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

Universal Orlando

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.

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