Orlando Area Dining News Roundup May 19, 2018: Taste Central Florida, Habit Burger, Hopdoddy Burger Bar, and More

Taste! Central Florida Offers Great Food and Drink for a Local Cause

In this week’s Orlando dining news round-up: several new soon-to-be open restaurants, several closings, free burgers, and a ticket discount to one of the best foodie events of the year. Are you hungry? Let’s dive in…

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Tickets for the 2018 Taste Central Florida event are now on sale. This year’s event takes place September 8, and benefits Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida and Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida.

Through May 31, use code KICKOFFORL to get 25% off tickets at centralfloridataste.org. You can read my recap from last year’s event to see how much fun it is for foodies! [Disclaimer: I’m a social media ambassador for the event]

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Habit Burger and Grill is offering up a FREE charburger with cheese at all three Central Florida locations on Thursday, May 24 from 4-6pm. Locations can be found in SoDo, Winter Park, and near Millenia Mall.

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Austin-based Hopdoddy Burger Bar plans to open its first Florida restaurant at Pointe Orlando later this year, in the space formerly occupied by Funky Monkey, on the center’s lower level.

Hopdoddy has 23 locations in the United States, and is known for its burger, salads and handcrafted milkshakes, plus it has a full bar. It also operates the Goodnight / Good Cause Burger program: for every Goodnight burger ordered, $1 is donated to a charitable organization doing amazing works in our community.

It’s scheduled to open before the end of the year. We’ll let you know as soon as we hear a definitive date.

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Oblivion Taproom will close for a second time on May 26, according to a post on its Facebook page. It first announced it was closing in January 2016, but the next month, announced it would be reopening. This time looks permanent, though, since they’re selling off furniture and more.

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Also set to close is Emeril’s Orlando at Universal CityWalk. The last date of operations is July 7, and no replacement has been announced for the space, yet. Emeril’s Orlando opened in 1999, serving up New Orleans-inspired dishes. Emeril Lagasse’s other Orlando restaurant, Tchoup Chop, closed Dec 31 of last year at Loews Royal Pacific resort.

“We have deeply enjoyed the opportunity to serve our loyal guests and are immensely appreciative to our entire staff for their dedication and service,” Lagasse said in a statement. “I am thankful to the entire team at Universal CityWalk for their valued relationship and for the opportunity to operate here.”

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According to Tasty Chomps, popular Vietnamese-American eatery Viet-Nomz is opening a second location soon at 11798 E Colonial Dr, at the corner of Colonial Drive and Alafaya Trail.

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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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