Deciding where to eat can be a struggle… I know the conversation — “You pick!” — “No, you pick!” There may be a plethora of options for your next meal, but we seem to always think of the same places. It’s like being in a restaurant rut. Well, here’s a post to hopefully dig you out of that rut! I’m sharing my top Orlando restaurant spots to hopefully inspire you to step out of your routine restaurant picks and try something new!
My Favorite Orlando Restaurants:
Hands down the BEST little vegan cafe in the Orlando area. Everything at The Sanctum feels happy and healthy from the food to the coffee to the interior decor. Serving up breakfast, lunch and dinner, the menu has a variety of fun items such as a vegan sushi bowl, raw pad thai, and even a dish with “meetballs”! Stop by on a Wednesday to enjoy two for one wine.
Bibimbap Bowl with Quinoa at The Sanctum
Macro Bowl with Quinoa at The Sanctum
Luma On Park
Luma is Greg and my go-to date night spot. If there was one word to describe the restaurant, I’d probably say, Sexy. The lighting is dim to set a romantic mood and it feels a bit like a swanky nightclub inside (minus the strippers and rave music). The ambiance is amazing, but it is the food that keeps us coming back. I’ve never ordered something I didn’t like. Fresh, farm-to-table ingredients and a menu that changes with what is in season. (Yes, I have a lot of photos of their food because it’s just SO pretty.)
Dandelion Communitea Cafe
Another amazing vegetarian spot in Orlando. They are known for their tempeh chili, which you can order as your entree, a side, or as a topping on a grain or salad bowl. Their vegetarian summer rolls are perfection.
Winter Park Fish Co
I love this cozy seafood restaurant! WP Fish Co has arguably the freshest seafood in town. The best thing about coming to this joint is the abundance of options to fit whatever your craving. The fish selection changes daily with whichever fish arrived that day. My standard meal is the monster grouper sandwich OR a fresh catch with two sides.
Photograph taken from WP Fish Company website – fresh catch with two sides (sweet potato mash + brussels).
Rusteak College Park
Rusteak is a cozy farm-to-table restaurant in College Park on Edgewater Drive. The restaurant has a seasonally-inspired menu featuring fresh seafood, sandwiches, burgers, flatbread pizzas, salads, and fancy composed dishes too. I’m a sucker for their salads and fish tacos. Rusteak is another spot that is consistently delicious. This place is great for groups with daily happy hour specials.
Salmon Salad at Rusteak College Park
Power House Cafe
Power House is a lunchtime cafe with mediterranean dishes and smoothies on Park Avenue. Power House has amazing chicken salad and tuna salad made with light mayo and carrots. I have no idea how they make it, but it’s orange and SO GOOD. Craving pita and hummus? Go here. Everything is made fresh upon your order. And be sure to say hello to George when you’re there (he’s one of the owners and is always smiling).
Photograph taken from Power House Cafe’s Facebook page – chicken salad supreme
I frequent this wrap/salad spot at least once a week. (They basically know my order). The people are so nice and you are guaranteed to receive a yummy meal. I typically make my own salad with Boors Head deli meat and add avocado.
The Strand is a small mom and pop restaurant in the Mills 50 neighborhood. This is a place that you walk in and instantly feel welcome and at home. The food is simply prepared with unique specials every night. They have amazing wine.
What are your favorite Orlando restaurants?