Beyond Burgers: Find Fun Foodie Surprises on Orlando's Late-Night Roster

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. Gourmands from elsewhere, cities perhaps more often considered culinary contenders, would likely balk at the idea they might find an intimate eatery at which they could order a bottle of Sancerre to pair with sea bass and potato and fennel hash at 1 a.m., but that’s precisely the deal at Scratch, a romantic venue in Winter Park that’s far cozier and friendlier than the pretentious-sounding foodie copy above might lead you to believe. Over at the Smiling Bison, you can pair fried chicken livers or foie gras pierogi with live jazz late on Tuesday nights. And if all of that sounds a bit upmarket for your tastes, you can’t do better than the lamb taco (when they have it; it’s a special) 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. 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. And at Oblivion Taproom – a family-friendly craft beer emporium and restaurant earlier in the evening – some say the nightly specials and piled-high burgers taste even better later on, when the music’s a little louder and there may or may not be a fun themed party going on.

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

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

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

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

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

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


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