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Explore Orlando: Like A Local

There is so much more to Orlando than theme parks. With spring break season just around the corner,  we tapped on the shoulder of local Yelpers for insider tips to explore “The City Beautiful”.
Kick the day off with buttermilk garlic biscuits (and pie) at Se7en Bites
Served on a metal tray, you can’t go wrong with ordering the “3 Little Pigs: buttermilk garlic biscuit, baked egg in ham, pimento cheese, applewood bacon, cheddar chive grits, with rosemary gravy…let all that sink in for a minute. The biscuit was perfect and flakey, the oooey-gooey pimento cheese melting down…” -Yelper Allie A
“Their papaya salad is to die for. We have to stop in for papaya salad fix every time we visit Orlando.” -Yelper Tracey N.
Don’t leave Sticky Rice without ordering the papaya salad, lemongrass beefy jerky and crispy rice cured pork. Pro tip: the small plates style offerings are ideal for sharing! So…one of each, please.
Catch a show at Enzian Theater in Maitland
Orlando’s favorite independent theater, Enzian, has hosted some legendary film stars and serves incredible food! What’s not to love? Go early for a drink at Eden Bar (the bar outside, under the massive oak tree).
Order the KFC (Korean Fried Chicken) at Domu
Grab a bowl of the Ritchie Rich ramen and some KFC (Korean Fried Chicken). And, while you’re at it, the cocktails are FABULOUS. Worth noting: no reservations and this place gets on a waitlist quickly! Come early and grab a beer while you peruse East End Market.
Peruse the halls of East End Market
Orlando’s favorite (and first) food hall! East End Market has everything your granola-loving heart could desire. It is the perfect spot to walk stall to stall and craft the best breakfast of your life.
Discover your new favorite beer at Redlight Redlight Beer Parlour
Consistently landing on 10 Best Brewpub lists from around the county, Redlight Redlight features 250+ different brews and the most knowledgeable staff that will lead you to your new favorite obscure beer.
Experience a multi-course sushi tasting menu at Kadence
The single best meal you can have in Orlando. It’s pricey. They seat nine people per seating. It is un-missable. Omakase sushi of the Jiro dreams of Sushi variety. These chefs are true masters at what they do and this is a chef’s table unlike any you’ve ever been to.
Take an airboat ride with Black Hammock Adventures
Get your old-Florida on with some airboating and fried gator tail!
On the hunt for more Orlando inspiration? Check out this bookmark collection of “48 Hours in Orlando” by Yelp Orlando Community Manager, Andi P.