This easygoing neighborhood southeast of downtown has been quietly residential for years, with nearby ’hood Belle Isle as a slightly scruffier and more industrial neighbor. But its long-appreciated small local businesses are gaining wider acclaim (ZaZa, Mediterranean Blue, Johnny’s); its craft-beer scene rivals the one that’s popped up on Virginia Drive; and the newer, higher-profile spots opening apace (ahem, Pizza Bruno) couldn’t be hotter. Conway may be one of the last areas in Orlando you can afford to buy a house, and it’s one of the few where the shopkeepers still know their regulars by name. We’re calling it: Conway is the new College Park.
3990 Curry Ford Road, pizzabrunofl.com
Guarantee: You have never tasted better Neapolitan-style pizza or garlickier knots. Bruno Zacchini and his crew make their own salumi, ferment their own dough, serve weekend brunch, and somehow still manage to have fun.
ZaZa New Cuban Diner
3500 Curry Ford Road, 407-228-0060, zazacubandiner.com
Breakfast is one of the best things at this restaurant that's expanding across Central Florida. Try the quesitos or the "Carlitos Way" egg platter if you don't believe us.
435 E. Michigan St., 407-422-2583, mediterraneanblue.net
This Greek restaurant is beloved by Conway residents and "outsiders" alike, partly for its amazing pastitsio and partly because the owners are just about the nicest people ever.
La Fiesta Mexican Grill
3000 Curry Ford Road, 407-985-4340, facebook.com/lafiestagrillandcatering
Aside from its kickass home-style Mexican food, we hear the happy hour is lit at this eatery.
Johnny's Fillin' Station and Johnny's Other Side
2631 S. Fern Creek Ave., 407-894-6900, johnnysfillinstation.com
This adjoining family-owned bars have pool tables, darts, a game room and some truly great burgers.
Belle Isle Yacht Pub
7521 S. Orange Ave., 407-850-3491
A compact, cozy spot to get a decent beer or three, watch the game, or maybe take in a band on the tiny stage.
The Gnarly Barley
7431 S. Orange Ave., 407-854-4999, thegnarlybarley.com
Close to Belle Isle, this craft beer and bites hangout has all the makings for a perfect night out. (That back deck!)
Ocean Sun Brewing
3030 Curry Ford Road, 407-745-5551, oceansunbrewing.com
A friendly, accessible taproom and brewery that "brews for pint holders, not stakeholders."
3076 Curry Ford Road, 407-985-3778, roguepuborlando.com
Chill craft beer and wine bar in the Crystal Lake Village center is an ideal spot to meet pals and sink a drink.
Fort Gatlin Recreation Complex
2009 Lake Margaret Drive, 407-254-9820, orangecountyfl.net
Come here to enjoy the family swimming pool or the 10 tennis courts.