SunRail is now speeding riders to various destinations around Central Florida. Several stops offer dining opportunities without the stress of parking a car. Just like the free Lymmo bus that circles downtown Orlando, dining along the rails takes some planning.
Restaurants may be just a short walk away from the station, but be sure to factor in when you need to be back at the depot.
Winter Park, Park Avenue: This stop is at the iconic station in the heart of the shopping district. Try Panera at 329 N. Park Ave. (at Canton Avenue); Briarpatch at 252 N. Park Ave.; or Croissant Gourmet Bakery, 120 E. Morse Blvd.
Florida Hospital's Health Village: Near the intersection of Orange Avenue and Princeton Street are two options that won't disappoint. White Wolf Café at 1829 N. Orange Ave. in Orlando has a funky Bohemian vibe. If you don't want to walk far, check out the hospital's cafeteria. Seriously. It sets the bar for health-care food.
Lynx, downtown Orlando: Step off in the shadow of the looming Orange County Courthouse to fuel up at the aptly named Acquittal Café, 30 E. Livingston St.; Leo's Diner, 333 N. Orange Ave.; or Zilly Bee Café, 63 E. Pine St.
Church Street Station, downtown Orlando: Step it up a notch and eat in style at the Grand Bohemian Hotel, 325 S. Orange Ave.; or take on a French accent at Le Gourmet Break, 150 S. Magnolia Ave.; or keep it casual at Barnie's CoffeeKitchen at CityArts Factory, 29 S. Orange Ave. near Pine Street.
Winter Park, Park Avenue: The Coop, 610 W. Morse Blvd., offers Southern home-style fare; Cocina 214, 151 E. Welbourne Ave., features Tex-Mex; and BurgerFi, 538 S. Park Ave., has excellent sandwiches and fries, but it's the extras, such as frozen custard and adult libations, that make it a cut above the usual burger joints.
Florida Hospital's Health Village: Wolfie's Pizzamia, 1905 N. Orange Ave., is a White Wolf sibling with more of an emphasis on artisanal fare and local foods; for more mainstream eats head to Wendy's, 2400 N. Orange Ave., or Panera Bread, 2415 N. Orange Ave. at Rollins Street.
Lynx, downtown: Beth's Burger Bar, 24 E. Washington St., is a walk-up quick serve; Gringos Locos, 20 E. Washington St., has great Tex-Mex at a bargain price; Mama B's Giant Subs, 692 N. Orange Ave, is an Orlando classic.
Church Street Station: Whitewood, 1 S. Orange Ave., offers top-notch Mediterranean fare; Amura, 54 W. Church St. is a hidden gem known for sushi; Avenue Gastrobar, 13 S. Orange Ave., runs the gamut of burgers and sandwiches.
Supper is on
Winter Park, Park Avenue: Orchid Thai, 305 N. Park Ave., has a restrained elegance and consistently good food; Prato, 124 N. Park Ave., is Luma on Park's Italian cousin; Café de France, 526 S. Park Ave., is worth the trek.
Florida Hospital's Health Village: Imperial at Washburn Antiques, 1800 N. Orange Ave., offers eclectic bar noshes; or check out White Wolf Café or Wolfie's Pizzamia.
Lynx, downtown Orlando: Citrus, 821 N. Orange Ave., is sophisticated and lively; Shin Japanese Cuisine, 803 N. Orange Ave., has the best sushi in downtown Orlando; and Elixir Bar Room & Hash House, 9 W. Washington St. at Orange Avenue, has a limited menu that features expertly grilled chicken and burgers, huge salads with ultra-fresh field greens and more.
Church Street Station: Kres Chophouse, 17 W. Church St., big-city feel and casual upscale menu; Kasa Tapas & Raw Bar, 183 S. Orange Ave., globally inspired small plates; The Rusty Spoon, 55 W. Church St., local farm-inspired cuisine.
Familiarizing yourself with the expanding, free Lymmo bus service in downtown Orlando will add even more dining options in Thornton Park. For those who don't mind a short hike, Kappy's at 501 N. Orlando Ave. is a decent stride from the Maitland station and has good Philly cheesesteaks, subs and milkshakes.
SunRail fast facts
•The commuter train runs from DeBary in Volusia County through downtown Orlando to Sand Lake Road in south Orange County. There are 12 stops: DeBary, Sanford, Lake Mary, Longwood, Altamonte Springs, Maitland, Winter Park, Florida Hospital, Lynx bus station, Church Street Station, Orlando Health, Sand Lake Road. It does not run on the weekends.
•The train stops at stations every half-hour from 5:06 a.m. to 10:10 a.m., depending on location, and in the afternoon and evening from 3:30 to 8:18 p.m., again depending on location. In midday and late evening, the train will run about every 2 hours, with the last one pulling out from Sand Lake Road at 9:15 p.m.
•There is no cost to ride through May 16. Starting May 19, riders must pay a $2 one-way base fare, with an additional $1 charge for each additional county.
More online: Check out our station guide at OrlandoSentinel.com/sunrail