Growing up hispanic means growing up with a love for coffee. It's a big part of our culture. Whether it's after a meal, before bed, or in the morning, coffee has always been a staple in our homes. It is part of our daily routine. Every morning I get up before Duncan (I'm the early bird in the relationship), make us a cup of coffee, and we'll enjoy it together while starting our day.
That's why we love that Orlando's coffee culture is booming. On our days off we like to go to a coffee spot to eat, work, or just relax. There are so many popping up every month that it's almost impossible to narrow it down to our favorites. We've managed to come up with a list but we will continue updating this page as we explore more spots.
Duncan and I both love desserts but hate when they're too heavy. When we heard a place called "Light on the Sugar" was opening up, we knew we had to try it. There was so much on the menu that it was hard to choose, but we ended up going for the cream puffs. We got a strawberry and s'mores one. The bread was soft, the cream wasn't too sweet, and both flavors were delicious. If you hate feeling bloated after indulging in desserts, you have to check this place out. It's like they know the right amount of ingredients to put so that it's satisfied but not overly sugary.
Location: 4270 Aloma Avenue Suite 112, Winter Park, FL 32792
Hours: Sunday-Saturday 10am-8pm
This is a pretty popular coffee shop in Orlando and we can see why. Their decor alone is worth mentioning. They have a tropical wall with a pink neon sign, perfect lighting, wooden tables, and greenery throughout. We tried their small bites and the presentations are photo-worthy. You can tell they put a lot of thought into their appearance but that's just a bonus. We also love to eat and drink there. Duncan was a big fan of their smoked salmon dish and I would definitely order the caprese again. If you're looking to go there for coffee I recommend their cortado or cappuccino. It's the perfect spot if you need to get some work done or meet up with friends.
Location: 47 E Robinson St #100, Orlando, FL 32801
Hours: Sunday-Saturday 7am-8pm
I love going to this coffee shop to work. It's quiet, big, and has the most beautiful, rustic decor. Their food and coffee is also delicious. I love getting the cortado. It's small and has the right amount of caffeine to wake me up. Their Breakfast Sandwich served on a croissant is amazing (I replace the bacon for turkey). I've also heard good things about their Blueberry Balsamic Grilled Cheese. They work closely with Missions of Hope to bring life transformations to the people in Haiti so it's coffee with a cause. I definitely recommend coming here if you're looking for a place to work or hold a small meeting.
Location: 2842 S Alafaya Trail, Orlando, FL, 32828
Hours: Monday-Wednesday & Friday 8am-6pm
This is a very popular coffee shop in Orlando. So many locations have opened. They now have 10 stores and continue expanding. What I like most about this place is the decor. Every location has a very vintage style with a modern twist. It's a great place to work or meet up with friends for lunch. They like to experiment with coffee by making things like coffee ice cream or coffee with lemonade. It’s definitely the place to go to if you have adventurous taste buds. We love going to the one at the Hourglass District because it shares a building with other food spots. We can get food from Tamale Co or Leguminati and end the meal with a warm cup of coffee.
Location: 10 locations
Hours: Vary by shop
We appreciate a good coffee spot with a latin theme. This small shop in Winter Park serves Colombian coffee and a full food menu. They have their worldwide arepas which are corn meal flatbread sandwiches inspired by hispanic flavors. Duncan got the Mexican which consisted of shredded beef, avocado, black beans, and pico de gallo and I got the Colombian which was an avocado chicken salad. Both were delicious and a must if you come here. The atmosphere is very cozy. You almost feel like you're at home enjoying a cup of coffee with your family.
Winter Park - 430 W New England Ave
Downtown Orlando - 54 W Church Street Suite 150
8am-7pm everyday (Winter Park)
7am-7pm Monday-Friday, 9am-6pm Saturday & Sunday (Downtown)
It's safe to say we love coffee. Something about the taste just feels like home. Let us know some of your favorite coffee spots so we can continue expanding our list!
If we're not eating Mexican food then we're probably stuffing our faces with ramen and bao. Duncan and I share a love for finding local Asian spots to feed our hunger. We have been to a few places but these are at the top of our list.
We frequent this one quite often. We went to the Domu at East End Market once and although the wait was insane it was worth it. When we heard they were opening a more casual, on the go restaurant right by our house we got excited.
We usually get the Shoyu Ramen which is what's pictured above. It's a chicken broth with chicken thighs, a soft boiled egg, bamboo shoots, scallions, and a garlic-scallion confit. I can honestly drink an entire gallon of the broth by itself and be happy. We've also gotten the pork gyoza, one of Duncan's favorite dishes. It's so soft and full of flavor. We like to dip it in our broth for extra tastiness.
Once you walk into Domu Chibi you order your dish on a computer, wait for your name to be called when your food's ready, and enjoy. It's a great place to go if you want fast food that's savory and reasonably priced. Each ramen bowl is about $9.50 which isn't bad for the amount you get. If you ever stop by don't be surprised if you catch Duncan and I there devouring ramen.
This is definitely one of the most unique restaurants we've been to. When you walk into Susuru you notice right away that it has a very retro style to it. You'll see Godzilla, Astro Boy, and a couple of vintage games. It emulates a retro Japanese gastropub. Once you walk in you are greeted in their native tongue which adds to the authenticity of this place.
The food is just as unique as the style. We started off with the Natto Lotus Chips which weren't really our style but we could appreciate the art and work put into it. We almost always get corn when it's offered so we got the Yuzu Street Corn which was grilled corn with cotija cheese, yuzu mayo, nori flakes, and spicy togarashi. All of these things made for the perfect blend of spicy and tasty.
For our main dish we got the skewers and I just have to say WOW. These were some of the most flavorful skewers I've ever had. We had the tebaski (wings), short ribs, and momo (thigh). It was so good we had to order a second round. It's a must if you come here. We also had the Tori Paitan which is a chicken ramen in a very creamy broth. The most interesting and possibly best part about this dish were the burdock root tempura they add on top. We've never had that before and it added a wonderful crunch to the bowl. They also have specialty drinks that stick to the theme of the restaurant like a drink with the infamous Godzilla on top. It's a must if you're looking for not-so-typical Asian food.
Hot Asian Buns
Hands down the best food truck ever. We first tried Hot Asian Buns at Tasty Takeover (a food truck block party in the Milk District) and it was love at first bite. The buns are so soft it's probably what biting into a cloud would feel like. Our favorite one is the Korean Fried Chicken bao. It includes gochujang (a red chili paste), creamy slaw, sesame, and scallions - all of the ingredients that create perfection. I know it sounds like I'm exaggerating but you wouldnt think so if you tried it for yourself.
The 12 Hour Smoked Brisket and Pork Asada are also things we've tried on the menu and both equally as savory. The menu is small but they put a lot of love and work into their food and it shows. There's a special where you can get loaded kimchi fries with two baos of your choice. We would honestly follow this truck everywhere and don't think we haven't. If you want to know where they will be follow their Instagram: Hot Asian Buns
Hawkers Asian Street Fare
We discovered this place a couple months ago and have already been there more times than I can count. Asian food never fails us. Every time we go we just order a bunch of plates and share, which is what the menu is designed for. The Roti Canai and Yi-Yi's Chicken Dumplings are my favorite. Duncan loves the Beef Haw Fun dish. The wide rice noodles they use are so bomb. We always get the Lucky Buddha beer which has such a crisp taste and comes in the cutest buddha-shaped bottle. Let's get to the best thing on the menu though - the dessert. I'm not exaggerating when I say that the Cinnamon Roti á la mode is literally the best dessert I've ever had. It's a quesadilla-like dessert filled with a cinnamon cream cheese and topped with vanilla ice cream and fried dough crisps. Duncan and I were so close to getting the creme brûlée (we always go for that if it's an option on the menu) but fortunately it was sold out and we got to try this magical dessert. Seriously, try it I promise it won't disappoint. They have recently added Jo-He Bag O' Donuts which is now tied with the cinnamon roti for best dessert. This restaurant is open until 12:30 a.m. on weekends.
Izziban Sushi & BBQ
Sushi is a newfound love of mine. I have a severe allergy so I never liked going to places that sell a lot of seafood. For a while I thought I was allergic to all seafood but about two years ago I found out I only had a shellfish allergy. After discovering that, I tried sushi for the first time and fell in love. Of course, I carry my epi-pen with me everywhere I go and try to stray away from raw fish. Duncan and I usually go for the sweet potato and chicken rolls with spicy mayo. Soooooo good. They're 2 for $9 on happy hour from 10 p.m. - 12 a.m. Duncan is a huge fan of dumplings so we always get the pork gyoza which is also on the happy hour menu. We recently tried their fried chicken with thai chill sauce and ended up getting three orders of them because they were that good. They also offer Korean BBQ here which is really good but come with an empty stomach. We usually get the $18.99 menu because we just order the briskets but there's other similar menus for those of you who would love to expand your options. They're open until 2 a.m. and are always pretty full - with reason because who doesn't love late night sushi?
Hopefully one day we'll travel across the pond and get a real taste of Asia but for now these are our favorites in Orlando so far. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do!
Our obsession with Mexican food is real. It's our go-to for every date night because we know it won't let us down. Over the years, we have accumulated a handful of favorites from our constant trips to satisfy our taco cravings. We've compiled a list for you guys to make it easier the next time you decide on Mexican food for dinner.
Hunger Street Tacos
I always want tacos. Every time Duncan asks me where I want to eat I just say tacos. That's all I ever want. My constant hunger for tacos lead us here to Hunger Street Tacos. I can't rave enough about this place.
We started with the Esquites which is basically a Mexican street corn in a bowl. It was so creamy and had the perfect amount of spice. I never go to a Mexican restaurant without ordering the chips & guac so of course we got that next and surprisingly the guacamole wasn't the star of the dish. The tortilla chips they serve with it were the best chips we've ever had. They're made fresh and have a crispiness and thickness to them that I've never experienced before. It has such a unique flavor and compliments the guacamole so well. Now, let's get to the good part — the tacos. We had the Chori-Pollo and the Suadero. The Suadero blew our minds. It's seared brisket, onion, cilantro and an avocado-tomatillo sauce served on a soft corn tortilla. Thinking about it makes my mouth water.
Let's not forget to mention the art pieces drawn right on the building. The murals are by the Lapiztola art collective and highlight Mexico's social and political issues. I love this spot and we highly recommend it if you're into good, traditional food with a twist.
We LOVE this place. I'm pretty sure they recognize us here by now because we come so often. The number one thing you must try when you come here is the guacamole. They have really mastered the perfect combination of avocados, onions, tomatoes, chile serrano, lime and cilantro to create this heavenly starter dish.
We come for the guac but stay for the tacos. We've tried pretty much all of their tacos but we always end up ordering the carne asada one. It's so simple yet flavorful and the tortilla is so soft and fresh. That's actually the perfect word to describe this restaurant — fresh. The food tastes so authentic to its Mexican theme. The ingredients are real and each dish is crafted with so much passion and love. Don't forget to also get the tamale! We get the pork one and enjoy every single bite.
This restaurant can do no wrong and it's always our go-to taco spot when we want something quick and tasty.
We have been eyeing this place for a while on Instagram and finally got around to going. Their dishes looked so creative and tasty that we had to cross it off our foodie bucket list. We can now say without a doubt that their food is more than just Instagram-worthy.
We went during their happy hour which is everyday from 3-7pm. We shared a bunch of appetizers and ordered drinks. Everything was so flavorful. Our favorite dish was the empanadas. Both of us are Hispanic so it's a pretty common dish in our culture, but these were anything but ordinary. The soft dough, perfectly seasoned beef, and light cream drizzled on top made this an empanada from heaven. We also loved the Yuca con Carnitas, a perfect dish of crispy yuca topped with pork and fresh vegetables.
Now, the most important part of a meal which is always the dessert. I fought for the churros because they're my favorite but Duncan won and we got the Guera Cake. I wasn't even mad about it because it was so delicious. It has layers of flan and tres leches on top of a pool of creamy, sweet milk topped off with pecan crumbles. If you come here just for this dessert it will be worth it, trust me.
Agave Azul Cocina Mexicana
Instagram also led us to this Mexican spot. We saw those taco shot glasses and had to try them for ourselves.
Let's talk about the big frozen margarita I'm holding in the first pic. I got the watermelon flavor and it was so refreshing. The taste of tequila wasn't too strong, which I love. They have so many flavors, I'll just have to keep coming back to try them all.
Whenever we go to a new restaurant, Duncan and I like to get a bunch of small dishes so we can try a little bit of everything. We got normal tacos and shot glass tacos. The meat in both of these are so flavorful without being too salty. That cream at the bottom of the shot class is so good you can probably drink it by itself.
This restaurant has a great mix of authentic Mexican food with modern elements. It has a unique take on traditional dishes that will leave your taste buds satisfied.
We have been following this place since we tried it at the Orlando Farmer's Market. We're so happy they finally have a permanent spot in the Hourglass District.
This place has hands down the best tamales we've had so far. The first bite of them will have you wanting more. We usually get the pork and chicken and there's so much flavor to them both. The "corn masa" itself is so soft and topped with the right amount of sauce and creams.
This spot is also in the perfect location. The Hourglass District seems to be growing with new shops and restaurants popping up every few months. Tamale Co. shares a building with Foxtail, Leguminati, Le Ky Patisserie, and other shops so you can get a little of everything in one trip.
Like I stated before, we love Mexican food. We know a lot of people do too so we hope you can enjoy some of our favorites from this list. Don't forget to tag us and follow us on Instagram so we can see where you're roaming to!