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All the new restaurants coming to Orlando in 2019 that we know of so far 

Wild game, gourmet vegan, natural wines, clubby chophouses, build-your-own doughnuts, and noodles on noodles on noodles

We're just a month into 2019 and it's beginning to look a lot like ... last year. That's not a bad thing, mind you. It just means our ever-diverse restaurant scene is getting a healthy dose of even more diversity – more ramen, more yakitori, more sushi, more Neapolitan pizza, more vegan eats, more tacos.

We've got the biggest name in gastronomy today – José Andrés – opening not one, but two Spanish concepts in Disney Springs – Jaleo and the first brick-and-mortar location of his popular D.C. food truck, Pepe – in the coming months. Food halls (and food hall-like venues) will finally gain traction as Henry's Depot, the Food Factory and Boxi Park get set to open, and word on the street is that there's more on the horizon.

Naturally there are plenty of rumors circulating about – this industry thrives on them – one of which has Greg Pranzo (Guy Fieri's American Kitchen & Bar, Cinco Tacos + Tequila, East Hampton Bait & Tackle Co.) opening a new concept, and another regarding Bruno Fonseca (Hunger Street Tacos, Millenia 106) doing the same. The Ravenous Pig's James Petrakis is also rumored to be involved in a downtown venture. And speaking of the Pig, they'll be taking over the Enterprise Rent-A-Car building next door to expand their brewing operations (that one's no rumor).

I'm sure we'll all raise a glass when they do, but for now, whet your appetites and get ready to wet your whistle at these newly open, and soon-to-open, restaurants in Orlando.

American Social Bar & Kitchen
With locations in Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Tampa, this gastropub/sports lounge where "your favorite all-American food cravings are satisfied" will open its fourth outpost in the old Bar Louie space in the Rialto Plaza in Dr. Phillips. (Opening early May; 7335 W. Sand Lake Road;

Black Bean Deli
Clearly Black Bean Deli owner Andres Corton has an eye for transformation. His Cuban comfort-food spot on East Colonial Drive is housed inside a mid-century gem (formerly a gas station), while this second Winter Park location will move into the space where Winnie's Oriental Garden stood for many a year. The original BBD location on Mills will transition into a catering kitchen. (Opening late spring; 1346 N. Orange Ave., Winter Park;

Boku Sushi
Chef Tim Liu, whose Mikado Sushi & Grill introduced quality cuts of fish from Tsukiji and Toyosu Fish Markets to MetroWest, promises that this Maitland City Centre sushi joint will "change the game." Look out, Kadence and Kabooki. (Opening summer; 190 Independence Lane, Maitland;

Bovine Steakhouse
JM Hospitality, the same group behind the 310 restaurants and Blu on the Avenue, will open this high-end refuge of red meat in the old Park Plaza Gardens space on Park Avenue. After a significant renovation, Bovine could arguably be the most handsome chophouse in the city. (Opening spring; 319 S. Park Ave., Winter Park;

Boxi Park
The 30,000-square-foot park fashioned from shipping containers will see a mix of restaurants and bars grace the Lake Nona Town Center. Boxi Park will act as an incubator for restaurateurs wanting to test out new concepts with minimal risk and investment. Among the concepts announced are the Grill Next Door, Fowl Play, and Claw and Order. (Opening this winter; 6877 Tavistock Lakes Blvd.;

Bread & Co. Artisan Bakery
The same group that opened (and closed) Wonton Asian Kitchen in Winter Park are making interior modifications and converting the space into an artisanal bakery. (Opening winter; 1230 W. Fairbanks Ave., Winter Park; no website)

Café D'Avignon
If you've been to the Essex Street Market on the Lower East Side, the Plaza Food Hall in Midtown or the DeKalb Market Hall in Brooklyn, you may have indulged in a coffee and a pastry from Café D'Avignon. Now this NYC-based café/bakery will open its first outpost outside the Big Apple at Sunset Walk in the Margaritaville Resort, with more cafés along the way. (Opening spring; 3251 Margaritaville Blvd., Kissimmee;

Ceviche Bar
We were all a bit bummed by the closure of El Buda, Roberto Treviño's Latin-Asian concept on Church Street, but the former Iron Chef contestant will soon take charge of the Ceviche Bar inside the expanded Don Julio Mexican Kitchen & Tequila Bar space. (Opening spring; 551 S. Chickasaw Trail;

Chronic Tacos
Sure to satisfy your munchies, this Dr. Phillips taqueria has 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. (Opening February; 7541 W. Sand Lake Road;

City Works Eatery & Pour House
While not as highly anticipated as José Andrés' Jaleo, this Disney Springs restaurant will bring an "upscale" vibe to the sports bar experience along with more than 80 beers on tap. (Opening summer; Disney Springs;

Curate: Art + Wine
Shaun "Dixie Dharma" Noonan and business partner/significant other Samantha Lawless were so moved after experiencing the vegetarian tasting menu last summer at Noma (Rene Redzepi's influential Copenhagen restaurant) that it inspired their new restaurant, which will serve a semblance of those rarefied and creative dishes in the Milk District. (Opening fall; 2428 E. Robinson St.;

Delaney's Tavern
The on-site restaurant inside the boutique hotel growing out of the old Doc's Streetside Grille space is being described as a "Cheers-style restaurant and bar" but one serving "an extensive mix of international cuisine in both small plate and shareable offerings." Hmm. One aspect sure to draw many a doc in the area – the 360-degree bar. (Opening March; 1315 S. Orange Ave.;

Dixie Belle's Café
The Belle Isle mainstay will open a second location inside the Maitland City Centre exposing those in 32751 to their down-home breakfast and lunch classics, including their signature sweet potato biscuit. (Opening summer; 190 Independence Lane, Maitland;

Domu (Dr. Phillips)
Sonny Nguyen's empire continues its expansion with the city's second Domu ramen-ya, lending quality slurps to the deep-pocketed denizens of Dr. Phillips. Expect quality cocktails too. (Opening end of summer; 7600 Dr. Phillips Blvd.;

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Domu Chibi
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. (Open; 869 N. Alafaya Trail;

Donut Experiment
At this build-your-own chain, patrons create their own cake doughnuts by festooning them with icings and toppings of their choosing. For those who'd rather not put in the work, specialty doughnuts, doughnut holes and doughnut sundaes are also offered. (Opening March; 211 E. Michigan St.;

East Hampton Bait & Tackle Co.
Restaurateur Greg Pranzo (Guy Fieri's American Kitchen & Bar, Cinco Tacos + Tequila) is behind this seafood concept that'll feature full-service dining, a fast-casual "lobster roll counter," an indoor/outdoor bar and plenty of yacht rock, I'm sure. (Opening spring; 1035 Orlando Ave., Winter Park)

El Jefe Tequilas Cocina & Cantina
The new Mexican concept from Chicago's Blue Agave Restaurant Group will serve a vast selection of tequila (more than 200 varieties) along with south-of-the-border cuisine inside a 5,100-square-foot space at the Sunset Walk entertainment complex at Margaritaville Resort. (Opening summer; 3251 Margaritaville Blvd., Kissimmee;

Eola General
Taking over the old Handy Pantry in Eola Heights, this general store/deli will be a mini Henry's Depot (the Sanford food hall opening late spring/early summer) with many of the same folks involved – Sean Kelley, Shaun Noonan and Joe Roberti. Look for deli sandwiches with a twist (French dip with black garlic paste), vegan fare, pizzas (baked in an electric oven), raw milk products, specialty cheeses, and local beer and wine (curated by Quantum Leap's Matt Uva) which can be consumed on the premises. (Opening February; 522 E. Amelia St.;

Financier Patisserie
Croissant lovers rejoiced at the news this NYC-based patisserie was moving into the old Rustic Table space on Park Avenue. Financier won a croissant competition organized by media outfit French Morning last year, though their pastries, cakes and, bien sûr, financiers are also sure to hit the sweet spot of many a Winter Parker. (Opening spring; 212 N. Park Ave., Winter Park;

The Food Factory at Oviedo on the Park
This food hall-ish venue being built as part of the Oviedo on the Park development will see eight "micro restaurants" run by local chefs, aspiring restaurateurs and food truck owners surrounding the Factory Bar serving craft cocktails. Apart from Sanford Brewing Co., names haven't been released, but a gourmet sandwich shop, a vegan eatery, a specialty Cuban outfit and a poke bowl joint have signed on. (Opening late 2019; 299 Center Lake Lane, Oviedo;

Grain & Ember
Joseph Roberti shut down his popular Chickasaw Trail pizzeria to focus on his Henry's Depot initiative in Sanford, where he'll offer themed pizzas (think pies showcasing the South) and a unique selection of toppings (think foie gras, wild boar, roasted beets and baked crab). Plus the dough will be fermented in-house for two to three days. (Opening June; 212 W. First St.; Sanford;

The South Florida chain brings its build-your-own-gyro concept to the Reedy Plaza in east Orlando. Wraps, rice bowls and salads can also be customized with "gyro meat," pork or chicken souvlaki, or falafel. (Opening February; 10360 E. Colonial Drive;

The Hampton Social
The island-inspired flair of the old Tommy Bahama Restaurant in Pointe Orlando will soon be supplanted by the East Coast-inspired nautical swankdashery of the Hampton Social. Expect plenty of seafood, shellfish, brick-oven pizzas, and – not to sound like a broken Michael McDonald record – plenty of yacht rock, I'm sure. (Opening late 2019; Pointe Orlando, 9101 International Drive;

Henry's Depot
Gourmands in Sanford will need to wait a bit longer as construction wrangles and delays push the food hall's opening to later this spring but, when it does, Bokey folk will indulge in wood-fired pizzas by Grain & Ember, vegan dishes by Dixie Dharma, Italian sammies from Salvatore's, Twisted Greek's Med fare and cocktails from the Basin. (Opening spring; 212 W. First St., Sanford;

Hinckley's Fancy Meats
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. We can't wait to bite into that porchetta on ciabatta and that grass-fed pastrami on rye. Needless to say, expectations are high. (Opening February; 3201 Corrine Drive;

Hopdoddy Burger Bar
Food & Wine and Thrillist have extolled the virtues of this Austin, Texas-based burger chain, and with good reason. They grind their antibiotic- and hormone-free Angus beef AND bake the buns for those burgers in-house. Oh, those Kennebec fries are hand-cut too. (Opening February; Pointe Orlando, 9101 International Drive;

Imperial at Washburn (Winter Park)
Mike Bass, the former bar manager at Cask & Larder and principal bartender at Prato, will serve as bar manager at Imperial's Winter Park outpost, with Jeannine Gage overseeing a menu of gourmet bar bites. As at the Imperials in Ivanhoe Village and Sanford, for-sale furnishings from John Washburn's market travels will comprise much of the decor. (Opening February/March; 170 E. Morse Blvd., Winter Park;

Jack and Honey's
Three reasons to spend more time in Ivanhoe Village this year: Sette (the rustic Italian concept from Se7en Bites), the rumored food hall going into the Yard at Ivanhoe and this 24-hour diner by the owners of the perpetually hopping Hammered Lamb, which happens to be next door. Get ready for meatloaf at midnight. (Opening summer; 1235 N. Orange Ave.; no website)

José Andrés, the biggest name in gastronomy right now, will open the largest branch of his tapas concept highlighting his fave eats from around Spain. In addition to paellas and plenty of jamón ibérico de bellota, tasting menus will also be offered starting at 4 p.m. (Opening March; Disney Springs, 1482 Buena Vista Drive;

Kabooki Sushi Sand Lake
One of the more highly anticipated openings of the year, Henry Moso's second location of his stellar sushi spot will be a lot more spacious and a lot more blingy, but don't think it'll be all flash and no dash. The city's most creative sushi chef will show Dr. Phillipians what the hype is all about. (Opening April; 7705 Turkey Lake Road;

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La Boucherie
This French outfit from Limousin appropriated the concept and ideals of the American chain restaurant, Gallicized it, expanded it all over France, then brought it back here for bragging rights. And they've done a pretty good job of it, too. (Open; 7625 Turkey Lake Road;

Le House
The first Vietnamese restaurant to grace the Parramore District presents a focused menu of traditional fare – phos, noodles, fried rice and rolls, along with some stir-fried vegetarian options. (Open; 595 W. Church St.;

Lotus Asia House
Karim El Sherif, former general manager and wine director at Restaurant Daniel in New York, brings his high-end, pan-Asian, Buddha Bar-ish concept to Pointe Orlando promising creative cocktails, DJs, dim sum carts and a bangin' wine list. (Opening February; 9101 International Drive;

Neapolitan pizzas of the highest order lend Maitland's pizza scene added cred. Midici ferments their dough in-house for 24 hours before they blister it out in 90 seconds at 900 degrees. Put a fork in these pizzas – they're done, and done right. (Open; 171 S. Orlando Ave, Maitland;

The Milkhouse
This cocktail bar and eatery in the heart of the Milk District comes courtesy of Graffiti Junktion's Greg Peters and Dexter's Jason Ackman. A wraparound patio bar will be built once the old Discount Beer & Tobacco space is gutted. (Opening spring; 201 N. Bumby Ave.; no website)

MX Taco
Having worked as chef de cuisine at the Ritz-Carlton in Cancun, chef-owner Ryan Manning has eaten his fair share of tacos all over Mexico and now, at his Milk District taqueria, his aim is to share those experiences and all that he's learned with Orlando's taco-crazed public. (Open; 207 N. Bumby Ave.;

Naroodle Noodle Shop
Fans of Naruto, the Japanese manga series, and fans of proper-good bowls of ramen converge at this UCF-area noods spot where the cooks and staff take both very seriously.< (Open; 10034 University Blvd.;

Nourish Coffee Bar + Kitchen
Located inside the new Center for Health & Wellbeing, the eatery will offer comfort foods with a healthy approach, fashioned by chef and CIA grad Collette Haw. Best of all, guests don't need to be members of the Center to eat in the café. (Opening February; 2005 Mizell Ave., Winter Park;

The Old Jailhouse
An old pokey in the Bokey will soon be serving fare quite a few notches above your average jailhouse slop. Bram Fowler's Sanford restaurant, housed inside a historical hoosegow, promises to be a stunner and his menu will specialize in cuisine from the American Sunbelt – that is, dishes from the southern parts of the U.S., from California to Florida. (Opening February; 113 S. Palmetto Ave., Sanford;

Paris Banh Mi
On the same block as Lineage Coffee and Lazy Moon Pizza, this banh mi joint will serve more than just porky bits on fresh-baked baguette bread. Boba tea, coffee and pastries will also be offered from the cute little store next to the Snap! Orlando gallery. Opening February; 1021 E. Colonial Drive;

Pepe by José Andrés
The celebrity chef's first brick-and-mortar location of his popular D.C. food truck will be connected to Jaleo, selling grab-and-go bocata sandwiches on ciabatta-like pan de cristal and bikini sandwiches employing thin, crustless white bread. (Opening soon; Disney Springs, 1482 Buena Vista Drive;

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Proper & Wild
Vegans were champing at their plant-based bits for Chelsie and Jamie Savage's Winter Park resto to open off Park Avenue and, when it did in late January, they reveled in indulgent meatless fare (no, that's not an oxymoron) like "heartcakes" fashioned from hearts of palm, wild-grain risotto with cashew cream and roasted oyster mushrooms, and black gnocchi with activated charcoal. (Open; 155 E. Morse Ave., Winter Park;

The Ramen
Chef Shuichi Tanida left Epcot's Mitsukoshi restaurant to open this no-nonsense ramen shop with an equally no-nonsense moniker. Seven ramens, including a vegan tofu ramen, grace the menu alongside donburi bowls, a few appetizers and a couple of desserts (get the dorayaki pancake). (Open; 486 N. Orange Ave.;

Sanctum Coffee & Juice Bar
It'll be a busy 2019 for Chelsie and Jamie Savage. Parenting a newborn and running an already-busy café aside, they've opened their upscale vegan resto Proper & Wild in Winter Park, and will open this bean-and-bev bar in Altamonte Springs as well. Sandwiches, salads, wraps, breakfast items (including at least one hot option), açai bowls and baked goods will be served. (Opening February; 1150 Douglas Ave., Altamonte Springs;

Sanford Brewing Co. Bistro
The Maitland City Centre outpost of the Sanford original will serve a slightly more upscale rendition of its Southern gastropub fare along with its full lineup of beers (and a couple of special Maitland-specific brews). Opening spring; 190 Independence Lane, Maitland;

Va and Trina Gregory-Propst's rustic Italian concept could very well break the Brian's Restaurant jinx that befell Stir, Nova and Elliott's Public House before it. With house-made pastas and a hodgepodge of comforting fare (rustic stews, hearty risottos), the dinner-only restaurant is poised to be a curse-free fixture in Ivanhoe Village. (Opening March; 1409 N. Orange Ave.;; website goes live in February)

Slice by Pizza Bruno
According to Bruno Zacchini, his Mills 50 pizza joint will be the only shop in the state offering naturally leavened slices. His starter is about five months old (it's a myth a starter needs to be ages old to be any good) and he'll do an in-house ferment for 24-48 hours. Bottom line: Expect a superbly flavorful crust, creatively topped. (Opening April; 1011 N. Mills Ave.;

Sus Hi Eatstation
With "dojos" in Altamonte Springs, UCF, Lake Nona and Millenia, this ninja-themed build-your-own sushi joint will soon slice and dice for the Mills 50 set when they move into the old Mai Bistro space. (Opening February; 1830 E. Colonial Drive;

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The tourist sector needs a few good Japanese joints, and this "retro-themed izakaya" by the same folks who run Jade Sushi & New Asian in College Park is one we city folk should be justifiably jealous of. They take their yakitori just as seriously as their takoyaki and, yeah, they got ramen. (Open; 8548 Palm Parkway;

Taco Bus
It may have started as a taqueria inside a school bus, but this Tampa-based chain has since expanded to 12 locations (mainly on the Gulf Coast), though the restaurant-inside-a-school-bus motif lives on. Choose your, umm, vehicle (taco, torta, burrito etc.), meats and garnishes, and you're off to the races. Vegan options are plentiful. (Opening spring; 11325 University Blvd.;

Tori Tori
Domu's Sonny Nguyen and Bento's Johnny Tung have set the tongues of the city's foodie contingent a-wagging with their Japanese pub-izakaya project, but construction delays related to converting the space to a restaurant means those tongues will wag for a little while longer. (Opening late spring; 720 N. Mills Ave.;

Tre Bambine Modern Italian Bacaro
Orlando's first bàcaro – that is, a bar-eatery serving wee Venetian-style finger foods and snacks (think toothpicked eats) – should be a popular hang for the downtown set and lovers of Italian food alike. The waterfront view of Lake Eola can only help. Opening February; 407 E. Central Blvd.;

Twisted Root Burger Co.
Ever since it was featured on Guy Fieri's Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, the Texas-based burger joint has gone on an expansion tear, with the first Florida outpost coming to the Grove at Winter Park. Of note are their exotic meat burgers of elk, ostrich, rabbit, camel, venison, boar and duck. (Opening spring; 4270 Aloma Ave., Winter Park;

The city's first Romanian restaurant (as far as we know) just opened in the plaza across from the Florida Mall serving a bevy of Eastern European delights, from traditional Romanian carnaciori (sausages) and mamaliga (a porridge of yellow maize flour) to braided breads and medovik (Russian honey cake). Plenty of Timisoreana beer to go around too. (Open; 1700 W. Sand Lake Road;

Wally's Mills Avenue Liquors
New owner Minesh Patel purchased the well-worn, six-decades-old landmark watering hole and will give it some much-needed TLC without compromising the dive bar's deep-down drunken soul. Two notable changes: Smoking will be a no-no, but credit cards will be a yes-yes. (Opening March; 1001 N. Mills Ave.;

Yeoman's Cask & Lion
Fancy a little Hockney with your hammy? The Tampa-based chain is one of a slew of new restaurants to open at the Sunset Walk entertainment complex at Margaritaville Resort. Elevated Brit pub grub is served amid a modern interior rife with eclectic pop art. (Opening spring; 3251 Margaritaville Blvd., Kissimmee;

Z Asian Vietnamese Kitchen
On a strip with no shortage of Vietnamese restaurants, Z Asian will serve "authentic Vietnamese food you can drink beer to" as well as Chinese and Thai dishes (Vietnamese chicken wings, pho, lo mein, orange beef, pad thai, curries and the like). Bonus: They'll serve dishes you don't typically see around town, namely slow-cooked duck soup, seafood soup and wonton soup. (Opening March; 1830 E. Colonial Drive; no website)

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