Brunch: If we had a 10Best Neighborhoods for day drinking and eating list the areas around Thornton Park would certainly make the roster. And with its outdoor seating (and rustic-modern interior) the Stubborn Mule would get a mention. Brunch sort of screams "let's sit outside," as well, and so it would get a double-tap. Dining here is a la carte and predictably sumptuous but foodie'd up for your pleasure via options like egg-laden hash, bourbon-maple drizzled fried chicken and a dish called the Mr. Wilbur (beer-braised pulled pork, crispy polenta cake, poached egg and white BBQ finished with Hollandaise) that will make your tummy happy and your cardiologist cry. Meh. Don't stress. Brunch is meant to be indulgent.
Restaurants near Amway Center: If we had a 10Best Neighborhoods for day drinking and eating list Thornton Park would certainly make the roster. And with its outdoor seating (and rustic-modern interior) the Stubborn Mule, though a tad outside its formal boundaries, would get a mention. Whether you're in for lunch, brunch or dinner, decadent options abound. Pork-piled flatbreads, gooey, overtopped burgers, even the tofu sammie is slathered with garlic spread and topped with cheese, so if you're already on the fence about your diet, this place could easily put the final nail in its coffin. The roster of signature mules makes the cocktail menu a nice add for Uber drivers in its vicinity, as well.
Thornton Park Area's Best Restaurants: If we had a 10Best Neighborhoods for day drinking and eating list Thornton Park would certainly make the roster. And with its outdoor seating section (along with a rustic-modern interior) the Stubborn Mule would get a mention. Fans of RusTeak, with locations in Winter Garden and the College Park neighborhood of Orlando will likely kvell over the fare, which includes some gargantuan burger options (try the resto's namesake, served with maple-pepper bacon, gooey gruyere and a messy stack of thin, fried onions - this is a knife-and-fork burger!), ample sammies, share-ables and more.
100 S. Eola Drive
Orlando, FL 32801
Brunch: "Drink responsibly! Unsure of what that means? Read the "Bottomless Mimosa Faux Pas" list on the Stubborn Mule website before partaking."
Restaurants near Amway Center: "Don't forget to make time to hit the Sunday Farmer's Market at Lake Eola Park. Thornton Park/downtown Orlando were made to while away a Sunday!"
Thornton Park Area's Best Restaurants: "Popular for post-work happy hour and among the downtown-area residents, peak times can be busy and loud."
Best for Brunch Because: Ample outdoor seating, sumptuous selections and a bottomless mimosa option ($12? We're in!) make the Stubborn Mule worth riding for brunch.
Best for Restaurants near Amway Center Because: It's less than a mile from Amway. Not enough to walk off their fondue-laden house burger, but probably a good idea anyway!
Best for Thornton Park Area's Best Restaurants Because: It's not for diets, but it's fabulous for cheat days. And brunch. Which, much like Thanksgiving, is an auto-cheat day.