20 hidden gem restaurants and bars only found in Orlando strip malls

Table of Contents Dali’s Lao Thai CafeHanamizukiNile Ethopian RestaurantStardust VideoLacomka Russian Bakery & DeliLa Fiesta

Dali’s Lao Thai Cafe

1181 Rinehart Rd., Sanford

The absolute best Laotian food in the Orlando area is in a strip mall in Sanford.

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Hanamizuki

8255 International Drive

This Japanese spot is well hidden, in a strip mall behind the Starflyer.

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Nile Ethopian Restaurant

7048 International Drive

Nile makes every effort to overcome its nondescript surroundings on International Drive. Outside the store, you’ll find massive signage. Inside the store, you’ll find incredible food.

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Stardust Video

1842 Winter Park Rd, Orlando

This hipster haven with notoriously indifferent staff is controversial, to say the least. But the folks who dig it really dig it.

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Lacomka Russian Bakery & Deli

2050 FL-436, Winter Park

This Russian outpost is a triple threat, serving up baked goods and deli items while also offering imported foodstuffs.

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La Fiesta Mexican Grill

3000 Curry Ford Rd.

It’s almost impressive how well hidden La Fiesta is. This Mexican restaurant is worth seeking out in its nook of a Winn-Dixie plaza off Curry Ford Road.

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Takumi

8933 W Colonial Dr, Ocoee

Ocoee is about as far as you can get from the ocean in Florida, and it’s still not that far. So we feel no regret in spilling the beans on this top-notch sushi resto hidden in a shopping center.

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Thirsty Gator

3040 N Goldenrod Rd, Winter Park

Far from the ritzier side of Winter Park, this sports bar is a sure thing during oyster season.

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El Pueblo

7124 Aloma Ave., Winter Park

Foodies in Winter Park know this tiny strip mall Mexican restaurant punches above its weight.

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Whippoorwill Beer House

2425 East South Street

Another wonder that’s been camouflaged by its surroundings. If you’re willing to keep looking once you see the yoga studio and doggy day care, you’ll find an incredible bar at the tail end of this strip mall.

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Antica Pizzeria

249 W State Road 436, Altamonte Springs

This Altamonte Springs spot exudes Italian authenticity from its wood-fired pizzas and gorgeous salads on down to its limited hours. The shop is open from 3:30 to 9 p.m. every day but Sunday and it’s worth the trek.

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Pom Pom’s Teahouse

67 N Bumby Ave

The exterior of this strip mall spot is deceiving. Inside of Pom Pom’s, Orlando residents can get incredible tea and sandwiches while surrounded by local artwork.

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BBB Tofu House

5140 W Colonial Dr.

This Korean spot is a standout, but it’s just one part of a great Asian shopping center in West Orlando.

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Taqueria Ameca

(407) 852-0502, 3558 S Orange Ave

This nondescript taqueria in a strip mall is lauded for its cheap tacos.

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Chubby’s Family Restaurant

10376 E Colonial Drive

As the entire culinary world has coifed itself for the sake of Instagram and the price of everything has risen drastically, we’ve lost the sort of low-end places that exist to serve good food at decent prices to hard-working people. Luckily, Chubby’s holds on along E. Colonial, serving up gutbusting breakfasts every single day.

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Wa Sushi

924 FL-436, Casselberry

One of the city’s best sushi joints sits in a strip mall in Casselberry.

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Deli Desires

715 N Fern Creek Ave

This relative newcomer has been keeping Orlando fed with takeaway food served out of a strip mall whose most prominent other tenant is a vape shop.

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Inay’s Kitchen

1097 S. Clarke Road, Ocoee

The stews at this Filipino hotspot are worth seeking it out in its out of the way location in Ocoee.

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Axum Coffee

Multiple locations

You have to head out to Winter Garden (or Apopka) for this coffee shop. Do it to break out of the Foxtail rut. Do it to get out of town. Do it because it’s really, really good coffee.

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Donut King

Multiple locations

This local chain of unassuming donut shops don’t go in for the Fruity Pebbles monstrosities that clog Instagram, but Orlandoans have dreams about their maple log donut.

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