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 – pumpkin and space and all that's Fall-nice. Some offer both. But whether you're in the market for fall-flavor-infused craft cocktail, a seasonal three-course dinner out or a steaming cup of coffee (or noodle-piled bowl of pho),  the fact that you can do all of it in your flip flops makes for one happy, Floridian fall experience. 

Disney Springs ®


Upstairs, Maria & Enzo's sweeping Italian eatery rules the roost, but down at Enzo's Hideaway, a clandestine lounge and restaurant themed on Florida's rum-running history, Prohibition Era cocktails wet the whistle and, if you're hungry,...  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



Tartine is a fancy French word for something that need not be fancy: an open-faced sandwich. That said, at a place like Tartine (a sister business to Winter Park's exceedingly popular Croissant Gourmet; so you know they've got the house-made...  Read More



New in 2018, this Mills 50 eatery (and drinkery) comes courtesy of some experienced Orlando restaurateurs whose vision of artful small plates (oysters with a cool dry-ice presentation is an Instagram food pornographer's dream come true) and...  Read More



Orlando has been exploding with great, new Asian restaurants and this new fast-casual option, if the flavors are any indication, has a bright future ahead. Favorites here include the crispy wings and garlicky garlic noodles, but fans of...  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



Last year, Gratitude Coffee was the sole food truck on the autumn round-up. And we're keeping it this year. Why? Well, yeah - "gracious, friendly proprietor ... home-baked goods ... phenomenal coffee..." But that's not news. What is news is that...  Read More



Chocoholics beware. While the many tempting shops of Park Avenue are rife with goodies for your home, office, closet or jewelry box, Peterbrooke's could head straight to your hips! We dare you to escape the gravitational pull of this sublime...  Read More



Luisa's Cellar is another charming addition to the Sanford fold. Its owners, often on site, call their little slice of Sanford Avenue a "wine bar with a beer problem," but in a walkable downtown where you can throw a rock in any direction and...  Read More

Audubon Park


Don't let the $140 average dinner price tag scare you off. You see Kadence, formerly known as Kappo (once housed a few blocks away at Audubon Park's East End Market), is a nine-seat omakase experience unlike any other you'll find here in...  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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