History of Orlando, Florida

If history is your passion, then visiting Orlando, Florida will be a special treat. Orlando with the fourth largest city in Florida and the state’s largest city that is not on a coast. Orlando is one of the most visited tourist destinations because of its many attractions including Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando resort, but this is not all that Orlando has to offer. Orlando is home to several major historic districts where you can experience various eras of Orlando’s history almost as if it is a time capsule.

Early History

When the first European settlers arrived in 1536, they found the area sparsely populated by the Seminole tribe. Tensions built between settlers and the local Native Americans until Fort Gatlin was built on a highly defensible position. In 1835 a war broke out that lasted until 1842. The first settlers began to arrive in number around 1837 and built their community around the Fort.

Orlando is Born

In 1845 Mosquito County changed his name to Orange County and the city that would eventually be named Orlando was made the county seat. There are several different stories about how Orlando got its name, but the most popular centers around a man named Orlando Reeves who was a soldier on sentinel duty when a band of Seminole attacked the party. The story goes that

Looking north along Orange Avenue in downtown Orlando

Orlando fired his rifle and saved the others from peril, but in the process died of an arrow wound himself. The first Post Office in Orlando was established in 1850, but the town was not officially named until 1857.

Orange Boom

One of the reasons why the Orlando area was so attractive is due to its mild climate and fertile land. By the 1880s a citrus industry was well-established in the area. In 1881 the first rail lines came to the area, allowing the highly desirable produce to be shipped to other areas. The city was a flourishing and industrious city with office buildings, churches, packing plants, hotels, and thriving schools. It was during this time that northern tourists began to flock to the area as an escape from the cold. In 1894 a three day freeze destroyed the entire orange crop and it took 15 years for the city to fully recover. However, between 1910 and 1920 the population of Orlando doubled and the city was once again a symbol of prosperity.

Modern Era

In 1968 Florida Technical University, now the University of Central Florida, was established. This boom of prosperity continued through 1971 when a new construction boom would bring Orlando’s most iconic tourist attractions and business to the Orlando area. In 1973, Sea World would open for the first time. The year 1982 would bring the Epcot Center, and Disney-MGM studios would open in 1989.

Business Growth

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Historic Sites Not to Miss

The many different eras of Orlando’s history are captured in a number of historic districts and historic sites scattered throughout city and surrounding area. Here are a few of the ones that you should be sure not to miss while you are here.

  • Lake Eola Heights Historic District
  • Harry P. Leu Gardens
  • Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens (The Polasek)
  • William H. Waterhouse House
  • Fort Christmans Historical Park
  • Downtown Historic District

Visiting the Epcot Center, and Disney’s many attractions is certainly a good reason to visit the Orlando area, but if you do not take some time to take in the area’s history and examples of historic architecture, then you have missed something that will make the trip truly enjoyable. Orlando has much more to offer than theme parks.


Our Menu


Pinchos Calientes   $8.95
Top sirloin skewers grilled to perfection served with Sriracha hot chili sauce.
Alcapurrias   $5.75
A mixture of mashed green and sweet plantains filled with ground beef.

Crispy Calamari   $9.75
Hand breaded golden calamari rings served with marinara sauce.Chicken Skewers   $6.95
Chicken skewers on the barbie served with Chimi sauce.

King Midas Meat Balls   $7.50
Mini meat balls grilled and tossed in our famous king sauce.

Soft Tacos   $6.75
3 soft tacos with your choice of beef or chicken, lettuce, tomatoes, onions & sour cream.

Shrimp & Chorizo   $8.50
Grilled shrimp & chorizo skewers in garlic sauce.

Chorizo Mac & Cheese   $6.95
Creamy cheddar mac & cheese baked with grilled chorizo.

Mussels Di Exile   $10.75
Mussels in the shell sauteed with white wine, fresh garlic, onions and peppers.

Empanadas   $7.25
Savory Spanish pastries filled with your choice of blended grilled chicken or beef with mixed cheeses served with creamy Churri sauce.

Hummus & Pita   $6.25
Chickpeas blended with sesame paste, garlic and lemon juice served with warm onion pita bread.

Stuffed Mushrooms   $8.75
Parmesan, Romano and Mozzarella cheese, crab, white fish, sweet peppers and garlic on perfectly baked mushroom caps.

Fried Mozzarella    $7.25
Battered crispy mozzarella served with marinara sauce.

Coconut Shrimp     $8.75
Large shrimp dipped in a coconut batter fried golden brown with a tangy Chimi sauce.

Mini Burgers      $8.25  
Angus beef patties grilled and topped with American cheese on 3 mini toasted buns.

Seared Ahi Tuna    $11.25
Sashimi Style tuna rubbed in bold spices served with our Asian sauce.

Quesadillas      $8.25
Large tortilla filled with mixed cheese, green peppers and onions served with a side of sour cream, choice of chicken or steak.

Shrimp Cocktail     $8.25
Chilled fresh shrimp served with our cocktail sauce.

Tostones con Pollo     $8.75
Twice fried green plantains topped with marinated chicken, onions, peppers and melted mozzarella cheese.

Exile Potato Skins     $7.75
Crispy potato skins topped with marinated chicken, bacon, onions, peppers and melted cheeses. 

Muchos Nachos  $9.75
Loaded with your choice of chicken or beef, melted cheeses, onions, peppers, tomatoes,black olives, jalapeños, served with salsa and sour cream.

Pizza Flat     $11.25
Make it fun, choose all the toppings you want:
Onions, Peppers,Black Olives,Tomatoes,Banana Peppers,Chicken,Ham,


All items are cooked to order: 
Consuming raw or undercooked meats, poultry, sea food, shellfish or eggs may increase your risk of foodborne illness, especially if you have certain medical conditions.


Exile Wings



Hummus & Pita



Stuffed Mushrooms



Empanadillas / Beef or Chicken



Tostones con Pollo



Pizza Flats



Exile Shrimp Salad  $11.75
Romaine lettuce, tomatoes, onions, black olives, croutons, mixed cheese in a light vinaigrette dressing topped with garlic grilled shrimp.
Large Garden Salad   $8.75
Mixed greens, tomatoes, onions, black olives, croutons and cheese.Chicken Caesar Salad   $9.75
Heart of Romaine tossed in Caesar dressing, topped with grilled chicken, croutons and Parmesan cheese.Coconut Shrimp Salad   $11.25
Fresh greens, tomatoes, sweet peppers, onions and cranberries tossed in our Chimi dressing.
Topped with large crispy coconut shrimp.Steak Salad   $11.75
Crisp Romaine lettuce, tomatoes, onions, pepper, feta cheese tossed in our Greek dressing and topped with steak strips.

Served with lettuce, tomatoes, onions, pickles and fries.

The Venezuelan Burger  $11.25
An angus patty, topped with grilled chicken breast, provolone cheese, bacon, a fried egg and Chimi sauce on a toasted bun.
The Exile Burger  $10.95
Two Angus patties topped with bacon and American cheese, with a side of Chimi.Chicken Club Sandwich  $9.95
Grilled chicken breast, swiss cheese, bacon and mayo on a toasted panini.Black & Blue Burger   $8.75
 1/2 pounder blackened angus beef topped with blue cheese crumbles.Plain Jane     $7.75
Grilled seasoned Angus patty on a toasted bun.Veggie Burger    $7.25
Grilled veggie patty served on a toasted bun.Philly Cheese Steak   $8.75
Thin sliced steak with sauteed onions, green peppers and provolone cheese.Seared Ahi Tuna Wrap       $9.95
Fresh tuna grilled over greens, tomatoes, onions and black olives with Chimi sauce drizzles.The Cuban      $8.75
Sweet ham, roasted pork, Swiss cheese, mustard and pickles on a toasted panini.

Fried  Fish Sandwich      $8.25
Fried breaded tilapia on a homemade remoulade spread toasted panini.


Exile Burger



Parrilla Mar y Tierra (Mix Grill)  $21.95
Top sirloin, chicken, chorizo and shrimp grilled in a garlic sauce mixed with cut potatoes served with green beans and Chimi sauce.
Pork Chops   $13.75
Tender chops grilled to perfection served with yellow rice, black beans and tostones.Surf & Turf   $17.95
10 oz New York strip topped with grilled shrimp served with garlic mashed potatoes. 10 oz New York Strip   $14.95
Served with garlic mashed potatoes and broccoli.Joseph’s Lasagna    $13.25
Layers of pasta, meat sauce and mozzarella, sweet ham, creamy Béchamel sauce, Parmesan and Romano cheeses served with garlic bread.Exile Bowl  $13.95
Our traditional Latin American Bowl served with spanish rice, grilled chicken, black beans, sweet plantains and salad.


Joseph’s Lasagna



Burrito Bowl


All items are cooked to order: 
Consuming raw or undercooked meats, poultry, sea food, shellfish or eggs may increase your risk of foodborne illness, especially if you have certain medical conditions.


Boneless or Original 8 for $7.75  /  12  for $11.25   /   24 for $21.95

  • Mild
  • Med
  • Hot
  • Fuego
  • King Midas
  • Korean
  • BBQ
  • King Midas
  • Spicy Garlic
  • Teriyaki
  • Thai Chili
  • Lemon Pepper
  • Garlic Parm
  • J’s Rub


Chicken Wings



    •    Yellow Rice  $3
•    Black Beans $4
•    Tostones $5
•    Sweet Plantains $4
•    French Fries $4
•    Side Salad $3
•    Broccoli $4
•    Mashed Potatoes $4