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Inside Look: The Aardvark in Orlando’s SoDo plus Happy Hour Specials

Have you heard about the Aardvark – the SoDo District neighborhood convenience store that turned into a true neighborhood Florida gulf coastal-inspired gastropub with some of the finest seafood and burgers in Orlando? Visit our instagram for a special giveaway contest for dinner for two at The Aardvark.

Aardvark Beverage’s story goes back over 30+ years, starting as a local convenience store. In early 2020, new ownership changed to a full service restaurant – a true gastropub.

With the new ownership under Emmie Olivecrona, came new inspiration and a new menu with everything made in-house and sourced locally as much as possible – They source their brioche bread from Douce France Bakery in Winter Garden and fly in their po boy bread from New Orleans twice a week.

The Meatballs at The Aardvark

The Aardvark also offers a selection of sparkling, champagne , white, & red wine with hand selections from around the world. Beer lovers rejoice – there is also a rotating lineup of 22 beers on tap, many regionally sourced, and over 200 different beers offered in bottles or cans to enjoy in the restaurant or to take home.

Emmie Olivecrona tells us that the Aardvark is special because of the nostalgia of the neighborhood convenience store turned into a Coastal Inspired Restaurant with full service dining.

“It’s definitely not what you expect when you walk inside. The amount of fresh seafood we have I think really surprises people when they see our menu. We make all our sauces & pickles in house and have some of the freshest seafood around. We have a rotating selection of seafood for our Fish Monger’s Special & Anchors Aweigh Sandwich.”

“Our Butcher’s Blade Special rotates with different farmhouse meats weekly as well. Most importantly, people would not expect the Wine Selection we have such as Groth, Shafer, Orin Swift, & Louis M. Martini. It is not something you think you would find in an old convenience store in SoDo. We come out with a seasonal menu with the changing of the seasons, well, what “seasons” we have in Florida.”

For those brunch lovers, there is also a fantastic Brunch – Saturday, Sunday & Monday -10 am – 4 pm featuring $15 Unlimited Mimosas per Entree and frozen drinks.

They also have a happy hour menu happening Mondays through Fridays from 2pm-6pm including $5 wines, $5 Hacker-Pschorr, $1 off drafts, and a selection of Lucky $7 bites including The Kraut, Slaw Dawg, Southern Comfort Hot Dogs, Smokestack fries with smoked pork, and House fermented fresno honey crispy brussel sprouts.

The Aardvark
2610 S Ferncreek Ave, Orlando, FL 32806
(407) 894-9999

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