Orlando Dining News Round-Up May 28, 2016: Hard Rock Cafe, Osprey Tavern, Farm & Haus

In this week’s Orlando dining news round-up, new breakfasts and brunches, chef’s dinners, and new openings. Are you hungry? Let’s dive in…

Hard Rock Cafe at Universal Orlando CityWalk is now serving breakfast daily
Hard Rock Cafe at Universal Orlando CityWalk is now serving breakfast daily from 8:30am to 11am. The menu includes typical breakfast favorites as Belgian Waffles, Eggs Benedict, and Chicken & Waffles. Visit hardrock.com/cafes/orlando for more information.

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Out and About: STK Orlando Grand Opening Party at Disney Springs

STK Orlando Grand Opening Party at Disney Springs

STK Orlando has officially opened its doors at Disney Springs, and on Tuesday night, CitySurfing Orlando was invited to the Grand Opening Party.

This location, the 11th for the brand, is the largest with over 14,000-sq-ft. and seating on two levels. the first floor features a lounge area, bar, a seated dining area, and a private dining room that can seat 12. Lighting is dim, and a DJ is stationed here, too.

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4 Rivers Celebrates National Brisket Day May 28

4 Rivers Celebrates National Brisket Day May 28

Come celebrate National Brisket Day, May 28th, with Florida’s Founding Father of Barbecue, John Rivers, who will be throwing a Red, White and Brisket Party at 4 Rivers Smokehouse’s flagship Winter Park store.

For one day only, 4 Rivers will be serving up its signature 18-hour, Smoked Angus Brisket in a Chili Cheese Brisket Burger ($7.99). Add two sides for $2.50. The restaurant will also be serving up Chili Cheese Fries ($4.99).

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Out and About: Hard Rock Cafe at Universal Orlando CityWalk

Hard Rock Cafe at Universal Orlando CityWalk

I recently visited the Hard Rock Cafe at Universal Orlando’s CityWalk for dinner prior to catching the Blue Man Group show next door. It’d been a few years since I’d eaten there, and I know the menu had undergone some changes since. This was the perfect opportunity to see if the food was as good as I remembered.

Upon arrival, we were immediately seated towards the back of the main floor. The restaurant was packed and noisy, but that’s to be expected given it’s location at the theme park.

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Mad Cow Theater Presents Avenue Q Starting June 3

Mad Cow Theater presents the Tony-winning sensation, Avenue Q

Downtown Orlando’s Mad Cow Theater presents the Tony-winning sensation, Avenue Q, select dates from June 3 to July 3, 2016.

The musical is told through a group of naughty puppets who advise their new friend Princeton on everything from getting a job and finding an apartment to hangovers and internet porn. With unforgettable numbers such as “Everyone’s a Little Bit Racist,” “If You Were Gay,” and “What Do You Do with a B.A. in English?” the Q puppets will have you rolling in the aisles and coming back for more.

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Chris Botti & Joshua Bell to Play Dr Phillips Center June 11

Chris Botti & Joshua Bell to Play Dr Phillips Center June 11

Grammy Award-winning musicians Chris Botti and Joshua Bell will share the stage for one night at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts on June 11.

Since the release of his 2004 critically acclaimed CD When I Fall In Love, Chris Botti has become the largest-selling American instrumental artist. His ongoing association with PBS led to four #1 jazz albums, as well as multiple Gold, Platinum and Grammy Awards. Learn more about him at chrisbotti.com.

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Out and About: Mango’s Orlando Brings New Level of Nightlife to Orlando

Mango's Orlando - jumbo drink

Mango’s is a name synonymous with Miami South Beach nightlife, and about six months ago, it opened an outpost in Orlando.

Located on International Drive, just south of Sand Lake Rd, within walking distance of the Orlando Eye, Mango’s Orlando operates as a family-friendly restaurant serving up Latin-inspired cuisine.

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Hard Rock Cafe’s World Burger Tour Available Through June

Hard Rock Cafe's World Burger Tour 2016

The World Burger Tour returns to the Hard Rock Cafe, including the Orlando location, and will be available through June 30. The tour menu showcases international Local Legendary Burgers, which are created by chefs at each location to reflect the flavors of their city.

This year more than 160 local burgers were evaluated by Hard Rock’s culinary team with the following fan favorites selected to headline the World Burger Tour menu:

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Orlando Dining Round-Up May 21, 2016: Shake Shack, Disney Dining, 33 & Melt

In this week’s Orlando dining news round-up: chef’s dinners, limited menus, and a food crawl. Are you hungry? Let’s dive in…

Shake Shack Bacon CheddarShack Burger and Blueberry Pie Oh My.

Shake Shack is adding two new items to its menu starting June 3. The first is the Bacon CheddarShack Burger. a all natural Angus beef hamburger topped with smoked Niman Ranch bacon and Wisconsin aged cheddar cheese sauce. A single will price at $6.89 and a double will be $9.69.

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Kipling Celebrates Grand Opening at Disney Springs May 20-22

Kipling at Disney Springs

Kipling recently opened in the new Town Center area of Disney Springs, and will be celebrating the launch of its interactive retail space Friday, May 20 through Sunday, May 22.

The event will offer visitors refreshments, a tour of the space and each activation area, and a complimentary Kipling monkey keychain with any purchase of $100 or more while supplies last.

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Special Olympics Florida 2016 State Summer Games Come to ESPN Wide World of Sports

Special Olympics Florida 2016 State Summer Games Come to ESPN Wide World of Sports

This weekend, cheer on the athletes of Special Olympics Florida when the 2016 State Summer Games come to ESPN Wide World of Sports at Walt Disney World May 20-21.

Watch the athletes compete in games such as Bocce, Cycling, Soccer, Tennis, Track and Field, and Volleyball, and admission is free for all events.

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Cornell Fine Arts Museum Hosts ‘Displacement: Symbols and Journeys’ This Summer

Cornell Fine Arts Museum at Rollins College in Winter Park

This summer, Cornell Fine Arts Museum at Rollins College in Winter Park will host a summer exhibition called “Displacement: Symbols and Journeys.”

Inspired in part by the Alfond Collection of Contemporary Art, part of the museum’s permanent collection, the exhibition looks at multiple manifestations of displacement.

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Goo Goo Dolls to Play Central Florida in August 2016

Goo Goo Dolls to Play Two Central Florida Shows in August

Multi-platinum band Goo Goo Dolls are heading out on a summer tour that will include two Central Florida stops in Orlando and St. Augustine this August.

The band is touring in support of their newest release, Boxes, which hit stores May 6, 2016. The lead single, “So Alive,” was the #1 most added song at Hot AC radio upon release.

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Universal Orlando: First Look at Skull Island’s King Kong

King Kong from Skull Island: Reign of Kong

This week, Universal Orlando revealed the first look at King Kong from Skull Island: Reign of Kong, opening this summer at Islands of Adventure.

During your trip through the island’s terrain, you eventually come face-to-face with the legendary beast, which looks to be both impressie and massive. Details noted by the previous explorers about the creature:

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Busch Gardens Tampa Testing Cobra’s Curse for Summer Opening

Busch Gardens Tampa Reveals Cobra's Curse Logo

We’re getting closer to the opening of Cobra’s Curse at Busch Gardens Tampa, and the coaster is now in the testing phase.

The theme park has released a great P.O.V. video showing what the final ride will be like. Are you ready?

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