A shabby shack located near a standard mall, The Smiling Bison is an ambitious gastropub popular with Orlando's locavores. The owners got their start selling homemade sausages from a food cart, and you can still find smoked kielbasa, curry wurst, or other creations in sandwich form. The menu changes weekly, but soft caraway-coated pretzels with a spicy beer-mustard-cheese dip and a bison burger are always on offer. Dinner might be a chicken potpie, fried grouper cheeks
over jalapeno grits, or carrot-and-ricotta agnolotti—all under $20. The beer menu caters to a craft-brew-centric crowd, and wines are interesting and reasonably priced. Musicians entertain several nights a week, with no cover charge.