Orlando has a satisfying selection of restaurants ready to meet anyone’s cravings, but there’s always room for more. Orlando is consistently growing with new restaurants, food halls, and food trucks preparing to pop up in your favorite local neighborhoods. We’ve curated a list of the most exciting new Orlando eats coming to your local area in 2021. Pencil in their openings and check their menu twice, you’re gonna want to try these places out.
South Orange Provisions
What’s better than one new place to eat? Try nine new places to eat. South Orange Provisions is set to open sometime this fall. This 10,000 square foot food hall will boast nine food stalls located on the ground floor of the SunTrust building at 200 S. Orange Avenue. You can easily get here from within the downtown area or hop on I-4 for easy accessibility from Greater Orlando. There will be outdoor seating available and parking won’t be a pain (supposedly). We don’t know which food vendors will find their homes here yet but keep an eye out for their grand opening later this year.
It’d be a lie to say we don’t secretly love when something is a complete experience rather than food slapped on a plate by a faceless cook in the back, even if this experience comes with a breathtaking price tag. Soseki, already in their soft opening on select dates through April 4, is an intimate dining concept. This multi-course dining experience is held in the 10-seat restaurant Soseki has made home at 955 W. Fairbanks Avenue in Winter Park. If you frequent Winter Park you’ll know the location immediately. This will be a 1.5 to 2-hour long dining service with plenty of masters at their craft working behind the scenes to make this a decadent reality. Taglish’s Mike Collantes, Kaizen Izakaya’s Denni Cha, and WSET L2 certified Benjamin Coutts have come together to create this dining experience.
Their Explorer and Discovery tasting menus are available from April 7 to May 31. These experiences will celebrate Spring in Florida by featuring ingredients from local farms and growers. The Spring: Explorer Menu will be a one-and-a-half-hour experience spanning 15 courses with beverage pairings by beverage director Benjamin Coutts. The current price for this dining experience is set at $150 per person. The Spring: Discovery Menu will be an additional thirty minutes for a total of 20 courses at the cost of $185 per person. You’ll need to make reservations ahead of time on their website.
With the success of East End Market lighting up dollar signs in investors’ eyes it’s no wonder there is an influx of food halls and retails hubs popping up around the downtown and Greater Orlando areas. As a fan of new small local shops and an even larger number of dining options, I can’t really complain. Fort Pitt located at 5565 Old Cheney Highway has been an east-side icon since around 1923. It first operated as a grocery store but now, after hefty renovations and a new courtyard, will become a neighborhood market and food hall. While it hasn’t officially opened, you can set your expectations for an early summer opening with tenants to be announced. Keep your eye on their website for announcements.
The Food Factory
Opening in summer 2021, The Food Factory is yet another food hall-style venue, this time located in a section of the Oviedo on the Park development. This venue will feature eight micro-restaurants within 14,500 square feet of indoor and covered outdoor space. This location will include restaurants, games, and entertainment. This will be the first The Food Factory and The Factory Bar location but more are set to pop up in the future. The best part about The Food Factory is it will feature a unique group of artisanal restaurants without franchises getting in the way. This is a perfect setting to let the talented local chefs of our area shine. The dining will be fast-fine and provide enough options for everyone in the family to get what they want.
The Food Factory won’t just be a place to gorge ourselves on delicious local cuisine. It will also encompass an area referred to by the developers as “Experience Row”. This 24,000 square foot space surrounding The Food Factory will include wellness experiences, workshops, fitness offerings, and other experiential retail spaces. The goal of The Food Factory is to bring together the residents of Oviedo on the Park and the surrounding areas.
The Food Factory lineup is currently as follows:
- The Factory Bar
- OakFlame (Pizza)
- Dharma Fine Vittles (Vegan)
- Graniac (Bowls)
- Kai Asian Street Fare (Asian)
- LIX (Desserts)
- Ruthie’s New Diner (High End Comfort Food)
- Burritohead (Tacos and Burritos)
- Sea Legs (Seafood)
You can find out more about this location on the developer’s website.
Straying away from the trendy food hall setup, The Pinery will be a stand-alone, 150-seat upscale restaurant in Ivanhoe Village. Its aim is to provide “Florida fresh cuisine” and celebrate Orlando’s rich history. If you didn’t know (I certainly did not), the Ivanhoe area was once a pineapple farm. This subtle nod to the past is right in The Pinery’s name. Located at the base of the Lake House Apartment building, this restaurant is set to open soon. Its seasonal menu, which is still being finalized, will likely open sometime this summer. Sign up for their newsletter on their website to be notified when they open.