Orlando Dining Round-Up November 20, 2015: Rubio’s Restaurants, Tijuana Flats, and More

In this week’s dining news round-up, we bring some tasty news about new restaurants, holiday deals, special dinners, plus much more. Ready?

Rubio's Restaurants

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.

Ranked as the number one Mexican food chain in the United States by Consumer Reports, Rubio’s Coastal Grill is known for pioneering the fish taco, and for its other menu items.

The Winter Park location will open as Rubio’s in Spring 2016.

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Dave’s Boathouse is the name of the new on-campus pub at Rollins College. It resides in the former Dave’s DownUnder cafeteria space in the bottom floor of the Cornell Campus Center. The decore has a nautical theme in honor of the Rollins Tar mascot. The menu will include handmade burgers, poutine, locally-sourced seafood and more. Orlando Brewing will be the beer partner, and the selection will offer craft beers and a gluten-free hard cider. There will also be selections from Quantum Leap Winery. It is open daily at 11am, but alcohol won’t be served until late afternoon.

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Scratch Tapas and Craft in Winter Park and Sushi Pop of Oviedo are teaming together for a one night collaboration dinner. It will take place December 7 at Scratch’s location (223. W. Fairbanks) and is priced at $140 per person. Menu includes IPA Flounder, Yellowtail Ceviche, and Five Textures of Foie.

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The Wine Room in Winter Park is hosting their 1st Annual Champagne and Cheese Festival on Sunday, December 6, from 1-4pm. Tickets are $50 per person and attendence will be capped at 100 attendees.

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Tijuana Flats is offering $3 Holiday Flautas made with gingerbread cookie dough for the holidays. Proceeds go to benefit No Kid Hungry. They’ve also brought back their Smack my Ass and Call Me Santa hot sauce for $5, $3 of which go to No Kid Hungry, too. There are several TF locations in Central Florida.

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Flame Broiler celebrates its Platinum (20th) anniversary on December 3 by giving away a free rice bowl to the first 100 people to show up at any of its 180 locations, including the one at 54 W. Church St in downtown Orlando.

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Whole Foods Market will be opening a new location in Altamonte Springs in January 2016. It will be located at 303 E. Altamonte Dr., next to the Altamonte Mall.

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Jeremiah’s Italian Ice can’t stop growing and will soon be opening a new location in Downtown South. It will be in the former location of Chilly Spoons in the Orange Ave Shopping Center. No definite opening date, but they are currently hiring.

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That’s it for this week. If you have any Central Florida dining news to share, drop it in comments or send it to us via our contact form. We’ll credit you if we use it.

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