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903 Mills Market

903 Mills Market is the quintessential neighborhood gathering place. What began as a convenient market has evolved into the very heart of this charming and rapidly gentrifying downtown neighborhood. Here you'll find the revival of the blue plate special -- a home-cooked meal, a unique offering each evening. Take your meal home with you or enjoy it on our outdoor patio with a choice of our unique selection of beer or wine. Visit us once and you'll come back again and again. After all, this is neighborhood.

Neighborhood: Central

903 S. Mills Ave.
Orlando
Phone: (407) 898-4392

Attributes

Alcohol:
Beer Microbrew
 
Dress Code:
Casual
 
Entertainment:
Live Music TV
 
Facility Features:
Outdoor Dining Reservations Wheelchair Access
 
Favorites:
Best of Orlando
 
Meals:
Breakfast Brunch Catering Delivery Dinner Food Lunch Take Out
 
Menu:
Appetizers Desserts
 
Payment Methods:
Amex Discover MasterCard Visa
 
Reservations:
Reservations optional
 
Ambience:
Kid Friendly
 
Price Range:
$
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Review

If you've ever lived south of the East-West Expressway, in the vicinity of Lake Davis, you probably remember El Rincon, a beer-in-a-bag kind of market at the corner of Mills Avenue and Gore Street. If your timing was good and you caught the place when it was open, which was frustratingly rare, you might find a loaf of white bread and a copy of the paper to go with your tallboy. But only the foolhardy would actually order a sandwich from the place.

How things have changed since Jim Ellis and Nick Massoni took over in September. El Rincon is now the 903 Mills Market, and it is the heart of a quickly gentrifying neighborhood. The once-dark grocery with bars on the windows is now brightly lit and inviting. You can have lunch or a beer at one of the outside tables and watch the traffic on Mills whiz by. Or sit inside and chat with neighbors as they come and go.

903 Mills serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, and the food is worth a stop. I have yet to eat breakfast there, but the sandwiches are creative, tasty and huge (the "Grateful Bread," a combination of turkey, blue cheese, stuffing, onions and cranberry mayo on sourdough is a personal favorite); the dinner blue plates don't disappoint, and there's always a kettle of soup on.

Tipplers will appreciate what has to be one of the best beer selections in town. I've never seen He'Brew, Dogfish Head, Flying Dog and White Hawk together in one place before, let alone in a single cooler in a tiny neighborhood store. Wine heads (as distinguished from winos) will dig the monthly tastings.

In the age of the 7-Eleven, community grocery stores are a rare and wonderful thing, and this one is a gem.

 

Best of Orlando Winner:

2011 Best Outdoor Dining

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