(includes Cape Canaveral, College Park, Eatonville, Fort Pierce, New Smyrna Beach, Sanford & Winter Park)
BAKERIES, COFFEE, ICE CREAM, JUICE & TEA
●Infusion Tea – 1600 Edgewater Drive (College Park); 407-999-5255; infusionorlando.com; tea and bakery goods; attached artists’ collective.
BARS & NIGHTCLUBS
●B.B. King’s Blues Club – 9101 International Drive; 407-370-4550; Orlando.bbkingclubs.com.
●LMGA – 1016 North Mills Avenue (ViMi); 407-898-0009; myspace.com/unclelousorlando; stands for “Lou’s Music, Gaming & Alcohol”; dive bar.
●Orlando Improv Comedy Club & Dinner Theater – 9101 International Drive; 407-480-5233; theimprovorlando.com.
●Ravenous Pig – 1234 North Orange Avenue (Winter Park); 407-539-2680; theravenouspig.com; gastropub; looks like average strip mall from outside but attention to detail re, for example, handmade house sour mix and cheese biscuits make worth trip.
●Red Fox Lounge – 110 South Orlando Avenue (Winter Park); 407-647-1166; “Toupee World” bar in old Best Western; haunted by young professionals for general campiness; make sure to see lounge act, Mark Wayne and Lorna Lambey.
●Wally’s Mills Avenue Liquors – 1001 North Mills Avenue (ViMi); 407-896-6975; dive bar with U-shaped bar and tobacco-stained wallpaper (with naked ladies on it).
●Will’s Pub – 1042 North Mills Avenue (ViMi); 407-898-5070; myspace.com/willspub; dive bar.
●Eo Inn & Spa – 227 North Eola Drive; 407-481-8485 or 888-481-8488; eoinn.com; budget boutique on Lake Eola; sun terrace with hot tub and adjoining spa.
●Peabody Orlando Hotel – 9801 International Drive; 407-352-4000 or 800-732-2639; peabodyorlando.com; 3-acre recreational area with cabanas, pool, and waterfall; good spa.
●Beefy King – 424 North Bumby Avenue; 407-894-2241; beefyking; old-school fast food; try roast beef sandwich and cherry milkshake.
●Ceviche Tapas Bar & Restaurant – 125 West Church Street; 321-281-8140; ceviche.com; Spanish food.
●Funky Monkey Wine Co. – 9801 International Drive; 407-418-9463; funkymonkeywine.com; cosmopolitan restaurant with sushi; drag troupe on Friday nights provides scandalous entertainment.
●Granny’s Kitchen – 901 Avenue D (Fort Pierce); 772-461-9533; owner was Zora Neale Hurston’s student at Lincoln Park Academy.
●Gordon’s Be-Back Fish House – 558 East Kennedy Boulevard (Eatonville); 407-644-6640; catfish, hush puppies, fried okra, and grits.
●K Restaurant – 1710 Edgewater Drive (College Park); 407-872-2332; kwinebar.com; Vietnamese-fusion.
●Malony’s Oyster Bar – 147 Canal Street (New Smyrna Beach); 386-424-1312; known for steam kettle cooking; old-style Florida venue.
●Melissa’s Chicken & Waffle – 65 Keller Road; 407-371-2887.
●Prato – 124 North Park Avenue (Winter Park); 407-262-0050; prato-wp.com; ingredient-driven Italian spot; sit outside, weather permitting.
●Ravenous Pig – 1234 North Orange Avenue (Winter Park); 407-539-2680; theravenouspig.com; gastropub; looks like average strip mall from outside but attention to detail re, for example, handmade house sour mix and cheese biscuits make worth trip; try mussels and fries and/or strip steak with wild mushroom bread pudding.
●Stardust Video & Coffee – 1842 East Winter Park Road (Winter Park); 407-623-3393; stardustrules.com; brunch location for Orlando’s artists; zucchini pancakes, sweet potato hash.
●Winter Park Fish Co. – 761 North Orange Avenue (Winter Park); 407-622-6112; thewinterparkfishco.com; thoughtful, sustainable dishes, notwithstanding run-of-mill atmosphere.
●Scenic Boat Tours – 312 East Morse Boulevard; 407-644-4056; scenicboattours.com; hourlong cruises that provide glimpses of Spanish colonial-style mansions, azalea gardens, etc.
●Ace Metric Cycles – 444 West New England Avenue, Suite 119 (Winter Park, near Hannibal Square); 407-790-7802; acemetric.blogspot.com; bike shop.
●Makr Carry Goods – 444 West New England Avenue, Suite 102 (Winter Park, near Hannibal Square); 407-284-0192; makr.com; minimalist iPod cases and leather bags.
●Rifle Paper Co. – 558 West New England Avenue, Suite 150 (Winter Park, near Hannibal Square); 407-622-7679; riflepaperco.com; fashionable stationer.
SIGHTS & SITES
●Garden of Heavenly Rest Cemetery – 17th Street and Avenue S (Fort Pierce); Zora Neale Hurston buried here; tombstone misspells name.
●Hannibal Square Heritage Center – 642 New England Avenue; 407-539-2680; hannibalsquareheritagecenter.org; documents this Reconstruction-era freed slaves’ community.
●Kennedy Space Center – John F. Kennedy Space Center (Cape Canaveral); 321-867-5000; ksc.nasa.gov/.
●Jack Kerouac Project – 1418 Clouser Avenue (College Park); 407-872-0659; where he wrote Dharma Bums.
●Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church – 412 East Kennedy Boulevard (Eatonville); 407-647-0010; mdonia.org; church where Zora Neale Hurston’s father preached.
●Morse Museum of American Art – 445 North Park Avenue (Winter Park); 407-645-5311; morsemuseum.org; when Louis Comfort Tiffany’s estate on Long Island burned, in 1957, Jeanette and Hugh McKean rescued most of his most famous pieces and brought as core of what has become world’s most comprehensive Tiffany collection.
●Pointe Performing Arts Center – 9801 International Drive; 407-374-3587; pointearts.org.
●Sanford Cemetery – intersection of West 25th Street and Hardy Avenue (Sanford); Hurston’s mother believed to be buried here but grave not discovered yet.
●Shingle Creek Trail – 11501 International Drive or 13400 Town Loop Boulevard; 561-686-8800 or 800-250-4250; evergladestrail.org; boardwalk; biking and hiking.
●Zora Neale Hurston Museum – 227 East Kennedy (Eatonville); 407-647-3307; zoranealehurstonmuseum.com; offers detailed maps of Hurston’s Eatonville.