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Our favorite restaurant openings of 2012: expanded

December 27, 2012
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Our intrepid restaurant reviewer and Tip Jar columnist, Faiyaz Kara, named his top five picks of 2012′s new restaurants in our Dec. 26 issue. For your reservation-making ease and pleasure, here are links to his original reviews of all five places:

Peperoncino Cucina: “The simplicity and flawless rationing of tomato, cheese, basil and olive oil had us reminiscing about the sincere and uncomplicated pasta preparations of our recent Italian sojourn.” (7988 Via Dellagio Way, 407-440-2856; peperoncinocucina.com; reviewed May 17)

Spork Café: “Tisse [Mallon]‘s work as a ‘happiness coach’ has clearly affected the dishes coming out of this diminutive kitchen. The always fresh, made-to-order, organic-when-possible, unprocessed fare … really does leave you with a sense of cheer and well-being.” (625 E. Central Blvd., 407-476-6250; thesporkcafe.com; reviewed Aug. 22)

Fresh: “Decidedly more approachable, laid-back, even bohemian … it’s nice to see Hannibal Square finally get a true neighborhood restaurant.” (535 W. New England Ave., Winter Park, 321-295-7837; freshcafe-wp.com; reviewed Nov. 14)

Cask & Larder: “Seductive nouveau-Southern cuisine with an admirable commitment to nose-to-tail dining.” (565 W. Fairbanks Ave., Winter Park, 321-280-4200; caskandlarder.com; reviewed Nov. 7)

Galopin: “No doubt Galopin is one of the sexier sup spots on Park Avenue, but this kitchen ensures the style is backed with plenty of substance.” (358 N. Park Ave., Winter Park, 407-951-5790; galopinwinterpark.com; reviewed Dec. 5)

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