The Ultimate 24 Hours for Foodies in Orlando: Tourism District Edition

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Thanks to a world-class dining scene, it's easy to spend an entire day eating your way through Orlando's tourism district.

By Nate Shelton

Orlando is already the Theme Park Capital of the World®, but at the rate our tourism district's culinary scene is growing, we're also a strong contender for the Foodie Capital of the World. After all, we have a high concentration of celebrity, chef-owned restaurants. We also host several high-profile food festivals every year. And, most important, our restaurants get the stamp of approval from tens of millions of worldwide visitors every year.

With so many delicious things to eat and drink, it's perfectly possible to build an entire Orlando getaway around nothing but gastronomical interests. Hungry? Then read on for suggested stops for building the ultimate 24-hour foodie adventure in Orlando's tourism district.

Your Ultimate Foodie Itinerary for Orlando's Tourism District

Here's your itinerary for your 24-hour, foodie adventure in Orlando's tourism district. Click any category or scroll down for full details, including alternate suggestions and more.

24 Hours for Foodies Tourist Le Cafe de Paris
Photo courtesy Le Cafe de Paris

Breakfast/BrunchLe Café de Paris: We recommend starting at this Orlando original, owned by a husband and wife team from France. Here, you can sip house-brewed blends and nosh on authentic, French breakfast fare. They're adjacent to Restaurant Row and just a stone's throw from Universal Orlando.

24 Hours for Foodies Tourist Polite Pig
Photo courtesy The Polite Pig

Mid-Morning FunDisney Springs: Next, head to Disney's shopping, dining and entertainment destination. With lunch just around the corner, we recommend hitting up counter-service kiosks such as B.B. Wolf's Sausage Co. or Yesake, or even Disney's food trucks. You'll also want to try some appetizers or even a sandwich at The Polite Pig. Like its sister restaurant, Winter Park's The Ravenous Pig, it's operated by the James Beard Award-nominated husband and wife duo of James and Julie Petrakis. And if you love milkshakes, stop by the Planet Hollywood Observatory for some creations that are out of this world.

24 Hours for Foodies Tourist Jock Lindsey
Photo courtesy Jock Lindsey's Hangar Bar

LunchJock Lindsey's Hangar Bar: For a dining experience you absolutely won't find anywhere else, head to this one-of-a-kind Disney Springs venue based on Raiders of the Lost Ark. Dine on menu items and cocktails inspired by some of Indiana Jones' greatest adventures, and marvel at the artifacts displayed throughout the restaurant. And at The Boathouse, you can enjoy a cruise in an amphibious water car — aka Amphicars — after grabbing a bite. 

24 Hours for Foodies Tourist Antojitos
Photo courtesy Antojitos Authentic Mexican Food at Universal CityWalk 

Afternoon ActivitiesUniversal CityWalk: Feeling full yet? A walk around Universal's all-in-one destination will serve you well. Just keep in mind there's plenty to eat here too! As in the mid-morning, appetizers and small plates are the way to go. Check out Antojitos Authentic Mexican Food and The Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar, among other tasty temptations. If you're after something sweet, The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen has a crazily impressive array of dessert offerings. Alternately, you can find The Dessert Lady in Orlando's Dr. Phillips neighborhood, which is a short distance from Universal.

24 Hours for Foodies Tourist Normans
Photo courtesy Norman's

First DinnerNorman's: Located close to Walt Disney World inside The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes, this upscale, Zagat-rated restaurant is the brainchild of Chef Norman Van Aken, the only Floridian on the James Beard List of list of "Who's Who in American Food and Beverage." Accordingly, it's impossible to have a true Orlando foodie fest without trying his magical creations.

24 Hours for Foodies Tourist Roys
Photo courtesy Roy's Restaurants

Second DinnerRestaurant Row: That's right, a second dinner. You are a foodie, aren't you? Found along Sand Lake Road not far from Universal Orlando, this dining destination features 14 official restaurants. Our favorites include Rocco's Tacos and Tequila Bar and Roy Yamaguchi's Roy's Restaurant, but they're all worth a visit.

24 Hours for Foodies Tourist Tu Tu Tango
Chocolate Calzone at Cafe Tu Tu Tango

DessertCafé Tu Tu Tango: You're already on International Drive, so it's just a short jaunt to this tapas- and art-focused restaurant, which also features live entertainment. More importantly, they have some wildly imaginative desserts — such as the Chocolate Calzone, which you won't find on the menu, but they'll happily make it for you on request.

24 Hours for Foodies Tourist Blue Martini
Photo courtesy The Blue Martini

NightcapThe Blue Martini: This exquisite martini bar is the perfect place to digest all the wonderful things you've eaten today. It's part of International Drive's Pointe Orlando destination, which offers several other places to eat, drink and shop.

24 Hours for Foodies Tourist Food

Feast Like Royalty in Orlando

Hungry, yet? If you need more food for thought, keep in mind that the eateries featured here represent just a small sampling of the great places to eat and drink throughout Orlando., including locals' favorite restaurants. You can discover even more with our blog, or by following us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Bon appetite!

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Depending on the time of your visit, our suggested mid-morning and afternoon activities can easily be swapped out with any of these acclaimed food festivals and events.

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Written by Nate Shelton, Consumer Content Writer at Visit Orlando. He’s a native Floridian who appreciates the entertainment, historical and culinary aspects of the City Beautiful and Orange County.


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