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.
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.
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!
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.
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.