March 29, 2018

By Sharon Fletcher Jones


Orlando and surrounding cities are home to some of the state’s best cuisine. Several local eateries have been featured on national ‘best of’ lists and as travel fan favorites. If you’re seeking to satisfy your taste buds with small bites or a full blown feast, our beautiful and diverse city steps up to the plate every time to accommodate.

Named for the best barbeque in town, 4 Rivers Smokehouse has multiple locations and is sure to please the most discriminating pallet. P & D Soul Food Kitchen, nestled in a historical office building (off of John Young Parkway) has some of the best home-cooked meals you’ll ever have outside of your own home. Smothered chicken and pork chops, liver and onions, meatloaf and collard greens and ox tails and potato salad, it’s all good and they’re quite generous with their portions. Don’t walk away without a slice of Red Velvet or Sock It to me cake!

Ma’Belle’s Ice Cream and Sandwich Shop at 407 S. Parramore Avenue is the perfect pit stop to make for delicious sandwiches and decadent ice cream desserts. Leave your calorie counter at home and prepare to taste a little bit of heaven.

Chef Eddie’s on Church Street is a favorite hangout during the Orlando Magic’s pre, in, and post seasons.

If you’re in the mood, in the heart of the city sits Pho 88 right off of Mills Avenue. There are some who say it’s a toss-up between the Mills Avenue restaurant and Pho Real, located in our sister city of Kissimmee, as to who’s the absolute best.

Time after time, Gators Dockside with multiple locations has been touted for “best wings”. They say the secret is in the sauce. On the opposite end of the spectrum, the best Vegan or Vegetarian food can be found at Ethos Vegan Kitchen in Winter Park which is a mere stone’s throw from downtown Orlando.

Whether you have a taste for the exotic or simply want to take a trip down memory lane to your mama’s kitchen, Orlando has something special for the foodie in you!


About the author:  

Sharon Fletcher Jones is a true Libra, an action-ist, and a budget fashionista. The Portsmouth, Virginia native is also an employment specialist with Goodwill Industries, a life coach and an associate editor at ONYX Magazine. Stacey’s mom (literally) has got it going on. Fletcher Jones’ personal mantra is “It’s the dash that counts.”


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