Are you looking to try new restaurants or need some date night ideas in the Orlando area? Paddywagon Irish Pub owner Mike Hunsucker shared with us his top picks!


This Little Piggy at the Crooked Can Brewery/ Plant Street Market followed by rooftop margaritas at The Whole Enchilada


Gyu Kaku – A Japanese BBQ where you get to grill a plethora of different meats. Get the combo for two, and you HAVE to get the bibimbap; a Korean rice dish that is literally perfect!


DaKine Poke – This is the only poke spot that serves fish that’s hasn’t been frozen first and is a great option for lunch.


Yellow Dog Eats – This is perfect for your lunch BBQ sandwich craving. It’s an old house in the center of Gotha, transformed into a unique eatery. There’s an old bus out back equipped with tables inside. There are wild roosters roaming the parking lot. Let’s just say the food is good, the character of the place truly makes it awesome!


A great place for an early happy hour is Maxine’s on Shine and a great late night happy hour from 10-1am is Santiago’s Bodega


Domu – They have probably the best wings on the planet and homemade Japanese ramen noodles in whatever broth you want. Add pork belly, then add more pork belly, then ask for fried garlic on top and a side of togarashi to sprinkle over the top.  They have really good cocktails as well.


Padrinos Cuban – Try the vaca frita. It will melt in your mouth!


Linda’s La Cantina -This is an old school steakhouse, but has literally the best steak anywhere in Florida!


The Whiskey – They have easily the best burgers in central Florida. They use a blend of brisket, short rib, and chuck, and cook them on an open flame. Every single one is amazing!


Fresco Italian Kitchen – This is a Family Owned Italian restaurant. The head chef is straight off the boat from Italy and all of the pasta is made from scratch.  Get the clams oreganata, they will change your life!


Cafe TuTu Tango – Part restaurant, part art consignment shop with very unique paintings from local artists that are all for sale.  The food is very good and served tapas-style. The Asian steak skewers and Cajun chicken egg rolls are a must try.



Last but certainly not least, put on some nice clothes and go for appetizers and wine at Capa. It’s on the rooftop of the Four Seasons Resort. Get there by 7:15 pm. By the time your apps are finished and you’re on glass of wine #2, walk on the patio, then boom; the 8 pm Disney fireworks are going off in the distance! It’s an amazing view!