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!!!