February 01, 2019

The best new bars and restaurants coming to Orlando in 2019

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. 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. - Faiyaz Kara

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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 spring; 7335 W. Sand Lake Road; americansocialbar.com)
Photo via American Social bar/Facebook

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 spring; 7335 W. Sand Lake Road; americansocialbar.com)



Photo via American Social bar/Facebook
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; blackbeandeli.com)
Photo via Black Bean Deli/Instagram

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; blackbeandeli.com)



Photo via Black Bean Deli/Instagram
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; bovinesteakhouse.com)
Photo via Bovine/Facebook

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; bovinesteakhouse.com)



Photo via Bovine/Facebook
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.; boxiparklakenona.com)
Photo via Boxi Park/Facebook

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.; boxiparklakenona.com)



Photo via Boxi Park/Facebook
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; cafedavignon.com)
Photo via Cafe D'Avignon/Instagram

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; cafedavignon.com)



Photo via Cafe D'Avignon/Instagram
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 this joint's name is Chronic Tacos.
(Opening February; 7541 W. Sand Lake Road; chronictacos.com)
Photo via Chronic Tacos/Facebook

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 this joint's name is Chronic Tacos.

(Opening February; 7541 W. Sand Lake Road; chronictacos.com)



Photo via Chronic Tacos/Facebook
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; cityworksrestaurant.com)
Photo via City Works/Facebook

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; cityworksrestaurant.com)



Photo via City Works/Facebook
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.; instagram.com/curateorlando)
Photo via Curtae: Art + Wine/Facebook

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.; instagram.com/curateorlando)



Photo via Curtae: Art + Wine/Facebook
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; dixiebellescafe.com)
Photo via Dixie Belle's Cafe/Facebook

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; dixiebellescafe.com)



Photo via Dixie Belle's Cafe/Facebook
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.; domufl.com)
Photo via Domu/Facebook

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.; domufl.com)



Photo via Domu/Facebook