The Top Orlando Restaurants for Lunch

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After spending a few years in Orlando, I’ve become accustomed to eating out at restaurants every day. The traffic can be crazy during rush hour, so it’s usually just for lunch. Since I essentially have a professional opinion on the matter, I am going to describe my experiences at my top four favorite restaurants for lunch in Orlando.

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First up is a breakfast and brunch place, Se7en Bites. This one’s for all you guys who prefer to eat an earlier lunch, or woke up early enough to eat breakfast at a restaurant. Expect to be hanging out around around Northeast Orlando if you want to eat here. Fortunately it’s a beautiful neighborhood, so you could take your food to go and walk around while you ate if you wanted.

Se7en Bites has a great menu, which should be expected of a breakfast-centric restaurant. When I went in for the first time, the owner greeted me with a friendly smile. As I proceeded to sit down and peruse the menu, he made sure I had everything I needed to be comfortable. Customer service really improves the quality of the meal, and I think more restaurants need to take that into account before serving you.

A lot of items on the menu were Southern-themed, which I thought was nice and unique. My favorite thing to order (I’ve been ordering it ever since the first time) is Se7en Bites’s biscuit with ham, egg, and pimento. You can taste how fresh the ingredients are with every bite, and I’m sure if you went out back each morning you would see all of their fresh ingredients being delivered.

I thought the food was so good that I left a positive review after the first time, so don’t be shy and let Se7en Bites know your thoughts afterwards.

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Next up, if you’re thinking about eating at a cocktail bar instead, head over to Cafe Tu Tu Tango. Doesn’t really roll off the tongue, but it has quickly become one of my most spoken phrases ever since going. This one’s located by the SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium, but I’m not sure if they allow outside food indoors. That would be great if they did, because then you could look at all the beautiful fish while eating delectable food.

Cafe Tu Tu Tango delves deeper into higher-end food territory, not serving simple dishes like biscuits and gravy or anything like that. The menu is very unique and varied for an Orlando restaurant, and Cafe Tu Tu Tango still manages to keep their prices low while staying in business. I’ve always been pretty impressed at how well they manage to keep the tables and dishes clean. Some restaurants have cloudy and foggy glasses, and it’s because they don’t use the right type of high end soap.

Cleanliness should be paramount in every restaurant owner’s MO. In this review, I want to give a special shout-out to the accommodations for the elderly. There was an old man who used a walker and couldn’t use the stairs, so his waiter helped him find a way around them to his table.

It was pretty packed that night. I mentioned that in my google review, but most of them go unnoticed since there are so many positive online reviews that you’d have to dig through. Good job, Cafe Tu Tu Tango!

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This list wouldn’t be complete if I didn’t mention some amazing Latin food, so here’s my review for Tako Cheena. This restaurant is by Park Lake in Orlando, so there’s another spot for walking if you’re really into taking your food to go. I like getting a meal that includes bread whenever I’m near a lake, so I can feed the ducks. Even though science has proven that feeding bread to ducks is extremely unhealthy for them.

Tako Cheena has a huge selection of great tacos, from mojo shrimp to pork belly. No lie, my mouth is watering right now just thinking about the pork belly taco. I’m not really into seafood, but the mojo shrimp taco was to die for as well. I always order both whenever I eat at Tako Cheena. After eating here for a while, I thought it would be nice to take a peek inside their kitchen and watch the chefs do their work. While I was in there, I decided to take a look around and see if I could spot any imperfections.

Nothing had a speck of dust on it, not even their exhaust hood! Tako Cheena must know a great Orlando hood cleaning business. Exhaust hoods collect the grease that evaporates into the air when you cook, which is especially important in Latin restaurants because so much of their food is deep fried. Again, leave your thoughts (hopefully positive ones) in the big pile of great great online reviews.

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Last but not least, I have to give an honorable mention to my favorite Asian restaurant in Orlando. Hawkers Asian Street Fare takes the Asian cake when it comes to amazing food. I’ve always had a sweet spot for Oriental food, so Hawkers Asian Street Fare helps me scratch my late night food run itch. The restaurant itself is very open and roomy, eliminating that claustrophobic feel that some restaurants in Orlando can give when they’re packed to the brim.

Hawkers Asian Street Fare is only a street away from the last restaurant, near Park Lake in Orlando as well. Expect another menu with great variety on it, except this time with rice and noodles. I really appreciate that they give you little chopstick assist tools, in case you have trouble using chopsticks well. Staff has been very friendly each time I visit, even going so far as to remember me as a regular.

Guess that shows you guys how much I like their food. I’ve eaten at a few restaurants where they constantly avoid making eye contact with you, and you can’t even get the check to leave. Not here, however, which is why I had positive things to say in my good online review.

Vandalism at the school

Just this past friday, there was an act of vandalism where a student or group of students spray painted hate symbols onto our school. They don’t really tell us as much as they could, but so far we know that there were nazi symbols and “white power” phrases or symbols. There’s an assembly schedule tomorrow, which means all of our classes are shorter and there’s an hour long assembly addressing the issue. Luckily for me, I’m unnoticeable enough to slip away without anybody really caring. I’m not sure if it’s mandatory, but they usually don’t take attendance during assemblies so I doubt it. So far there aren’t any suspects, but my friend and I were talking about potential suspects. He just moved down from Playa Vista, but he really misses working at the overnight dog boarding place.

Currently I’m in my library and they have a meeting going on where they’re trying to recruit different clubs and groups like the football team to show up during the assembly and represent things. Personally, I disagree with this kind of huge presentation. By making a huge stink out of what they spray painted, we’re accomplishing their goal. They wanted attention, and we’re giving it to them. We’re announcing to the world that these images bothered us, so now we’re admitting that they made us uncomfortable. Making us feel this way was literally THEIR GOAL. If we just swept this issue under the carpet and never addressed it officially, then they wouldn’t have accomplished what they wanted.

Nobody was hurt in the process, apart from a few weaker kids who got PTSD from seeing a swastika at school. If I was principal, I would have just ignored the symbols and covered it up without telling anyone and then the white power group wouldn’t be given any more power. That’s what this whole parade is doing. We are giving the hate groups more power over us by admitting that they won. They didn’t want to burn down the school or kill anyone, they just wanted to bother us and it worked. Not me, of course. I couldn’t really care less anyways plus I didn’t get a chance to see the graffiti before they covered it up.

My experience with pets

In the past, I have owned at least four pets. One was my dog, Dexter, which was probably the most important and memorable. Previously I had only really owned gerbils. Actually, make that three pets. I had fluffy, my original gerbil, who was white and female. I forget the other one gerbil’s name, but it was brown. I think its name was spike or something. Fluffy had this real issue with chewing on things, even more than a gerbil usually would. she would gnaw on everything we left in her cage with her, except for Naomi’s gerbil. I’m pretty sure his name was nighttime or something similar to that. Pretty sure one of the guys at the best Restaurant Hood Cleaning in Seattle like gerbils too.

Anyways, fluffy enjoyed chewing on things so much that she shredded the legs on her training wheel, which tipped over and crushed her. We didn’t discover her until we got home from some road trip, and I’m pretty sure we buried her in the backyard. I was around 4 or 5 at the time, so that’s why I don’t remember a ton of details. All I really remember is how she died. It had to have been before I was 6 years old, because that’s when we moved to my second house. This took place at my first house, which was a one-story.

We got dexter in 2011, I believe. He was only a year only and we got him around christmas time so we just claimed that christmas was his birthday. Dex was the only real family pet that we’ve ever had, and now that there’s no chance of our family becoming whole again, he’ll remain the only family pet. He was a dachshund/jack russell mix, which meant that he was a big yapper. That’s actually the reason he got taken away, but I’ll discuss that in my next post so stay tuned if you wanna hear more about my favorite pooch. Technically dex was actually “naomi’s dog” but she didn’t take any more care of him than the rest of the family did so he belonged to all of us.

Dogs vs cats as pets

First of all, I’m going to start this article by admitting that I’m on the side of dogs in this discussion, and there is no way that I will display an unbiased view in this article. I’m still going to talk about some features of cats that I like, but dogs still automatically win in this debate. Some people like to have a pet that will play games with them and provide them with some form of companionship. Some people want a lump of hair that sleeps all day and is incapable of going on walks.

As my dad told me, you can take a dog on a walk and you can take a cat for a drag. I know my buddy at the best Denver Restaurant Hood Cleaning Company absolutely prefers dogs over cats. Dog food is statistically cheaper and healthier for animals, and probably tastes better too. However, cats also have one benefit to society: cat videos. My mom is actually allergic and I’m far too lazy to raise a cat so there’s no way we would ever actually have one. If I were to put my facts into analogies, dogs would be a kids from the 1950s. They’re active, like good music, and are contributing members to society.  Cats are modern kids from the hood. 2/3 of them are obese and enjoy grotesque, obscene rap music, and they tag everything in sight with whatever letters they remember learning before dropping out of the first grade.

Now, I don’t believe cats are inherently evil. They just don’t understand that what they’re doing is wrong. All of their other cat companions enable them to act this way and they have a whole subculture surrounding them with negative influences, with nobody to teach them right from wrong. Dogs are very versatile companions, too. Not only can they serve the purpose of a guard dog, but they can serve in the K-9 unit, act in movies, guide disabled people or the elderly, and provide little children with a best friend who will always be there for them at home. Cats are cool too I guess