Orlando's Talked-About Tables: Truck-to-Table Newcomers, Plant-Based Pleasures & More

Vegans, noodle nuts, and fans of the city's food truck scene are going to find plenty to get excited about on this updated Orlando list of new, newish and top talked-about-tables we're posting as 2018 heads into its third quarter. Asian goodies abound, with a second location for popular Vietnamese fast-casual outfit, Viet-Nomz and another addition to the city's rapidly expanding Chinese list, Taste of Chengdu. Meanwhile, Thornton Park is home to a new noodle haven in the form of JINYA Ramen. Longtime fans of the Bem Bom food truck are delighted with the opening of Bem Bom on Corrine in the Audubon Park Garden District, while mobile vegan pros Leguminati have settled into new digs in the Hourglass District. In fact, vegans are getting a double-tap this time around, as DaJen Eats (up until now our fair city's most famous restaurant operating out of a gas station!) now has its very own home in historic Eatonville; doubtless many newcomers will discover its Caribbean-vegan delights.



Meza is, in some ways, a resurrection of a former downtown fave for Mediterranean cuisine, now operating under a new name and a gorgeous new space that Baldwin Park locals - and those who pop in from elsewhere - are happily enjoying. Falafel and...  Read More



Where is the tenderness? Even if you didn't answer that question in the '80s (and even if you're not old enough to get the reference) you'll find loads of it in the contemporary Southern styling of the General Public House. Perhaps the lobster...  Read More

Doctor Phillips


The H isn't your typical steakhouse. Though sleek, upscale and contemporary, three earmarks of the tony Dr. Phillips neighborhood, this restaurant's cuts are oft infused with the spice and flair of the Mediterranean. Live fire from its open...  Read More



Yet another of Orlando's mobile food purveyors finds itself a home, this one south of Downtown, and up goes a collective cheer from the city's foodies - and vegans who now have yet another venue at which ordering is as easy as a quick glance at...  Read More



With the opening of Bem Bom on Corrine, another of Orlando's amazing food trucks goes brick and mortar, much to the delight of Chef Chico fans around the metro. With Portuguese (Piri Piri!) and Mexican delights populating its early menu, it's...  Read More



DaJen Eats' local fleet of fans has been sailing straight for the gas station from which she served her fresh fare since it opened. Now ensconced in colorful, new digs in historic Eatonville, the personable Chef Jenn Ross is bringing her vegan...  Read More

Disney Springs ®


The Master Sommelier diploma is the highest distinction a professional can attain in fine wine and beverage service, And Disney Springs is home to the only Master-Sommelier led restaurant in Florida: Wine Bar George. With more than 130 wines by...  Read More

East Orlando


Fans of Viet-Nomz' popular Winter Park location (in particular those in East Orlando) were thrilled when it was announced a second outpost would be opening in the UCF/Waterford Lakes area. And with good reason. This fast-casual Vietnamese entity...  Read More



Feeling slurpy cravings that 7-11 can't satisfy? Head down to the JINYA franchise's newest location in lovely Thornton Park for the triple threat of a hot meal, a facial and a steam session for your sinuses in one noodle-laden bowl. Extra points...  Read More

West Orlando


Chengdu is Sichuan's capital city, and Taste of Chengdu, a late 2018 addition to the growing enclave of phenomenal Asian restaurants on West Colonial, brings with it more than a modicum of spice, a hallmark of this region's culinary style....  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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