The Best Late-Night Eats in Orlando
Downtown Orlando | Courtesy of Kelsey Glennon / @kelsey_wanders
No matter your tastes, Orlando
has fresh and tasty fare to satisfy even the pickiest of after-hours cravings. Tapas, hot dogs, vegan donuts—this city serves up fresh, local food enjoyed by early birds and night owls alike. Late-night bites don’t have to be eaten at a drive-thru. Instead, roll down your windows and enjoy Orlando’s warm nights as you cruise its streets for late-night eats.
Red Mug Diner
Diner, American, Spanish, $$$
Diner fare is perhaps the ultimate late-night meal. Shakes, burgers, pancakes—Red Mug Diner
is open 24/7 for these kinds of cravings. Situated smartly in the Central Business District of Orlando, within a walk of downtown clubs, Red Mug serves up classic diner eats with Orlando flair. You’ll find all of your breakfast staples on the menu, served up in ‘50s-style surrounds. No need to feel guilty about this late-night meal when the bread, cakes, juices, and coffee beans that make up your meal are from local farms and artisans. Red Mug prides itself on partnering with Orlando small businesses to make up its wholesome menu. Wander over to Red Mug any hour of the day for Florida-grown comfort food.
Restaurant, Tapas, American, $$$
If your idea of a bodega is a hot dog vendor on the corner of Broadway and 42nd Street, you’ve got it all wrong. Santiago’s is best described as a neighborhood family room serving up tapas-style plates of many cuisines. If you’re dining with a choosy crowd, the menu is sure to appease a variety of tastes with dishes like Roman meatballs, Greek saganaki, yellowfin tuna ceviche, and even patatas bravas for the tapas traditionalists. Though born in Key West, FL, Santiago’s sister restaurants in the Orlando area are just as artistic, eclectic, and welcoming. You’ll still find the same stained-glass doors and one-of-a-kind woodwork that characterizes Santiago’s Bodega. Perhaps Santiago’s most alluring late-night characteristic is its open-air patio—perfect for enjoying Florida out of the heat of the day.
Frank & Steins
Craft Ale Bar, American, $$$
Frank & Steins is a simple brewpub—if “simple” means serving up over 300 craft beers, wines, and spirits alongside franks topped with anything from mac-n-cheese to pesto. This downtown pub is where you want to stop at to watch the game, with over 30 TVs airing live sports. If you’re sports-phobic, don’t shy away from F & S. Board games abound to please the nerd palette.
Market on South
Farm Shop, Restaurant, Deli, Healthy, Vegetarian, Vegan, $$$
Vegans get late-night cravings too. And when they do, they head to Market on South
, a shared market space home to Dixie Dharma and Valhalla Bakery. The two offer savory and sweet treats to satisfy the tastes of those with a plant-based diet. Dixie Dharma specializes in Southern-style vegan fare. With a kitchen open until 11 p.m. six days a week, you can enjoy your Carolina BBQ Pulled Jackfruit into the night. If your sweet tooth kicks up after-hours, Valhalla’s pies, cakes, tarts, donuts, muffins, cupcakes, brownies, and bars will surely offer up something to satisfy your craving.
The Hammered Lamb
Restaurant, American, Pub Grub, $$$
If you’re looking for late-night food with a side of entertainment, head to your friendly neighborhood pub, The Hammered Lamb
. Depending on the night, you’ll find live music, DJs, ping pong tournaments, and trivia. The ‘Lamb, open until 2 a.m., specializes in the late-night cravings of the sinful-dip and hot-wing kind.
Pom Pom's Teahouse and Sandwicheria
Sandwich Shop, Tea , Soup, American
is a casual sandwich and tea staple easily missed by the passerby. Situated in an unassuming strip mall, it doesn’t look like much from the outside, but once inside the funky sandwich shop, you’re greeted by the world’s friendliest sandwich makers. Pom Pom’s is known for its service and hospitality, which makes it loved by locals. Try Pom Pom staples like Mama Ling Ling’s Thanksgiving sandwich made with turkey, gouda, stuffing, ginger-cranberry chutney, mashed potatoes, cream cheese and served with a side of gravy. Order the tea of the day and enjoy free refills. Soups and sweet treats are also not to be missed.