26 Orlando restaurants you might not know about but should

Get out of your rut and venture into the great beyond by trying a few new Orlando eateries. Here are a few of our favorite restaurants that might not be on your radar. Be sure to click the links to read the full reviews.

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Shin Jung1638 E. Colonial Dr. | 407-895-7345Exotic Korean cuisine served in an intimate and recently remodeled space. A 10-item barbecue list offers stalwart diners authentic choices such as unmarinated beef tongue; the less skittish might try hawe nang myun, a cold noodle dish served with hot-spiced stingray. If you’re inexperienced with Korean cuisine, let the servers steer you.Read more herePhoto via Yelp
Shin Jung
1638 E. Colonial Dr. | 407-895-7345

Exotic Korean cuisine served in an intimate and recently remodeled space. A 10-item barbecue list offers stalwart diners authentic choices such as unmarinated beef tongue; the less skittish might try hawe nang myun, a cold noodle dish served with hot-spiced stingray. If you’re inexperienced with Korean cuisine, let the servers steer you.
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Taipei 1013050 Alafaya Trail | 407-542-1528Unlike heavily spiced Hunan or Sichuan dishes, the cuisine of Taiwan is considerably simpler. At this UCF-area joint, the natural flavors of such dishes as beef noodle soup, three-cups chicken and lu rou fan – braised pork belly over rice – are fresh and inexpensive. “Snack” items to consider: turnip rice cake, fried tofu topped with kimchi and gua bao – steamed buns stuffed with pork belly.Read more herePhoto via Orlando Weekly
Taipei 101
3050 Alafaya Trail | 407-542-1528

Unlike heavily spiced Hunan or Sichuan dishes, the cuisine of Taiwan is considerably simpler. At this UCF-area joint, the natural flavors of such dishes as beef noodle soup, three-cups chicken and lu rou fan – braised pork belly over rice – are fresh and inexpensive. “Snack” items to consider: turnip rice cake, fried tofu topped with kimchi and gua bao – steamed buns stuffed with pork belly.
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Cecil’s Texas Style Bar-B-Q2800 S. Orange Ave. | 407-423-9871Specializing in meats slow-cooked over hickory wood, this Texas-style smokehouse raises the bar in fresh-off-the-fire fare. Velvety beef brisket and sausage are signature items, and the smoky succulence of the turkey breast makes for guilt-free indulging. Sides, like the sweet potato souffle and jalapeño chili beans, are outstanding and plentiful. Creamy banana pudding provides a little Southern comfort.Read more herePhoto via Yelp
Cecil’s Texas Style Bar-B-Q
2800 S. Orange Ave. | 407-423-9871

Specializing in meats slow-cooked over hickory wood, this Texas-style smokehouse raises the bar in fresh-off-the-fire fare. Velvety beef brisket and sausage are signature items, and the smoky succulence of the turkey breast makes for guilt-free indulging. Sides, like the sweet potato souffle and jalapeño chili beans, are outstanding and plentiful. Creamy banana pudding provides a little Southern comfort.
Read more here

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That One Spot10968 W. Colonial Drive | 407-877-7575The drolly named That One Spot is a hipster burger joint right down to the graffiti mural, but that hasn’t scared off the suburbanites. Crowds line
up patiently for the spectrum of 13 burgers comprising red meat, other meats and two veggie options. The curry chicken burger has a surprising flavor burst, and the crunch burger was an absolute beauty – it’s the one you’ll be hankering for until your eventual return.Read more herePhoto by Rob Bartlett
That One Spot
10968 W. Colonial Drive | 407-877-7575

The drolly named That One Spot is a hipster burger joint right down to the graffiti mural, but that hasn’t scared off the suburbanites. Crowds line up patiently for the spectrum of 13 burgers comprising red meat, other meats and two veggie options. The curry chicken burger has a surprising flavor burst, and the crunch burger was an absolute beauty – it’s the one you’ll be hankering for until your eventual return.
Read more here

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Wine Barn959 W. Fairbanks Ave. | 407-599-9463Whether you’re a wine aficionado or a pizza snob, this Fairbanks Avenue market-pizzeria is a must-stop. The 600-plus-bottle wine selection is primarily of the boutique and small-vineyard variety, while their pies are wood-fired, perfectly blistered and have just the right amount of give. Go simple with the margherita, or do it up with the Piemonte (Ibérico ham, butter-glazed mushrooms, caramelized onions, tomato chutney, farmer’s egg and plenty of white truffle oil). Read more herePhoto via Orlando Weekly
Wine Barn
959 W. Fairbanks Ave. | 407-599-9463

Whether you’re a wine aficionado or a pizza snob, this Fairbanks Avenue market-pizzeria is a must-stop. The 600-plus-bottle wine selection is primarily of the boutique and small-vineyard variety, while their pies are wood-fired, perfectly blistered and have just the right amount of give. Go simple with the margherita, or do it up with the Piemonte (Ibérico ham, butter-glazed mushrooms, caramelized onions, tomato chutney, farmer’s egg and plenty of white truffle oil).
Read more here

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The Chef's Table at the Edgwater Hotel99 W. Plant St. | 407-230-4837The chef-owners of this hidden-away haunt, Kevin and Laurie Tarter, have done dining right. There's a feeling of exclusivity as you're escorted into a dining room separate from the more casual "tasting room" that adjoins. The reason to visit is the prix fixe menu that boasts both foie and filet, and don't skip the wine pairings. (You've driven all this way; might as well.) If you overindulge, hey, you're in a hotel – spend the night. -Holly V. KapherrPhoto via Yelp
The Chef's Table at the Edgwater Hotel
99 W. Plant St. | 407-230-4837

The chef-owners of this hidden-away haunt, Kevin and Laurie Tarter, have done dining right. There's a feeling of exclusivity as you're escorted into a dining room separate from the more casual "tasting room" that adjoins. The reason to visit is the prix fixe menu that boasts both foie and filet, and don't skip the wine pairings. (You've driven all this way; might as well.) If you overindulge, hey, you're in a hotel – spend the night. -Holly V. Kapherr

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