Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Best Places to Eat in Orlando for Lunch

I want to start off by saying that just because I don’t cook doesn’t mean I don’t love to eat. In fact, I think I’m a pretty trusted advisor on this subject considering I eat out everyday for lunch. Yes, I know it’s bad for you and yes it’s expensive. But, to quote Mac from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, “I’m dug in and I’ll never change.” So, since I have tried most of the local restaurants I wanted to create a quick snapshot of the best places to eat in Orlando for lunch.

Black Rooster Taqueria

If you’re a fan of tacos (and if you aren’t we can't be friends) then I highly recommend you head over to Mills and check out Black Rooster. It’s the perfect spot for lunch with their contemporary Mexican tacos, bowls & ceviche. Everything they serve is fresh with the highest ingredients and you can taste the explosion of Latin flavors. Plus, the Day of the Dead themed decor makes for a unique setting among the Mills 50 District.

What to Order: Guacamole, carne asada and achiote pork tacos with a Corona. 

Pig Floyd’s Urban Barbakoa 

Another favorite restaurant in the Mills 50 District is Pig Floyds. Its rustic setting serves globally flavored BBQ dishes with craft beer. The place consistently has a nice crowd, as it’s a favorite among locals with the urban atmosphere and it’s mouthwatering, literally mouthwatering, dishes. They celebrate being big on flavor and big on style – two things you can definitely feel when you walk through the door.

What to Order: Plain Jane Barbakoa sandwich with a side of fried yuca and a craft beer

Bikes, Beans & Bordeaux

Otherwise known as B3, this café is great for meat eaters and vegetarians alike.  Located in the Colonial Town Neighborhood, they are mainly known for providing cyclists a haven amidst the bustling city. With creations inspired by famous cyclists, they’ve mastered the art of making sandwiches.  B3 also prides itself on serving healthy dishes – something that I’m always in desperate need of.

What to Order: The Messenger sandwich with turkey. Bonus - dishes come with a side of jelly beans!

East End Market

For a variety of foods and flavors, East End Market is great for a lunch outing in the Audubon Park Garden District. From bakers to pasta makers to coffee roasters, this marketplace will satisfy cravings you didn’t even knew you had.  I stopped in for lunch one day and enjoyed a delicious Turkey and Brie Panini from one vendor and then purchased a chocolate chip cookie from the Old Hearth Bread Co. I suggest you simply walk around and pick and choose what you want from the various local merchants. It’s impossible to go wrong.

What to Order: Anything. Just anything.

Japan Express

You know how sometimes there’s that dive restaurant that actually serves amazing food? Well, that’s Japan Express. It offers hibachi-style drive-thru – sounds completely sketchy but I swear on my life it is delicious. I first heard about it from my hairdresser and I’ve never looked back. I think I’m their best customer (and I really should get a referral bonus) because I always seem to make it out there at least once a week. No regrets.

What to Order: Steak hibachi bowl with noodles. Their white sauce is just as good as Kobe's. Trust me! 

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