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click to enlarge Domu Chibi - PHOTO BY ROB BARTLETT
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  • Domu Chibi

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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