In this week’s Orlando dining news round-up: new menus, new openings, and several closings. Are you hungry? Let’s dive in…
After seven years, Portobello Italian Trattoria has closed at Disney Springs, and is currently undergoing renovations. James Beard award-winner and Top Chef Master, Tony Mantuano, is leading the development of the restaurant, which will still offer Italian cuisine. The revamped eatery, still operated by Levy Restaurants, is set to reopen Fall 2017.
In this week’s Orlando dining news round-up: lots of new openings, and more. Are you hungry? Let’s dive in…
Chuy’s will open their Winter Park location on August 2, 2016. Located at 170 S. Orlando Ave, in the Lakeside Crossing shopping center. This marks the fifth Central Florida location for the Tex-Mex brand.
Tijuana Flats has launched a new campaign promising to “Give You the Bird” with their new turkey offerings, and last week we attended a blogger event to sample the bird.
After a welcome basket of chips accompanied by a trio of salsa, queso, and guacamole, we were offered a sample of their tostada with the new turkey. It was very tasty, seasoned similar to their ground beef offerings, but a bit softer in texture – not as crumbly as the beef.
In this week’s dining news round-up, we bring some tasty news about new restaurants, holiday deals, special dinners, plus much more. Ready?
Say goodbye to Lime and hello to Rubio’s Restaurants, as the west coast Mexican chain acquires eight restaurant locations in Florida currently operated as Lime Fresh Mexican Grills. In the Central Florida area, there is only one, located in Winter Park Village (the Dr. Phillips one has already closed). Following closing of the transaction, Rubio’s will convert these to new Rubio’s Coastal Grill® restaurants, marking the California-based company’s first expansion to the East Coast.
Here is the latest round-up of Orlando and Central Florida dining news, including free food, charity events, and waygu burgers, along with the usual list of openings and closings.
Margaritaville Orlando is donating a portion of sales from its yummy Volcano Nachos to No Kid Hungry through September 30. So next time you’re out at Universal Orlando and get the munchies, dig into some Volcano Nachos and do more than your stomach some good! Read more
There’s so much happening in the Orlando and Central Florida dining scene lately, so here’s some of the hottest news you need to know this week.
Tijuana Flats is bringing back their Atom Bombs for the month of September only. These are a cross between their flautas and a jalapeno popper, featuring cream cheese and fresh jalapenos stuffed inside a wrapped and lightly fried flour tortilla. I’m told they will be $4.49 while available.
I am a big fan of Tijuana Flats, but most of my visits center around their great Taco Tuesday promotion (2 huge tacos of your choice of ground beef or chicken, plus chips and a drink for $5.49). But recently I attended a Central Florida Lady Bloggers event where I got to try some of their other yummy menu items.
First a little history on the brand. It was formed in 1995 by a UCF student named Brian Wheeler, with the first location in Winter Park. So this is a local brand. In the course of the twenty years since that first store, Tijuana Flats has grown to 100 restaurants in six states. Each location is also decorated differently with local artist drawn murals and ceiling decor.
Tijuana Flats is one of my favorite places to eat, since they always offer great food at a great price. Plus they have an amazing hot sauce bar with everything from no heat to “OMG I just burned the lining of my mouth off” heat.
They have various locations around Orlando, and I recently paid my first visit to one of their newest locations, on Sand Lake Rd in Dr. Phillips.