So you are making the trek to Orlando this weekend for the Total Punk Total Fuck Off Weekend. We’ve got you covered during the shows but what are you supposed to do with the rest of your time? Disney’s too expensive, Wet N Wild hasn’t opened back up yet, and this isn’t the weekend that Holy Land lets heathens in for free. Well here’s a list of places to stuff your face with cheap delicious food, and bars to keep you drunk. You want to do something other than drink or eat? Hit the Florida Welcome center when you cross the state lines. They have tons of pamphlets covering all kinds of touristy shit.
WALLY’S (1001 N Mills Ave)
Wally’s is pretty much the heart and soul of the Mills Strip. Sitting in this location for 60 years, Wally’s has the stiffest drinks in town and if you are doing this thing right at all you will be making frequent trips to there throughout the night. Filled with rowdy locals, surly bartenders, and decorated with the best wallpaper in Orlando, Wally’s is a must hit destination. Also for those of you pulling an all nighter Wally’s opens back up at 7 A.M. It’s also a spot where you can rub shoulders with local celebrities like Jose Baez, John Morgan , or Shannon Burke. For those not in the know Shannon Burke was a local radio show host who shot his girlfriend’s dog’s leg off in a drunken domestic dispute. HOW’S THAT FOR FLORIDA! Wally’s is cash only so make sure to bring some green.
HIDEAWAY BAR (516 Virginia Dr)
This is another great locals spot and a Miami Dolphins themed bar. Cheap stiff drinks, friendly staff, and the best chicken wings in town (I also recommend the Hot Marino and the burgers). Good early spot to get your drink on. Also if you see a guy who looks like Papa Roach there he is the guy responsible for all the ugly murals you see around town. Like Wally’s Hideaway is cash only.
ST MATTHEW’S TAVERN (1300 N. Mills Ave)
St Matthews used to be a gay bar called Paradise that had free hot dogs on Sunday and really cheap drink specials every night. It was awesome. Paradise closed about 18 months ago and it spent about a year as a shitty dive bar called Orlando Nights. Well that place closed and Paradise is back but now it’s called St. Matthews Tavern. They still have cheap drink specials, its still gay, it’s decorated like an English chapel, they have pews for booths, and the St. Dorothy Catholic Church comes in and conducts mass every Sunday morning. Bar opens after mass.
PHO 88 (730 N Mills Ave)
Not the best Vietnamese food in town, but for sure one of the better ones and in close proximity to everything.
TAKO CHEENA (932 N Mills Ave)
Asian infused taco joint. The Cod and pork belly tacos are both good. The Korean Dog is also awesome, and the Chicken Burrito is easy to turn into two meals. Pretty cheap and out of towners always seem to really like this place.
TASTY WOK (1246 E Colonial Dr)
Tasty Wok is the shit. Delicious Mongolian BBQ and Noodle dishes. Krispy Pork, Duck, Beef Noodles its all great.
NOODLES & RICE CAFE (813 N Mills Ave)
Good,cheap, and close. Serve a variety of Asian dishes. All the noodles are homemade and fresh. House Ramen is awesome. Have a hot pot and regular menu.
NHA TRANG SUBS (1216 East Colonial Drive )
If you want to get a Bánh Mì this is the place to go. A total hole in the wall run by the nicest little Vietnamese lady. Best Bánh Mì in town, and only $3.
STARDUST (1842 Winter Park Rd)
Nice chill little spot. Good cheap coffee, free wi-fi, decent beer selection, kitschy decor, fancy cocktails after 4. Good spot for Vegheads, but they also have awesome sandwiches with meat on them.
BLACK BEAN DELI (1835 E Colonial Dr)
Awesome little Cuban place. Good spot to grab a colada and a media noche. Also really like the papa rellenas, and 1/4 chicken meal.