When we started this project, we thought it would be tough to find any place open on Jan. 1. We made a random list of some of our favorites, pulling a mix of price ranges and neighborhoods from the restaurants we've written about in the past year or so. We were hoping to find maybe five or even 10 restaurants that were serving.
Well, color us surprised. About half of the places on our list said that yes, they'd be open on New Year's Day. (Don't be surprised if they're a little late in opening the doors – phoning first would probably be a good idea – or a little slow, service-wise.) At first we were a little sad for the employees who had to work the day after the biggest party night of the year, but a Stardust employee informed us that it can be a great day for tips. And at Christo's they said it's one of the most fun days of the year – but "don't push it past 2."
So, with that in mind, feel no guilt in using this list of 30 places that will feed you today. Recharge with the restorative powers of brunch, rehash the high points over burritos, drown your party-foul regrets in a bowl of ramen or start 2016 right by sticking to your resolutions with a healthy salad. Something to keep in mind: Epicurious.com reports that, according to Dr. Reem Sharaiha, a gastroenterologist at New York–Presbyterian Hospital, chocolate and bacon are both foods helpful to the body in recovering from a hangover. Do with that information what you will.
And if you absolutely can't make it off the couch: Doorstep Delivery tells us that they will also be on the job Jan. 1, so all you have to exert is your dialing finger to stave off starvation.
Bikes, Beans & Bordeaux (8 a.m.- 5 p.m.): 3022 Corrine Drive, 407-427-1440, bikesbeansandbordeaux.com
Stardust Video & Coffee (9 a.m.-midnight): 1842 Winter Park Road, 407-623-3393, stardustie.com
Osprey Tavern (5:30-11 p.m.): 4899 New Broad St., 407-960-7700, ospreytavern.com
Seito Sushi (5-11 p.m.): 4898 New Broad St., 407-898-8801, seitosushi.com
Christo's Café (8 a.m.-2 p.m.): 1815 Edgewater Drive, 407-425-8136, facebook.com/christoscafeorlando
RusTeak (11 a.m.-11 p.m.): 2625 Edgewater Drive, 407-540-1100, rusteakwinebar.com
Kabooki Sushi (5-11 p.m.): 3122 E. Colonial Drive, 407-228-3839, kabookisushi.com
Pho 88 (10 a.m.-10 p.m.): 730 N. Mills Ave., 407-897-3488, pho88orlando.com
Pig Floyd's Urban Barbakoa (11 a.m.-midnight): 1326 N. Mills Ave., 407-203-0866, pigfloyds.com
Quickly Boba & Snow (noon-11 p.m.): 3214 E. Colonial Drive, 407-270-4570, facebook.com/quicklyorlando
Smashburger (10 a.m.-10:30 p.m.): 3162 E. Colonial Drive, 407-286-3390, smashburger.com
Slate (brunch 11 a.m.-3 p.m., dinner 5-11 p.m.): 8323 Sand Lake Road, 407-500-7528, slateorlando.com
Urbain 40 (11:30 a.m.-12:30 a.m.): 8000 Via Dellagio Way, 407-872-2640, urbain40.com
The Whiskey (11 a.m.-2 a.m.): 7563 Sand Lake Road, 407-930-6517, downatthewhiskey.com
The Hammered Lamb (brunch 10 a.m.-4 p.m.): 1235 N. Orange Ave., 407-704-3200, thehammeredlamb.com
Santiago's Bodega (11 a.m.-2 a.m.): 802 Virginia Drive, 407-412-6979, santiagosbodega.com
White Wolf Café (8 a.m.-9 p.m.): 1829 N. Orange Ave., 407-990-1367, whitewolfcafe.com
Anthony's Pizza (11 a.m-11 p.m.): 100 N. Summerlin Ave., 407-648-0009, anthonyspizza.com
Baoery Asian Gastropub (11 a.m.- 11 p.m.): 617 E. Central Blvd., 407-849-9779, baoery.com
Artisan's Table (5 p.m.-midnight): 22 E. Pine St., 407-730-7499, artisanstableorlando.com
Gringos Locos (11 a.m.-3 a.m.): 22 E. Washington St., 407-841-5626, gringoslocos.com
310 Park South (11 a.m.-2 a.m.): 310 S. Park Ave., Winter Park, 407-647-7277, 310parksouth.net
Cask & Larder (brunch 10:30 a.m.- 3 p.m.): 565 W. Fairbanks Ave., Winter Park, 321-280-4200, caskandlarder.com
The Parkview (11 a.m.-2 a.m.): 136 S. Park Ave., Winter Park, 407-647-9103, facebook.com/theparkviewwp
The Porch (11:30 a.m.-2 a.m.): 643 N. Orange Ave., Winter Park, 407-571-9101, theporchwinterpark.com
The Ravenous Pig (lunch 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., dinner 4:30-10:30 p.m.): 1234 N. Orange Ave., Winter Park, 407-628-2333, theravenouspig.com
Umi (5-11 p.m.): 525 S. Park Ave., Winter Park, 407-960-3993, umiwinterpark.com
Drunken Monkey (7 a.m.-11 p.m.): 444 N. Bumby Ave., 407-893-4994, drunkenmonkeycoffee.com
Gringos Locos (11 a.m.-3 a.m.): 2406 E. Robinson St., 407-896-5626, gringoslocos.com
Pom Pom's Tea House & Sandwicheria (11 a.m.-midnight): 67 N. Bumby Ave., 407-894-0865, pompomsteahouse.com
Insomnia Cookies (11 a.m.-3 a.m.): 12101 University Blvd., 877-632-6654, insomniacookies.com
Lazy Moon Pizza (5 p.m.-2:30 a.m.): 11551 University Blvd., 407-658-2396, lazymoonpizza.com
Sus Hi Eat Station (11 a.m.-10 p.m.): 4498 N. Alafaya Trail, 407-826-1682, sushieatstation.com
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