Hey, if you’re stuck at Orlando International Airport in all the travel snafus from weather related delays and Southwest Airlines taking a timeout, at least you can try some new restaurants, especially if you’re in the newly opened Terminal C.

Sunshine Diner by Chef Art Smith, Cask & Larder and Wine Bar George have recently opened.

Wine Bar George, of course, is the popular Disney Springs restaurant and, um, wine bar owned and operated by George Miliotes, a master sommelier.

Miliotes has said that the airport version will feature food and wine pairings just like those found at the Springs’ location, and he’ll make sure the servers are well versed in the wines, just as they are at the original WBG. One thing likely to be missing at MCO, however, is Miliotes. Omnipresent at the Disney Springs restaurant and always circulating as the gracious host he is, Miliotes said that he won’t be able to be on site at the airport, too.


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Good news – you got through Christmas, so now you’ve got something to celebrate. New Year’s Eve is the perfect time for it.

Take a look at our list of restaurants that are offering special dinners on Dec. 31. You’ll find upscale repasts such as Knife & Spoon at the Ritz-Carlton, Primo at JW Marriott Grande Lakes and Four Flamingos at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress Resort.

And upscale casual meals are planned for the likes of Highball & Harvest at the Ritz; Sear + Sea, UnReserved Food Bazaar and Illume (great for fireworks watching) all at the Jw Marriott Bonnet Creek; and Citron at Grande Lakes.

Others around town, too. So look through the list and make your selection.


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Hideaway, the delightfully divey bar and grill on the Virginia Drive causeway that links Mills 50 to Ivanhoe Village, is back open after a Dodge Ram rammed into the business Sunday evening injuring four patrons. Gee, you don’t suppose alcohol had anything to do with it, do you?

Yes, a tremendous amount, apparently. Orlando police said that the man charged with the crash, Jackson Click, 45, had a blood alcohol level nearly four times over the legal limit. When Click bonded out of jail, he told Channel 6 News – quoted on its ironically named Click Orlando website – that he did not drive into the building intentionally. As if someone with that amount of alcohol in his bloodstream could do anything intentionally.

Two of the four people who were injured required hospitalization.


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John Collazo, the chef and owner of the Foodster Award-winning Bad As’s Sandwich shop in the Milk District, has opened a burger version called Bad As’s Burgers in Curry Ford West District. Yes, you could make the argument that a burger is also a sandwich but let’s not niggle.

Also known as B.A. Burgers, at least on its Facebook page, the new concept moved into the storefront that previously was Kathi Rolls and before that the inaccurately named Forever Naan. (It started out as a Hungry Howie’s Pizza; anyone who ever ate one knew why Howie was hungry.) (I assume by calling it B.A. Burgers or even using the unnecessary apostrophe in As’s is meant to thwart social media algorithms.)

The menu is true to its name – all burgers and all made with meat. No chicken, no pretend meat, no vegetables or mushrooms served between buns. And the beef is all Australian wagyu. (We’ll save the discussion about the mainstreaming of the wagyu classification for another time, too, right after we get around to talking about what 100 percent angus beef means.)


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Below is the list of nominees for the Best New Restaurant Foodster Award of 2022. Nominees were selected from the list of restaurants that have opened in Central Florida over the past 18 months.

Click the name of the restaurant you’d like to see win the award and then press Vote. After you vote, leave a comment telling us which restaurant you selected and why. We may use your comment when the winners are announced. (Be sure the mention the name of the restaurant in your comment or we won’t know which one you’re referring to.)

Voting will continue through Dec. 28.

Here are the nominees: