Orlando Area Dining News Round-Up For July 5, 2020: The Old Jailhouse, Kelly’s Homemade Ice Cream, Chef Bruno Fonseca, Shake Shack, And More .. #OrlandoFoodies #OrlandoRestaurants

The Old Jailhouse in Sanford - crab benny

We’re kicking off July 2020 with a lot of Central Florida foodie and dining news to report on, including new and reopened restaurants, some closings, menu changes, dining discounts, and more.

Here is the news you need to know this week:

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ICON Park Introduces the ICON Park Play Pass .. @IconParkOrlando

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ICON Park, home to some of Orlando’s best attractions, has announced the new ICON Park Play Pass, an all-access ticket to its exciting attractions, along with major food, drink, and retail discounts.

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Orlando Main Streets’ 4th Annual Restaurant Week Returns Aug 4-11

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The 4th Annual Orlando Main Streets Restaurant Week returns to delight foodies with prix fixe menus from August 4-11, 2018.

Participating Main Street restaurant members are offering a select prix fixe menu with established price points of $5, $10, $20 and $30, depending upon lunch or dinner and the restaurant’s normal price point.

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Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining Month Returns Aug 24-Sept 30, 2018

Foodies...get ready! Visit Orlando has announced the return of its Magical Dining Month

Foodies…get ready! Visit Orlando has announced the return of its Magical Dining Month, with a bonus preview week August 24-September 30, 2018.

Sponsored by American Express, the program was designed by Visit Orlando to showcase the wide variety of upscale and diverse dining throughout the destination, while also helping children in need.

More than 100 restaurants across the Orlando area will participate, with 19 new to Magical Dining Month. The wide range of venues spans areas from Disney Springs to Restaurant Row near the convention center to Universal Orlando, as well as neighborhood districts in downtown Orlando, Winter Park and beyond.

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Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining Month Starts August 25, 2017

Visit Orlando's Magical Dining Month Starts August 25, 2017

Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining Month, sponsored by American Express, returns Aug. 25 – Oct. 1 with an unprecedented number of restaurants, each offering a three-course, prix fixe dinner menu for just $35 per person.

Celebrating its 12th year, the popular dining promotion offers over 100 restaurants throughout the Orlando area for local foodies or visiting gourmands who are looking to try out a local favorite or one of the hottest new venues added to Orlando’s growing culinary scene.

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Orlando Dining News Round-Up August 13, 2016: Hemingway’s, House of Pho, Fogo de Chão

In this week’s Orlando dining news round-up: limited menus, chef’s dinners, dining discounts, and more. Are you hungry? Let’s dive in…

Hemingway’s debuts Flavors of Summer Menu at Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress
Hemingway’s debuts Flavors of Summer Menu at Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress in Orlando, starting August 15.

The three-course prix fixe menu features a choice of salad; a choice of entree (Hemingway’s “Cayo Hueso” Crab Cakes, Duvall Street Shrimp Scampi, Chicken Creole or Key West Coast Black Grouper); and a choice of dessert.

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@OrlandoMainStreets 2016 Restaurant Week Returns July 30 #alocalthing

@OrlandoMainStreets 2016 Restaurant Week Returns July 30

Orlando Main Streets is hosting its second Main Street Restaurant Week to promote its culinary members July 30 though August 13, 2016.

During this two week period, participating restaurants will offer a select prix fixe menu with price points of $5, $10, $20 and $30, determined by the restaurant’s normal pricing and the menu they put together.

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Orlando Weekly’s Bite30 Returns for June 2015

Once a year, the Orlando Weekly produces a culinary event called Bite30, that offers great prix fixe deals at select restaurants for an entire month. This year’s edition runs June 1 through June 30.


During this time period, participating restaurants offer special prix fixe menus that offer multi-course lunches or dinners at a set price ($10-$15 for lunch, $15-$30 for dinner). Diners get the opportunity to try multiple dishes on the restaurant’s menu for about the cost of a single entree, and restaurants get to showcase their specialty dishes

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Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining Month Gets an Early Start August 25

Returning for its ninth year, Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining Month will run the month of September, with a special preview week starting August 25, 2014.

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Scallops – Bistro Clo Clo [Photo: Visit Orlando]
Through September 30, more than 75 Orlando-area restaurants are serving up dining savings by offering delicious three-course dinners for only $33 a person.

New to Magical Dining Month are restaurants like Kasa Restaurant & Bar, Mingo’s, Bistro CloClo, and Eddie V’s. They join returning favorites like Emeril’s Orlando, Emeril’s Tchoup Chop, The Capital Grille, Siro: Urban Italian Kitchen, Funky Monkey Wine Company, and Maxine’s on Shine.

$1 from every meal served during Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining Month will benefit the Foundation for Foster Children, which supports local foster youth by providing intensive tutoring, typical childhood experiences and volunteer mentors who assist foster children transition into adulthood successfully.

Visit Orlando is also giving visitors a way to extend the savings even further with Magical Nights. More than 15 dine-and-stay packages pair dinner for two with a one-night hotel stay, starting from $149 per night including:

  • Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress – Standard Guest Room and dinner for two at Hemingway’s Restaurant, starting at $149 per night
  • Rosen Shingle Creek – Deluxe Room and dinner for two at A Land Remembered or Cala Bella, starting at $185 per night
  • The Alfond Inn – Standard Guest Room and dinner for two at Hamilton’s Kitchen, starting at $249 per night

For a full list of participating restaurants and their Magical Dining Month menus, visit visitorlando.com/magicaldining/

Mellow Mushroom Pizza to Celebrate 40th Anniversary with 1974 Prices on August 20, 2014

Mellow Mushroom PizzaMellow Mushroom Pizza will bring back selections from its original 1974 menu on August 20th in a “Way Back Wednesday” celebration to mark the brand’s 40th anniversary.

For this one day the chain’s three Orlando area locations will be offering a small cheese pizza for $2.50, drafts of Michelob/Budweiser/PBR for 75 cents, and Coke products for 30 cents.

Customers will also have a chance to win a trip to Amsterdam for two. Pose in-store with a backdrop of the first Mellow Mushroom location and post it to Instagram with #40YearsBaked to enter. Those without an Instagram account can upload their images to 40yearsbaked.com.

Mellow Mushroom is located at 2015 Aloma Ave in Winter Park; 11680 E. Colonial Dr in Orlando; and 18221 US Hwy 441 in Mount Dora. For more information, visit mellowmushroom.com.

Entertainment Book Offers Savings on Dining and More in Orlando

Whether you live in Orlando or just visiting, using the coupons in the Entertainment Book can save you money on things like dining, entertainment, and more.

Orlando Entertainment BookI received a copy of the 2014 Orlando Entertainment Book to try out, and I’d have to give it a big thumbs up.

The book had coupons for all over Orlando, including the theme park areas, and using it was very easy. Just tear out the coupon and present it to the business (when ordering at restaurants or at the register when paying for non-restaurant coupons).

A lot of the coupons are “buy one-get one free” coupons, so it’s very easy to rack up the savings. Dining coupons include everything from fine dining to fast food. Entertainment coupons in the Orlando book include attractions like Fun Spot, movie theaters, mini-golf, and sports. There are also travel coupons and discounts, car rental coupons, and coupons for shopping online and in person.

The book normally costs $35, but it includes digital access to coupons online, as well. There is also a digital only version for $19.99. Sometimes there are also online deals on book purchases, so check the site.

The 2014 Entertainment Book is good through December 2014, so if you buy now, you’ll have more than a year to use the coupons.

For more information, or to purchase a book or digital membership, visit EntertainmentBook.com.

A List of Downtown Disney Foodtopia Menu Offerings at Walt Disney World

We mentioned a few days ago that for the first time ever,  Walt Disney World is holding a special event called Downtown Disney Foodtopia. Similar to a restaurant week/month, eight restaurants at Downtown Disney are offering special 3-course menus for a set price.

Since then, we’ve been innundated with requests for what the menus are, and since you requested it, here’s what we discovered:

Downtown Disney FoodtopiaBONGOS CUBAN CAFE $30 Menu

  • Appetizers (Choice of one) –
    Ceviche * Stuffed Potatoes * Bongos’ Famous Cuban Fried Pork Chunks
  • Entrees (Choice of one) –
    The Cuban Tour Sandwich * Bongos’ Famous Roasted Chicken * Shrimp with Garlic Sauce * Cuban Style Skirt Steak
  • Dessert (Choice of one) –
    Traditional Cuban Flan * Rice Pudding * Cheese Flan


  • Appetizers (Choice of one) –
    Skillet of Cornbread with Maple Butter * Basil Flatbread * Chicken Wings * Pulled Pork Sliders
  • Entrees (Choice of one) –
    Shrimp & Grits * Jambalaya * 1?2 Rack of Ribs * Juicy Lucy Burger * Heat Seeker Burger * Chicken Caesar Salad
  • Dessert –
    Bread Pudding * Key Lime Pie

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Still Time to Enjoy Orlando Restaurant Week Menus Through May 31

orlrestaurantweekOrlando Restaurant Week is a great way to get out and try some new restaurants, while making less of a dent in your wallet. Unfortunately, there is only a little over a week to take advantage of this promotion, as it ends May 31, 2013.

Basically each participating restaurant is offering up a set menu at a special price, ranging from $10 to $35 per person. Depending on the restaurant, you can find a menu for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Some are offering for more than one meal.

One place I recommend checking out is the new Hash House A Go Go on International Drive. They have menus for all three meals, starting at only $10. You can also enjoy lunch at B&B Junction (a starter, a burger, and a soda or iced tea) for only $10. Dinner there is $5 more, but you also get a dessert and you can even drink a draft beer with your meal price.

Many restaurants around the Orlando area are participating, so grab some friends and enjoy a meal out while the promotion is still on. For more information, visit OrlandoRestaurantWeek.com.

Orlando “Restaurant Week” Takes Place Entire Month of May 2013 #owrw2013

orlrestaurantweekIt’s that time of year for the annual “restaurant week” in Orlando, which happens to run the entire month of May 2013.

Presented by the Orlando Weekly, Orlando Restaurant Week runs from May 1-31, and offers great ways to enjoy dining out at a special price.

The restaurants participating are offering up prix fixe menus (meaning set menus) of 2 courses for breakfast/lunch, or 3 courses for dinner, at prices ranging from $10 to $35 per person.

Among the restaurants included in this promotion are chain eateries like Hash House a Go Go, Marlow’s Tavern, and BB King’s Restaurant & Blues Club. There are Universal Orlando places like The Kitchen at the Hard Rock and Islands at Loews Royal Pacific. Local favorites like Funky Monkey Wine Company (both locations), Nick’s Italian Kitchen, Matilda’s on Park, and Bosphorous Turkish Cuisine are also taking part.

For a complete list of restaurants, their special menus, and pricing, visit OrlandoRestaurantWeek.com.

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!).

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