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28 new Orlando restaurants you need to try in 2017

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PHOTO VIA ROB BARTLETT
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Domu

What: Seats were hard to come by when this ramen/pan-Asian joint opened late last year in the old Txokos space in the East End Market, and they still are. A slick beverage program keeps the cocktail crowd content, but don't think about ordering ramen at the bar – splashy slurping is frowned on there.
When: Open now
Where: 3201 Corrine Drive, 407-960-1228, domufl.com

The Edison

What: It may be a tamed-down version of the Los Angeles original, but this post-industrial-themed eatery will still blend plenty of science, art and "world-class live entertainment" into its surroundings at Disney Springs. (In L.A., that entertainment includes live 1920s-style jazz, aerial silks and burlesque performances.) Our sincere hope is that the food and cocktails will be just as inventive.
When: Opening fall 2017
Where: Disney Springs, edisondowntown.com

Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ

What: The super-popular yakiniku chain gives cook-it-yourself barbecue enthusiasts plenty of meats, seafood and vegetables from which to choose, but even better is that their smokeless roasters have a downdraft system to ensure you don't leave the restaurant smelling like the meats you just grilled.
When: Open now
Where: 7858 Turkey Lake Road,
407-613-5056, gyu-kaku.com

The Halal Guys

What: Their gyros, chicken and rice platters, and falafel sandwiches have New Yorkers addicted (and dominate tourists' Instagram feeds); now they're taking the rest of the country by storm. Soon enough, patrons at the Alafaya Trail outpost will understand why folks queued up outside the humble food cart at 53rd and Sixth for hours. I get the sense many a UCF student will be late for class. When: Opening spring 2017 Where: 688 N. Alafaya Trail, thehalalguys.com

Hunger Street Tacos

What: In their soft-opening week, the lines out the door were reminiscent of the days when 4 Rivers Smokehouse occupied the space, but this taqueria is generating the sort of buzz that will all but guarantee its success. That and their tacos campechanos, squash-blossom quesadillas, and esquites with bone marrow broth reduction.
When: Open now
Where: 2103 W. Fairbanks Ave., Winter Park, 407-617-1140, facebook.com/hungerstreettacos

Kadence

What: Arguably the most anticipated restaurant opening of 2017, the long-awaited omakase house by the founders of Kappo at East End Market will be a second home to Orlando's food cognoscenti. The 20-seat resto will also feature a sake bar offering what's promised to be the finest selection in the city.
When: Opening spring 2017
Where: 1809 E. Winter Park Road, kadenceorlando.com

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