Every month, Orlando Eats highlights a sampling of top tastes in Central Florida; three random nibbles that delighted, surprised, or befuddled with their brilliance. May found us diving into the casual side of Orlando; a pizza joint, a butcher counter, and our kitchen table. Without further fuss and muss, our Best Bites at Orlando restaurants in May 2019.
Octopus @ Pizza Bruno – $16
At Orlando Eats, we go crazy odd for the octopods. We’re serious about our pulpo. Octopus (as with most seafood) is 99.9% execution and nobody in Orlando does it better than Pizza Bruno – it’s wine-braised, wood roasted version is friggin’ textural perfection. It features a significant hunk of fork-tender meat surrounded by a crispy outer char that seems to elude almost every other O-town eatery. This is the finest example of properly cooked octopus we’ve had in Orlando, served simply with a salad of olive oil, celery, tomatoes and red onion. Oh, we hear they also make pizza.
3990 Curry Ford Road
Orlando, FL 32806
They don’t have a phone. Seriously.
Snow Crab Taco @ Hunger Street Tacos – “If you have to ask…”
You may be unaware that under Orlando City Ordinance 43.06, it’s considered disorderly conduct to not express constant and undying love for Hunger Street Tacos. And if you’re unaware of this, you’re definitely in the dark about the fact that the Hermanos Creech are available for private dinners (you can read up on the details HERE or deep dive into our full review HERE). Orlando Eats recently booked Hunger Street for a multi-courser and all we can say is ‘wow.’ Wow. There were several show stoppers across the meal, but this nibble stood out as beyond gorgeous – a poached Alaskan snow crab taco with mole verde atop handmade pink heirloom corn tortillas.
Hunger Street Tacos
2103 W Fairbanks Avenue
Winter Park, FL 32789
Bánh Mì @ Hinckley’s Fancy Meats – $14
We have family that owned an excellent bánh mì shop here in Orlando (so good, in fact, that it went out of business). We were there a lot. We know good bánh mì and Hinckley’s version is as good as any. For those less familiar with the Vietnamese sammie (anyone? anyone?), it’s not uncommon to find liver pâté as a filling. At Hinckley’s, its wonderful duck liver pâté is paired with pickled veg, radish and cilantro and inserted into a baguette to create a smack-you-in-brain take on the classic. To learn more about Hinckley’s Fancy Meats, check out our review HERE.