Orlando Must Have Eats
Orlando is hands down the capital of family fun. Every corner has some sort of attraction, deal, meal or steal. And it can be tough to eat healthy with all the theme park hubub to go around. And sure, that’s all good every now and again (to feel like a kid) but I have to say, Orlando’s got some damn good dining outside of the Mickey Mouse-sphere (although I’ll get to some Orlando theme park finds next week)!
If you’ve only been to the attraction saturated parts of Orlando, do yourself a favor and head downtown. You’ll get to see some beautifully historic neighborhoods, complete with original brick streets, cute shops and fine dining. One of those brick street neighborhood finds is Shine Neighborhood Kitchen. Literally in a residential neighborhood, this chic eatery boasts gourmet Italian with none of the pretense and yet all of the taste and ambiance. Surging with youthful locals, the bar is fun and the menu is even more so. Additionally, Shine is wonderful in accommodating special diets. I ordered up garlicky bruschetta along with a gnocchi primavera that was made from scratch and per my vegan specification. Yum all around and a must visit for anyone in the Orlando area.