Taste late-night in Orlando at these fun foodie outposts

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. Can you do better than the lamb taco 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? It's a rhetorical question, but one we'd like you to ponder as you peruse this roster of late-night delights. 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. I-Drive's exemplary Cafe 34 Istanbul's kitchen not only never closes, in the wee hours there may well be a hookah-fueled party going on. And down at the Waterfront, you can get some surprisingly good and varied fare well into late night, and with a beautiful waterfront view to boot. 



Hyperlocal and frequented by both college students and Wifi-powered freelancers with a need for excellent Fair Trade coffee and a pleasant working environment, Austin's is a 24-hour establishment that provides a steady infusion of both. Add to...  Read More



The Hideaway Bar is a tried and true local hang on the edge of Ivanhoe Village. Good, cheap drinks, a pool table and an exceedingly laid back atmosphere has garnered the place a legion of regulars. All comers, Miami Dolphins fans in particular,...  Read More



Arepas, at any hour, equate to Venezuelan comfort food, but they may taste best at 2 a.m. How do we know? This popular establishment, which began its life as a food truck, now has several permanent locations around town. The Universal-convenient...  Read More



Oh, tacos. The later it gets, the better you sound. Not that Gringos Locos doesn't make a great lunch or dinner option. But you know what we mean. It's late, you're downtown, perhaps after visiting a few of our fair city's sophisticated...  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



Pub food is a staple come the midnight hour and beyond. South American "pub food," particularly in the form of piled-high salchipapas or juicy-flavorful Colombian-style burgers, is a level up. Que Rico was a favorite of downtown, a food truck...  Read More



Sophisticated, spicy and authentic are words you'll often hear associated with Chuan Lu Garden, a Mills 50-outpost that operates as part of the larger Ginza steakhouse. We'd add colorful, flavorful, aromatic and delicious, though it's likely all...  Read More

Pom Pom's Teahouse & Sandwicheria
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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



Okay, so maybe you like to smoke the hookah and maybe you don't. But in the ample, open-air (but covered; take that, Florida rain!) space at Cafe 34 Istanbul, the smoke may not bother you at all, especially early on. This I-Drive enclave is...  Read More

Mills 50


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


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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