The new Orlando restaurants you need to try in 2018

Clothesline candied bacon from The Edison
Clothesline candied bacon from The Edison Photo by Rob Bartlett

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The celeb chef carousel at Disney Springs continues to go 'round and 'round with Jose Andres now joining the fray. Jaleo's extensive menu of traditional and contemporary Spanish fare (yes, jamón Ibérico de bellota will be offered) will reflect Spain's regional diversity. There are four other Jaleos, but the Disney Springs outpost will be the "biggest and most spectacular Jaleo yet."

(Opening spring; Disney Springs;

Jinya Ramen Bar

Thornton Park will be home to the first Florida locale of the popular ramen bar chain known for their tonkotsu. The menu also promises rice bowls, Japanese curries, mini tacos and a host of small plates.

(Opening spring; 8 N. Summerlin Ave.;


After a dispute ended Leguminati's foray into the Milk District, the trio behind the vegan operation have teamed up with Foxtail Coffee Co. and will open inside the beanery's new space in the Hourglass District. Breakfast, lunch and dinner options will be served seven days a week and will include everything from their CrunchMacs to breakfast sandwiches.

(Opening April; 2401 Curry Ford Road;

Little Blue Donut Co.

We all shed a tear when Scratch shuttered last summer, but those frowns turned upside down when Little Blue Donut Co. announced they were rolling into the Fairbanks Avenue space. Yes, we just can't seem to get enough of doughnuts. It's yet another example of a popular food truck setting up a permanent shop.

(Opening March; 223 W. Fairbanks Ave., Winter Park;

Manzano's Deli

Permitting delays (what else is new?) prevented this New Smyrna Beach fixture from opening late last year on Fairbanks Avenue in Winter Park, but we'll be gorging on their notoriously big sandwiches and subs – made with bread flown in from artisan bakers Tribeca Oven in New Jersey – in a matter of weeks.

(Opening March; 221 W. Fairbanks Ave., Winter Park;

Maria & Enzo's

The Patina Restaurant Group continues to add to their Disney restaurant portfolio (Morimoto Asia, Via Napoli, Tutto Italia) and their latest, a Deco-styled behemoth complete with faux aviation backstory, proffers a taste of Southern Italy.

(Opened January; Disney Springs;

Meza Mediterranean Grill

Another restaurant that should've been open by now is this Baldwin Park Middle Eastern boîte by Nazih Sebaali (the man who gave us the venerable Café Annie). The kebab house with full bar will sit next door to Seito Sushi and offer the gamut of Lebanese-leaning staples, including labneh.

(Opening spring; 1780 Jake St.;

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