Orlando Dining News Round-Up September 9, 2016: Christner’s, Se7enbites, Orlando Cat Cafe

In this week’s Orlando dining news round-up: chef’s dinners, special menus, new openings, and a closing. Are you hungry? Let’s dive in…

Christner's Prime Steak & Lobster

Christner’s Cutting Board Dinner Series returns September 16 with a Jim Beam Bourbon Dinner. The interactive four-course small batch and single-barrel bourbon dinner will feature USDA Prime Bone-In Ribeye for the entree.

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Hard Rock Cafe Announces Lineup For First #WorldBurgerTour

For the first time ever, Hard Rock Cafe is giving guests a chance to sample Local Legendary Burger offerings, showcasing the flavor and ingredients at Hard Rock locations across the globe, as part of its new World Burger Tour menu.

Hard Rock Cafe  World Burger Tour

Chefs at Hard Rock Cafe locations are given the freedom to create a unique Local Legendary Burger that captures the local flavors of their city, and is only available at that cafe location.

That is, until now.

More than 150 local burgers were evaluated from Hard Rock Cafes around the world, and only a select few will appear on menus for a limited time at participating locations.

Here are the Local Legendary Burgers chosen for the Hard Rock Cafe’s World Burger Tour in Orlando:

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Margaritaville Orlando Celebrates National Burger Month with Two Limited Edition Burgers

May is National Hamburger Month, so Margaritaville Orlando is celebrating with two Limited Edition burgers for you to try.

Margaritaville Orlando

The first is the Indominus Rex® burger, which is making a sneak peak from the brand’s Jurassic World® menu, coming in June. It is a handcrafted burger topped with roasted jalapenos, Montery Jack cheese, crispy onions, pico de gallo, shredded lettuce, and “Extinction” sauce. Served with fries, this will be available for $14.99 at all Margaritaville restaurants.

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Universal Orlando Announces Major Changes Coming to CityWalk in 2014

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Today, Universal Orlando announced the largest expansion to CityWalk since it opened in 1999.

We’ve already seen Red Oven Pizza Bakery open, but there are a slew of new eateries scheduled to open in 2014. Here’s a run-down of what to expect:

Antojitos Authentic Mexican Food

Antojitos Authentic Mexican Food: This is located where Latin Quarter used to be, and it’s a multi-level building that will feature a menu cultivated from “the cantinas, street carts and markets of Mexico for unique Tapas style Mexican Food.” Sounds yummy!

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Emeril’s Orlando Offers 3-For-$30 Special Menus For June and July 2013

Emeril's OrlandoEmeril’s Orlando is known for its food, and for the months of June and July 2013, it will offer a special tasting menu offering 3 courses for $30, based on owner Emeril Lagasse’s recipes.

The 3-for-$30 June menu features recipes adapted from the cookbook, From Emeril’s Kitchens: Favorite Recipes from Emeril’s Restaurants, and consists of:

  • Appetizer – Poached Oysters in Herbsaint Cream, with Black Pepper Crème Fraîche and Flash Fried Spinach
  • Entrees (Choice of One) – Poached Salmon with Mango Salsa, Smashed Avocado, Coconut Rice Pilaf, Black Bean Sauce, and Tortilla Chips or Braised Beef Short Ribs with Cheddar Polenta and Cole Slaw
  • Dessert – White Chocolate-Buttermilk Cake in a Strawberry Sauce

The 3-for-$30 July menu features recipes adapted from the cookbook, Emeril at the Grill, and consists of:

  • Appetizer – Watercress, Avocado, and Mango Salad
  • Entrees (Choice of One) – Salmon with a Peach-Tamarind Barbecue Sauce or Chicken Paillards with Arugula, Roasted Peppers, Parmesan Cheese, and Lemon
  • Dessert – Grilled Peaches with Mascarpone and Local Honey

Emeril’s Orlando is located at Universal Orlando’s CityWalk (free self-parking for Florida residents at Universal Studios garage after 6pm). Business casual attire and reservations are recommended.

Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville Restaurants to Offer Specialty Burgers for National Hamburger Month in May

The Cheeseburger in Paradise is a popular dish at Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville, but for the month of May 2013, the restaurant will also be offering a specialty burger each week.

That’s because May is National Hamburger Month.

orlando-jbmargaritavilleThe specialty burgers were created by Margaritaville Chefs across the country, then voted on by the people. Here are the winning concoctions:

Week #1 (April 29-May 5) will feature the Boursin Mushroom Burger. Created by Margaritaville Mohegan Sun chef Mark Collins, this burger is piled high with a grilled portabella mushroom, Boursin cheese, pan-fried tomatoes, jalapenos and an avocado mayonnaise.

Week #2 (May 6-12) will feature the Volcano Nacho Burger. Created by Myrtle Beach Margaritaville Chef Craig Ledger, it has Cheddar and Monterey Jack cheese, Volcano Chili, house-made Queso, fried tortilla strips and for an extra kick some sliced jalapenos.

Week #3 (May 13-19) will feature the Ultimate Burger Melt. Created by Chef Franz Zmuda of Margaritaville Las Vegas, this burger is served with caramelized onions, fire-roasted tomatoes, covered with Parmesan cheese, melted Monterey, Jack & Cheddar cheese, Heinz 57, and served on baked and buttered Texas Toast.

Week #4 (May 20-26) will feature the Arizona Jerk Burger. This burger got its start in the kitchen of Margaritaville Glendale by Chef Anthony Garcia, and is topped with sautéed chopped onions, jerk BBQ sauce, Pepper Jack cheese, peppered bacon, pickle planks and served with a chutney mayonnaise.

Week #5 (May 27-June 2) will feature the Crunch Burger. Created by Margaritaville Atlantic City (Opening Memorial Day Weekend 2013) Chef Jason LaMotte, this bun-less burger rests on a bed of shredded lettuce, covered with chipotle mayonnaise and topped with American and Cheddar cheese, grilled tomatoes, sweet-and-spicy bacon, and lastly fried potato crisps.

Margaritaville is located at Universal Orlando CityWalk. For more information, visit margaritavilleorlando.com.

Blue Man Group Offers Florida Resident Discounts Through February 15

 One of the most popular shows in Orlando is the Blue Man Group, which performs in a special theater at Universal Orlando CityWalk.

Now through February 15, 2013, Blue Man Group is offering discounts to Florida residents.

Available online only, the discounted seats start at $59 for adults. The price varies depending on the seat location and time/date of the show.

The discounts are for seats in Tier 1 and Tier 2 in the theater. Normal price for these tickets is between $74 and $94.

Blue Man Group tickets also include free admission to CityWalk venues after the show.

Proof of Florida residency is required, and there is a limit of six tickets for each transaction. For more information or to purchase tickets, go to www.UniversalOrlando.com.

Celebrate Halfway to St. Patty’s Day at Pat O’Briens at Universal CityWalk on September 15

Pat O’Briens is holding their annual Halfway to St. Patty’s Day party this Saturday, September 15, 2012.

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It starts at 12pm and runs until 2am.

From noon to 6pm, enjoy free admission and happy hour drink specials. After 6pm, admission is $10 (plus tax).

The event will include live entertainment, stilt walkers, and Irish food and drinks available for purchase.

A VIP admission is available for $20 (plus tax) and includes private balcony access, additional drink specials, light appetizer buffet, and priority entrance.

Florida residents get free parking after 6pm (with valid ID). It’s $15 before then.

Pat O’Briens is located on the second level of Universal Orlando’s CityWalk, near the escalators. Call 407-224-2691 for more information.

Hollywood Drive-In Golf Now Open at Universal Orlando CityWalk

As if there wasn’t enough to do at Universal CityWalk, there is now a dual course mini-golf attraction open.

Located at the entrance area, next to the movie theaters, Hollywood Drive-In Golf is themed towards two popular 1950s era drive-in movie genres.

The Haunting of Ghostly Greens themed after horror films, and includes a graveyard and other spooky scenes. It’s the darker lit of the two. Invaders from Planet Putt is all about alien invasions and other sci-fi themes. It has more stairs and multilevel challenges.

Play one course for $13.99 adult/$11.99 age 3-9 or do both courses for $24.99 adult/$20.99 ages 3-9. The nice thing is if you opt to do both, you don’t have to play them back to back. Save your receipt and come back at a later time or even another day. Florida residents and Universal Orlando pass holders get a 10% discount on all rates.

Hollywood Drive-In Golf is open daily 8am to 2am.

Universal Orlando Reveals Mardi Gras 2012 Concert Line-Up

Every year, one of the biggest events in Orlando is the Mardi Gras celebration at Universal Orlando, and part of that is due to the concerts that take place.

This week, the theme park revealed the concert line-up for its 2012 festivities. They take place every Saturday, with the occcasional Friday and Sunday, and start out with a huge Mardi Gras parade followed by a concert from a big name headliner.

Here is the just released list of shows:

  • Feb. 11 – The B-52’s
  • Feb. 18 – Kelly Clarkson
  • Feb. 19 – Boyz II Men
  • Feb. 25 – Diana Ross
  • March 3 – Goo Goo Dolls
  • March 10 – Big Time Rush
  • March 16 – J Cole
  • March 17 – Sugar Ray
  • March 23 – Hot Chelle Rae
  • March 24 – B.o.B.
  • March 30 – Plain White T’s
  • March 31 – Prince Royce
  • April 7 – Cyndi Lauper
  • April 14 – KC & The Sunshine Band

I am disappointed that there aren’t any classic rock or country acts this year. There are plenty of contemporary acts this year, so I expect to see a younger crowd at most of the shows.

Admission is included in regular park admission for the day, and there is also an “After 5” discounted pass for those who just want to do Mardi Gras (though if you want to do any of the rides, you really do get a better deal paying for the whole day and doing the rides during the day and the Mardi Gras celebrations at night).

Following each night’s Mardi Gras festivities, you can use your park admission as a complimentary CityWalk Party Pass to access the clubs.

So you do you see any headliners that you’re excited about on this list? Let us know in comments.

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