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15 Great Takeout Options in Orlando, Summer 2020

It’s still easy to eat well while staying at home

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As cases of COVID-19 continue to spike across the Sunshine State, and more and more dining rooms close to the public, restaurants have been focused on the takeout and curbside experience.

But performing the now-standard industry pivot without compromising quality is no easy task. Just a few weeks into the pandemic, restaurant-goers seemed to have formed expectations from restaurants offering takeout – expectations that went beyond adhering to stringent food handling and safety protocols. Ordering, be it online or analog, needed to be a smooth and unfettered process; packaging had to be sturdy and appropriate; to-go beverages of the adult kind and discounts on wine bottles became sudden requirements. And the food had to be just as good as if it were served inside the restaurant. Like dealing with a constantly changing landscape isn’t tough enough. Here are 15 Orlando restaurants standing out from the rest during these times.

As always in these times, check the social media handles and websites for details like menu items and delivery hours as they may change as these restaurants adapt to these new business models. Also, always remember to tip well and call before using a delivery platform such as Postmates or UberEats, which comes with hefty fees for consumers and restaurants.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Luke's Kitchen and Bar

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640 S Orlando Ave
Maitland, FL 32751
(407) 674-2400
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Brandon McGlamery’s Prato and Luma could’ve easily made this list but Luke’s Kitchen, his Maitland boîte, deserves mention for its impeccable curbside manner and executive chef Jason Campbell’s open-fire eats. His blackened fish collar with salsa verde is takeout gold, especially when paired with poblano-crema corn, smoked okra and a to-go cocktail jar of a very summery Peachy Keen. While bottles of wine are no longer offered at half price, a 20 percent discount is nothing to scoff at. 

2. Dexter’s New Standard Winter Park

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1035 N Orlando Ave #101
Winter Park, FL 32789
(407) 316-2278
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The New Standard pulled out all the stops to prevent from shutting down, offering virtual wine dinners, streaming live concerts, even setting up a grocery pantry and selling grill kits. But it was chef Ryan McLaughlin and his team who rose to the challenge serving such draws as lionfish ceviche in a watermelon consommé and a game hen cassoulet, both gorgeous even by takeout standards. A weekend brunch menu is available for takeout as are some standout baked goods, most notable the dark chocolate pizelle and glazed crullers. Wine bottles are half off, but the adult juice cocktail pouches, in various flavors like frosé and pina colada, are a pandemic silver lining.

3. Tabla Indian Restaurant Winter Park

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216 N Park Ave # H
Winter Park, FL 32789
(321) 422-0321
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One of the city’s best Indian restaurant just so happened to open mere weeks before the pandemic hit, but that hasn’t affected chef Sajan Prem and owner Nora Jain’s elevated Desi fare. You won’t find besan chillas, savory crepes made from gram flour served with a potato curry, raita, mango pickle and rice pudding, served anywhere else in the city. Plush lamb chops and a redolent palak ghosht have been known to induce head wobbling. Plus, Tabla’s roadside attendants are polished and quick to bring out curbside orders in a demonstratively cordial fashion.

4. The COOP

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610 W Morse Blvd
Winter Park, FL 32789
(407) 636-7163
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Owner John Rivers has poured a fair bit of thought, effort, and money into making the takeout and curbside experience at the Coop as pleasant and convenient as humanly possible. Drive-thru stations with clear signage were implemented early on, followed by a grocery and pantry service, family meal kits and charcuterie boards – all this in addition to the Coop’s southern classics of chicken-fried steak, low country shrimp and grits, meatloaf, and the like.

5. Hunger Street Tacos

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2103 W Fairbanks Ave
Winter Park, FL 32789
(321) 444-6270
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Joe and David Creech, the duo behind one of the most popular taquerias in town, didn’t let the coronavirus stunt their growth any. A couple of weeks into the pandemic, the pair began making tortillas from scratch using imported blue Oaxacan heirloom corn. The result: tacos and quesadillas of the highest order, be they stuffed with veal cheeks or chorizo and potato. They’ve recently started serving birria “machete” – a giant heirloom tortilla rolled in a spicy beef stew – that speaks to the Creech’s Jaliscan roots, and has become the “It Dish” of the summer. Good thing their prickly pear margaritas and white wine sangrias are available by the gallon.

6. The Ravenous Pig

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565 W Fairbanks Ave
Winter Park, FL 32789
(407) 628-2333
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One of the biggest surprises during the pandemic was Dovecote Brasserie chef Clay Miller leaving the restaurant he founded (and partially owned) to become executive chef of the Ravenous Pig. It’s a powerhouse move for the powerhouse Winter Park stalwart, but even before Miller’s arrival, the Pig impressed with their stellar curbside conduct and equally astral Southern-tinged fare. Of note are its convenient curbside “dinners for two” offering everything from prime rib and Nashville hot chicken to shrimp and grits and short-rib tacos. A salad, side, and dessert are included, though most curbsiders won’t drive off without picking up a four-pack of brews courtesy the Ravenous Pig Brewing Co.

7. Kadence

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1809 Winter Park Rd
Orlando, FL 32803

A pandemic and scorching summertime temperatures may be effective deterrents in considering takeout sushi for dinner, but when one of the best restaurants in the city offers a contactless pickup experience, well, that changes things. The chirashi bowls served up at Kadence hold their own, even after a 30-minute drive back home. The vinegared rice bowl teems with hamachi, kanpachi, madai, shima aji, bluefin tuna, ora king salmon, kisu, and hirame. Ikura dots the assemblage and nuka-pickled veggies (watermelon rind, cucumber, daikon) add texture. Bluefin tuna flights and otoro boxes bring instant dinner bling. Don’t overlook the selection of dainty desserts, like the charamisu cake, or the more than 20 different bottles and cans of sake.

8. Chicken Fire

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3201 Corrine Dr
Orlando, FL 32803
(813) 485-4088

Local poultry fiends, and visiting and expat Nashvillians alike, seem to agree that Kwame Boakye may have out-scorched Nashville at their own game with the hot chicken he fashions out of his trailer parked at East End Market. The white meat tenders are procured from Prestige Farms in North Carolina before Boakye brines it, batters it, fries it, and tosses it in a hot oil glaze peppered with hot sauce. This being Nashville hot chicken, even the “mild” can draw out the hashafashashas and transform heads into water sprinklers. For masochists, “hot,” “hot x2,” and “hot infinity” are sure to trigger pain and pleasure receptors simultaneously.

9. Osprey Tavern

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4899 New Broad St
Orlando, FL 32814
(407) 960-7700
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Talk about a pivot. When the Osprey Tavern, a centerpiece in the city’s restaurant scene, changed concepts mid-pandemic into a seafood restaurant, local gastronomes took notice. In fact, a seafood concept is precisely what owners Jason and Sue Chin had in mind prior to opening Osprey Tavern in 2015, so better late than never. With chef de cuisine Anthony Watler (Izzy’s Fish & Oyster) at the helm and Reyes Mezcaleria’s Wendy Lopez acting as culinary director, the focus is, well, osprey-sharp be it in a plump Maine lobster roll, a peppery cioppino or skin-on trout with Jupiter white rice and hoppin’ john. Baked Alaska won’t make the best takeout dessert option, though don’t be ashamed eating it in your car. Watler’s rum cake, a recipe passed down from his grandmother, is just as worthy.

10. Orlando Meats

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728 Virginia Dr
Orlando, FL 32803
(407) 598-0700
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Eliot Hillis, as non-conformist and unconventional a culinarian as they come, seems to have amped up the wizardry at his butcher house/eatery ever since coronavirus put a stranglehold on restaurants. He shows off that creativity in such dishes as shepherd’s pie sausage rolled in a durum wheat paratha, and flat iron steak tossed in alkaline noodles and a spicy cucumber broth. In addition to his daily whim of takeout-friendly offerings, Hillis’s active experimentation with vegan cuisine (from a place called Orlando Meats no less) has led to pop-up collabs at Eola General.

11. Black Rooster Taqueria

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1323 N Mills Ave
Orlando, FL 32803
(407) 601-0994
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Soon after the Covid-19 pandemic shut down in-restaurant dining, Black Rooster’s Juliana Calloway says she had a “woke up in the middle of the night with an idea” moment. And thus the Margarita-Gram was born, which helped sustain the Mills 50 taqueria during the downturn. It also helped expose its cuisine to a wider audience who may not have known about its tacos served with housemade corn tortillas, or its uber-popular pozole verde and beef achiote bowls. Black Rooster has even released a few new tacos into the mix: house-smoked lengua with tomatillo-avocado salsa and Angus brisket with chimichurri.

12. Tori Tori

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720 N Mills Ave
Orlando, FL 32803
(407) 735-0999
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Through the closures, pivots and (re)openings, Tori Tori’s yakitori and kushiyaki still manage to wow. Since chef and owner Sonny Nguyen introduced takeout-friendly Japanese rice box sets, business has been brisk. Doesn’t hurt that transporting a box or two back home won’t affect the binchotan essence of the skewered meats any. A soft-boiled egg, edamame, and cabbage salad make for a filling $14 dinner. This being a bar, their to-go cocktail game is as strong as the Thai chili-infused ancho margarita. As far as sake, wine, beer and other liquor is concerned, their to-go menu says it all: “Everything is for sale!”

13. Z Asian - Vietnamese Kitchen

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1830 E Colonial Dr Ste B
Orlando, FL 32803
(407) 601-6024
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The soup kits this Mills 50 newcomer put out during the pandemic positioned the restaurant as one of the best Vietnamese joints in the city, new, old, or otherwise. Patrons can pick up vacuum-sealed packages of oxtails, aromatics and rice noodles, along with garnishes and stock concentrate to make restaurant-quality pho in their Instant Pot at home. A kit of vegan bún bò hue with housemade chili oil is just as killer. Z Asian was already renowned for its duck noodle soup, but its new street food menu with such items as bánh bèo (steamed rice flour cakes), bánh khọt (stuffed pancake-like tarts), and bò lá lốt (beef wrapped in betel leaves) is making Vietnamese fare trendy once again. 

14. Taste of Chengdu

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2030 W Colonial Dr
Orlando, FL 32804
(407) 839-1983
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Chinese restaurants have disproportionately suffered during the pandemic due to some good ol’ fashioned racism. But chef Tiger Tang, a skilled perfectionist with a commanding kitchen presence, continues to churn out the most impeccable Sichuan fare anywhere in the Sunshine State. Plus, the servers are consummate pros at the takeout game and as vigilant as ever when it comes to anti-maskers. Tang plans on unveiling Chengdu’s second location in Baldwin Park, though the downturn has temporarily delayed the opening.

15. Pizza Bruno

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3990 Curry Ford Rd
Orlando, FL 32806
(407) 270-6833
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Sure pizza has always been a takeout mainstay, but Pizza Bruno’s pies are of the sort folks in Osceola and Seminole counties drive to Curry Ford Road for. With Pizza Bruno’s dining room being shuttered, servers are quick to greet and assist guests as they pull up to PB’s parking lot for some of the best Neapolitan rounds in town. The Margherita is perfection, but for those in need of a little flair, the guanciale and blueberries with fontina, mozzarella, bacon, and bourbon barrel-aged maple syrup should do the trick. The focused, but killer wine list, is a bonus.

1. Luke's Kitchen and Bar

640 S Orlando Ave, Maitland, FL 32751

Brandon McGlamery’s Prato and Luma could’ve easily made this list but Luke’s Kitchen, his Maitland boîte, deserves mention for its impeccable curbside manner and executive chef Jason Campbell’s open-fire eats. His blackened fish collar with salsa verde is takeout gold, especially when paired with poblano-crema corn, smoked okra and a to-go cocktail jar of a very summery Peachy Keen. While bottles of wine are no longer offered at half price, a 20 percent discount is nothing to scoff at. 

640 S Orlando Ave
Maitland, FL 32751

2. Dexter’s New Standard Winter Park

1035 N Orlando Ave #101, Winter Park, FL 32789

The New Standard pulled out all the stops to prevent from shutting down, offering virtual wine dinners, streaming live concerts, even setting up a grocery pantry and selling grill kits. But it was chef Ryan McLaughlin and his team who rose to the challenge serving such draws as lionfish ceviche in a watermelon consommé and a game hen cassoulet, both gorgeous even by takeout standards. A weekend brunch menu is available for takeout as are some standout baked goods, most notable the dark chocolate pizelle and glazed crullers. Wine bottles are half off, but the adult juice cocktail pouches, in various flavors like frosé and pina colada, are a pandemic silver lining.

1035 N Orlando Ave #101
Winter Park, FL 32789

3. Tabla Indian Restaurant Winter Park

216 N Park Ave # H, Winter Park, FL 32789

One of the city’s best Indian restaurant just so happened to open mere weeks before the pandemic hit, but that hasn’t affected chef Sajan Prem and owner Nora Jain’s elevated Desi fare. You won’t find besan chillas, savory crepes made from gram flour served with a potato curry, raita, mango pickle and rice pudding, served anywhere else in the city. Plush lamb chops and a redolent palak ghosht have been known to induce head wobbling. Plus, Tabla’s roadside attendants are polished and quick to bring out curbside orders in a demonstratively cordial fashion.

216 N Park Ave # H
Winter Park, FL 32789

4. The COOP

610 W Morse Blvd, Winter Park, FL 32789

Owner John Rivers has poured a fair bit of thought, effort, and money into making the takeout and curbside experience at the Coop as pleasant and convenient as humanly possible. Drive-thru stations with clear signage were implemented early on, followed by a grocery and pantry service, family meal kits and charcuterie boards – all this in addition to the Coop’s southern classics of chicken-fried steak, low country shrimp and grits, meatloaf, and the like.

610 W Morse Blvd
Winter Park, FL 32789

5. Hunger Street Tacos

2103 W Fairbanks Ave, Winter Park, FL 32789

Joe and David Creech, the duo behind one of the most popular taquerias in town, didn’t let the coronavirus stunt their growth any. A couple of weeks into the pandemic, the pair began making tortillas from scratch using imported blue Oaxacan heirloom corn. The result: tacos and quesadillas of the highest order, be they stuffed with veal cheeks or chorizo and potato. They’ve recently started serving birria “machete” – a giant heirloom tortilla rolled in a spicy beef stew – that speaks to the Creech’s Jaliscan roots, and has become the “It Dish” of the summer. Good thing their prickly pear margaritas and white wine sangrias are available by the gallon.

2103 W Fairbanks Ave
Winter Park, FL 32789

6. The Ravenous Pig

565 W Fairbanks Ave, Winter Park, FL 32789

One of the biggest surprises during the pandemic was Dovecote Brasserie chef Clay Miller leaving the restaurant he founded (and partially owned) to become executive chef of the Ravenous Pig. It’s a powerhouse move for the powerhouse Winter Park stalwart, but even before Miller’s arrival, the Pig impressed with their stellar curbside conduct and equally astral Southern-tinged fare. Of note are its convenient curbside “dinners for two” offering everything from prime rib and Nashville hot chicken to shrimp and grits and short-rib tacos. A salad, side, and dessert are included, though most curbsiders won’t drive off without picking up a four-pack of brews courtesy the Ravenous Pig Brewing Co.

565 W Fairbanks Ave
Winter Park, FL 32789

7. Kadence

1809 Winter Park Rd, Orlando, FL 32803

A pandemic and scorching summertime temperatures may be effective deterrents in considering takeout sushi for dinner, but when one of the best restaurants in the city offers a contactless pickup experience, well, that changes things. The chirashi bowls served up at Kadence hold their own, even after a 30-minute drive back home. The vinegared rice bowl teems with hamachi, kanpachi, madai, shima aji, bluefin tuna, ora king salmon, kisu, and hirame. Ikura dots the assemblage and nuka-pickled veggies (watermelon rind, cucumber, daikon) add texture. Bluefin tuna flights and otoro boxes bring instant dinner bling. Don’t overlook the selection of dainty desserts, like the charamisu cake, or the more than 20 different bottles and cans of sake.

1809 Winter Park Rd
Orlando, FL 32803

8. Chicken Fire

3201 Corrine Dr, Orlando, FL 32803

Local poultry fiends, and visiting and expat Nashvillians alike, seem to agree that Kwame Boakye may have out-scorched Nashville at their own game with the hot chicken he fashions out of his trailer parked at East End Market. The white meat tenders are procured from Prestige Farms in North Carolina before Boakye brines it, batters it, fries it, and tosses it in a hot oil glaze peppered with hot sauce. This being Nashville hot chicken, even the “mild” can draw out the hashafashashas and transform heads into water sprinklers. For masochists, “hot,” “hot x2,” and “hot infinity” are sure to trigger pain and pleasure receptors simultaneously.

3201 Corrine Dr
Orlando, FL 32803

9. Osprey Tavern

4899 New Broad St, Orlando, FL 32814

Talk about a pivot. When the Osprey Tavern, a centerpiece in the city’s restaurant scene, changed concepts mid-pandemic into a seafood restaurant, local gastronomes took notice. In fact, a seafood concept is precisely what owners Jason and Sue Chin had in mind prior to opening Osprey Tavern in 2015, so better late than never. With chef de cuisine Anthony Watler (Izzy’s Fish & Oyster) at the helm and Reyes Mezcaleria’s Wendy Lopez acting as culinary director, the focus is, well, osprey-sharp be it in a plump Maine lobster roll, a peppery cioppino or skin-on trout with Jupiter white rice and hoppin’ john. Baked Alaska won’t make the best takeout dessert option, though don’t be ashamed eating it in your car. Watler’s rum cake, a recipe passed down from his grandmother, is just as worthy.

4899 New Broad St
Orlando, FL 32814

10. Orlando Meats

728 Virginia Dr, Orlando, FL 32803

Eliot Hillis, as non-conformist and unconventional a culinarian as they come, seems to have amped up the wizardry at his butcher house/eatery ever since coronavirus put a stranglehold on restaurants. He shows off that creativity in such dishes as shepherd’s pie sausage rolled in a durum wheat paratha, and flat iron steak tossed in alkaline noodles and a spicy cucumber broth. In addition to his daily whim of takeout-friendly offerings, Hillis’s active experimentation with vegan cuisine (from a place called Orlando Meats no less) has led to pop-up collabs at Eola General.

728 Virginia Dr
Orlando, FL 32803

11. Black Rooster Taqueria

1323 N Mills Ave, Orlando, FL 32803

Soon after the Covid-19 pandemic shut down in-restaurant dining, Black Rooster’s Juliana Calloway says she had a “woke up in the middle of the night with an idea” moment. And thus the Margarita-Gram was born, which helped sustain the Mills 50 taqueria during the downturn. It also helped expose its cuisine to a wider audience who may not have known about its tacos served with housemade corn tortillas, or its uber-popular pozole verde and beef achiote bowls. Black Rooster has even released a few new tacos into the mix: house-smoked lengua with tomatillo-avocado salsa and Angus brisket with chimichurri.

1323 N Mills Ave
Orlando, FL 32803

12. Tori Tori

720 N Mills Ave, Orlando, FL 32803

Through the closures, pivots and (re)openings, Tori Tori’s yakitori and kushiyaki still manage to wow. Since chef and owner Sonny Nguyen introduced takeout-friendly Japanese rice box sets, business has been brisk. Doesn’t hurt that transporting a box or two back home won’t affect the binchotan essence of the skewered meats any. A soft-boiled egg, edamame, and cabbage salad make for a filling $14 dinner. This being a bar, their to-go cocktail game is as strong as the Thai chili-infused ancho margarita. As far as sake, wine, beer and other liquor is concerned, their to-go menu says it all: “Everything is for sale!”

720 N Mills Ave
Orlando, FL 32803

13. Z Asian - Vietnamese Kitchen

1830 E Colonial Dr Ste B, Orlando, FL 32803

The soup kits this Mills 50 newcomer put out during the pandemic positioned the restaurant as one of the best Vietnamese joints in the city, new, old, or otherwise. Patrons can pick up vacuum-sealed packages of oxtails, aromatics and rice noodles, along with garnishes and stock concentrate to make restaurant-quality pho in their Instant Pot at home. A kit of vegan bún bò hue with housemade chili oil is just as killer. Z Asian was already renowned for its duck noodle soup, but its new street food menu with such items as bánh bèo (steamed rice flour cakes), bánh khọt (stuffed pancake-like tarts), and bò lá lốt (beef wrapped in betel leaves) is making Vietnamese fare trendy once again. 

1830 E Colonial Dr Ste B
Orlando, FL 32803

14. Taste of Chengdu

2030 W Colonial Dr, Orlando, FL 32804

Chinese restaurants have disproportionately suffered during the pandemic due to some good ol’ fashioned racism. But chef Tiger Tang, a skilled perfectionist with a commanding kitchen presence, continues to churn out the most impeccable Sichuan fare anywhere in the Sunshine State. Plus, the servers are consummate pros at the takeout game and as vigilant as ever when it comes to anti-maskers. Tang plans on unveiling Chengdu’s second location in Baldwin Park, though the downturn has temporarily delayed the opening.

2030 W Colonial Dr
Orlando, FL 32804

15. Pizza Bruno

3990 Curry Ford Rd, Orlando, FL 32806

Sure pizza has always been a takeout mainstay, but Pizza Bruno’s pies are of the sort folks in Osceola and Seminole counties drive to Curry Ford Road for. With Pizza Bruno’s dining room being shuttered, servers are quick to greet and assist guests as they pull up to PB’s parking lot for some of the best Neapolitan rounds in town. The Margherita is perfection, but for those in need of a little flair, the guanciale and blueberries with fontina, mozzarella, bacon, and bourbon barrel-aged maple syrup should do the trick. The focused, but killer wine list, is a bonus.

3990 Curry Ford Rd
Orlando, FL 32806

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