Foodie Life Guide
New Year’s resolutions typically fall in the realm of weight loss, exercise, and self-improvement, but as foodies we’re advocating for a year of culinary adventures instead uyhconr. Ditch the salad and expand your palate in 2017 with some delightful and delicious experiences found in Orlando.
1. Try a new restaurant opening in 2017
It’s great to have tried and true favorites, but as the food scene in Orlando continues to grow, there’s no reason not to try something new. 2017 is already shaping up to be a year full of new restaurant openings and expansions. We’re especially excited to try Hunger Street Tacos in Winter Park (no set opening date yet), along with Luke’s Kitchen and Bar in Maitland, which opens January 9th.
2. Have a progressive meal in Audubon Park
The Audubon Park Garden District may be small in size, but it packs a serious punch with a variety of eateries. Restaurants in close proximity to one another make this district prime for a progressive dining experience. Start in the morning with a nice cup of coffee from Lineage Coffee in East End Market. Next, try a sandwich (and that delicious black bean soup) from Bikes Beans and Bordeaux Café across the street, and then top things off with a scoop of ice cream from Kelly’s. They recently released a new seasonal flavor, Alligator Tracks, which is made with Florida oranges.
3. Get a cupcake out of an ATM machine
Disney Springs has evolved into a dining destination popular among locals and tourists. If it’s a bite-sized experience you’re looking for, look no further than the Sprinkles Cupcake ATM Machine. Walk up to the machine, punch in your order, pay, and then watch the screen for a behind-the-scenes look at your cupcake retrieval. A fun musical jingle plays as your boxed cupcake materializes out of the ATM machine.
4. Up your brunch game with a mimosa flight
We’re constantly looking for new and noteworthy brunch experiences. The Parkview in Winter Park has taken the brunch staple of mimosas to the next level by offering mimosa flights: a serving of 4 flavored mimosas (varying depending on what’s in season). Try them all and then get a full pour of your favorite, all for just $10. Brunch is served Saturdays and Sundays.
5. Be a VIP at the chef’s table
Dining at the chef’s table is a truly unforgettable experience. Speak directly to the chef preparing your food, enjoy custom selections, and learn all about food preparation while indulging in an excellent meal. Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or just want to treat yourself to a special night out, the chef’s table at Luma on Park in Winter Park is a great option.
6. Make a homemade meal with local items
There are plenty of foodie havens located throughout Orlando where you can shop small and support local businesses. And what better place to start than in the kitchen? Stock up on your spices at The Spice and Tea Exchange and peruse gourmet goods and olive oil at The Ancient Olive. Local produce and craft beer can be purchased from a multitude of locations, including Florida & Co. (formerly known as Local Roots) in East End Market, or one of Orlando’s many weekly farmer’s markets. A cheese haven can also be found in East End Market at La Femme Du Fromage, an artisanal cheese shop where you can find everything you need for the perfect at-home cheese board. Don’t forget dessert; chocolate covered popcorn from Peterbrooke is the perfect way to end your meal.
7. Eat a slice of pizza as big as your head
For an instagram-worthy pizza moment, make your way to Lazy Moon Pizza in the Mills50 district. The pizza slices are literally as big as your head and come in a variety of flavors. Don’t skip the unique toppings, as this is one thing Lazy Moon is known for. This pizza joint is a great addition to the Mills50 district, which is already bustling with unique eateries and street art. A must-eat for pizza-lovers.
8. Go on a food tour
If you want to expand your local knowledge further, come join us on a food tour! Whether you discover a new restaurant, pick up a new bit of Winter Park history, or simply meet some new friends, our food tours have tons of value to offer locals. The cooler months are the perfect time to join us for the guided 3.5-hour walking tour of Winter Park. We’ll make 6 food stops along the way, and drinks are included! Get your tickets here.