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.


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.

Universal Orlando Unveils Plans to Add Miniature Golf to CityWalk

Today Universal Orlando announced plans to add on to their CityWalk section with two 18-hole miniature golf courses.

According to UO, both courses will be themed after the horror and sci-fi flicks of the 1950s. Collectively known as “Hollywood Drive-In Golf,” the horror course will be called “The Haunting of Ghostly Greens” and the sci-fi one will be “Invaders from Planet Putt.”

The family-friendly courses will use cutting-edge interactive technology and will have guests playing through obstacles like a giant spider, a flying saucer and into the basement lab of a haunted house. There will also be LED lighting along the course so guests can play at night.

UO says the mini golf addition will be located on the first level of CityWalk, next to the AMC Cineplex, so guests can see it as they can see it as they exit the parking garages.

Construction is scheduled to begin this summer, with plans for completion in early 2012.

Will you play mini golf at Universal Orlando when it’s open?

Future Home of Hollywood Drive-In Golf Miniature Golf Courses

2010 New Year’s Eve Events in Orlando

Still don’t have plans for New Year’s Eve? Well here is a list of all the fun events happening next Friday around Orlando.

Whether you want to go nightclubbing or want something a little more family friendly, there are so many ways to ring in 2011:

Atlantic Dance Hall at Disney’s BoardWalk Resort – $35 to $75
$35 gets you general admission, party favors and a champagne toast at midnight. A VIP ticket costs $75 and includes a private upstairs area with seating with limited viewing for Epcot fireworks with guaranteed seating and coffee, tea or hot chocolate with dessert bar and a premium bar. 21 and up to attend.

Beebs & Her Money Makers, Kaleigh Baker and Cadillac Recipe at The Social – $10 advance / $15 day of
Rock in 2011 with live music from the above bands, female body painting, free champagne toast at midnight. Must be 21 and up.

Blue Martini Orlando New Year’s Eve Celebration – $40 in advance / $50 day of
The evening includes select open bar from 8-11pm, complementary hors d’oeuvres and desserts, a balloon drop at midnight and live entertainment from C’Nergy.

Celebration Weekend at Celebration Town Center – Free
This family-friendly event features live music including a special reunion show from VonRay, and fireworks at midnight.

Classic Albums Live: Saturday Night Fever at Hard Rock Live – $27.50 Gen. Admission Floor / $50 Reserved Balcony
Dance to the soundtrack of the 70s at this NYE event, featuring a 70s costume contest with grand prize of VIP seats and dinner to Earth, Wind & Fire on May 3. Show is all ages.

DisneyQuest at Downtown Disney – $39 in advance/$45 day of
Includes access to all DisneyQuest attractions and video games, a DJ Dance Party with a New Year’s Eve countdown, party favors and a coupon for a personal pizza and soda at FoodQuest. Runs from 8pm to 1am. Tickets available online or at DisneyQuest box office.

Downtown Countdown New Year’s Eve Bash at Firestone Live in downtown Orlando – $20 regular / $40 VIP
Jam to the sounds of DJ Nasty and D-Strong. First 102 people 21 and over are free. 18 and over welcome.

Dragon Room NYE Party in downtown Orlando – $25 to $35
Open bar until midnight for first 100 tickets at $25 and until 2am for first 100 tickets sold at $35. VIP tables start at $250. All prices include party favors, champagne toast and a balloon drop. Click link above to get $5 off with code word DRAGON.

James Bond New Year’s Party: Dress To Kill at The Enzian Theater – $25 on up
Come dressed as your favorite James bond character and enjoy a DJ spinning until 2am. Bond classic Thunderball will be playing outside at Eden Bar.

Brantley Gilbert at The Plaza Theatre – $20
Georgia country artist Brantley Gilbert headlines The Plaza Theatre’s NYE bash, which starts at 9pm.

La Nouba New Year’s Eve at Downtown Disney – $67 to $133
New Year’s Eve performances of Cirque du Soliel’s La Nouba include a  limited edition commemorative La Nouba trading pin.

Bret Michaels at Universal CityWalk – $99 for annual passholders / $119.99 regular
Enjoy a live concert from Poison frontman and reality TV star Bret Michaels as you club hop and nosh on a gourmet buffet. The evening is capped off with midnight fireworks.

New Year’s Eve Party on Church Street in downtown Orlando – $39 to $99
Several of the popular bars and clubs on Church Street are banding together for this party. $39 cover includes entry to Antigua, Big Belly Brewery, Chiller’s and Latitudes. $59 cover also includes unlimited domestics, wells and frozen drinks. Upgrade to the $79 Gold Package for the addition of unlimited imports, calls and shots. The top line $99 Platinum Package has all the above plus unlimited premium, super premium and Red Bull drinks. The Platinum price also includes a $25 gift certificate to use in any of the clubs.

New Year’s Eve Party at VAiN Nightclub in downtown Orlando – $25 to $75
Hosted by Joey Fatone (Dancing With the Stars; N’Sync) the party features DJ Barry Carew, A-Rock and J. Moreno spinning. $25 gets you in, $50 gets you open premium bar until midnight and $75 gets you open premium bar all night. All packages include hor d’oeurves, champagne toast at midnight, commemorative photo and more.

Old Town New Year’s Eve in Kissimmee – Free
Ring in 2011 with the weekly car show, along with live music courtesy of Reunion. Fun for the family!

101.1 WJRR Presents Big Friggin Eve with The Supervillains at House of Blues – $10.11 in advance / $13.11 day of
Celebrate the new year with the reggae sounds of Orlando’s The Supervillians.

Orlando Brewing New Year’s Eve – Free
Enjoy live entertainment by John Q at this microbrewery/pub.

SeaWorld New Year’s Eve – Free with Park Admission
Enjoy the normal shows and attractions, along with a special fountain and fireworks show at midnight.

Tabu NYE Party with Power 95.3FM in downtown Orlando – $20 women / $30 men
DJs Richie Rich, Nailz and MC Lil’ Shawn will be spinning hip-hop, reggae and more. Prices include free party favors, drink specials and a champagne toast at midnight. Must be 18 and up.

Ultra Nate at The Parliament House – $20
The dance diva headlines the festivities at this gay resort and entertainment complex. Room specials are available, too.

Wall St Plaza New Year’s Eve in downtown Orlando – $20 in advance / $25 day of / $100 Resolution Package
Regular admission tickets get you into the block party with 9 venues, DJs, a light show and other surprises at midnight. The Resolution Package throws in a tented lounge, open bar from 10pm to 2am, champagne toast at midnight, a 2am breakfast bar and more. Must be 21 and up.

Walt Disney World New Year’s Eve Events – Free with Park Admission
Three of the parks have events to ring in 2011. Magic Kingdom has Fantasy in the Sky fireworks at 11:50pm and is open until 2am. Epcot has a special 11:40pm showing of “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth” and is open until 1am. Disney Hollywood Studios has a 10pm showing of “Fantasmic!” followed by “Lights,Camera, Happy New Year fireworks” starring Mulch, Sweat and Shears at 11:55pm.

Whiskey Basin at The Barn in Sanford – $20
Enjoy live country music and all-you-can-drink specials from 9pm on.

Universal Cineplex Orlando to Show New Harry Potter Movie on all Twenty Screens

One of the most anticipated movies of the year is the upcoming release of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1″ on November 19. Many movie theaters in town will be showing the film at 12:01 on Friday morning, to comply with the studio’s restriction on not showing the film before that day.

The Universal Cineplex is taking the midnight showings a bit farther, though.

Of course, being located at Universal Orlando, home to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, you’d expect a little fanfare for the film.

But the Cineplex is planning to show the new film on all twenty screens for the 12:01 showing – including the IMAX theater. There will also be an additional IMAX showing at 3:15am.

On top of that, diehard HP fans can take part in a HP movie marathon starting at 6pm on Thursday, November 18. Guests can enjoy the adventures of the two most recent Harry Potter films – “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” and “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” – before the 12:01 a.m. showing of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1.” Tickets are $20 and include admission to see all three Harry Potter films.

The showings are expected to sell out, so pick yours up at the box office in advance, or buy online at Fandango.

Meet NASCAR Driver Tony Stewart at Universal Orlando

Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines. NASCAR driver Tony Stewart will be making an appearance at the NASCAR Sports Grille at Universal Orlando CityWalk.

Stewart will be appearing on Thursday, October 28, 2010, from 6pm to 8pm.

It’s free to meet him, but you have to have a ticket to do so. Those free tickets are limited to 525 people and are available in the giftshop of the restaurant.

Expect this one to be packed.

Stewart is the driver of the Number 14 Office Depot/Old Spice Chevrolet and owner of Stewart-Haas Racing. He’s won many races, including two so far this year. He’s currently in seventh place in NASCAR’s Chase for the Sprint Cup championship points standings.

So head on down and get your free ticket a.s.a.p. because there probably won’t be any left by day of.

Tip: Go after 6pm to pay reduced parking in the Universal Orlando garage.

Meet Carey Hart at Universal CityWalk

Meet motorcross champ Carey Hart at Universal CityWalk on October 29, 2010. He’ll be appearing at his tattoo shop, Hart & Huntington, from 5pm to 7pm signing autographs.

You’ll find Hart & Huntington in the walkway next to NASCAR Cafe. You can’t miss it – it has a huge tattoo needle hanging above the doorway.

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