Orlando Dining News Round-up for September 1, 2015

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 Atom Bombs

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.

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Artegon Marketplace will be amping up their monthly Food Truck Fridays event by staging Food Truck Wars on Saturday, November 14 from noon to 6pm. Plans are for this event to host 40-50 trucks in their front entrance driveway and parking lot space. There will also be live music, a kids play area, and a beer garden. No word on which trucks will participate, but as soon as we know, we’ll let you know.

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The Orlando Business Journal reports Chefs James and Julie Petrakis, the owners of Ravenous Pig, have joined forces with former French Laundry chef Clayton Miller and wine industry veteran Gene Zimmerman for a new downtown eatery called DoveCote. The menu will feature French bistro food with an “innovative twist.”

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Wendy’s is testing a new grilled chicken sandwich in its Orlando area locations. The sandwich includes a tangy herb sauce, fresh spring mix and tomato, and is served on a multi-grain bread. Orlando is one of seven test markets nationwide for this sandwich.

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Local foodies are all abuzz on social media about plans to open the Orlando Cat Cafe at Cagan Crossings in Clermont. Cat Cafes are popular in Asia, where customers can enjoy drinks and snacks while enjoying the company of friendly kitties. I’m not sure how this will work with the Florida food codes, but I hope they get their kitties from a local shelter. No website or social media up that I can find, but they have a logo in the storefront windows.

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Mi Tomatina in Winter Park announced via their website and Twitter they are closed as of yesterday, August 31. No word as to why the Hannibal Square eatery is closing after 5 years of operation, or if they have plans to relocate.

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Twin Peaks, a Texas-based chain of sports restaurants will be opening two more Orlando locations. One will be in Altamonte Springs at 227 W. State Rd 436 (in the former TGI Friday’s), and the second will be in Lake Buena Vista at 12353 Winter Garden Rd (next to Miller’s Ale House). They currently have a location at 8350 International Drive.

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4 Rivers Smokehouse is going to open another outpost at Bright House Networks Stadium at UCF. In a deal announced between pitmaster John Rivers and UCF, 4 Rivers will be the exclusive vendor for the new Carl Black & Gold Cabana at the stadium. Due to fire codes, food will be cooked offsite and brought to the locations for assembly into sandwiches at the venue.

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Looking for a job? Chipotle says it’s holding a huge job fair on September 9 at all of its locations. The brand is looking to hire 4,000 workers nationwide, and will be opening its doors early for job seekers.

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Two new restaurants are set to open at The Marketplace at Dr. Phillips. Pincho Factory, a South-Florida concept known for its skewers served 4 ways and burgers, has plans to open in September, in a space next to HomeGoods. Also coming to the Marketplace is El Inka Grill, which currently has a location in Hunter’s Creek. Like the original, the menu will feature upscale Peruvian cuisine. No word on where in the plaza it will be located or when it will open.

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Cork & Fork, a new Farm-to-Table restaurant will officially open on September 18 at 5180 Conway Rd in Orlando. It occupies the former Belle Isle Bayou building.

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Paramount Fine Foods USA at I-Drive 360 is starting a new Teatime Brunch on Saturdays featuring their Lebanese cuisine for $15.99 per person. Visit their Facebook page for more information.

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That’s it for this week. Don’t forget Magical Dining Month is still happening through September 30. Enjoy a great meal for only $33 per person. Visit OrlandoMagicalDining.com for menus and more information.

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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