Review: Cheap Local Food & Brews of Orlando, FL
Cheap food & good beer. You know, the important stuff.
A few weeks ago, my friend Kelsey, my boyfriend, Matt, and I all ventured down to Orlando for a couple of days to see a band that we all like (Glass Animals). This concert actually ended up getting cancelled, but we had already booked everything and didn’t want to waste all of that money to not go, so we basically found ourselves in Orlando with…a lot of time to kill.
Now you may have seen my Instagram, or maybe even just the title of this blog post, and been one of the many people that have thought: Wait a second, Emily, you’re telling me you went to Orlando and you didn’t go to Disney?! That’s right, friends. It’s true. We’re poor, sorry. I don’t make “Broke AF” travel guides for nothing, guys.
Well, we actually did go to Disney Springs while we were there. That counts, right?
Alright. Now that that’s over with, let’s talk about the important stuff. Food and beer.
Tin & Taco:
We spotted Tin & Taco, a locally owned taco & craft beer joint, out the window of our Uber while we were heading to check into our Airbnb. It looked cool and was within walking distance, so we looked up the menu. $8 for two tacos? Say no more. We really weren’t expecting anything amazing, but lucky for us, the place blew our expectations out of the water.
Everything about our experience was phenomenal- from the food, to the beer, to the ambiance, to the customer service behind the counter. It’s honestly so refreshing to be able to walk into a restaurant, especially when you’re not from the area, and be able to have a genuine conversation with the person behind the register, instead of being served by the typical, robot cashier that is counting down the seconds until their shift is over.
We ordered our tacos (they also had vegetarian/vegan friendly options, too!), got some local beer recommendations from the staff (they were all delicious), and had such an awesome time. Plus, we got a beer to go, because that’s a thing you can do in Florida.
Orlando Brewing Company:
I’ll admit that we mostly went to Orlando Brewing Company because we needed something cheap to do, and they hold FREE tours of the brewery every day (except Sunday) at 6pm. That, and, well, we love drinking beer. It’s an activity all three of us can agree on.
What we didn’t know going into it, though, is that OBC is much more interesting than your average brewery. As the only USDA certified organic brewery east of Colorado, they only use organically produced ingredients and processing aids in all of their recipes. Add in 20+ beers on tap and rotating seasonal recipes, and they have a lot going for them.
So for only the cost of however many beers we felt like buying that night, we toured the brewery, learned more about what it means to be an organic brewery, the process of actually making beer, and got a lil tipsy at happy hour. Plus, the staff here was also amazing and super friendly- giving us thoughtful recommendations and putting concoctions together (the Orlando Weiss beer plus a shot of raspberry? Amazing.) for us when we were ready to try something new.