Orlando Weekly Presents Bite30 Offering Orlando Dining Deals for the Month of June 2014

Bite30 is the new incarnation of Orlando Weekly’s longstanding Orlando Restaurant Week, and it offers great dining deals at local restaurants from June 1-30.

Bite30For 30 days, participating restaurants will offer prix fixe menus to adventurous diners at select price points. There are lunch menus for $10 and $15, as well as $15 and $30 dinner menus.

Among the restaurants participating are Artisan’s Table, B&B Junction, The Gnarly Barley, Marlow’s Tavern, Paxia Modern Mexican Restaurant, The Strand, and Txokos Basque Kitchen.

Bite30 is a great chance to try out new restaurants at a great price. For a complete list of all participating Orlando restaurants, along with their prix fixe menus, visit bite30.com.

Save 40% Off Already Discounted Orlando Deals at Half-Off Depot Today Only!

One of our sponsors in the right-hand column is Half-Off Depot, which offers half-price deals to Orlando-area restaurants, entertainment, spas, and more.

50% off is already a good deal, but today only (Feb 14, 2013), they’re running a Valentine’s Special of an additional 40% off their deals. Some of their merchants aren’t included in this deal, but most are.

Simply click the banner link below and use the coupon code: love40


Orlando Magical Dining Month Returns in September

Orlando is becoming quite a foodie town, and one of the best times to check out the area dining scene is during the annual Magical Dining Month.

Similar to restaurant weeks in other cities, Orlando’s event features fine dining restaurants from around town offering up special menus for a fixed price to guests.

For the 2012 version, the participating venues are offering up special three-course dinner menus for $30 per person. Most of the menus feature an appetizer, entree and dessert, with two to three choices per course. Tax, beverages, and gratuity are extra.

In the Disney/Lake Buena Vista area, restaurants include Todd English’s Blue Zoo, La Luce by Donna Scala, and Andiamo Italian Bistro and Grille,

Restaurant Row (along Sand Lake Rd in Dr. Phillips) features menus from Fishbones, Morton’s The Steakhouse, and Seasons 52.

In the International Drive area by the convention center, diners can choose from favorites like Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar, Funky Monkey Wine Company, and Taverna Opa.

There are quite a few options in the Universal Orlando area, including Emeril’s, Emeril’s Tchoup Chop, Latin Quarter and The Palm.

Downtown diners can choose from the likes of The Bohme, Hue, and Prickly Pear.

Other restaurants include Chez Vincent, Luma on Park, Crave, and Le Coq Au Vin.

As a bonus, one dollar from each meal from this promotion will go to a chosen charity. This year, it is the Edgewood Children’s Ranch.

Orlando Magical Dining Month 2012 runs from September 1 through 30.

For a complete list of participating restaurants, sample menus, and more information, visit the Orlando Magical Dining Month website, sponsored by Visit Orlando.

Breakfast at Mimi’s Cafe Leaves Us with Happy Tummies

On a recent morning, my roommate Rhonda and I had found ourselves out by The Loop in Kissimmee when the tummy rumblings couldn’t be ignored anymore. Looking at our dining options in the area, we decided to try Mimi’s Cafe on Osceola Pkwy.

Due to road construction, it was a bit difficult to get into the parking lot, even with a stoplight, but once we did, there was plenty of parking next to the building.

We entered and were immediately seated at a booth in a side room. There were only a few other diners in our area, so it was pleasantly quiet.

Mimi’s serves breakfast all day, and since we had a buy one-get one free coupon (received via email), we looked over that portion of the menu.

Rhonda settled on the Monterey omelette, a three-egg concoction filled with bacon, avocado and jack cheese. It was served with red skin potatoes.

I decided to do a brunch-type of dish, the chipotle breakfast burrito. It consisted of scrambled eggs, spiced shredded beef, green onions, cilantro and black beans, stuffed into a tomato tortilla and covered in a chipotle sauce and melted cheese. It, too, was served with red skin potatoes.

In addition to the above, both dishes came with a small juice and a huge muffin.

So even though the menu prices average $9 per dish, you get a lot of food for that. So much so that we both took our muffins home and I took half my burrito, as well.

Then because we mentioned we were Mimi’s first-timers, we also got a special gift of four free muffins to take home.

Bottom line is Mimi’s served up really tasty and filling food for a decent price. Using the coupon saved us even more (get yours by going to the Mimi’s Cafe website and signing up for their free mailing list).

There are several locations in the Orlando area.

[Photos by Michelle Snow]

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Enjoy Restaurant Discounts During Orlando Magic Dining Month

It might surprise some people, but Orlando has many fine dining establishments. Quite a few of them even have celebrity chef names attached to them, like Emeril Lagasse and Todd English.

Of course eating at them can be pricey, but during Orlando Magic Dining Month, it’s possible to enjoy the gourmet experience without paying the price for it.

From September 1 through September 30, 2010, over sixty of Orlando’s best restaurants are participating in this annual restaurant promotion.

For $30 per person (plus tax and beverages), it’s possible to enjoy a three-course meal at places like CRAVE, Funky Monkey Wine Company, Norman’s at the Ritz-Carlton, Roy’s Hawaiian Fusion and Seasons 52.

Even some theme park restaurants are participating. Among the Universal restaurants participating are Emeril’s Orlando, Emeril’s Tchoup Chop, Latin Quarter and The Kitchen at the Hard Rock Hotel (one of my favorites). SeaWorld’s Makahiki Luau is on the list. Walt Disney World is even represented by Todd English’s bluezoo (Swan and Dolphin resorts) and Portabello Trattoria (Downtown Disney).

For a complete listing of restaurants, along with sample menus, visit the Orlando Magic Dining Month website.

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