Beyond Burgers: There Are Fun Foodie Surprises on Orlando's Late-Night Roster

Things like burgers and tacos are standard for late-night menus – and you’ll find plenty of those on this Orlando roster. That said, there are surprises in store. Gourmands from elsewhere, cities perhaps more often considered culinary contenders, would likely balk at the idea they might find an intimate eatery at which they could order a bottle of Sancerre to pair with sea bass and potato and fennel hash at 1 a.m., but that’s precisely the deal at Scratch, a romantic venue in Winter Park that’s far cozier and friendlier than the pretentious-sounding foodie copy above might lead you to believe. Over at the Smiling Bison, you can pair fried chicken livers or foie gras pierogi with live jazz late on Tuesday nights. And if all of that sounds a bit upmarket for your tastes, you can’t do better than the lamb taco (when they have it; it’s a special) at Tako Cheena, where about $10 will get your belly full of some seriously good food – tacos, burritos, hot dogs and more, much of it with an Asian spin – after a night out in Mills 50. Over in the Milk District, Tako Cheena’s sammie-slinging sister venue, Pom Pom’s, is open 24/7 on weekends, much to the delight of tea aficionados and late-night munchers. And at Oblivion Taproom – a family-friendly craft beer emporium and restaurant earlier in the evening – some say the nightly specials and piled-high burgers taste even better later on, when the music’s a little louder and there may or may not be a fun themed party going on.

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Oblivion's customers are a dedicated bunch. Why? It's an inclusive kinda place, atmospherically AND gastronomically.They rustle up some of the best pub grub anywhere, but don't leave out the vegetarians and vegans. Try the house wings, coated in...  Read More

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Pom Pom's Teahouse & Sandwicheria
Photo courtesy of A.D. Thompson

Pom Pom's is a small, arty little joint in the Bumby vein of the Milk District, a predictably hipsteresque but very friendly haunt with an array of generous fresh salads, homemade soups, a veritable library of teas and a creative, extensive...  Read More


You might fork over $10 for two or three tacos and a drink at Tako Cheena, but you'll want to spend a little more. Why? Because it's freakin' delicious, that's why. Small, fun, exceedingly local, the food here is a wonderful amalgam of Thai and...  Read More

Intimate and chic, but hardly pretentious, the folks at Scratch makes you feel at home whether you've dropped in for a drink at the bar or to sample its sublime small plates (which you can also do at the bar). Its location on Fairbanks is just a...  Read More


Meet A.D. Thompson

A.D. Thompson has spent more than 20 years as a professional writer and roughly 15 as a Floridian. The words, she has found, come easier with bare feet and rum.

A roller coaster enthusiast,...  More About A.D.

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