Orlando Area Dining News Round-Up For June 8, 2020: Mia’s Italian Kitchen, Smoke & Donuts, Belanger Bagels, Mason Jar Provisions, And More .. #OrlandoFoodies #OrlandoRestaurants

Mia's Italian Kitchen Orlando

We’re kicking off June 2020 with a lot of Central Florida foodie and dining news to report on this week, including new restaurants, some closings, free meals for hospitality workers, and more.

Here is the news you need to know this week:

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Orlando Area Dining News Round-Up For May 29, 2020: Bao’s Castle, The Osprey Tavern, Ocean Prime, King Cajun Crawfish, Krispy Kreme, And More .. #OrlandoFoodies #OrlandoToGo

Marlow's Tavern Burgers & Brews Menu

We’re wrapping up May 2020 with a lot of Central Florida foodie and dining news to report on this week, from new openings to closings to free doughnuts (say what?), and more.

Here is the news you need to know this week:

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Orlando Area Dining News Round-Up For May 11, 2020: Cholo Dogs, Fat Mike’s Hot Chicken, Sette, The Licking, Orlando Science Center, and More .. #OrlandoFoodies

Mexican hot dog vendor Cholo Dogs

There is a lot of Central Florida foodie and dining news to report on this week, from new openings to closings to charity events.

Here is the news you need to know this week:

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Out and About: The Glass Knife Debuts in Winter Park

Recalling the vintage pastry shops of the mid-1900s, The Glass Knife opens this weekend in Winter Park.

Recalling the vintage pastry shops of the mid-1900s, The Glass Knife opens this weekend in Winter Park.

The name comes from owner Steve Brown’s mother and her collection of vintage 1920’s era glass cake knives, many of which are on display inlaid in the communal wood table that occupies the center of the eatery.

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Rock & Brews Opens Second Central Florida Location in Orlando April 24

Rock & Brews Oviedo

Rock & Brews, the rock-inspired restaurant brand co-founded by KISS frontmen Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, will open its second Central Florida location on April 24, 2017.

It will be located in the Lee Vista Promenade at 6897 South Semoran Blvd, in Orlando, near OIA. The 6500-sq-ft restaurant will offer the brand’s signature quality American comfort food with a California twist and two full bars stocked with the largest selection of international and craft beers in the area.

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Lafayette’s Will Soft Open Dinner Hours This Weekend With Full Hours Starting July 27

Lafayette’s, a music hall and southern food restaurant, officially opens for business this Monday, July 27, after a weekend of soft openings for dinner.

Lafayettes Shrimp & Grits

Located on the second level of Pointe Orlando on International Drive, Lafayette’s is owned by Beale Street Blues Company, which is based in Memphis, so they know their music and southern food.

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Out and About: Grand Opening of Pizza Mia Ristorante on S. Orange Blossom Trail

My family and I happened upon a new restaurant called Pizza Mia Ristorante that opened today (July 6), so we decided to give it a try.

Pizza Mia Ristorante pizza by the slice

Pizza Mia Ristorante is located at 12640 S Orange Blossom Trail, near South Chase. This place has a family history about it. The owner’s father, and Uncle have pizza places in the New York City area, and this is the first location in Florida.

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Swine & Sons Provisions in Winter Park Opens April 3, 2015

Swine & Sons Provisions, the latest food undertaking from Cask & Larder’s James and Julie Petrakis, opens to the public on Friday, April 3.

Swine & Sons Provisions
Swine & Sons Provisions – Southern Cuban sandwich with house-made chips

The dining menu consists of made-to-order sandwiches, like Pimento Grilled Cheese with bacon and pickled green tomato, and a Southern Cuban with country ham, roast pork, collards, pepper jelly, and swiss cheese. The house-made meats will also be sold by the pound to take home.

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Cowgirls Rockbar Orlando Readying for May Opening at I-Drive 360 with Job Fair April 2-4, 2015

Cowgirls Rockbar Orlando will be bringing a taste of country to the I-Drive 360 complex when it opens in May. But to get open, they need to find a staff.

Cowgirls Rockbar Orlando

To do this, they’re olding a job fair on April 2, 3 and 4 from 2pm – 7pm each day.

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Tin Roof Orlando on I-Drive Soft Opens for New Year’s Eve

Tin Roof OrlandoTin Roof Orlando, a new live music joins serving food and drinks, has announced they will soft open in time for those looking to celebrate New Year’s Eve.

It’s located in the new I-Drive 360 complex at 8371 International Dr, and they will open to the public December 30 from 8pm to midnight, with live music from BlackWater Trio. They will also be passing out samples of their food, and have a full bar available.

They will be open December 31, for those looking to ring in the new year here. There will be live music from The Unfair Advantage, champagne toast at midnight, a confetti canon, balloon drop, party favors and more. Doors open at 8pm, with free cover for the first 100 people. After that, it’s only $10 to party into 2015. VIP tables are available, too.

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Smiling Bison Food Cart to Take Up Residence at Former Redlight Redlight Spot in Orlando

Smiling Bison bratThe owners of the popular Smiling Bison food cart announced this week that they will be setting up shop at the former location of Redlight Redlight.

Located at 745 Bennett Rd (near Orlando Fashion Square Mall), the new restaurant is projected to open August 1, 2013. To start, they will be open for dinners and late night Tuesdays through Saturday.

Their menu will include the same handcrafted sausages they serve on their food cart, along with craft beer and wine.

With the opening so close, they are currently looking for servers, bartenders, assistant front of house managers, line cooks and dishwashers. Apply in person from 2pm-6pm, or message them via their Facebook page.

The will be keeping the food cart running around town, as well, including their weekly Monday night stops at the Audubon Park Community Market.

Hash House a Go Go to Open Orlando Location on International Drive on April 16, 2013

hashhousegogo-exteriorOne of my favorite west coast restaurants is about to open an Orlando outpost this week.

Hash House a Go Go will be opening their newest location on International Drive on April 16, 2013, near Festival Bay and Premium Outlets-International Drive.

HHaGG serves up what what they call “twisted farm food” and it is indeed hearty fare. Everytime I’ve dined at one of their locations, I’ve always left with a to-go container of leftovers.

But it’s not just that they serve huge portions, their food is delicious, too. My favorite meal there is breakfast (I love their brown sugar banana flapjacks the size of a plate), but their lunch/dinner items are equally good. Favorites among friends are the Sage Fried Chicken Eggs Benedict and the 1-lb Stuffed Burgers.

Prices for most entrees are in the $9-$15 range, and as I mentioned earlier, portion sizes are huge.

Hash House a Go Go is located at 5350 International Drive in Orlando. You can call them at 407-370-4646 and also find them on Facebook at facebook.com/HashHouseAGoGoOrlando.

Rocco’s Tacos and Tequila Bar to Open in Dr. Phillips in September

South Florida’s Rocco’s Tacos and Tequila Bar is set to open their first Orlando location in mid-September, with a VIP Opening Party on September 13, 2012.


As the name implies, the restaurant specializes in Mexican cuisine. Guests can get tacos filled eight different ways, and served alone or as a platter combo. The menu also includes quesadillas, burritos, tortas, and more.

The bar menu has 225 varieties of tequila, available by the shot, starting at $7, going up to a sipping variety of Patron that costs $85 per serving.

Rocco’s Tacos and Tequila Bar will be located at 7468 W. Sandlake Rd, in the former location of the Samba Room. Phone is 561-659-1940.

[Image courtesy of Rocco’s Tacos and Tequila Bar]

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