It’s now 2019 and there are lots of plans for openings here in Orlando to add to our growing local food and drink scene. Last year, there were a lot of new taco and poke shops. What will 2019 bring?

Here are 10 hot and new restaurants coming to Orlando “soon”:

1. Jaleo by Chef Jose Andres at Disney Springs
Coming in: Early 2019
Location: Disney Springs

Named one of Time’s “100 Most Influential People” and “Outstanding Chef” by the James Beard Foundation, José Andrés, the internationally recognized culinary innovator, author, educator, television personality, humanitarian and chef/owner is the only chef globally that has both a 2-star Michelin restaurant and 4 Bib Gourmands.

Jaleo, the 22 thousand square foot restaurant will be Andrés’ largest to date and will bring the spirit and flavors of Spain to Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Based on the colorful iconography of Spain, the architectural form of the building is inspired by an artichoke, a vegetable native to José’s homeland. The artichoke structure opens up, inviting guests to enter and experience the very best of Spanish cuisine.

The idea of Jaleo, the Spanish word for “revelry,” inspires the large, family-style gathering space, inviting guests to share tapas and sangria, gather with family at the foosball tables, or enjoy the more elegant central seating for paellas and grilled meats, anchored by the restaurant’s open kitchen and wood fire grill.

2. Financier Patisserie
Coming: TBA 2019
Location: 212 N. Park Ave, Winter Park

Financier Patisserie first opened in 2002 on historic Stone Street in the namesake Financial District of Lower Manhattan and is known for its Wall Street clientele and the classic French almond cake basked to resemble a bar of gold, a Financier.
Their coffee is roasted in Brooklyn, packaged while the beans are still warm, and shipped to their stores within 24 hours of roasting for maximum flavor and freshness.

3. Taco Bus
Coming: Early 2019
Location: 11325 University Boulevard (Near UCF)

Taco Bus – the wildly popular Tampa-based Mexican taco food truck establishment is continuing to sing the ballads of authentic Mexican tacos and dish specials, as well as vegetarian and vegan dishes, across the state of Florida with its newest pit stop near UCF. The location was formerly Greens and Grille, then Pie Five, then most recently Paramount Fine Foods / Lebanese Kitchen. It will do very well here in East Orlando.

4. Kabooki Sushi 2
Coming: February 2019
Location: 7705 Turkey Lake Road

Owner/Chef Henry Moso’s popular Kabooki Sushi is having a second “staging” out on Turkey Lake Road in West Orlando very soon. Chef Moso combines “locally sourced, seasonal ingredients with the best cuts from Japan for a dining experienced centered on quality control, excitement, and surprise.” According to the restaurant, “behind the bar, the staff performs under his direction to brandish dishes with the vibrancy of Mexican flavor, the sophistication of French preparation, and the curated integrity of Japan. Every night at Kabooki, the tastes of the world meet for an authentically global encounter.”

5. Hinckley’s Fancy Meats
Coming: February 2019
Location: East End Market, 3201 Corrine Dr

Sandwiches and more from Orlando-native Chef Matt Hinckley who returns to Florida with over 15 years of culinary experience and a pedigree studded with leadership positions in both James Beard award-winning and Michelin-starred kitchens. His Charcuterie Box was recently seen in the New York Times 2017 Holiday Gift Buying Guide, featuring duck ham, smoked antelope sausage, bacon liverwurst, smoked headcheese, tasso ham, duck rillette, and spuma di lardo.

6. Slice by Pizza Bruno
Coming: Early 2019
Location: 1011 N. Mills Ave.

Chef Bruno Zacchini, hot on the heels of the opening of his second location in downtown Orlando, is now bringing his popular Neapolitan-style pizzeria to the Mills 50 District. Expect lots of garlic knots and wings, also.

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7. Sette
Coming: March 2019
Location: 1407 N. Orange Ave (formerly Stir – In Ivanhoe Village)

Se7en Bites creators Trina Gregory-Propst and Va Propst are bringing to Ivanhoe Village their newest rustic Italian restaurant concept called Sette, which means “seven” in Italian. The restaurant will feature pastas made from scratch, Italian comfort food, and baked goods and desserts.

8. Jack and Honey’s
Coming: Early 2019
Location: 1235 N. Orange Ave. (Ivanhoe Village)

This is the planned 24-hour diner next door to the Hammered Lamb, brought to you by the owners of The Hammered Lamb. They plan on serving breakfast food all day as well as classic diner comfort food like meatloaf, macaroni and cheese, burgers and homemade milkshakes.

9. Proper & Wild
Coming: 2019
Location: Morse Avenue, Winter Park

Chelsie & Jamie Savage of The Sanctum bring Proper & Wild, a chef-driven, health-forward, plant-centric concept.

10. Tori Tori
Coming: Early 2019
Location: 720 N. Mills Ave

Chef/owner Sonny Nguyen is on a tear this year with the opening of quick service concept Domu Chibi in East Orlando and a full blown Domu in Dr Phillips area. Not to be placed on the backburner is Tori Tori in Mills 50 District, bringing together the art of the Japanese style pub and meat and veggie skewer grilling to the heart of Orlando.

BONUS

City Works Eatery and Pour House – Disney Springs

There have been lots of new additions to Disney Springs recently – Wine Bar George, Terralina Crafted Italian, 4 Rivers Cantina Barbacoa Food Truck and Chicken Guy!, to name just a few – and this year, 2019, will welcome the new City Works Eatery & Pour House to open on the West Side next summer. The restaurant and bar will offer plenty of high-def TVs including a 165-inch screen, perfect for viewing your favorite live sporting events, featuring classic American food and 90+ local and global varieties of beers on tap.

Euphoria at Margaritaville Orlando Resort
8000 Fins Up Circle, Kissimmee, FL 34747

This is a new restaurant opening inside Margaritaville Orlando Resort – details to come.