Grits N' Gravy: Great Picks for Homestyle Cookin' in Orlando

A.D. Thompson

By , Local Expert, Orlando
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They call it comfort food for a reason. It makes us feel good. The restaurants listed here are among the tops in town for down-homey delights, dishes you may not want to eat every day, but are guaranteed to fill the tummy and warm the soul. Lots of them offer breakfast and/or brunch. And nutritionists have long said we should make that the biggest meal of the day. Think about that if you’re feeling guilty for the warm, buttery biscuits and ladles of sausage gravy, then do an extra mile at the gym! Dixie Belle’s Café is the sort of place the servers will come to know you if you pop in regularly for country-style breakfast and...  Read more »

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    Cask & Larder

    Until Cask & Larder, no one had ever uttered "sausage gravy" and "awesome spot for date night" in the...  Read more »

    Local Expert Tip: "Try the country ham sampler. Three salty delights shaved thin and served with biscuits and pepper jelly. "

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    Dixie Belle's Cafe

    Whether you're looking for chicken pot pie, fried catfish or something smothered-up in sausage gravy, Dixie Belle's is homestyle-food heaven.

    Local Expert Tip: "Check Dixie Belle's website ahead of time for daily specials. "

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    Yellow Dog Eats

    Pulled pork, piled high, in a multitude of alluring combos is No. 1. YDE's unique, friendly setting and vibe is No. 2.

    Local Expert Tip: "Comfort food lovers, rejoice! Tuesday is mac & cheese day, all day long. "

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    Harry & Larry's Bar-B-Que

    Mom-and-pops (in this case, sis-and-sis) BBQ joints are often the best. Harry & Larry's family recipes have been a hit here since 2009.

    Local Expert Tip: "For the love of all things, try the brisket. "

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    The Crooked Spoon

    • Cuisine: American, Burger
    • Average Main Course Price: $18
    • Neighborhood: Clermont

    The Crooked Spoon was hatched in Orlando and its concept takes the homestyle niche to the next level without sacrificing the bacon.

    Local Expert Tip: "Feeling burger-ish? Try the 420, a classic from the Crooked Spoon's food truck days. You'll need extra napkins. Possibly a bib. "

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    Downtown convenience and down-home flavors make McKnight's a venue worth checking out.

    Local Expert Tip: "It's hard to save room, we know. If you fill up, take a slice of sweet potato pie home in a box and thank us later. "

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    Leo's Diner

    Great service and food (special nod to those big, fluffy biscuits) makes Leo's a worthy stop on your Orlando homestyle cookin' tour.

    Local Expert Tip: "Pick another venue on Saturdays; Leo's takes that day off. "

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    The Catfish Place

    Fried green tomatoes and catfish are as homestyle as it gets. Throw in the Florida-local fare and this longtime Orlando-area fave easily gets a nod.

    Local Expert Tip: "You may be familiar with frog's legs in their French or Chinese preparations. If you've never tried the Southern version, this is an ideal venue to give it a shot. If St. Cloud is out of the way, visit their younger sister location in Apopka. "

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    Hash House A Go Go

    When it comes to homestyle splurge eating, Hash House A Go Go takes the (totally ginormous) cake.

    Local Expert Tip: "Hash House knows their portion sizes are immense, so they don't mind if you share. That will keep costs, and leftovers, down. "

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    Melissa's Chicken & Waffles

    Melissa's Chicken & Waffles did diners the courtesy of making quality comfort food mobile, a worthy achievement.

    Local Expert Tip: "Had your main course? Hit Melissa's up for dessert. Chocolate-peanut butter to cheesecake-topped, all served on a fresh, warm edible "plate.""



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