Gourmands besotted with other cities’ unique public markets will be delighted to add Orlando to their culinary travel bucket list. East End Market - a fun, new addition to the Audubon Park neighborhood - is a food culture hub, a showcase for Central Florida’s farmers and food artisans. Outside, an urban farm grows a host of crisp offerings. Inside, resident businesses employ them in the culinary process.
East End Market is a new sort of "theme park" for Orlando, one just for foodies — Photo courtesy of A.D. Thompson
East End is a shopping venue, but that doesn’t mean you can’t sit and sample. There are spaces both inside and out. And as Orlando heads into the “wintry” season of better hair days, competition for tables in its al fresco space will surely heat up. Here’s some of what you’ll find inside:
Fatto in Casa
It’s Italian for “homemade,” in case you were wondering. And its purpose is to bring such delicacies to your table with ease. Delicious cakes and cookies, savory soups, salads, pastas and sauce are there to go at the ready. Specials are available daily until they’re sold out. Visit the Fatto in Casa website to order ahead of time for pick-up.
Houndstooth Sauce Company
This new Orlando outfit, courtesy of Chef David Bressler, offers a line of rubs, glazes, dressings, sauces and marinades – especially those showcasing his love for all things quality barbecue. Expect to see some signature to-go items like hearty soups and salads, along with cute, logo-branded apparel.
Farmed seafood? FEH! La Bretxa brings fresh, wild-caught seafood from the sea to your kitchen and offers an array of Spanish provisions – jarred peppers and seafood, crisp breads and more – as well.
Pulpo de Galicia is among the savory wares of La Bretxa — Photo courtesy of La Bretxa Seafood Market & Spanish Provisions
La Femme du Fromage
Proprietress Tonda Corrente has been schooling locals via Tonda’s Kitchen, her wine-and-cheese event company, since 2005. This shop at East End is her new home base. Customers can purchase a wide variety of cheeses here, and belly-up to the bar, as well.
“Our menu will change with the seasons,” says Corrente. “We will offer some ‘adult’ grilled cheese, flatbreads, mac and cheese and salads, showcasing the many applications of cheese to be found in our case.”
Corrente and crew will also be hosting special events both in-shop and in the market’s demo kitchen.
La Femme du Fromage herself, Tonda Corrente — Photo courtesy of A.D. Thompson
This craft roaster is 100 percent coffee “pr0n” for caffeine addicts. Chemex and pour-over and beans, oh my. Lineage is a purveyor of both bagged beans and fresh brew. They believe coffee roasting is headed in the same direction as craft beer. Pop in, and see if you don’t agree.
Local Roots Farm Store
Local Roots is what greets you at the door and affords shoppers true market immersion. Fridges and coolers stocked with locally-sourced eggs and meats and colorful, crisp produce line the wall, along with honeys and soaps. In the center is a beautiful bar with craft wine and beer at the ready.
At Local Roots, you can't help but think green thoughts — Photo courtesy of A.D. Thompson
Lovers of rustic, aged furniture and décor will enjoy perusing amid a shop that “incorporates an old way of living into a new way of life.” Old Inc. not only handcrafts its unique pieces, but it also employs recycled and repurposed materials to do so.
Visit, and you’ll find vintage items – bottles, mirrors, wooden objects – respun as accents. Larger furnishings, tables, chairs and shelves - all made of weathered, repurposed wood - create dramatic centerpieces. Old Inc. welcomes custom orders, as well.
Olde Hearth Bread Co.
Carb addicts, pull up a chair. Serial Atkins dieters, wear your armor. Many locals are already familiar with Olde Hearth for their continuous presence at the city’s various farmers markets. Those who aren’t will remember their name.
All-natural fresh-baked breads and pastries line the counter and shelves and smell like heaven. Blueberry muffins and baguettes, bear claws and black olive batards . . . bakery aficionados, welcome home.
Who couldn’t use a little? This unique shop merges art and Mother Nature to create florals and plantings that lower the blood pressure on sight. Flowering epiphytes and succulent arrangements make for textured, organic and uncommon table arrangements. Pots, baskets and other handcrafted items from local artists are also for sale.
Colorful florals and unique plantings are the focus at Porch Therapy — Photo courtesy of A.D. Thompson
This friendly juice bar and experimental kitchen offers guests another unique venue in which to sit and sample. Its menu consists of raw food offerings and a host of fresh-pressed juices – both in an array of combinations.
Skyebird makes its own kombucha (fermented tea), as well, and serve it from the tap. Offerings here will be seasonal, sourced from the best-available produce. Vegans, vegetarians and enthusiastic juicers will find this venue especially compelling.