Rock & Brews Opens Second Central Florida Location in Orlando April 24

Rock & Brews Oviedo

Rock & Brews, the rock-inspired restaurant brand co-founded by KISS frontmen Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, will open its second Central Florida location on April 24, 2017.

It will be located in the Lee Vista Promenade at 6897 South Semoran Blvd, in Orlando, near OIA. The 6500-sq-ft restaurant will offer the brand’s signature quality American comfort food with a California twist and two full bars stocked with the largest selection of international and craft beers in the area.

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10 Places to Celebrate National Grilled Cheese Day in Orlando on April 12

10 Places to Celebrate National Grilled Cheese Day in Orlando on April 12

If you’re like me, nothing is more satisfying than a really good grilled cheese sandwich. Apparently so many others agree with me, April 12 has been declared National Grilled Cheese Day.

If you want to partake of a tasty grilled cheese in honor of the holiday, here are ten places in the Orlando area which have managed to elevate the sandwich above the norm.

Here are the CSO picks for where to celebrate National Grilled Cheese Day (in alphabetical order):

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Out and About: A Hard Hat Preview of the Ace Cafe Orlando

Hard Hat Preview of the Ace Cafe Orlando - mock up

The popular Ace Cafe is expanding their brand and has chosen Orlando as the first North American location. We got a hard hat tour of the work-in-progress renovations of the downtown location last week, and it was impressive.

Ace Cafe Orlando is located on a three-acre block at the corner of W. Livingston St. and Garland Ave. (across from the Lynx station). It was originally the Harry P. Leu Building, and in the years since, has been home to The Edge and 8 Seconds night clubs, among others.

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Out and About: Planet Hollywood Observatory at Disney Springs Brings Flavortown to Orlando

Planet Hollywood Observatory at Disney Springs

Planet Hollywood has been an iconic restaurant on Disney property since it opened, but many wondered if the recent remodel and revamp would change the great food and fun atmosphere.

It did…and for the better, in my opinion.

The finished version of the Planet Hollywood Observatory features three floors of seating inside, with a new outside screened terrace that offers a great view of Disney Springs.

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Out and About: Main Event at Pointe Orlando Offers Great Fun and Food for Everyone

Main Event at Pointe Orlando Offers Great Fun and Food for Everyone

If you’re looking for a fun place to have a family outing, or a girl’s night out…or any other gathering where you can eat, drink, and play, then you’ll want to check out Main Event Entertainment which opened recently at Pointe Orlando.

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Foodstock Takes Over Orlando March 1-4, 2017

Foodstock Takes Over Orlando March 1-4, 2017

Foodstock Orlando is a new multi-day series of food events, live music, and more, and it takes place this week, March 1-4, 2017.

Each day has an event in a different location in Orlando, and each event will feature a separate line-up of food, beverage, and entertainment.

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Out and About: Paddlefish Elevates Waterfront Dining at Disney Springs

Out and About: Paddlefish Elevates Waterfront Dining at Disney Springs

Paddlefish, a seafood-centric restaurant, is now open in The Landing at Disney Springs for your dining pleasure, and it’s definitely a don’t-miss place to eat.

Formerly known as Fulton’s Crab House, the restaurant has been completely revamped inside and out, taking on a contemporary interpretation of an elegant steamboat. The new design includes a variety of comfortable seating, large windows to enjoy the view of Disney Springs, and three floors for guests to enjoy, including a new rooftop deck on the third floor.

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Out and About: Chroma Modern Bar + Kitchen Elevates Small Plates Menu

Chroma Modern Bar + Kitchen in Lake Nona

If you’re a foodie, Chroma Modern Bar + Kitchen has been on your radar. If it isn’t, let me tell you why it should be on your list.

We visited Chroma, which is located in Lake Nona, for dinner on a Thursday night, and after seating us, the server told us the restaurant offers small plates to share, and he recommended ordering 2-3 dishes per person.

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Out and About: Midici Neapolitan Pizza Company Brings Taste of Italy to Kissimmee

Out and About: Midici Neapolitan Pizza Company Brings Taste of Italy to Kissimmee

As soon as I walked into Midici , the fragrant aroma of pizza hit me…and it smelled so good!

Midici specializes in Neapolitan pizza, made the traditional Italian way, with many ingredients actually  imported from Italy.

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Orlando Dining News Round-Up January 6 2017: The Meatball Stoppe, Culver’s, PB&G at Four Seasons

We start the year off with a lot of Orlando dining news. In this week’s round-up: new openings, new chefs, and some local beverage news. Are you hungry? Let’s dive in…

The Southern-inspired, farm-fresh restaurant PB&G at Four Seasons Resort Orlando now has its own custom bourbon.

The Southern-inspired, farm-fresh restaurant PB&G at Four Seasons Resort Orlando now has its own custom bourbon.

In partnership with Four Roses Distillery in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky, this particular bourbon has been aged in a charred oak barrel since October 2004, and is made up of 60 percent corn, 35 percent rye, and a 5 percent malted barley base.

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Orlando Dining News Round-Up December 15 2016: Fig & Julep, Shantell’s Cafe, PDQ

In this week’s Orlando dining news round-up: new menu items, limited menus, new openings, and a closing. Are you hungry? Let’s dive in…

PDQ has added the Honey Butter Chicken sandwich to its menu

PDQ has added the Honey Butter Chicken sandwich to its menu. It’s made with fresh chicken breast fried, then dipped in homemade honey butter and served with bread and butter pickles on a toasted brioche bun.

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Orlando Dining News Round-Up December 8 2016: Luma on Park, Melting Pot Orlando, Restaurant ASH

In this week’s Orlando dining news round-up: chef’s dinners, charity events, and limited menu items. Are you hungry? Let’s dive in…

Luma on Park cocktails

Luma on Park in Winter Park is hosting a Carols and Cocktails holiday fundraiser on Saturday, December 10, from 6:30pm to 10pm.

Sip on Luma’s new holiday cocktails, The Rockefeller (bourbon, mulled spice infused amaro, maple apple cider syrup), and Snow Drift (vanilla and mint infused vodka, lime, tucca, mint foam), while enjoying the festive tunes by Central Florida Vocal Arts’ carolers.

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Out and About: The New Highball & Harvest Sunday Brunch at Ritz-Carlton Orlando Grande Lakes

Out and About: The New Highball & Harvest Sunday Brunch at Ritz-Carlton Orlando Grande Lakes

If you’re like me, nothing satisfies the hunger like a good brunch, and last weekend, I had the opportunity to try the new Sunday Brunch at Highball & Harvest at the Ritz-Carlton Orlando Grande Lakes.

The brunch only runs from noon to 2pm, so we arrived just as they were opening the buffet area. Taking a quick spin around the room, I saw a nice selection of breakfast dishes, salads, cheeses, carved meats, savory dishes, and more.

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