dishes cooked in Acunto ovens imported from Naples, Italy.

"Chef Brandon McGlamery is doing really great Italian food. The pizzas are fantastic. I think his best things are his croutons, so I always get his croutons and salads."
FED Pro > Chef James Petrakis of Ravenous Pig, Cask & Larder, Swine & Sons

"I love the pizzas, the crudo, and the pastas that they make."
FED Pro > Chef Henry Salgado of Spanish River Grill

"The best pizza in town is here."
FED Pro > Chef Kevin Fonzo of K Restaurant

124 N Park Avenue,Winter Park, FL 32789
T: 407.262.0050 | 
www.prato-wp.com


AFTERNOON TEA

Photograph courtesy of Dandelion Communitea Cafe

Photograph courtesy of Dandelion Communitea Cafe

Dandelion Communitea Cafe

An organic and vegetarian cafe and teahouse. They also sell premium loose leaf teas.

"They have a good variety of teas. You can get your kombucha on there too."
FED Pro > Chef Matt Hinckley of Hinckley's Fancy Meats

618 N Thornton Avenue, Orlando, FL 32803
T: 407.362.1864
 | dandelioncommunitea.com

Infusion Tea

You can order everything from tea sandwiches to whole wheat wraps to breakfast dishes to go with your hot or iced teas.

"They have some of Orlando's best tea offerings, as well as a diverse menu."
FED Pro > Chef Kevin Fonzo of K Restaurant

1600 Edgewater Drive, Orlando, FL 32804
T: 407.999.5255 | www.infusionorlando.com


Gin & Tonic at The Ravenous Pig | Photo Credit: Find. Eat. Drink.

Gin & Tonic at The Ravenous Pig | Photo Credit: Find. Eat. Drink.

COCKTAIL HOUR

COCKTAILS | The Courtesy Bar

Craft cocktails, both signature and standard. They also have cocktails on tap, like Tea and Tonic with Boodles gin and Jack Rudy tonic, an absinthe menu and Pok Pok Som shrubs.

"This is Orlando's first craft cocktail bar and it is still leading the pack."
FED Pro > Bartender Paul Johnsen at Slate

"One of the first craft cocktail bars in Orlando. They have a very talented staff with an amazing cocktail selection. If you don't find something on the menu, just let the bartenders know, and they will make you something right up your alley. This is one of those place you want to visit over and over again."
FED Pro > Chef Kevin Fonzo of K Restaurant

"It is probably a thousand square feet and it's a true speakeasy kind of wait for fifteen minutes to get a cocktail, but it's well thought out."
FED Pro > Chef James Petrakis of Ravenous Pig, Cask & Larder, Swine & Sons

114 North Orange Avenue, Orlando, FL 32801
T: 407.450.2041 | www.thecourtesybar.com

Lobster Tacos at The Ravenous Pig | Photo Credit: Find. Eat. Drink.

Lobster Tacos at The Ravenous Pig | Photo Credit: Find. Eat. Drink.

COCKTAILS & FOOD | The Ravenous Pig

Traditional pub fare and bistro classics from chefs James and Julie Petrakis. They have happy hour specials on Mondays to Saturdays from 4:30pm to 5:30pm with $4 beer and $6 cocktails.

"This was the first restaurant to get behind craft cocktails and tailor offerings that compliment their cuisine. They continue to be innovative and provide exemplary service."
FED Pro > Barman Gene Zimmerman of The Courtesy Bar

"I have a lot of admiration and respect for my friends at The Ravenous Pig. They are putting their stamp on our food scene."
FED Pro>  Chef Brandon McGlamery of Prato, Luma on Park

"I really like the Lobster Tacos. He has really great steaks and I love getting the ribeye steak."
FED Pro > Chef Henry Salgado of Spanish River Grill

1234 North Orange Avenue, Winter Park, FL 32789
T: 407.628.2333 | 
www.theravenouspig.com


EVENING | Beer & Wine

Photograph courtesy of Ten10 Brewery

Photograph courtesy of Ten10 Brewery

BEER | Ten10 Brewery & Brew Pub

"This is dangerously close to my house. They brew on-site and have great beers. I love their IPA because it is so balanced. I get a lot of IPAs that are so hop forward you can't even tell that there is malt underneath it. Their Altbier (German style brown ale) and Golden Ale are good choices as well."
FED Pro > Chef Matt Hinckley of Hinckley's Fancy Meats

1010 Virginia Drive, Orlando, FL 32803
T: 407.930.8993
| ten10brewing.com

WINE | The Parkview 

With 70 wines by the glass, you should be able to find something you like to drink.

"This is a place I would recommend for grabbing a drink in Winter Park."
FED Pro >  Chef Brandon McGlamery of Prato, Luma on Park

136 S Park Avenue, Winter Park, FL 32789
T: 407.647.9103


DINNER

Photography courtesy of The Rusty Spoon

Photography courtesy of The Rusty Spoon

FARM-TO-TABLE | The Rusty Spoon

"Chef Kathleen Blake is also doing a great job supporting our local community of farmers and growers. Her restaurant gives hope to Church Street Station, a once popular downtown area that dried up with the birth of some gaudy tourist destinations out west. The menu changes seasonally and it's a great menu for sharing."
FED Pro > Chef Matt Hinckley of Hinckley's Fancy Meats

"Visit chef Kathleen Blake at Rusty Spoon for anything that is sourced locally."
FED Pro > Chef Kevin Fonzo of K Restaurant

Church Street Market, 55 West Church Street, Orlando, FL 32801
T: 407.401.8811
www.therustyspoon.com

Photograph courtesy of Shin Japanese Restaurant

Photograph courtesy of Shin Japanese Restaurant

JAPANESE | Shin

A downtown Orlando sushi bar owned by four sushi chefs: Massaiuki Kumagai, Kenji Okamoto, Takanao Nakashima ,and Takeshi Sakurada. They have worked in 30 restaurants all over the world for the past 25 years.

"I love Ken, my sushi guru at Shin. He is also a great fisherman and has extensive knowledge on all types of fish." 
FED Pro >  Chef Brandon McGlamery of Prato, Luma on Park

803 North Orange Avenue, Orlando, FL 32801
T: 407.648.8000 | www.shinsushi.com

NEW AMERICAN | K Restaurant

"This place is a must if you are visiting Orlando. What makes it stand out from every other place is the creativity and locally-sourced ingredients that go into every dish. They also have a great wine selection. It's an ideal place to enjoy a night out. I've never been disappointed going into K Restaurant. The Fried Green Tomato is amazing and the Mac n' Cheese with Lobster is insane."
FED Pro > Bartender Paul Johnsen at Slate

1710 Edgewater Drive, Orlando, FL 32804
T: 407.872.2332 | 
krestaurant.net

Photograph courtesy of Cask & Larder

Photograph courtesy of Cask & Larder

SOUTHERN | Cask & Larder

Chef James Petraskis calls his restaurant a boisterous Southern Public House. They have their own craft brewery on the premises run by the former brewmaster of Shipyard Brewing Company and the food is inspired by local ingredients and classic Southern fare.

"Swing by here for creative bar snacks to beat off the alcohol from the killer cocktails of bartender Mike Bass at their bar."
FED Pro > Chef Kevin Fonzo of K Restaurant

"For later in the night, they have a good bar scene. He has this ribeye hot dog that is killer. It is a gut bomb, but it is delicious."
FED Pro > Chef Henry Salgado of  Spanish River Grill

Open until midnight
565 West Fairbanks Avenue, Winter Park, FL 32789
T: 321.280.4200 | www.caskandlarder.com


LATE NIGHT

Tako Cheena | Photo Credit: Dana McMahan [flickr]

Tako Cheena | Photo Credit: Dana McMahan [flickr]

ASIAN FUSION | Tako Cheena

Tacos, burritos and empanadas with Pan-Asian fillings and a wild late night local crowd.

"This is a great spot to crawl into after a late night downtown. They've got outside-of-the-box taco offerings that are the perfect centerpiece for after hours discussions about how to save the planet. Be careful not to trip over hipster beards or pocket chains though."
FED Pro > Chef Matt Hinckley of Hinckley's Fancy Meats

"It is fun and they are open late night. They have all kinds of different tacos. They have counter service, so you walk up and get your tacos. If you go around 12am, you can watch the freak show walk in right after that. Be there before 1am, because it does get crazy packed and it does get a little freaky. But the food is good. It is a mix of transvestites from the show bar down the street called Bananas. It is fun and the food is really, really good."
FED Pro > Chef Henry Salgado of Spanish River Grill

Open until 11pm, 4am on weekends
932 N Mills Avenue, Orlando, FL 32803
T: 321.236.7457 | 
mytakocheena.com

NEW AMERICAN | The Smiling Bison

The name is a nod to Buffalo, NY, the former hometown of the chef and co-owner Josh Oakley. He does serve a bison burger, but that was not part of the original plan. In addition, he also serves other locally-sourced dishes until midnight, like smoked scallop hushpuppies, a Florida peach salad, a Grouper cheek roll, and a local squash pizza.

"This is a fun spot for late night. It is a bunch of hipsters who know how to cook. They put as much fattening shit on a plate as possible and it tastes really good. It is kind of pubby. It is a baby Ravenous Pig."
FED Pro > Chef Henry Salgado of Spanish River Grill

Open until 12am
745 Bennet Road, Orlando, FL 32803
T: 407.898.8580 | smilingbison.com

Photograph courtesy of The Woods

Photograph courtesy of The Woods

COCKTAILS & BEER | The Woods

"This bar has everything you could want for late night drinking. The ridiculous gin and whiskey selection is probably the best in Orlando. You can have awesome cocktails, amazing craft beers, or just leave it up to the bartender and they will be sure to point you in the right direction. A must visit drinking spot for sure."
FED Pro > Bartender Paul Johnsen at Slate

"They have an exceptional offering of craft beer and sometimes it's nice to have a good beer to wash down a good cocktail."
FED Pro > Barman Gene Zimmerman of The Courtesy Bar

Open until 2am
49 N Orange Avenue, Orlando, FL 32801
T: 407.203.1114 | 
www.thewoodsorlando.com

PUB | The Matador

Cocktails on tap, including a gin and tonic on tap, as well as a pool table, TV screens for sports, and lots of liquor.

"This is kind of a pool hall that gets a lot of service industry people. They have a gin and tonic on tap."
FED Pro > Chef Henry Salgado of Spanish River Grill

Open until 2am
724 Virginia Drive, Orlando, FL 32803

Photograph courtesy of Redlight Redlight Craft Beer Parlour

Photograph courtesy of Redlight Redlight Craft Beer Parlour

BEER | Redlight Redlight Craft Beer Parlour

A craft beer bar with 23 drafts, 2 beer engines and roughly 200 bottle choices.

"I'm a beer snob and this spot exhibits an ace selection of craft beer. You can find first-rate local brews there complimented by some winning selections from elsewhere."
FED Pro > Chef Matt Hinckley of Hinckley's Fancy Meats

"This place is always rated one of the top beer bars in America and it's where all the cooks hang out. They don't have anything but beer and it's always packed. They have big garage doors out back onto a little league field and it’s only open at night. It's just a cool, definitely hipster place, a lot of mustaches and really good beer."
FED Pro > Chef James Petrakis of Ravenous Pig, Cask & Larder, Swine & Sons

Open until 2am
2810 Corrine Drive, Orlando, FL 32803
T: 407.893.9832
redlightredlightbeerparlour.com

Souvenirs


Souvenirs


St. Augustine Gin

Recommended by Gene Zimmerman of The Courtesy Bar, this small batch New World Gin is made with whole, fresh herbs that they hand-grind with a vintage burr mill. It has strong citrus and spice notes.

staugustinedistillery.com | Where To Buy

Hinckley's Fancy Meats

Farm-to-table chef Matt Hinckley made a name for himself cooking in top restaurants around the world. He returned to his hometown Orlando and now makes hand-crafted artisanal charcuterie and meat products.

www.hinckleymeats.com | Where To Buy

Datil Pepper Sauce

"When you visit Orlando, I suggest you try datil pepper sauce, because it is so unique to Central Florida and on the Slow Foods Arc of Taste list of endangered heritage foods. They're delicious. Get some!" - chef Matt Hinckley

www.datildoit.com | Available at Publix

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Brandon McGlamery

Executive chef and owner of Prato, Luma on Park in Winter Park, FL.

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James Petrakis

Executive chef and owner of Ravenous Pig, Cask & Larder, Swine & Sons in Winter Park, FL.

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Kevin Fonzo

Executive chef and owner of K Restaurant in Orlando, FL.

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Matt Hinckley

Chef and owner of Hinckley’s Fancy Meats in Orlando, FL.


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Henry Salgado

Executive chef and owner of of Spanish River Grill in New Smyrna Beach, FL.

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Gene Zimmerman

Barman and owner of The Courtesy Bar in Orlando, FL. 

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PAUL JOHNSEN

South Regional vice president at United States Bartenders Guild and head bartender at Slate in Orlando, FL.

 

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