35 new Orlando restaurants you need to try right now

So far, 2019 has been great for Orlando restaurants. We've used old spaces in new and innovative ways (see Boxi Park and The Old Jailhouse) and added a lot more tacos, ramen and sushi because the City Beautiful can never have enough. Here's a handful of brand-spanking new spots that have opened in Orlando in the past five months and need to be tried ASAP.

 

 

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Chronic Tacos
7541 W. Sand Lake Road
Sure to satisfy your munchies, this Dr. Phillips taqueria experienced a long delay in opening its build-a-taco concept – though, really, it's not all too surprising given the joint's name is Chronic Tacos.
Photo via Chronic Tacos/Facebook

Chronic Tacos

7541 W. Sand Lake Road
Sure to satisfy your munchies, this Dr. Phillips taqueria experienced a long delay in opening its build-a-taco concept – though, really, it's not all too surprising given the joint's name is Chronic Tacos.

Photo via Chronic Tacos/Facebook
Domu Chibi  
869 N. Alafaya Trail, 407-730-7260
Lines out the door have been the norm since Domu’s quick-service ramen concept opened at the Waterford Lakes Town Center. The menu isn’t as extensive as Domu’s flagship inside East End Market, but bowls of tonkotsu, shoyu, shiso, curry, butter miso and vegan spicy miso ramen can be had for less than $10, and that’s all that matters. 
Photo via Domu/Facebook

Domu Chibi

869 N. Alafaya Trail, 407-730-7260
Lines out the door have been the norm since Domu’s quick-service ramen concept opened at the Waterford Lakes Town Center. The menu isn’t as extensive as Domu’s flagship inside East End Market, but bowls of tonkotsu, shoyu, shiso, curry, butter miso and vegan spicy miso ramen can be had for less than $10, and that’s all that matters.

Photo via Domu/Facebook
Hinckley’s Fancy Meats  
3201 Corrine Drive, 786-671-1023
Matt Hinckley received many accolades and a lot of press (from the New York Times in particular) for his specialty butcher shop in Lake Helen, and now he’s parlaying that success into his first sandwich shop at East End Market. Get adventurous and try the Wapiti elk meatball sandwich. 
Photo by Rob Barlett

Hinckley’s Fancy Meats

3201 Corrine Drive, 786-671-1023
Matt Hinckley received many accolades and a lot of press (from the New York Times in particular) for his specialty butcher shop in Lake Helen, and now he’s parlaying that success into his first sandwich shop at East End Market. Get adventurous and try the Wapiti elk meatball sandwich.

Photo by Rob Barlett
Artisan’s Table  
55 W. Church St., 407-730-7499
The beloved downtown Orlando restaurant moved a block down into a bigger, more open space with a lot more lighting in February. The flavor remains just as good as ever, though – especially in their famous Japanese bowl (two eggs, japanese sticky rice, scallion, togarashi, sweet chili sauce and a whole lot of bacon). 
Photo via Artisan’s Table/Facebook

Artisan’s Table

55 W. Church St., 407-730-7499
The beloved downtown Orlando restaurant moved a block down into a bigger, more open space with a lot more lighting in February. The flavor remains just as good as ever, though – especially in their famous Japanese bowl (two eggs, japanese sticky rice, scallion, togarashi, sweet chili sauce and a whole lot of bacon).

Photo via Artisan’s Table/Facebook
Imperial at Washburn  
170 E. Morse Blvd., Winter Park, 407-415-8053
For-sale furnishings from John Washburn’s market travels comprise much of the decor at the shiny new Imperial in Winter Park. Aside from vermouths, beers and wines, try their delectable Imperial sliders with housemade pickles or chicken satay. 
Photo via The Imperial at Winter Park/Instagram

Imperial at Washburn

170 E. Morse Blvd., Winter Park, 407-415-8053
For-sale furnishings from John Washburn’s market travels comprise much of the decor at the shiny new Imperial in Winter Park. Aside from vermouths, beers and wines, try their delectable Imperial sliders with housemade pickles or chicken satay.

Photo via The Imperial at Winter Park/Instagram
La Boucherie  
7625 Turkey Lake Road, 407-930-1708
This French outfit from Limousin appropriated the concept and ideals of the American chain restaurant, Gallicized it, expanded it all over France and then brought it to Orlando. Start with foie gras, roasted bone marrow, seasonal terrine and escargots, then hit the steaks or indulge in blanquette de veau. 
Photo by Rob Bartlett

La Boucherie

7625 Turkey Lake Road, 407-930-1708
This French outfit from Limousin appropriated the concept and ideals of the American chain restaurant, Gallicized it, expanded it all over France and then brought it to Orlando. Start with foie gras, roasted bone marrow, seasonal terrine and escargots, then hit the steaks or indulge in blanquette de veau.

Photo by Rob Bartlett
Boxi Park  
?6877 Tavistock Lakes Blvd., 407-536-9666
A 30,000-square-foot park fashioned from shipping containers, Boxi Park is a mix of restaurants and bars at the Lake Nona Town Center. And they have everything – lobster rolls, fried chicken, burgers, tacos, health food and a cool black vanilla soft serve from Before It Melts. 
Photo by Rob Bartlett

Boxi Park

?6877 Tavistock Lakes Blvd., 407-536-9666
A 30,000-square-foot park fashioned from shipping containers, Boxi Park is a mix of restaurants and bars at the Lake Nona Town Center. And they have everything – lobster rolls, fried chicken, burgers, tacos, health food and a cool black vanilla soft serve from Before It Melts.

Photo by Rob Bartlett
Forever Naan  
4205 Curry Ford Road, 407-601-0835
Finally, you can actually get a curry on Curry Ford Road. Proprietors Pooja Patel and Jasmeet Kaur work from family recipes to make spot-on samosas, curries, butter chicken and more. The decor, referencing several hit Indian films, will please Bollywood fans as well.
Photo via Forever Naan/Facebook

Forever Naan

4205 Curry Ford Road, 407-601-0835
Finally, you can actually get a curry on Curry Ford Road. Proprietors Pooja Patel and Jasmeet Kaur work from family recipes to make spot-on samosas, curries, butter chicken and more. The decor, referencing several hit Indian films, will please Bollywood fans as well.

Photo via Forever Naan/Facebook
MX Taco  
207 N. Bumby Ave., 407-730-5241
This Milk District taqueria packs in a lot of flavor in a small space. Try the shrimp tikin xic taco, Pueblan chicken mole poblano taco dripping in crema, cotija cheese and sesame seeds, or the Oaxacan veggie taco with sweet potato, beans, mushrooms, cotija, pickled onions and mole.
Photo by Rob Bartlett

MX Taco

207 N. Bumby Ave., 407-730-5241
This Milk District taqueria packs in a lot of flavor in a small space. Try the shrimp tikin xic taco, Pueblan chicken mole poblano taco dripping in crema, cotija cheese and sesame seeds, or the Oaxacan veggie taco with sweet potato, beans, mushrooms, cotija, pickled onions and mole.

Photo by Rob Bartlett
Bread & Co. Artisan Bakery  
1230 W. Fairbanks Ave., Winter Park
The same group that opened (and closed) Wonton Asian Kitchen in Winter Park made some interior modifications and converted the space into an artisanal bakery. Find delicious pastries, cakes, and of course, a ton of bread. 
Photo via Bread & Co. Artisan Bakery/Facebook

Bread & Co. Artisan Bakery

1230 W. Fairbanks Ave., Winter Park
The same group that opened (and closed) Wonton Asian Kitchen in Winter Park made some interior modifications and converted the space into an artisanal bakery. Find delicious pastries, cakes, and of course, a ton of bread.

Photo via Bread & Co. Artisan Bakery/Facebook