Top restaurants coming to Orlando & Winter Park
With the promise of a new year, the food-conscious souls of the city commence their ritual gaze into the near future, brain-marking food and drink establishments of note, planning culinary excursions to far-flung reaches of the city, and clearing space on their phones for the impending glut of IG stories.
Lobos Coffee Roasters
Coffee Roasteries, Coffee & Tea, Breakfast & Brunch
3000 Corrine Dr
Opened 7 weeks ago
Neon Beach is downtown Orlando’s newest full-service bar/restaurant. We offer an excellent/creative menu featuring in-house smoked meats, new American cuisine along with some island-inspired dishes. We have a large craft and tiki-style drink menu along with all of the classics you’d find in the Islands. Come party with us we are ready to serve you safely!
The Hamlin food hall (appropriately monogrammed after Arthur George Hamlin) will sit on 22,000 square feet of lakefront property and offer everything from craft burgers and pizza to Southern fried chicken and sushi. A second-floor indoor/outdoor bar will provide views of Lake Hancock and nightly fireworks at Disney.
Apart from the fresh-baked bagels, this New Smyrna Beach stalwart will bring to the former Two Chefs Seafood Oyster Bar space in the North Quarter, they’ll also offer breakfast wraps, deli sandwiches, and bialys – the bagel’s non-boiled, onion-stuffed cousin.
Boku Sushi & Grill
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.” Liu is using wood materials to create an aesthetic that’s natural, clean, and contemporary.
Brick & Spoon
The Southern breakfast and lunch spot out of Lafayette, Louisiana, will open at the Village at Lake Lily promising build-your-own Bloody Marys and boozy concoctions. And yes, beignets will be served.
(Opening late January; 933 S. Orlando Ave., Maitland
Brother Jimmy’s BBQ
New York-based Carolina barbecue chain Brother Jimmy’s will open not one but two smokehouses in the city this year: A counter-service operation is slated to open in the old Which ‘Wich space at the Marketplace at Dr. Phillips and another full-service operation in the former Adobe Gilas space at Pointe Orlando. Let the napkins fly.
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 coffee and a croissant from Café D’Avignon. Now, this NYC-based café/bakery has opened its first outpost outside the Big Apple at Sunset Walk in the Margaritaville Resort, with more cafés along the way.
She shuttered Bongo’s Cuban Café at Disney Springs (it’ll transform to the flexitarian-friendly Beatrix in the spring of 2021) last summer, but Gloria Estefan, along with hubby Emilio, got back in the game by opening a Cuban restaurant at the Margaritaville Resort’s Sunset Walk in late December. Expect long conga lines.
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