When I walked into The Caboose Bar | Orlando in Ivanhoe Village for a quick lunch with a good friend, I felt like I was transported to a favorite local spot in my small hometown of North Texas. The vibe of The Caboose is old school Americana. Rustic decorations hang on the wall - many themed around trains and the railroad - but my favorite is the shotgun above the bar. The bartender is friendly and the room has natural light from big windows but is still also kind of dark and cavernous in the best way. It's the kind of place I'd go to escape the hectic pace of modern life and while away an afternoon off work.
The Caboose Serves up Authentic Bar Food In Orlando
My friend is already seated at the bar sipping a PBR. He puts in an order of tots while I take a look at the menu. If you're craving authentic bar food in Orlando The Caboose has it all - burgers, wings, beer battered onion rings, jalapeno poppers, and fried cheese. But there's also a good selection of flatbreads, sandwiches made with fresh boars head ingredients, and salads. The pressed sandwiches tempt me, particularly because they're made with Boar's Head meats and cheeses, but instead I decide on a chef salad and a scoop of hummus. I see seven days of the best drink specials in Orlando listed on the back of the menu and make a mental note of ladies night ($5 for unlimited wells and wine 9-11PM on Thursdays) as well as the $2 mimosas and Bloody Mary's on Sunday til 6PM (because who doesn't love a good Sunday Funday?).
The food arrives quickly and we chat in confines of a low-key bar while we munch on lunch. Afterwards, we play a few rounds of pool, and my friend smokes an American Spirit between sips of his PBR. There aren't too many establishments left in Orlando that allow my hipster friend this luxury, but I'm grateful we found one. After a while, we pay our tabs, which were pleasantly affordable. We say goodbye to Gunner and part ways, but not before making plans to return soon for another chill afternoon session at The Caboose Bar | Orlando.