Must Eats in Mills 50
There are countless restaurants in Mills 50 District (not really, I counted 52), so I want to make sure you've got your bases covered.
Authentic Hong Kong style dim sum and Chinese classics. Their outside appearance does not represent the quality of the food - don't be scared to try it out.
Let me tell ya, I've been to Cuba... and Black Bean Deli's food is better. My go-to is to stop in for some guava pastelitos and a cafe con leche as a cheap & tasty afternoon snack.
3) Sanctum Cafe
As a former vegetarian, it’s incredibly refreshing to see veg options that are different from your basic black bean burger or side salad. The owners carefully crafted plant-based dishes to satisfy your health-food side.
They offer an extensive menu of Vietnamese options, but don’t pass over their summer rolls - hands down the BEST peanut dipping sauce I’ve ever had. Pairs well with a Thai tea too.
Puerto Rican flare on barbecue sandwiches, platters, & tacos. My favorite is their elote: $4 street corn that I’ll wait in line for any time of day.
6) The Strand
Local food, family-owned, welcoming atmosphere. What more could you want? I suggest visiting here for date-night or Saturday brunch.
7) Shin Jung
The only exclusively Korean menu in Mills 50. If you're unfamiliar with Korean cuisine, don't be intimidated by the menu, their wait staff is happy to answer any of your questions! (Trust me, I asked at least 15)
Another veggie option, but I don't think meat-lovers would even complain about this one. I admire Dandelion for their dedication to their mission. Not only do they fulfill sustainability goals, but they encourage customers and employees to do the same. My recommendation: sweet potato burrito.
The place to eat when you want extensive beer & wine options or live entertainment. This couple-owned restaurant gives you a home-y menu and feel.
After those, sample these
The three listed below are the most iconic Mills restaurants. As much as I love, and frequent, these joints; I think they receive plenty of press. So I encourage you to branch out to 1-9 first.
10) Santiago's Bodega
Their happy hour can't be beat. Select $5 tapas, $3 sangria, and outside dining that will certainly brighten your mood.
11) Hawker's Asian Street Fare
Small-plate dishes to share for the whole table. Enjoy beer, wine, and sake with friends, but don't come in a hurry, they're usually on a wait.
12) Tako Cheena
Perfect late night snack after some Mills bar hopping. Chinese inspired tacos and burritos taste better than they sound.
(not so) Little Asia
Mills 50 has a plethora of Asian cuisine options. I am no expert. But! I can split them into categories to make your decision a little easier:
- Boba: ViVi Bubble Tea, Chewy Boba Company, Royaltea, Paris Banh Mi
- Sushi & Japanese: Bikkuri Sushi and Noodle Grill, Sushi & Seoul (a food truck but often parks off Mills), Sus Hi Sensation, Yamasan Sushi and Grill
- Thai: Pop Thai, Thai House of Orlando,
- Pho & Vietnamese: Pho #7, Pho 88, Vietnam Cuisine Restaurant, Nha Trang Subs, Lac Viet Bistro, Anh Hong, Paris Banh Mi
- Chinese: Tasty Wok, Ming's Bistro, Chan's
- Korean: Shin Jung, Korea House Restaurant (not quite Mills, but close)
- Fusion: Loving Hut, Mamak Asian Street Food, King Bao, Hawkers, Chuan Lu Garden
If you'd rather cook at home, check out the many Asian grocery stores along Colonial in this area. I hope this helps start your journey into Orlando's food gems. Enjoy!