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The Bear’s Den Resort Orlando Blog Savor the New Year: Our Guide to Orlando’s Newest Restaurants


Getting the most out of your stay in Orlando, Florida involves trying new dishes and comparing them to those of your hometown. As we begin a new year, you will have the opportunity to choose from multiple Orlando restaurants for memorable breakfasts, lunches, and dinners.

Variety is key when experiencing the best that Orlando has to offer, from elegant Japanese dishes to family-style Italian meals. Let the variety extend to the culinary selection based on whether you are eating out with visiting friends or catering to dine in with family.
Start the new year with new tastes by staying at The Bear’s Den Resort Orlando. Here are new restaurants to try in the new year.

1. BurgerFi + Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza & Wings Promenade at Sunset Walk – Kissimmee

Have you ever had trouble deciding between a hamburger and a slice of pizza for your lunch or dinner? With the co-branded BurgerFi and Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza & Wings, you don’t have to sacrifice one for the other.
Pair any of BurgerFi’s all-natural burgers with onion rings or French fries before ending your meal with one of several milkshake options. Anthony’s chicken wings make for a great starter before pizzas with multiple toppings to choose from.
A side by side of a Margarita pizza and a double bacon cheeseburger

2. I Love Orlando Café Downtown – City District

Plates with fresh croissants, strawberries, espresso, and hot cocoa
© I Love Orlando Cafe
Starting your day of fun in Orlando requires the right breakfast, which is where I Love Orlando Café comes in. Coffee options range from Espresso to Mocha, and the breakfast sandwiches will keep you full until your next meal.
You can also choose from different bagels, salads, and sandwiches in case you are feeling the need for a different type of breakfast or early lunch. Enjoy desserts such as muffins and brownies, as well as different fruit-flavored smoothies.

3. Primrose Lanes Restaurant and Bowling Club Downtown – Milk District

Sports bar fans staying at Bear’s Den will want to put a visit to Primrose Lanes Restaurant and Bowling Club on their to-do list for their next lunch or dinner out. Potato skins, smoked wings, and other appetizers can help you get started as you venture on to burgers and sandwiches.
Options for drinks at Primrose Lanes include beers, cocktails, and wines, which work for regular visits or celebrating special occasions. Reserve a game of bowling for your group for some fun to add to your meals.
Various plates of elevated comfort foods including a hot dog
© Primrose Lanes Restaurant & Bowling Club

4. Rise Southern Biscuits and Righteous Chicken Winter Park

Various types of fried chicken and biscuit sandwiches
© Rise Southern Biscuits & Righteous Chicken
If you are wondering how Southern comfort food matches up with your usual tastes, Rise Southern Biscuits and Righteous Chicken is worth the try. Biscuits, tater tots, and chicken sandwiches are perfect for a weekend brunch.
Those who prefer to eat their meals with a fork can choose from several Best Dang Boxes for their breakfast and lunch. Donuts with multiple flavors are available in case you want to end your meal with something sweet.

5. Danilo’s Pasta Bar Audubon Park Garden Distirct

Fans of Italian and Filipino dishes staying at Bear’s Den can experience the best of both worlds when they eat at Danilo’s Pasta Bar. Chef Danilo “DJ” Tangalin’s restaurant offers an 8-course tasting menu for $75 per person to see which meals suit your tastes best.
The menu changes every week so that you have something new to try, whether you’re just stopping by for dinner or are taking friends out to eat. The a la carte menu offers pork, shrimp scampi pasta, and other meals for additional variety.
Plate of papardelle pasta with a red sauce topped with fresh basil and parmesan cheese
© Chef Dj Tangalin - Danilo's Pasta Bar

6. Zaru Downtown – Mills 50 District

Bowl of udon noodles in a soup broth surrounded by various side dishes
© Zaru
Whenever you are in the mood for a Japanese lunch or dinner, especially if you are a fan of noodles, stop by Zaru. You will have access to eight different cold and hot noodles dishes, depending on your preferences.
The bowls come with different options for meat such as chicken and falafel, as well as vegetables like cucumbers and tomatoes to help you stay healthy. Add-ons for noodles include chicken Tatsuta-age, warabi mochi, and miso-grilled eggplant.

7. Pigzza Downtown – Mills 50 District

Some days at Bear’s Den may leave you feeling like pizza is the right lunch or dinner, which is why we recommend Pigzza. Guests have several options to choose from when it comes to toppings, such as pepperoni, BBQ chicken, shrimp, and ricotta.
Pasta dishes are also available in case you want to take a break from pizza, and Pigzza’s salads ensure you can keep your meal healthful. Take advantage of the restaurant’s desserts on your cheat day, such as fried pizza dough, tiramisu, and a brownie sundae.
Close up of an artisan pizza topped with bacon and chives
© Pigzza

8. Norman’s Orlando Doctor Phillips

Meticulously plated fresh grilled fish fillet with assorted vegetables and sauces
© Norman's Orlando
Enjoying the best local and regional food Orlando has to offer requires a reservation at Norman’s. James Beard award-winning chef Chef Norman Van Aken leads a culinary team to provide delicious meals with the help of local farms.
Start your meal with a salad, oysters, shrimp, or any other appetizer before moving on to seafood, chicken, steak, and pork entrées. Pair your dish with different cocktails and martinis, and end your meal at Norman’s with any of the cakes or other desserts.

9. eet by Maneet Chauhan Disney Springs

Those planning on visiting the Walt Disney World Resort can choose from a variety of restaurants at Disney Springs for lunch or dinner. Among them is eet by Maneet Chauhan, which is an exciting, new, must-eat option for fans of Indian food.
Shareable dishes include Tandoori Chicken Poutine and Pimento Whipped Paneer, and you can build your own bowl with rice, kebab, chicken, and multiple sauces to choose from. Pair your meal with signature drinks such as eet House Wines and eet Citra Pale Ale.
Various Indian inspired meals, plated in paper plates on a table
© eet by Maneet Chauhan
Starting a new year and eating out during a getaway do better with variety, and Orlando is a trusted option for a different delicious meal each day. Book your stay at Bear’s Den today to enjoy unique Orlando dishes.

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