Scarf in Style: Tasting The Best of Trendy Thornton Park

Orlando's Thornton Park neighborhood is mini, but mighty. Jam-packed with gorgeous historic homes, towering oaks and cobbled lanes, it has no shortage of stylish inhabitants nor emigres from the areas it borders. Parking, however, can be tight. Bars, bistros, restaurants and boutiques dot the district, one of Orlando's few truly walkable neighborhoods and one with history that envelops those who explore. All that strolling – whether amid the fantasy real estate or around resplendent nearby Lake Eola – is bound to work up an appetite. Submitted herein, a list of true Thornton Park outposts and a few which border it by mere steps. Soco and the Baoery are within a literal stone’s throw of one another. Meander off to the edge of downtown and you’ll find the stylish Shari Sushi Lounge and its soaring loft and the spirit of Bacchus at the warm, welcoming Eola Wine Company. There are no losers on this list. It’s just a matter of mood.

Stylish, sleek, well-located with a soaring loft and enjoyable al fresco seating, Shari Sushi Lounge has been a staple venue in the Thornton Park area for quite some time. Serving elegant and artful Japanese fare – signature rolls, sashimi...  Read More

This fun, local burger joint now has five locations around the city of Orlando, but Thornton Park is where it all started. Bold colors, bold burgers, great happy hours (early and late!) and a universally friendly atmosphere welcomes everyone...  Read More

Eola Wine Company's downtown location, just a couple of blocks from Thornton Park and practically on top of Lake Eola Park, is resplendent. Inside, rich woods and exposed brick warm patrons like a robust red. Outside, the bright views of...  Read More

"Feeling lucky, punk?" You may after trying the grilled shisito peppers at Baoery Asian Gastropub – the dish goes by this fun little movie-lover's moniker, and it's not the only whimsically named offering, either. Amusing names aside, what...  Read More

Pop into this Thornton Park outpost for a petit déjeuner before work or a morning stroll around the neighborhood or nearby Lake Eola. Fresh pastries, croissants and baguettes baked on premises accompany coffee or, later in the day, an array of...  Read More

Depending on the hour you visit, Dexter's can be equal parts bar and restaurant – but most bars don't have a menu quite like this. Ditto for their Sunday brunch. In a word: decadent. Its lovely Thornton Park location, complete with al fresco...  Read More


It's eclectic, it's romantic, it's musical, it's fun, it's "neighborhood-y." Maxine's is lots of things, not the lease of which is a good restaurant that kinda feels like it's in the middle of a good friend's house. Just a couple of blocks...  Read More

Great service, nice atmosphere, friendly staffers, excellent food (and two kinds; just in case your party can't agree!) – these are the high marks oft given to Oudom, which moved into digs many viewed as cursed (it was a rotating Thornton Park...  Read More

Soco offers up loads of plated Southern comfort, though its name is actually a representation of Southern contemporary, which means you'll find some down-home diner favorites that have undergone an evolution into something more upscale. Think...  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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