Is it just us or is Maitland elbowing other neighborhoods aside this year as one hell of a place to while away an evening or a Sunday Funday? The area is a nonstop cloud of construction, notably the recently completed Maitland City Centre, along with condos aplenty. But there’s room enough for everyone, so grab some dinner at Teak and then catch a flick and a drink at that reliably adventurous landmark, the Enzian Theater, and its on-site Eden Bar. Because everything that’s old is new again.
BAMF Comics & Collectibles
500 E. Horatio Ave., Maitland, 321-316-4296, bamfcomicstore.com
Friendly neighborhood funny-books emporium – the only one in Maitland – is playing many roles (secret identities?) within the comics/arts community. Besides a space crammed with a well-curated selection of comics, gaming supplies and toys, there's a robust calendar of creator signings, art shows, arts classes, gaming nights and more.
Boot Camp Brunch at Luke's Kitchen + Bar
640 South Orlando Ave., Maitland, 407-674-2400, eatatlukes.com
Earn those eggs benny and a mimosa or three with a challenging Saturday workout on the lawn at Luke's. Call or check their socials for info on class dates and times.
Maitland City Centre
190 Independence Lane, Maitland, 407-599-6600, maitlandcitycentre.com
Brand-spanking new residential retail juggernaut looms over the Maitland skyline six stories high (with convenient parking garage), offering an eclectic array of retail and eating options spread over an entire city block, including Boku Sushi, 407 Gelato and Dixie Belle's Café.
Midici: The Neapolitan Pizza Company
171 S. Orlando Ave., Maitland, 407-790-4527, mymidici.com
The popular Californian Neapolitan pizza stronghold opened its first central Orlando location only a couple of months ago and is already impressing with delicious pies courtesy of two handmade wood-burning ovens that blister pizza in a minute and a half flat. Take your pick of table service or counter service.
Teak Neighborhood Grill
901 S. Orlando Ave., Maitland, 407-335-4835, teakorlando.com
Maitlandeers rejoiced when a second Teak location opened in their backyard, and the spacious new digs don't disappoint, with a roomy patio, an array of 60 craft beers to choose from, and a loaded menu of burger-y goodness.