After a few years of unprecedented growth from humble strip mall attractions and antique shops (this particular stretch of North Orange Avenue is colloquially known as Antique Row) into something of a hip, drinky, artsy free-for-all, even more change lies on the horizon for Ivanhoe Village. In the coming years, new mixed-use development is expected in the form of the Yard at Ivanhoe Village. Developers of that project have been working closely with the upstart kids who managed to transform the neighborhood, so it is promised to be a positive development. For now, though, the charm is definitely intact and exploding in one of Orlando's greatest commercial/residential areas.
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Ta-Ke Sushi Bar
1421 N. Orange Ave., 407-826-1964
One of Orlando's freshest (and Ivanhoe's only) sushi haunts, it's a welcome addition in the Ivanhood. Happy hour from 5-7 p.m. daily.
Cindy's Tropical Café
2512 N. Orange Ave., 407-898-6878, cindyscafeorlando
This recently relocated favorite (it's been around in some form or another since 2001) offers traditional Cuban sandwiches, beans and rice and other Caribbean fare. Also excellent coffee.
1905 N. Orange Ave., 407-237-0921, wolfiespizzamia.com
The greatest pizza crust we've experienced in this town comes from White Wolf Café-adjacent Wolfies, which offers a full line of fresh, artisanal Italian fare that should keep you in the warm, opulent and woody restaurant space for hours.
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The Lucky Lure
1427 N. Orange Ave., facebook.com/theluckylureorlando
Is it a shack? Is it a boat? Whatever this tin-roofed, open-air construct is, it's about as close to a beach bar in landlocked Orlando as you can get.
The Locker Room
1913 N. Orange Ave., savoyorlando.com
Gay bar superstar Savoy's quieter next-door cousin may be no-frills, but it's also a little less intense when you're looking to have a conversation without noise or boys (in underwear) blocking you out.
516 Virginia Drive, 407-898-5892, thehideawaybar.net
If a full-on neighborhood bar replete with bar food and pool tables and bikers and hipsters and artists and rednecks is what you're after, then here's where you'll want to hide. Away.
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Cloak and Dapper
1219 N. Orange Ave., 407-250-6783, cloakanddapper.us
Men's fashion store Cloak and Dapper is cornering the market on high-end masculinity, including those things used to groom yourself into hard-parted perfection.
511 Virginia Drive, 407-412-6895, thevenueorlando.com
Local dancing chanteuse Blue Star's venue for most of her Varietease productions– along with things like cat circuses and beatnik re-enactments – sits at the core of this neighborhood's resurrection. Any show at the Venue is an inspirational experience.
1618 Something Different
1618 N. Orange Ave., 407-897-6707, somethingdifferentretro.com
If you're in the market for a console record player, a crazy person's coffee table or any other conversation piece worthy of a swank cocktail party, this longtime antique haunt – with amazing prices – is likely a good place to start.