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The lists have been made and I’ve checked them twice (because I don’t have a copy editor on staff).

Our Holiday Dining pages have listings for restaurants with special offerings on the Eves – Christmas and New Year’s – as well as all restaurants that have indicated they will be serving on Christmas Day.

Take a look and make your selections, then reservations, for Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve dining.


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Our friends at Tabla celebrated the one year anniversary of their third location, in Lake Nona, by opening a fourth. The new Tabla is in Oviedo, at 945 City Plaza Way, in the space that previously was occupied by De La Vega, which closed in February, citing vagaries of the pandemic.

The Tabla collection now includes the original, near Universal Orlando (which was one of the first restaurants I reviewed for this website); the Park Avenue location, which opened in 2020; Lake Nona; and Oviedo.


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Meliá Hotels International is a big hospitality chain – seventeenth largest in the world – and yet the Spain-headquartered hotelier has only two properties in the United States: Innside by Meliá New York Nomad, in Chelsea; and, just recently opened, Meliá Orlando Celebration.

Both stateside hotels feature a seafood centric restaurant called The Wilson. Both restaurants have a similar designed (I stopped in to the Manhattan location in October), with plenty of white subway tile on the walls, comfortable blue barstools at the counter, and bare wood tabletops.


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When Downtown Credo opens its new location inside the Downtown YMCA, it will debut a new food program that has not been part of the other locations.

Avery Fields, one of the fair-trade coffeeshop’s seven owners, said they recognized that being in a fitness facility would mean moving beyond the baked goods they offer at the two current locations, in the North Quarter and Health Village.

“We’re excited to be in there,” Fields said of the Y. Credo will be taking over the space that had previously been a Tropical Smoothie.


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Goff’s Drive In, the South Orange Blossom Trail ice cream shop that opened in 1948, has apparently closed permanently. A post on its Facebook page Tuesday said: “Goff’s has always been more than just a cinder block ice cream shop and we refer to our customers as Orlando’s Finest for a reason. No matter the weather or temperature, you showed up. When there was a pandemic, you showed up. When there was adversity, you showed up. When we asked for your help, you showed up, big.”

Its latest bit of adversity was in May when an arsonist caused enough damage to force the shop to close down for repairs. It never fully recovered.

Although the Facebook post is not signed, Todd Peacock was the most recent owner. The post detailed the trail of ownership from Edwin Goff to “my grandfather William Truesdell” when Goff retired, then Truesdell’s wife, Joanne, after he died. Peacock has been the owner for the past 13 years.

The post concluded: “This isn’t goodbye. This is see you later. We feel your love Orlando. And I hope you feel ours.”