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Mom-and-Pop Restaurant Takeover

January 30, 2015 at 9:28 AM

Quaint mom-and-pop eateries are all the rage, and what better place to try something new than in the heart of the city. Creativity is displayed through intricate ingredients, hand crafted by each Orlando restaurant, mixed together, and prepared special for each customer. What am I saying? I’m saying traditional Orlando restaurants are moving towards the modern route of mom-and-pop eateries.

Some popular choices previously reviewed and raved about are Keke’s Breakfast Café, Pom Pom’s Teahouse & Sandwichera, and Giovanni’s Italian Restaurant for some seasoned favorites. But mom-and-pop restaurants are really about trying something new that is independently showcased in its own light.

Here are some newly discovered eateries to fill your stomach:


Se7en Bites

Cheddar chive, chicken pot pie, and caramel dark chocolate oh me, oh my! Located in the heart of the Milk District, Se7en Bites is a “sweet and savory bakeshop specializing in nostalgic southern comfort foods, with a modern twist.” Plants adorn the wooden tables and you are greeted with a smile right as you walk through the entrance doors. Did I mention everything on the menu is under $10 too?

Address: 207 N Primrose Dr, Orlando, FL 32803. Phone: (407) 203-0727





Get pumped for Toasted’s presentation of grilled cheese on steroids! Hand crafted grilled cheese and burgers alongside natural cut fries are delicious and quite reasonably priced. Don’t be discouraged if you have special dietary needs, as there is an allergen, gluten free, and vegan options. Try the Braised Brisket with Fontina cheese, braised brisket, housemade BBQ sauce, and sweet tea caramelized onions for $7 or the Triple B Burger with Blue cheese, applewood smoked bacon, and blue chips for $6.75. Add bacon or a fried egg to any sandwich or burger for only a $1 extra. If you are looking for a lighter delight, the Tuscan Salad mixes a variety of greens, Goat cheese, dried cranberries, roasted pistachios, and balsamic vinaigrette for $6.95. This is one mom-and-pop eatery right before North Lakemont Avenue off Aloma Avenue not to miss.








Address: 1945 Aloma Ave, Winter Park, FL 32792. Phone: (407) 960-3922

Pho 88

A classic, family owned restaurant at 730 North Mills serving up some of the best authentic Viennese in town. There is something for everyone’s taste palette with over 180 menu options to choose from averaging around $9 a meal. My server surprised me with a sample of the favored beef noodle soup and the flavors melted away in my mouth. Having loved the server’s first recommendation, I took him up on his entrée suggestion of the appetizing but fire-packed Com Ga, Bo, hoac Tom XaoCay, combination of chicken, beef, or shrimp stir-fried with onions, bell peppers, and jalapeños with chef’s special sauce with no regrets. No frills visually, but the service and food are outstanding … keeps me coming back for more!





Located in: 730 N Mills Ave, Orlando, FL 32803

Phone: (407) 897-3488




Don’t let your culinary adventure be dulled by unfamiliar territories. Trying something new is all the fun and why mom-and-pop eateries are transitioning the Orlando restaurant scene. Try one of these recommendations for starters … I invite you to take the taste test.


Article by Orlando Dine contributor: Melissa Bell


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