Today’s Orlando Groupon Deal: CRAVE Restaurant

Every day, the Groupon site offers great deals to area attractions, restaurants and shopping.

Today’s Groupon is one I had to jump on – and I think you will, too!  It’s 50% off a $30 certificate to CRAVE restaurant by the Mall at Millennia.

That’s right, get $30 of delicious food for only $15.

I’m going to use mine to try out their Monday only special burgers and shakes menu, but even the regular menu has a ton of great dishes to try. I’ve also been told they do fantastic sushi.

Don’t forget they also have a daily happy hour with some great food specials in the bar area.

Want to get in on this deal? Head over to the Groupon website and start shopping.

This is also something that would also make a great Christmas present (and they don’t have to know you didn’t pay full price!).

Orlando Food and Wine Fest Returns This Month

Want to enjoy a good food & wine fest in Orlando without having to pay over $80 to get into a Disney park? Then mark your calendar for November 13-14, 2010, when Lake Eola will be the spot for the Orlando Food & Wine Fest.

Presented by 103.1 WLOQ and the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association, this event will showcase some of the best restaurants in town, along with some great entertainment.

Restaurants scheduled to serve include Bananas Diner, Capital Grille, Cityfish, CRAVE, Funky Monkey and Hue. More to be added as the date draws near.

There’s also a chef’s stage where you can watch cooking demonstrations from area chef’s. Appearing as a special guest this year will be Top Chef season seven contestant Kenny Gilbert, who will be onstage at 2pm on Sunday.

Live jazz bands will entertain each day. War headlines on Saturday.  Fourplay and Marc Antoine  appear on Sunday.

Entrance fee is $10 each day, or $15 for a weekend pass. Then each sample from the participating restaurants and wineries will cost between $2 and $6.

For a complete list of cooks, restaurants, wineries and performers, visit the Orlando Food & Wine Festival Web site.

[Photo courtesy Orlando Food & Wine Fest]

Happy Hour at Crave Orlando

My roommate and I noticed the other day that there was another new restaurant, Crave, over by Millenia, so we decided to try out their happy hour for a cheap early dinner today. It’s right next to the TGIFridays on the corner of Conroy and Millenia.

We went in and were sat at a booth in the bar. We almost got derailed because it seems Mondays are also Burger & Malt night, where the restaurant has a special menu of burgers and malts/shakes available. The specialty menu even had “adult” malts with alcohol. But we decided to save it for a future visit.

Not knowing how big the food portions were on the happy hour menu, we decided to order three items. We tried the Mini-Burger ($3), the Loaded Waffle Fries ($4) and the Korean Chicken Nuggets ($4).

The burger came cooked to order, topped with bacon and cheese melting off the side of the burger onto the Ciabatta bread. It was served with a side of root vegetable chips that tasted like they had just come out of the fryer. We agreed this would be a good-sized portion for one person.

The waffle fries were good, but a bit greasy. They were topped with chunks of mostly lean bacon and melted cheddar cheese. They were OK, but nothing spectacular.

We both agreed the chicken was the best of the three appetizers. The chicken was cut into bite-sized pieces, coated with Tempura batter and deep-fried. Then they were coated in a red sweet/spicy Miso sauce and served atop a small pile of mixed greens. Not being a huge fan of Miso, I didn’t think I’d like it, but I found the sauce to be just the right blend of sweet and spicy. The portion was definitely enough for a meal, but a small bit of white rice on the side would definitely kick this dish up a notch.

We both topped off the Happy Hour meal with a $3 Leinie Sunset Wheat on draft. Being from Wisconsin, we both get excited when we see our fave indie brewery on tap somewhere. Total with tax and tip came to about $22, which is pretty good for two. I think next time we’ll skip the waffle fries.

The service was good here, too, and if you miss the 3-6pm happy hour, it starts back up again at 9pm. The atmosphere was upscale bistro, and I would imagine they get quite packed on weekend evenings.

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