Good Food, Good Drink, Good Hair: Top Tables For An Orlando Autumn

Fall is glorious in Orlando, its cooler, drier weather signifying not only the end of another hurricane season, but the start of porch and patio season in all its glory. Good-hair season, too, but we digress.... Submitted here for your fall dining pleasure, a selection of varied venues chosen for a multitude of reasons. Some are ideal for enjoying the sublime al fresco eats and drinks the locals enjoy while their friends and relatives in the snow belt are putting chains on the tires. Others incorporate the flavors of the season into their menus – spice and pumpkin, fig and cranberry. Some offer both. But whether you're in the market for a good steak enjoyed on a picturesque golf course, a margarita at a sidewalk cafe ideal for people-watching or even a frosty, fall-flavored treat,  the fact that you can do all of it in flip flops - in December! - makes for one happy, Floridian fall experience. 

Tucked into a side street amid the charming brick-lined lanes of Winter Park's Park Avenue neighborhood sits Cocina 214. The "214" is a nod to the Dallas area � this is a Tex-Mex/Mexican establishment, an upscale setting for business, for...  Read More

This restaurant, among several other Orlando eateries, gained nationwide notoriety when Guy Fieri paid a visit for his show, "Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives," but folks in Orlando (occasionally referred to as Pholando for all the wonderful...  Read More

This quaint working Milk District bakery is open for breakfast and lunch with a manageable, fresh-made menu that changes near daily and makes choosing easy. Okay, that's arguable, since how one chooses between creative, handcrafted moon pies and...  Read More

The Taproom at Dubsdread is notable on this list because it's not actually a steakhouse. It's a restaurant that also serves as the 19th Hole on the Dubsdread (public) Golf Course in College Park, a place that enjoys a loyal following for its...  Read More

An Orlando favorite in Ivanhoe since it opened in 2005, the Greek Corner offers not only delicious and authentic Greek and Mediterranean fare in wonderfully casual confines, its patio boasts one of the nicest views of Lake Ivanhoe available....  Read More

Luke's open design is chic and warm and has been proving popular since its opening, not surprising - since the culinary talents behind it are responsible for two of Winter Park's most popular eateries. Luke's is more expansive and its menu - New...  Read More


The locals love Brick & Fire for Chef Mark's welcoming attitude, for 50-cent wing night, for regular wine specials, for Italian entrees, but most of all for the pizza. Like anyplace else, you're welcome to build your own but the house and...  Read More

That we chose to highlight the Oviedo location is just us giving East Orlando some love, because you'll find the same amazing ices and gelati (their name for the creamy-frosty layered delight of soft serve and ice available in various...  Read More

Sure, you COULD hit up a brick and mortar coffee shop. Orlando has plenty, but many locals choose to forgo not only the ubiquitous chains, but other local joints, just for a taste of this gracious, friendly proprietor's wares. Baked goods here...  Read More

South Orlando

"Food, Brews & Views" is the tagline for this ideally located venue on the shores of South Orlando's Lake Jennie Jewel, and a jewel of a place it is. Both indoor and outdoor, the shaded patio makes for a cool respite in summertime (if you're...  Read More


Meet A.D. Thompson

Amy Drew has spent nearly three decades as a professional writer and roughly half her life as a Floridian. The words, she has found, come easier with bare feet and rum.

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