Orlando restaurants that have opened since March

Although none of these new Orlando-area restaurants planned to open during a pandemic, that's how the cookie crumbled. Now, some of these eateries are finally greeting their first dine-in customers, and bringing new tastes to Central Florida.

As Central Florida tries to return to some sense of normalcy, here's our list of eateries worth visiting – during this unprecedented time, and hopefully long into the future.

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Bao’s Castle 
45 W. Crystal Lake St., 407-704-3041
Bao’s Castle opened in the middle of quarantine on April 1 and offered takeout, curbside pick-up and delivery until May 4 when the venue opened for dine-in at 25 percent capacity as well. Although Bao’s Castle mostly offers baos, the venue also features bowls and churros. Despite the circumstances, Bao’s Castle has been met with an influx of orders throughout the pandemic. 
Photo via The Side Stepper (Spicy)/Bao’s Castle

Bao’s Castle

45 W. Crystal Lake St., 407-704-3041
Bao’s Castle opened in the middle of quarantine on April 1 and offered takeout, curbside pick-up and delivery until May 4 when the venue opened for dine-in at 25 percent capacity as well. Although Bao’s Castle mostly offers baos, the venue also features bowls and churros. Despite the circumstances, Bao’s Castle has been met with an influx of orders throughout the pandemic.

Photo via The Side Stepper (Spicy)/Bao’s Castle
Ole Red 
8409 International Drive, no phone yet
Set to open onApril 14, country singer Blake Shelton had to postpone the opening of his Southern style restaurant, Ole Red. The 17,289-square-foot venue that will accommodate about 500 people is still assessing the current situation and willupdatetheir website for a grand opening date in the near future. 
Photo via Ole Red/Facebook

Ole Red

8409 International Drive, no phone yet
Set to open onApril 14, country singer Blake Shelton had to postpone the opening of his Southern style restaurant, Ole Red. The 17,289-square-foot venue that will accommodate about 500 people is still assessing the current situation and willupdatetheir website for a grand opening date in the near future.

Photo via Ole Red/Facebook
Bad As's Sandwiches – Milk District 
207 Primrose Drive, 407-757-7191
The popular Milk District sammie joint has been serving owner John Collazo's over-the-top sandwiches daily at their first brick-and-mortar location in the Milk District, but just opened a new Winter Park location before the pandemic closed it down. Well, now the Winter Park outpost is reopened and ready to serve you a sammy.
Photo via Bad As's Sandwiches/Facebook

Bad As's Sandwiches – Milk District

207 Primrose Drive, 407-757-7191
The popular Milk District sammie joint has been serving owner John Collazo's over-the-top sandwiches daily at their first brick-and-mortar location in the Milk District, but just opened a new Winter Park location before the pandemic closed it down. Well, now the Winter Park outpost is reopened and ready to serve you a sammy.

Photo via Bad As's Sandwiches/Facebook
Sixty Vines 
110 Orlando Ave., Winter Park, 407-410-8005
Sixty Vines in Winter Park opened March 17 and was forced to close three days later and offer curbside pickup, carryout and delivery. On May 4, the venue opened for dine-in at 25 percent capacity. Sixty Vines offers a wine-country setting that perfectly pairs wines with specific dishes.
Photo via Sixty Vines/Facebook

Sixty Vines

110 Orlando Ave., Winter Park, 407-410-8005
Sixty Vines in Winter Park opened March 17 and was forced to close three days later and offer curbside pickup, carryout and delivery. On May 4, the venue opened for dine-in at 25 percent capacity. Sixty Vines offers a wine-country setting that perfectly pairs wines with specific dishes.

Photo via Sixty Vines/Facebook
Boku Sushi & Grill 
140 Independence Lane, Maitland, 407-960-5577
Boku Sushi & Grill located in Maitland opened on March 7, closed their dining area on March 16 and offered to-go, pickup and delivery until May 8, when the venue began offering patio seating as well. The restaurant claims to “introduce high quality sushi to local residents” and offers a variety of hot and cold dishes along with a diverse selection of Japanese beer, sake and wine.
Photo via Boku Sushi & Grill/Facebook

Boku Sushi & Grill

140 Independence Lane, Maitland, 407-960-5577
Boku Sushi & Grill located in Maitland opened on March 7, closed their dining area on March 16 and offered to-go, pickup and delivery until May 8, when the venue began offering patio seating as well. The restaurant claims to “introduce high quality sushi to local residents” and offers a variety of hot and cold dishes along with a diverse selection of Japanese beer, sake and wine.

Photo via Boku Sushi & Grill/Facebook
San Julian’s Coffee 
110 S. Orlando Ave., Winter Park, 407-960-2916
San Julian’s Coffee officially opened on Feb. 22 and closed its doors on March 20, but continued to deliver and offer pickup. Their dining room reopened on May 4 offering sandwiches, antojos (cravings) and a variety of coffee drinks. The coffee shop even encourages customers to bring their dog while they sit and sip their coffee. 
Photo via San Julian’s Coffee/Facebook

San Julian’s Coffee

110 S. Orlando Ave., Winter Park, 407-960-2916
San Julian’s Coffee officially opened on Feb. 22 and closed its doors on March 20, but continued to deliver and offer pickup. Their dining room reopened on May 4 offering sandwiches, antojos (cravings) and a variety of coffee drinks. The coffee shop even encourages customers to bring their dog while they sit and sip their coffee.

Photo via San Julian’s Coffee/Facebook
ChickPeas USA 
5814 Conroy Road, 407-704-8476
ChickPeas USA opened on March 10 offering grab-and-go and delivery until May 11, when the Lebanese and Mediterranean restaurant finally opened its dining room. The assembly-line-style restaurant offers platters, sandwiches and vegetarian meals.
Photo via ChickPeas USA/Facebook

ChickPeas USA

5814 Conroy Road, 407-704-8476
ChickPeas USA opened on March 10 offering grab-and-go and delivery until May 11, when the Lebanese and Mediterranean restaurant finally opened its dining room. The assembly-line-style restaurant offers platters, sandwiches and vegetarian meals.

Photo via ChickPeas USA/Facebook
Mei’s Kitchen 
10169 University Blvd., 407-678-8188
The Taiwanese restaurant tried opening in March, but four days later, the pandemic forced them to close for the safety of their customers and employers. The venue held its soft opening on May 4 and offers a variety Taiwanese street cuisine along with some traditional Chinese dishes.
Photo via Octopus Fritters Ball/Mei’s Kitchen

Mei’s Kitchen

10169 University Blvd., 407-678-8188
The Taiwanese restaurant tried opening in March, but four days later, the pandemic forced them to close for the safety of their customers and employers. The venue held its soft opening on May 4 and offers a variety Taiwanese street cuisine along with some traditional Chinese dishes.

Photo via Octopus Fritters Ball/Mei’s Kitchen
N.Y. Bagel & Deli 
11757 S. Orange Blossom Trail, 407-930-1900
N.Y. Bagel & Deli's third location, N.Y. Bagel Deli & Pizza, opened April 30 on South OBT for delivery and takeout. The restaurant offers New York-style bagels in various flavors that may be filled with smoked fish, cream cheese or hummus. Pizzas and desserts are also available. 
Photo via N.Y. Bagel & Deli/Facebook

N.Y. Bagel & Deli

11757 S. Orange Blossom Trail, 407-930-1900
N.Y. Bagel & Deli's third location, N.Y. Bagel Deli & Pizza, opened April 30 on South OBT for delivery and takeout. The restaurant offers New York-style bagels in various flavors that may be filled with smoked fish, cream cheese or hummus. Pizzas and desserts are also available.

Photo via N.Y. Bagel & Deli/Facebook
Fat Mike’s Hot Chicken 
360 West Plant St., Winter Garden, 407-614-0499
Fat Mike’s Hot Chicken, the Nashville hot chicken concept restaurant that replaced the 4 Locos Tacos in Downtown Winter Garden on April 27, has been offering to-go and curbside pickup. According to the restaurant’spress release, the owners intended to wait until a later grand opening date, but sped up the opening of the downtown eatery to ensure employees were able to make ends meet. The venue says it sells “real Southern Fried Chicken” and offers crispy, juicy chicken at various spice levels. On May 4, the restaurant officially opened for dine-in as well.
Photo via Fat Mike’s Hot Chicken/Facebook

Fat Mike’s Hot Chicken

360 West Plant St., Winter Garden, 407-614-0499
Fat Mike’s Hot Chicken, the Nashville hot chicken concept restaurant that replaced the 4 Locos Tacos in Downtown Winter Garden on April 27, has been offering to-go and curbside pickup. According to the restaurant’spress release, the owners intended to wait until a later grand opening date, but sped up the opening of the downtown eatery to ensure employees were able to make ends meet. The venue says it sells “real Southern Fried Chicken” and offers crispy, juicy chicken at various spice levels. On May 4, the restaurant officially opened for dine-in as well.

Photo via Fat Mike’s Hot Chicken/Facebook