Orlando Dining Round-Up November 13, 2015: Free Baklava from Taverna Opa Orlando, Tappings from Orlando Brewing, New Openings, and More

In this week’s dining news round-up, we bring some tasty news about free baklava from Taverna Opa Orlando, brewery openings, seasonal menu items, plus much more. Ready?

Taverna Opa Orlando baklava
Taverna Opa Orlando at Pointe Orlando is celebrating National Baklava Day on November 17 with free baklava all day long. The phyllo dough and honey dessert, native to the Middle East and Greek islands, is made fresh daily at Taverna Opa using local and imported ingredients.

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Red Cypress Brewery wlll hold their Grand Opening at 855 E. State Rd 434 in Winter Springs November 14th and 15th. The weekend will feature special beer releases, live music, giveaways, and food trucks.

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Urbain 40, dubbed an “American brasserie and lounge,” opened November 9, in the former Cantina Laredo space in the Dellagio Town Center on Sand Lake Rd. in Dr. Phillips.

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Emeril’s Tchoup Chop at the Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando is offering a new 3-course prix fixe menu for $35 (+tax/gratuity) from 5-6pm only. The menu is available online to peruse.

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Bento Café is currently offering Pumpkin Wontons, with made-from-scratch pumpkin spice filling in a thin and crispy shell topped with caramel and a light dusting of powdered sugar, and Pumpkin Spice Milk Tea. These are seasonal inspired dishes, so get them while they last at the chain’s three Central Florida locations (Downtown, Dr Phillips, and UCF).

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The Osprey Tavern in Baldwin Park is also offering seasonal inspired dishes for fall. Guests can choose between the Butternut Squash Pizza, with fire roasted Seminole squash, sage, house stracciatella, pine nut agrodolce, or the Florida Black Grouper with peach-annatto rub, anson mills corn gnocchi, frog song squash and chayote.

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The Whiskey in Dr Phillips is currently offering burger deals to its mailing list that include The Lassahn (w/cheddar cheese & Bourbon bacon) and fries for $6.

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Orlando Brewing is set to tap their Girl Stout brew on November 14th at 1pm. First drafted and crafted by the ladies of Orlando Brewing in 2013, Girl Stout became the fastest moving beer in Orlando Brewing history. The light bodied stout is brewed with cacao nibs and dried peppermint, then lightly hopped with Nugget, Liberty and Fuggles. I’m told it tastes like liquid Thin Mint cookies. The evening will also include a campfire & marshmallow roast after dark, along with live music by Shaun Peace Band at 9pm.

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The Fresh Market in Dr Phillips will host a Fresh Flavors Cooking Demonstration on Sunday, November 15 from 3-6pm. They will be making Crab Cake Salad with Sriracha Horseradish Remoulade and Gluten Free Granola Bark. It’s free to attend, and you get to sample the food after.

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That’s it for this week. If you have any Central Florida dining news to share, we’ll credit you if we use it.

About Michelle Snow

Michelle is the owner and editor of CitySurfing Orlando. She also owns Zengrrl.com, is a freelance writer specializing in travel and entertainment, and has authored/co-authored four guidebooks on Orlando and Florida. She lives in Orlando near Disney, and hears Magic Kingdom fireworks every night.

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