Best of ORL 2022: Food & Drink

From beers to ice cream and everything in between, here are our readers' favorites!


Best Brewery

Hourglass Brewery

This local taproom sits in the heart of the Hourglass District where customers enjoy yoga on the patio while sampling their wide selection of delicious drinks.

What started with a love of craft beer and a small location in Longwood, Florida that comfortably sat approximately five people has grown into a 250-room taproom in Longwood and multiple locations in the Orlando area. We’re talking to Chauncey Felele, Taproom Manager at Hourglass Brewery, which has been voted Best Brewery in Orlando.

The kudos comes at an auspicious time, as the little-brewery-that-could celebrates a milestone. “We’re the second-oldest operating brewery in Orlando. We started in August of 2012, so we’re getting ready to celebrate our 10th anniversary for the brewery. We’re getting ready to celebrate our third anniversary in July for our Hourglass Brewery location.”

When the owner, Brett Mason, first came up with the idea for his brewery, it was an open market in Orlando, with Orlando Brewing being the only other craft brewery in the area. Brett knew there was room for one more.


Chauncey says the brewing community is supportive. “We send customers in the direction of other breweries all the time, but it’s a tight-knit community over here. That’s what helped us get through COVID.” And it was the customer support, and loyalty that saw the brewery through the dark times of the pandemic. “Even when they weren’t necessarily picking up beer, they’d come through and check up on us to see how we were doing and chat with us a bit. The community is fantastic.”

Chauncey is proud of the Hourglass Brewery and what they have to offer. “We have such a huge variety, and we’ve got something for everyone. We’re proud to display the 42 tabs because no matter what style of beer you like, we’ve got something for you. And if you’re not a huge beer drinker, chances are we have something for you, too.”


1 Hourglass Brewing

Hourglass District, Orlando

2 Ivanhoe Park Brewing Company

Ivanhoe District, Orlando

3 BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse

Multiple locations

Watering Hole

1 Whippoorwill Beer House & Package Store

The Milk District, Orlando

2 Ivanhoe Park Brewing Company

Ivanhoe District, Orlando

3 Bull & Bush


Wine Store

1 Tim’s Wine Market

Multiple locations

2 BevFly Wine Outlet


3 Total Wine

Multiple locations


Best Community Coffee Spot

Foxtail Coffee Company

A tale of two lifelong friends and their love of a good cup of joe.

Little did Alex Tchekmeian and Iain Yeakle know when they met in kindergarten that they would be lifetime friends, business partners, and founders of Foxtail Coffee Company.

While traveling from city to city on tour, Alex was inspired by the idea of creating a new kind of coffee experience. “I’ve been in the music business my whole life,” explains Alex. “I would travel all over the world. We would see these different cafes throughout unique cities and decided to open a little coffee shop.”

Foxtail is ever-growing, bringing craft coffee to coffee lovers around the state and beyond. What started as a “little coffee shop” has now grown to an impressive 39 locations. “We have locations around the state of Florida, one in Georgia, and more opening in the southeast.”

Foxtail Coffee Co. has been brewing craft coffee throughout central Florida since 2016. Combining Alex’s business expertise and Iain’s decade of top-tiered coffee roaster experience, they founded Foxtail on the principles of roasting and serving great coffee in a comfortable and inviting environment.

“The most rewarding thing is to continue seeing the brand expand in new territories and see the community support. Being in Winter Park, where we live, and having this as our flagship location is very special to me.”

Community Coffee Spot

1 Foxtail

Multiple locations

2 Drunken Monkey


3 The Robinson Coffee



1 Arthur’s Creative Events & Catering


2 Curbside Chef


3 Pearson’s Catering


Food Delivery

1 InstaCart


2 Uber Eats


3 DoorDash



Specialty Food Store

1 Trader Joe’s

Multiple locations

2 Petty’s Fresh Meats


3 Whole Foods

Multiple locations

Hunger Street Tacos. (ROBERTO GONZALEZ)


1 Hunger Street Tacos

Winter Park and Winter Garden

2 Rocco’s Tacos and Tequila Bar


3 mx Taco


Chocolate Shop

1 Peterbrooke Chocolatier of Winter Park

Winter Park

2 Kilwin’s

Winter Park

3 Laderach

Multiple locations

Something Sweet

1 Insomnia Cookies

Multiple locations

2 Phat Ash Bakes


3 The Glass Knife

Winter Park

Frozen Treat

1 Jeremiah’s Italian Ice

Multiple locations

2 Kelly’s Homemade Ice Cream

Multiple locations

3 Twistee Treat

Multiple locations

Insomnia Cookies. (ROBERTO GONZALEZ)

Hotel Lounge

1 The Ritz-CarltonOrlando, Grand Lakes

2 Illume at the JW Marriott


3 The Alfond Inn

Winter Park

Downtown Restaurant

1 The Osprey


2 Anthony’s Thornton Park

Thornton Park District, Orlando

3 Maxine’s on Shine


College Park Restaurant

1 Armando’s

College Park

2 The Tap Room at Dubsdread

College Park

3 Adriatico Trattoria Italiana

College Park

I-Drive Restaurant

1 Uncle Julio’s

I-Drive, Orlando

2 Del Frisco’s

I-Drive, Orlando

3 Café Tu Tu Tango

I-Drive, Orlando

Lake County Restaurant

1 First Watch


2 The Doghouse


3 Red Wing Restaurant


Osceola County Restaurant

1 Freddy’s


2 Columbia


3 The Cup Diner

St. Cloud

Restaurant Row

1 Eddie V’s


2 Chatham’s Place


3 Seasons’ 52


The Osprey Tavern. (ROBERTO GONZALEZ)

Seminole County Restaurant

1 Yummy House

Altamonte Springs

2 Enzo’s


3 Samurai Sushi

Heathrow Square

Theme Park Restaurant

1 Jaleo

Disney Springs, Orlando

2 Blaze Pizza

Lake Buena Vista, Orlando

3 Mythos Restaurant

Universal Islands of Adventure, Orlando

Winter Garden Restaurant

1 The Whole Enchilada

Winter Garden

2 Vespr Coffee Bar

Winter Garden

3 Chef’s Table at the Edgewater

Winter Garden

Winter Park Restaurant

1 Hillstone

Winter Park

2 Sixty Vines

Winter Park

3 AVA MediterrAegean

Winter Park

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