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A table of plenty in Audubon Park

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Owner Gina Pak (left) watches chef Sung Kook Cha make sushi at Sushi Lola's.

Owner Gina Pak (left) watches chef Sung Kook Cha make sushi at Sushi Lola's. (George Skene, Orlando Sentinel / July 29, 2011)

Orlando's small communities are what make it such an interesting place to live and eat.

Within these neighborhoods are great foodie finds that showcase Central Florida's culinary diversity for locals and visitors. Today I am taking a foodie stroll through the Audubon Park Garden District, northeast of downtown. The neighborhood was developed first by the Fairview Home Co. in 1911, according to the website apgardens.com. And the Audubon Park Garden District was formed in 2008.

The enclave's center radiates from the four corners at Winter Park Road and Corrine Drive.

From cupcakes to creative cuisine, the Audubon Park Garden District is a center of independent eateries.

Community Market

Every Monday (rain or shine) from 6-10 p.m., the parking lot at Stardust Video and Coffee, 1842 E. Winter Park Road, is Central Florida's source for local food, from produce and other farm goods to prepared foods, grocery items and meals. (apmarket.wordpress.com)

Bikes, Beans & Bordeaux

This casual neighborhood cafe at 3022 Corrine Drive, is one-part coffeehouse and one-part wine bar. Called B3 by regulars, the place is owned by Jen and Darrell Cunningham, longtime Central Florida residents and cycling enthusiasts. (bikesbeansandbordeaux.com)

Blue Bird Bake Shop

Since 2008, Orlando's Blue Bird Bake Shop's cupcakes had been the talk of the town — especially from regulars of Pom Pom's Teahouse & Sandwicheria, the local spot that generated the most Blue Bird buzz. In 2010, co-owners Jeff Lambert and Joel Pfrogner unlocked the door to their own bakery at 3122 Corrine Drive. Like a well-coifed cupcake, the small bakery is a work of art. (bluebirdbakeshop.com)

Junior's Diner

This small eatery at 2920 Corrine Drive has had a few owners and was once known as Roger's. It's still the place to be for pancakes in the morning and burgers and cheesy melts at lunch. The new owners also own The Colonial Room in downtown Sanford.

O'Stromboli

O'Stromboli, 1803 E. Winter Park Road, is an eatery-deli combo with delicious pizzas, hefty salads and Italian mainstays such as chicken Parm. Don't overlook the wings.

Rainbow Sno Cones

For 17 years, Bob Homer has owned this cool retreat at 3116 Corrine Drive. It's quick-serve with attention to detail, so have patience as Homer hand-crafts each icy serving. "A neighborhood favorite is Tiger's Blood," he says of the coconut and strawberry blend. "I like it, too, but it's hard to pass on grape with old-fashioned Nehi flavor.

Stardust Video & Coffee

The Stardust kitchen is open every day at 1842 E. Winter Park Road. The most eclectic of the fuel stops, there is a set menu plus many chef specials. The from-scratch baked goods vary but cross your fingers for the whoppie pies, snickerdoodles and pound cakes. There's a full bar, too. (stardustvideoandcoffee.wordpress.com)

Sushi Lola's

Sushi Lola's is a big smile in an ordinary strip mall. Find it at 2806 Corrine Drive and step inside for a fusion treat. Fab sushi (especially the lobster roll), ramen creations, bento boxes (chicken bulgogi) and wonderful — often inspired — sandwiches.
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