This Saturday, June 10, is National Iced Tea Day. And nothing goes better with iced tea than great southern comfort food. Toyota of Clermont has put together a list of some of the best places in Orlando to get that famous southern hospitality on a plate.
Cecil’s Texas Style Bar-B-Q
Cecil’s Texas Style Bar-B-Q believes in serving BBQ the “old fashioned” way, and their southern comfort food benefits from that mentality. With meat being smoked for hours and hand trimmed to your specifications, you’ll feel welcomed and like your opinion matters at this cafeteria-style establishment. You can get meat by the pound, in a dinner served with your choice of sides and Texas Toast, or certain meats (such as the pulled pork and beef brisket) could be made into a sandwich. Cecil’s Texas Style Bar-B-Q is located at 2800 S. Orange Ave, Orlando, FL 32806.
Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’
Homecomin’ is located in Disney Springs and brings Florida’s rich agricultural heritage to the masses in a variety of dishes that bring out the best in southern comfort food. The menu highlights local ingredients and farm-to-table cuisine. Chef Art Smith was inspired by his home of Florida to create dishes such as “Art’s Famous Fried Chicken” and the “Jasper Board” which is filled with pimento cheese, buttermilk crackers and more. Homecomin’ is located at 1602 East Buena Vista Drive Orlando, FL 32830.
Dixie Dharma is a favorite for vegans and non-vegans alike. This Market on South restaurant serves up 100% vegan, southern-inspired comfort food. And you won’t feel guilty eating it, as all the ingredients used are wholesome, sustainable, and delicious. Menu favorites include Cajun boiled peanuts and “The Orangebird” BBQ sloppy joe. Dixie Dharma and Market on South are located at 2603 East South St, Orlando, FL, 32803
The COOP is a Winter Park favorite known for its fried chicken and amazing breakfast options. The COOP was created by the same team behind 4 Rivers Smokehouse, and celebrates the South and its food. Each southern comfort food classic is made daily from scratch and are filled with seasonal ingredients that make these passed-down recipes shine. Favorites off their menu include Southern fried chicken, classic biscuit and sausage gravy, and the “Low Country Shrimp & Grits”. The COOP is located at 610 West Morse Blvd. Winter Park, FL 32789
Soco Restaurant is perfect for those looking for Southern comfort food that has been elevated to a fine dining status. This Thornton Park restaurant believes in southern hospitality, and combines traditional dishes with a contemporary atmosphere. Some favorite dishes include the chicken-fried New York strip for dinner, and the “Bacon, Egg and Cheese” shrimp and grits for brunch. Soco Restaurant is located at 629 E Central Blvd Orlando, FL 32801.
If you’re looking for some southern hospitality on a plate, you can find it right here in Orlando! Be sure to check out these local restaurants and more to support our Central Florida businesses.