Here is the latest Central Florida foodie and dining news to report on, including Florida bars reopening, special celebrations, limited-time menus, restaurant openings and closings, and much more.
Are you hungry? Let’s dive in…
The big news this week is that Florida bars can serve alcohol again starting Monday, September 14, at 12:01am, after 2 1/2 months of being closed due to the pandemic. Bars will again be allowed to operate at 50% capacity, pending they adhere to safety guidelines.
We are rescinding amended EO 20-09 from DBPR as of Monday. Starting Monday, all bars will be reopened at 50% occupancy. pic.twitter.com/YqQR2MkJpR
— HalseyBeshears (@HalseyBeshears) September 10, 2020
Last month, Taste! Central Florida took their annual gala online for 2020, due to the pandemic, and offered videos of local chefs cooking their finest recipes. They also partnered with 9 Family Connection for a day of on-air reports on WFTV. The support of the virtual campaign will provide over 80,000 meals to local children in need. Bravo Taste! Central Florida! There is still time to donate – visit TasteCFl.org to do so.
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Right now, 1 in 3 children in our community may not know where their next meal is coming from. The need to feed local families is greater than ever. But you can help! . Tune in to @wftv9 all day on Thursday, August 27 to learn how you can join @9familyconnection in providing a "Taste! of Hope" for local families. We'll be sharing touching stories of how your generosity is helping our neighbors in need during this time of crisis. . Your support will raise crucial dollars for @feedhopenow and @cflhomeless. Together, we can fight childhood hunger.
MX Taco will be celebrating Mexican Independence Day on Wednesday, September 16, from 5:30-6:30pm, with live Mariachi, and giveaways from MX Taco and other local businesses.
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Amigos! One Week from today we will celebrate Mexican Independence Day! Join us at the intersection of Bumby and Robinson from 5:30-6:30pm for live Mariachi and giveaways from MX Taco and other local businesses! Get caught at the northbound red light for a chance to win a taco a week for the rest of 2020 and much much more! ?
Kelly’s Homemade Ice Cream is introducing two new flavors for September at its locations. Midnight Crunch (pictured below) will be available all month, and features dark chocolate peanut butter ice cream with fudge and Butterfinger pieces.
Then on Sept 21, from 3pm until sell-out, they’ll be offering the limited flavor Reverse Ore-Dough. Kelly’s is taking one of its fan favorites, Ore-Dough, and turning it upside down. This time made with chocolate ice cream, golden Oreos, chocolate cookie dough and white chocolate chips.
Jason and Sue Chin’s Good Salt Restaurant Group (Seito Sushi, Reyes Mezcaleria, The Osprey Orlando) will soon be adding a new eatery to its collective. Their newest concept, The Monroe Orlando, opens next year inside The Julian Apartments at Creative Village in downtown Orlando.
I haven’t seen an menu concept, but a press release states the name pays homage to Dr. William “Monroe” Wells, an African-American physician who opened the Wells’ Built Hotel in Parramore in 1926.
According to the release, Jason Chin also plans to engage The Monroe Orlando in Valencia College at Creative Village curriculum programs via mentorship in the restaurant.
If you lived in Orlando in the early 2000’s, you may remember Donatos Pizza, famous for its edge to edge topping pizzas. Well, after a 12-year absence, the Columbus-based brand is dipping its toes back in the Orlando waters with a newly opened location at 4058 N. Goldenrod (corner of N. Goldenrod and University Ave.). I haven’t made it out to this new location yet, but I did love Donatos back in the day.
Also returning to the Orlando market is Lime Fresh Mexican Grill. The brand had locations in Doctor Phillips, Winter Park and Lake Mary, about a decade ago, but a number of the restaurants closed under former parent company Ruby Tuesday.
The current owners bought the company in 2018, and will soon open a location at 13000 Narcoossee Road in Lake Nona. The fast-casual brand offers tacos, burritos, salads, queso, street corn and margaritas, with a weekday happy hour. You can read our review from 2011 for more information. Hopefully they still have that awesome hot sauce bar.
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?You know what day it is! (Or maybe you don’t … it’s #TacoTuesday!) Get your <properly washed and sanitized> hands on one of our made-fresh soft or hard tacos! All LIME restaurant locations are open for takeout and delivery. ?Link in bio to order online. • • • #LIMEFresh #LiveFresh #LimeFreshMexicanGrill #Tacos #Queso #Guac #Salsa #BestTacos #GetInMyBelly #MexicanFood #Eat #Drink #Lunch #Dinner #HappyHour #Delish #FoodPorn #Foodgasm #ForkYeah #TacosAreLife #FeedMeAndTellMeImPretty #Miami #Broward #PalmBeach #Florida #openfordelivery #openfortakeout
Marlow’s Tavern has brought back its Ribs & Whiskey promotion. In addition to offering slow-cooked St. Louis-style ribs with your choice of Carolina BBQ sauce or Jack Daniel’s Glaze, the limited-time menu includes Jack-glazed salmon, Mustard Blazed chicken, a pulled-pork sandwich topped with a Jack Daniel’s Honey Whiskey glaze, and Bourbon Bread Pudding to cap the meal. All items are available for dine-in or to-go.
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Ribs & Whiskey is back! New flavors and a few old favorites are ready for dine in or takeout. Visit our website for the full menu. Cheers! #Marlowstavern #Restaurant #Atlanta #atlfoodie #atleats #atlfood #weloveatl #eateratlanta #chefinspired #localingredients #discoveratl #georgiaeats #Atlantarestaurants #exploreatl #atlbucketlist #eatgood #truetoatlanta #atlchef #exploregeorgia #bestfoodatlanta #RibsandWhiskeyisback #Ribsandwhiskey2020 #ribs #whiskey #breadpudding #celebration #fall
Teachers and faculty can save 35% off food & beverage at Disney Springs restaurants Paddlefish and Terralina Italian through the end of September with valid I.D.
During the month of September, teachers and faculty can save 35% off food & beverage at @PaddlefishORL and @TerralinaItalia as a special thank you! ?? ? ? (Must present valid I.D. Cannot be combined with any other offers or discounts.) #DisneySprings pic.twitter.com/RUaZN8zSVL
— Disney Springs (@DisneySprings) September 6, 2020
Barnie’s Coffee & Tea Co. is offering a limited-time Pumpkin Spice medium roast coffee, available now through mid-November while supplies last.
Pumpkin Spice is also back at Krispy Kreme. In addition to the return of Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake, Pumpkin Spice Original Glazed, and Pumpkin Spice Cake, Krispy Kreme is also introducing the all-new Pumpkin Spice Cinnamon Roll doughnut. All flavors are available through Sept. 30 at all Central Florida locations.
Park Lights Hospitality, the owners of Luma on Park, announced they will be closing the upscale Winter Park eatery, after they and the landlord failed to come to terms on the restaurant’s lease at 290 S. Park Ave., where it had been operating for 15 years.
Park Lights Hospitality also operates Prato in Winter Park and Luke’s Kitchen & Bar in Maitland. The company’s other partners are Tim Noelke, operating partner, and Austin Tate, managing partner.
They plan to look for another space for a future restaurant, which may be another Luma or an entirely new concept. Due to space limitations on Park Ave, the new restaurant will also probably not be located there. More information as I get it.
- Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex Hosts ‘Launch and a Movie’ Sept 29 .. #KSCVC #SpaceX @ExploreSpaceKSC - September 27, 2020
- Virginia Drive Live! Returns to Orlando September 26 .. #VirginaDriveLive #OrlandoEvents - September 23, 2020
- Orlando Weekly’s Taco Week Offers $5 Taco Deals Sept 23-Oct 7 .. #TacoWeek #Foodies @OrlandoWeekly - September 22, 2020
- 18th Annual Global Peace Film Festival Goes Virtual Sept 21-Oct 4 .. #GPFF2020 #PeaceFilmFest #OrlandoArts - September 21, 2020
- Melrose Film Festival 2020 is Free Online Sept 18 – 27 .. #MelroseCenter #OrlandoArts - September 18, 2020
- SeaWorld Orlando’s Halloween Spooktacular 2020 Kicks Off Sept 19 .. #SeaWorldOrlando #Spooktacular - September 17, 2020
- Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin’s Sip, Savor, & Stay Saturdays Kicks Off September 19 .. #SwanDolphin #Foodies - September 16, 2020
- Universal Orlando to Test Two Halloween Horror Nights Houses This Weekend .. @UniversalOrlando #HHN - September 15, 2020
- TENET is Playing Orlando Theaters + Win a Pair of Fandango Tickets .. #TENET #Giveaway - September 14, 2020
- Orlando Area Dining News Round-Up For September 12, 2020: Florida Bars Reopen, MX Taco, The Monroe Orlando, Kelly’s Homemade Ice Cream, And More .. #OrlandoRestaurants #OrlandoFoodies - September 12, 2020