Thornton Park – South Eola

Described as Orlando’s “most stylish district” by the Washing Post, Thornton Park is east of South Eola.  A series of brick-lined streets with independent stores and boutiques, known as an artist and gay-friendly neighbourhood which is also full of great quality dining options.

Some to note are:

Dexter’s – 808 E. Washington Street (407) 648-2777

We recommend brunch at Dexter’s after a walk around Lake Eola.  The key is getting there early, I’d say before 11ish or you’ll be waiting.  Everything is good, the quiche, the blue corn waffle/pancakes and the chicken and Belgian waffle combo are all amazing – believe me.  They also do some great drinks – fruity Mimosas, Bloody Marys and Margheritas.

Hue – 629 E. Central Boulevard – (407) 849-1800

Downtown Orlando’s most critically acclaimed and award-winning restaurant. HUE is a contemporary urban bistro with a French accented, globally influenced menu. We have become a local landmark that personifies city style in Orlando’s best neighborhood – Thornton Park.

Recipient of the prestigious Golden Spoon Award by Florida Trend Magazine for five years running. Named 75 Hot Tables 2003 – Best New Restaurants in the World by Conde’ Nest Traveler Magazine, the only Orlando restaurant to ever win this award.

Virgin Olive Market – 807 North Orange Ave, North of Colonial – (407) 601-7848

Desribed as the Neighborhood Noshery!  This is a place to go where you will be supporting a locally owned business which uses local farm fresh eggs and offers vegan, gluten and soy free options.

Amazing food, great flavours, a menu which offers a vast variety throughout the week,
Go with half and half that combines a soup of the day with half a salad or sandwich!!!

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