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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Walk-On's Bistreaux & Bar

His playoff run may have ended, but his restaurant run is just beginning. New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees goes deep into the I-Drive fray with his popular multistory sports bar chain. Naturally, the place will serve bar fare with Cajun twists – think fried gator, Cajundillas, and, umm, crawfish etou-ways.

(Opening winter; 8100 block of International Drive;

Wine Bar George

Sure, it's six months behind schedule, but when master sommelier George Miliotes' namesake wine bar finally opens in Disney Springs, it'll take on the look of a "winemaker's home estate" and offer more than 100 selections by the bottle and glass in a range of varietals, vintages and prices. A menu of small plates will be offered to complement the wine list.

(Opening spring; Disney Springs;

Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill

A taste of Spago at Disney Springs? You ain't champagne-wishing or caviar-dreaming! Wolfgang Puck, one of the OG celebrity chefs, will open his bar and grill in the new "Town Center" area of Disney Springs. Cali cuisine with Med influences is what's touted, as is the restaurant's interior, designed by the famed Tony Chi, who's also worked with Alain Ducasse and Michael Mina.

(Opening summer; Disney Springs;

2017 openings:

Our top tables of last year
AJ’s Press
Bad As’s Sandwiches
BBB Tofu House
Hunger Street Tacos
Joyful Garden Seafoods Restaurant
Luke’s Kitchen & Bar
Millenia 106
Muddy Waters
New General
Orange County Brewers
Orlando Meats
Peter’s Kitchen
Pizzeria Roberti
Reel Fish Coastal Kitchen + Bar
Reyes Mezcaleria
Shiraz Market
Turkish Bar & Grill
Valkyrie Doughnuts
Zeytin Turkish Cuisine

2017 closings:

A few Places we’ll miss
Baoery Asian Gastropub
Bavaro’s Pizza Neapolitana & Pastaria
Citrus Restaurant
Colibri Mexican Restaurant SoDo
Millenia 106
Mucho Tequila and Tacos
North Quarter Tavern
Nova Restaurant
PR’s Taco Palace Winter Park
Paramount Fine Foods
Park Plaza Gardens
Paris Bistro
The Peppy Bistro
Pincho Factory
Polonia Polish Restaurant
Red Mug Diner
Rossi’s Pizza & Pasta
Scratch Tapas & Craft
Square 1 Burgers
Tchoup Chop
Two Chefs Seafood Oyster Bar
Zona Fresca
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