10 On The Tenth | September 2012

It’s the tenth of the month and that means a bunch of us are linking up over at Shimelle.com to share lists of 10 Things. This month’s list was inspired yesterday. Some dear friends of the family came to visit from my hometown — Spokane, WA. We were sitting on my parents’ sun porch enjoying a gorgeous, breezy and lazy afternoon catching up. It was mentioned more than once that if they ever left Spokane, Central Florida — for the sunshine and the laid back life style — would be high on the short list of acceptable places to move to.

I couldn’t agree more! It made me realize again how happy I am that I moved back. Even though I haven’t found the right job yet, I know in my heart this is where I need to be. So today, instead of all the touristy places that everyone else associates with Orlando, I’m going to share my favorite restaurants around town. Some chain, some local, and mostly inexpensive and casual, but all places that I associate with my home here in Central Florida.

1. Cafe Annie – the best Greek I’ve ever had. The chicken kabob is scrumptious, with just the right amount of garlic.

2. Sweet Tomatoes – a salad never tastes as good as it does here. The soups are always fabulous, the breads and muffins are yummy. There were none anywhere near me in Nashville, so I really missed this place during the last 5 years.

3. Napasorn Thai – most Thai restaurants have an over arching fishy-ness to me. I don’t know what it is other than I don’t eat seafood so I immediately notice it. But not Napasorn. The cashew chicken and the yellow curry keep me coming back time after time.

4. Tijuana Flats – it’s not your typical Tex-Mex place. The walls are purple or turquoise or green or yellow (each location is different) but always painted with interesting graffiti art. I love the enchiladas with their unique sweet chili sauce.

5. White Wolf Cafe– antiques, live music and good food all rolled into one! They have the best Waldorf chicken salad and it’s fun to browse while you are waiting for a table.

6. Crispers – another salads and soups kind of place (we love that kind of healthy, fresh food in Florida!) but they also have amazing flatbreads and wraps. I’ve already been back for a citrus chicken wrap.

7. Too Jay’s – a New York style deli with the best Matzo Ball soup. Whenever I feel a cold coming on or just need something comforting, Matzo ball soup hits the spot. The dill chicken salad is yummy too and you can top it off with a macaroon or a black and white cookie.

8. Dexter’s – trust me, it’s nothing like the TV show Dexter. It’s another local place with the best sandwiches and their own special cha cha chips, either regular potato or sweet potato. Both are to die for!

9. Which Wich – I discovered this place in Nashville and was so, so happy to see they have since opened in Orlando with a new location closer to me to open soon! I love the funky choose your own adventure style menu.

10. BJ’s Brewhouse – this place is new to me. It opened while I was in Nashville. I haven’t been yet but I’ve heard from numerous sources that it’s fabulous. So maybe when that job finally comes along, we’ll check this place out to celebrate.

If you want to see more lists of 10 things, click here! And the next time you are in Orlando and you want to eat where the locals eat, try one of these places. You won’t go wrong!

Thanks for stopping by today.

18 Comments

  1. ok you are totally making me hungry!!

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  2. These all sound yummy, but I’d probably start with #7. I’m always up for good matzo ball soup!

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  3. Now if I ever find myself in Orlando I will have this great list with me! Thank you for visiting me x

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  4. makes me want to visit!

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  5. this is such a fun list!
    Especially since Orlando is on our list of future vacation spots!

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  6. Oh this makes me want to come for a visit & try out every place on the list!

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  7. Now I’m so hungry!! 🙂

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  8. It’s lunch here and now I’m going to have to go out and get something. LOL

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  9. Tammy x
    Love your 10 on the 10th.
    You’ve made my tummy rumble just reading your post 😀

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  10. Love Wich Which, I think we have maybe 6 now, I know I’ve filled up 2 loyalty cards lol. First Tijuana Flats we ate at was in Orlando, not fond of it at all, have given it another try here and still didn’t make the cut for us. Have you been to Bodacious BBQ? Our best friends live in Orlando so we are headed down next month for the ECU-UCF game, White Wolf Cafe and the Brewhouse sound like potential stops 🙂

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  11. Awesome idea. I am taking her LSNED and am behind from being away this weekend. I love these 10 on the 10th.

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  12. I love Sweet Tomatoes too! Fun idea for a list.

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  13. I am hungry and then open your post…now I am starving, lol.

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  14. looks like a great list of choices! Will be sure to keep it in mind should I ever come your way 🙂

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  15. What a fabulous idea! I’ve only been to Florida once, but if I get back I’ll be searching this blog for this list. We always try to find good local restaurants when we travel. I already know I’d love some of these.

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  16. Yes, I am hungry now too – but you’ve got such a variety listed there – I can’t decide what I am hungry for? Might have to go with my default – chocolate!

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  17. Ohhhh…I miss a good Matza Ball Soup! No good Jewish Deli’s in Seattle 🙁 Thanks for sharing your list, and glad that you are enjoying the sunny south! -Amanda

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  18. What a great list, except now I’m quite hungry! We always ask the locals where to eat when we travel. Best way to find the really good spots.

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