Orlando is a vibrant city that is home to more than just a cute mouse and his friends. It has a lot going on both in and around it. If you have ever looked at a map of Florida, then you know that Orlando is expansive. The City Beautiful, as it is affectionately called, encompasses more than 110 miles, including 100-plus neighborhoods. Greater Orlando, otherwise known as Metro Orlando, may be the center of attention at times, but there is plenty to explore beyond Mickey’s backyard. Restaurants, resorts, and other attractions easily draw in large crowds every year. Next time you plan to visiting Orlando, include other parts of the city in your adventure with our helpful tips.
You could spend a good deal of time just trying new restaurants. But start with these areas: Winter Park, Restaurant Row, Downtown, Disney/Lake Buena Vista, Universal Resorts Citywalk, and the Convention area. If you are looking for classy comfort food, The COOP in Winter Park may have you loosening your belt a bit. Their delicious, juicy fried chicken will melt in your mouth—have it with waffles for an added treat. Numerous sides like smashed potatoes, mac & cheese, and creamed corn won’t disappoint either. And don’t forget a piece of pie. Up for a little bit of different? Visit The Smiling Bison, a gastropub where the menu changes with the season. You’ll find tasty sandwiches and pizzas with unique additions. To start, try the Poutine—hand-cut fries loaded with mushroom gravy and Cheddar cheese curds—or the fried Brussels sprouts. Pair them with a craft beer, and you’re set.