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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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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Out and About: Jimmy Hula’s in Hunters Creek Offers Beach Shack Food and Experience

While we were running errands in Hunter’s Creek, we decided to try Jimmy Hula’s Restaurant for a late lunch. The brand has several Central Florida locations, and the atmosphere is very casual. They have tables with reclaimed car bench seats as well as chairs, and the overall vibe is that of a surf shack on the beach. This is kind of cool, in a kitschy way.

Jimmy Hula’s Restaurant

The menu has several burger options and sides, as well as a variety of tacos, sandwiches and appetizers. When you walk in the front door, you order at the counter, and they give you a number in order to bring the food to you.

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Out and About: Shake Shack Opens at I-Drive 360

This week the second Shake Shack location opened on I-Drive and I was there for both the preview and the ribbon cutting the next morning.

Shake Shack I-Drive in Orlando

This Shake Shack location is at I-Drive 360, with a front door view of The Orlando Eye. It features ample seating indoors, as well as several benches and chairs on the outdoor patio in front.

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Shake Shack Announces I-Drive 360 Location to Open August 19, 2015

Shake Shack will open its second Central Florida location on Wednesday, August 19th at Orlando’s I-Drive 360 complex. Mayor Teresa Jacobs will be on hand for the ribbon cutting at 11am.

Shake Shack I-Drive 360

In addition to all of the classic Shake Shack menu items, like burgers (100% all-natural, antibiotic-free), hot dogs, fries, and frozen custard, the I-Drive Shake Shack will feature two-location specific frozen custard concretes for customers to enjoy:

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Out and About: The Art of Beer at Artegon Marketplace

In addition to great shopping, Artegon Marketplace also hosts different events throughout the month. This week I checked out their monthly event, The Art of Beer.

The Art of Beer at Artegon Marketplace

The event is held the second Tuesday of each month, from 5pm to 8pm, and features free samples of beer, along with free bites to enjoy with the beer.

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Wahlburgers Coming to Downtown Orlando

It was confirmed this week that Orlando will be getting a Wahlburgers restaurant.

Wahlburgers

The Boston-based brand was founded by brothers Mark, Donnie, and Paul, in 2011, and has spawned a hit reality show of the same name on the A&E network. Mark Wahlberg and Donnie Wahlberg are also known for their acting and music.

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Shake Shack Offers Labor Day Weekend Specials August 29 – September 1, 2014

If you’ve been thinking about enjoying some Shake Shack for the upcoming Labor Day weekend, these special offerings may convince you to go.

Shake Shack Labor Day Menu ItemsFrom Friday, August 29 to Monday, September 1, customers can enjoy the following deliciousness:

  • Shack Corn Dogs – A Vienna all-beef hot dog dipped in Shack-made corn batter, cooked golden brown and served with Rick’s Picks sweet corn relish for $4.50
  • Peach Pie Oh My Concrete – A vanilla frozen custard blended with a slice of delicious Shack-made peach pie. Single: $4.25/Double: $6.50

The Labor Day Weekend also marks your last chance to enjoy a pint of Shack X IPA, a special edition collaborative beer brewed by longtime partner Brooklyn Brewery. $5.25 will get you a 16oz glass.

Shake Shack is located at 119 N. Orlando Ave in Winter Park. For more information, visit shakeshack.com or read our review.

Shake Shack Announces Plans to Open I-Drive Location in Orlando

Shake Shack mealShake Shack is about to get its second Central Florida location as the eatery announces plans for an I-Drive location.

The New York-based company made the announcement this week that they have signed a lease for space at the upcoming I-Drive 360 complex, next to the recently opened Outback Steakhouse, Carrabba’s, and Yard House.

This location, along International Drive’s tourist corridor and with close proximity to the Orange County Convention Center, should bode well for its success.

It was less than a month ago that Shake Shack opened their first Central Florida location in Winter Park, next to Trader Joe’s. We had a chance to try it’s delicious burgers, hot dogs, and frozen custard, and I don’t think there was a single thing I didn’t enjoy (though if you like heat, go for the SmokeShack burger).

No word as to when the I-Drive 360 location will be open, but as soon as we get a date, we will definitely let you know.

Have you had a chance to try Shake Shack yet? What do you think of their offerings?

Out and About: 10 Things You Should Know About Shake Shack Winter Park

Shake Shack Winter Park

Shake Shack is a burger joint with a cult following, and in NYC, lines can be up to an hour long just to get in. But thankfully, you don’t have to deal with NYC lines because Shake Shack now has an Orlando location in Winter Park.

Shake Shack’s first Central Florida location opens today, July 30, but we got to sample some of its delicious grub a day early, and here’s what we can tell you.

Shake Shack ShackBurger and Cheese Fries

 

1. Shake Shack has a reputation for incredible burgers, and it turns out the hype is for real. They use 100% antibiotic-free angus beef in all but one of their burger options.

2. They keep the menu simple, with three beef burger options: plain hamburger, their signature ShackBurger (a cheeseburger topped with lettuce, tomato, and ShackSauce), and the SmokeShack (the ShackBurger with additional toppings of a chopped cherry pepper and applewood smoked bacon), which is my personal favorite.

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Shake Shack to Open First Orlando Area Location on July 30, 2014

Shake Shack, one of NYC’s most famous burger chains is heading to Orlando and will open their first location in Winter Park on July 30.

Shake Shack burgersThe ShackBurger is their version of a cheeseburger, and is insanely popular with their customers. You can get it as a single or double, or upgrade to the SmokeShack, which adds bacon and a chopped cherry pepper. There is also a vegetarian ‘ShroomBurger with a crisp-fried portobello instead of meat, and several hot dog options, too.

In addition to their burgers, Shake Shack is also known for its frozen custard shakes, which are hand-spun daily. Signature flavors include the Fair Shake, an icy coffee flavored treat that is also made with certified 100 percent organic Arabica fair-trade beans. This location will also serve beer brewed especially for the eatery, and wine, as well.

Shake Shack is located at the intersection of Morse Blvd. and US Highway 17-92, which is also home to the new Trader Joe’s. So while the food will be a big draw, expect more parking headaches trying to get into the restaurant.

For more information, including a full menu, visit ShakeShack.com.

Oblivion Taproom in Orlando to Release New Menu This Week

Home to some of Orlando’s best burgers, Oblivion Taproom will debut a new menu this week.

Oblivion TaproomHave no fear faithful eaters…the new menu isn’t all that different. Basically it’s new in that it has new items, not that it’s a whole new menu.

Among the new permanent menu items will be crowd favorite The Hog Wild burger, which is topped with cheddar, caramelized onions, barbecue sauce, a giant onion ring and, putting the “hog” in the title, chopped pork and house-made bacon.

Also new will be a Teriyaki burger, which is marinated in teriyaki sauce and topped with Asian cabbage slaw and wasabi aioli, along with a few new appetizers, and a new dessert.

You can check out the new menu for yourself on Tuesday, July 15, starting at 4pm, when they open. They also have 40 taps of great beers and Orlando’s largest cider collection.

Oblivion Taproom is located at 5101 E. Colonial Dr. For more information, visit obliviontaproom.com.

Happy Hour at Crave Orlando

My roommate and I noticed the other day that there was another new restaurant, Crave, over by Millenia, so we decided to try out their happy hour for a cheap early dinner today. It’s right next to the TGIFridays on the corner of Conroy and Millenia.

We went in and were sat at a booth in the bar. We almost got derailed because it seems Mondays are also Burger & Malt night, where the restaurant has a special menu of burgers and malts/shakes available. The specialty menu even had “adult” malts with alcohol. But we decided to save it for a future visit.

Not knowing how big the food portions were on the happy hour menu, we decided to order three items. We tried the Mini-Burger ($3), the Loaded Waffle Fries ($4) and the Korean Chicken Nuggets ($4).

The burger came cooked to order, topped with bacon and cheese melting off the side of the burger onto the Ciabatta bread. It was served with a side of root vegetable chips that tasted like they had just come out of the fryer. We agreed this would be a good-sized portion for one person.

The waffle fries were good, but a bit greasy. They were topped with chunks of mostly lean bacon and melted cheddar cheese. They were OK, but nothing spectacular.

We both agreed the chicken was the best of the three appetizers. The chicken was cut into bite-sized pieces, coated with Tempura batter and deep-fried. Then they were coated in a red sweet/spicy Miso sauce and served atop a small pile of mixed greens. Not being a huge fan of Miso, I didn’t think I’d like it, but I found the sauce to be just the right blend of sweet and spicy. The portion was definitely enough for a meal, but a small bit of white rice on the side would definitely kick this dish up a notch.

We both topped off the Happy Hour meal with a $3 Leinie Sunset Wheat on draft. Being from Wisconsin, we both get excited when we see our fave indie brewery on tap somewhere. Total with tax and tip came to about $22, which is pretty good for two. I think next time we’ll skip the waffle fries.

The service was good here, too, and if you miss the 3-6pm happy hour, it starts back up again at 9pm. The atmosphere was upscale bistro, and I would imagine they get quite packed on weekend evenings.

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