Open now or opening soon: Eight new restaurants you'll want to try


  • Shrimp and grits from Marlow's Tavern.
Chef Stefano Tedeschi of Stefano's Grill in Dr. Phillips will open Caprino's Pizza Bar in the Lakeside Village Center in Windermere. Chef Steff is also known as "the Sports Chef" (he has cooked for dozens of players and coaches on ESPN and off-camera) and Caprino's will be a sports bar, with a more casual atmosphere than the Grill.

The Waterford Lakes outpost of Marlow's Tavern is scheduled to open June 9. It will be the third location of the relaxed, upscale tavern.

Umi Restaurant opened May 19 in Winter Park, in the Park Avenue spot across from BurgerFi that has seen at least three other sushi restaurants in the past decade. Here's hoping they make a go of it; various local food bloggers and Yelp reviewers ecstatically filled their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram feeds at the grand opening party.

After 10 years of pleasing Orlandoans in other locations, Chef Eddie’s has moved into the West Church Street spot most recently vacated by McKnight's Soul Food (and before that, Fish N Loaves; before that, Johnson's Diner). Fingers crossed that this latest soul-food purveyor stays put in the Amway Center-adjacent Parramore location.

PDQ (People Dedicated to Quality) will open June 7 on Rinehart Road in Sanford. The fast-casual resto specializes in hand-battered chicken tenders.

Speaking of Sanford, Shantell's Café has moved across the road, though little else has changed. We'll miss that beautiful bar, though. 

  • Ceviche from Kokino Tapas Bar.
Kokino Tapas Bar has opened on Turkey Lake Road in Dr. Phillips, with a daily-changing carte of small plates, a monthly-changing drinks list, and the largest tartare menu in Orlando, they tell us. They're open until 2 a.m. Monday-Saturday, and they've thrown their hats into the boozy brunch ring with a Sunday brunch from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

The Bungalower reports that Gnarly Barley, the beloved but tiny craft-beer spot on South Orange Avenue in Belle Isle, is considering moving into the Virginia Drive building that Broken Strings Brewery considered, but ultimately rejected. Brisket tacos and gueuze ahoy!

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