Orlando Meals Journey: A SunRail Station-to-Station Information
A brand new range of culinary curiosities, unique finds and hidden gems. Our restaurant reviewer travels to the bizarre, healthy, spirited, “who knew” and just plain cool and delicious.
Roberto Gonzalez Woodsby’s Countryside Café
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SunRail’s 49-mile (so far) 16-station route through four counties offers a rarely seen excursion through the heart of central Florida. Day trippers leaning back on a seat on the upper deck can glimpse crude graffiti tags and elaborate murals from a distance. rear ends of warehouses and backyards of suburban homes; Cemeteries of corroded cars and the deceased; Thrift stores; and churches large and small. As the cheerful trains take workers to hotels in the holiday region and mothers with babies singing “choo choo”, the walk reveals some good and interesting tastes from our culinary scene. Each stop along the journey has the option to have a snack or meal nearby (some closer than others). What follows are the next walkable (usually) places worth your attention. While the full-day SunRail trip can be a stretch, for example, riding the rails for dinner from Longwood to Kissimmee is an enjoyable and relaxing trip. Unfortunately, snacks are not permitted on a SunRail train itself.
Weather in Poinciana railway station
5025 S. Rail Ave., Kissimmee
Woodsby’s Countryside Café
1.5 miles away
Family-owned Woodsby’s has been in the business for 18 years and lives up to its motto, “Good food and lots of it”. Very large portions fill the plate or the breakfast table (like “Danny’s Favorite”: two hand-cut boneless) pork chops, eggs, french fries and a giant cookie for less than ten dollars, as well as homemade cakes. Lynx also runs a direct bus from Poinciana Station to the delights of Disney Springs. However, if you’re going to Woodsby’s, your best bet is to give an Uber a call. Woodsbyscafe.com
Kissimmee railway station
320 Pleasant St.
3 speakeasy sisters
The nifty 3 sisters, open for lunch and dinner, have the Red Shoe Martini Bar next door. The name isn’t a clever reference to Chekhov, but rather a bizarre story about a family from the time of Prohibition. The speakeasy offers interesting dishes including sushi, tacos, steaks and burgers, as well as live entertainment and quiz nights. A complimentary connection from Kissimmee Station also moves passengers through downtown Kissimmee. 3sistersspeakeasy.com
Tupperware railway station
3205 Orange Ave., Kissimmee
Your Latin American cuisine
In this Latin American café, the chef Carmen Santana celebrates the dishes of the Dominican Republic and Colombia Parakeet eggs Loaded for breakfast with steak, rice, beans, pork and plantains Paisa tray for dinner. tucocinalatina.net
Meadow Woods Station
120 Fairway Woods Blvd., Kissimmee
Meadow Woods is a commuter station that is slated to be the future hub for the upcoming Virgin Trains service from Miami to SunRail via the airport. So at the moment there is not much within walking distance to attract the culinary tourist. The local presence of the Azteca D’Oro chain, which stretches from New Smyrna Beach to Winter Haven, makes a short detour with a large selection of Mexican dishes worthwhile (7 mare broth, A well-stocked seafood soup is recommended. aztecadoro.com
Sand Lake Road Station
8030 S. Orange Ave., Pine Castle
This “Florida Cracker Steakhouse” from the owners of Fish On Fire and Dancing Pigs Deli is big on steak (like a 36-ounce porterhouse) and homemade Florida strawberry shortcake. orlandosteer.com
Orlando Health Station
250 Columbia St.
The 17 year old brewery, one of the originators of the local craft beer movement, is just a short walk away. You deserve an organic pint of the award-winning O-Town Brown Ale on tap. orlandobrewing.com
Kirchenstrasse railway station
99 W. South St.
Technically, the next is food Pepes Cantina on Church Street (160 feet) but of course you can walk Craftsman table for a delicious Japanese breakfast bowl with eggs and sticky rice in the morning; the high end Kres Chophouse for their acclaimed Filet Wellington for dinner; grab an alcoholic milkshake Elective burger; Or, take the Orange or Grapefruit Lymmo free lines to explore the other delights of downtown Orlando.
AdventHealth railway station
500 E. Rollins St.
Cindy’s Cuban Cafe, A minute away, is open for breakfast and lunch on weekdays (just like SunRail!). Cindy’s slow-roasted pork loin cuts a fine figure midnight Sandwich. Over the tracks is Downtown I think for espresso from a single source. cindyscubancafe.com; Downtowncredo.com
Winter park railway station
148 W. Morse Blvd.
From Turkish delicacies at Bosphorus just across Park Avenue, after Orchid Thai a short walk north and BurgerFi There is no shortage of restaurants three short blocks south.
Maitland railway station
801 N. Orlando Ave.
Kappy’s hasn’t changed much (other than the owners) since it opened in a Depression-era Valentine Diner in 1967. Park at a picnic table and enjoy cheesesteaks, hot dogs, and the roadside atmosphere. kappyssubsfl.com
Lynx Central railway station
101 W. Livingston St.
There are all day burgers, beer and starters (Bat Outta Hell Meatloaf) in the Ace Cafe on the street; and superior fine dining (homemade terrines) in the DoveCote Brasserie the Block. acecafeusa.com; dovecoteorlando.com
Altamonte Springs railway station
2741 S. Ronald Reagan Blvd.
Bubbalou’s Bodacious BBQ
Central Florida-born Bubbalou’s has served its famous baby back ribs and Texas brisket since 1986. altamonte-springs.bubbalous.com
Sanford railway station
2720 W. State Road 46
There are two rest stops on SR 46 (Texas and Logan’s). However, a free trolley runs twice an hour to the delights of historic downtown restaurants, such as Chef Nat Russell’s inventive take on Mediterranean cuisine The Tennessee truffle (Nashville Hot Quail on Spring Onion Pancakes; homemade cookies with Grammys chocolate sauce and smoked salt); and The quarter, with its seasonally changing options such as sausage and broccoli rabe hoagies and braised short ribs with mushroom risotto. thetennesseetruffle.com; Districteanford.com
Longwood railway station
149 E. Church Ave.
Owner Sam Nazario offers breakfast and lunch specialties. the signature Gilly’s Philly cheese with steak, onions, peppers and mushrooms (and authentic Cheez Whiz); pressed wraps; and Italian ice cream in Longwood’s old post office, a stone’s throw from the train. peteseatsdeli.mobile-webview1.com
Lake Mary railway station
2200 W. Lake Mary Blvd.
4th Street Bar & Grill
4th Street is a sports bar, restaurant, and good place for fried cheesecake. It also offers an impressive crab cake sandwich and lamb burger. 4thstreetbargrill.com
DeBary railway station
630 South Charles R. Beall Blvd.
Hub life hasn’t caught up with the DeBary location, but a shrimp dinner overlooking St. John’s is a 5 mile ride away The Swamp House River Front Grill and Happy Snapper Tiki Bar. Or take a 7-minute cab ride to the Central Florida Zoo, watch the lemurs, then have a barbecue at Sonny’s. swamphousegrill.com
WHEN YOU GO: As much as we love SunRail, there are limitations: no service on weekends (Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer says he wants it to run seven days and connect to the airport) or after 11 p.m. And while there are unlimited passes weekly and monthly since nothing is available for day pass travelers, hop-on and hop-off day trips are part of the experience of this excursion. One-way or return tickets are available at the kiosks along the way.
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