With its bustling tourism industry and diverse local population, Orlando, Florida is known for its eclectic dining scene. From traditional Cuban cuisine to trendy fusion dishes, there is something for every palate in this vibrant city. Create180 Design specializes in working with businesses in the city, and we are excited to share our picks for the top new eats in Orlando.
Winter Park has an exciting new addition with the opening of this European chocolate house’s first United States location. While not a traditional restaurant, patrons can indulge in a wide selection of fine Belgian chocolates and gelato. With over 150 delicious chocolate treats to choose from, AJ Chocolate House is the ultimate destination for treating oneself and loved ones to the sweetest things in life. Whether it’s catching up with an old friend over a cup of coffee and delicate cake or finding the perfect gift for a chocolate lover, this charming establishment is ready to welcome you into their home.
Chef Tung Phan’s inventive take on traditional Vietnamese cuisine, incorporating elements of classical French cooking is now showcased in a stunning 2,500-square-foot restaurant with a relaxing spa atmosphere. The menu features dishes like papaya with salmon and Vietnamese coffee-crusted Wagyu, available in an intimate 10-course chef’s counter experience for $195 or a condensed 7-course tasting in the main dining room for $135. Chef Tung Phan offers unconventional yet delicious interpretations of Vietnamese dishes in an elegant setting.
At East End Market, the second Domu Lab concept is chef Danilo “DJ” Tangalin’s pasta bar. This unique dining experience combines Filipino and Italian flavors and ingredients with French cooking techniques to create beautifully crafted dishes. With a tasting menu priced at $75 per person, diners can enjoy an 8-course meal that changes weekly and features unique combinations such as squid ink tagliatelle. Those who prefer to order a la carte can choose from options like milk-braised pork or shrimp scampi pasta at the bar or window-side seats around The Neighbors.
Renowned Atlanta chef Ford Fry, known for his innovative and award-winning dishes, expanded his popular Superica Tex-Mex chain with a new location in Winter Park. The 5,000-square-foot restaurant offers Fry’s unique blend of Northern Mexican and Texas ranch-style cuisine in a casual yet whimsical atmosphere. Guests can also enjoy their meals on the large patio, creating a true al fresco dining experience.
A small and visually appealing restaurant in the Mills 50 neighborhood offers a unique dining experience centered around Japanese udon noodles. Using high-quality flour imported from Kagawa Prefecture, the birthplace of udon, the restaurant features eight different hot and cold noodle dishes. Various add-ons, such as shishito tempura and marinated ikura, can be added to enhance the flavor of the noodles. Other menu items include miso-grilled eggplant and chicken tatsuta-age. For dessert, warabi mochi served with Okinawa black sugar and red bean provides a sweet ending to this intimate dining experience.
The City Beautiful’s dining scene is constantly evolving, and these top new eats in Orlando are just a taste of the many delicious options the city has to offer. Whether you’re a local looking for a new place to try or a visitor looking for a taste of the city, be sure to put these on your must-visit list.