Out and About: Date Night at American Gymkhana Restaurant in Orlando

American Gymkhana in Orlando

My husband and I were recently invited to American Gymkhana for dinner, and we were eager to try this new restaurant out. We discovered this is an upscale place, perfect for a date night. Our children eat Indian food all the time, but I would think twice before taking them here, as the atmosphere is better for adults. The faire is modern Indian from the colonial India era. For this evening, my husband, Kirk, and I went as a date – no kids. Yay us!

American Gymkhana in Orlando - Tandoori Portobello, Broccoli, Onions skewer and Malpe Shrimp
American Gymkhana in Orlando – Malpe Shrimp and Tandoori Portobello, Broccoli, Onions skewer

We ordered two appetizers: the Tandoori Portobello, Broccoli & Onion skewer, and the Malpe Shrimp (seasoned with fennel butter-pepper and garlic-cilantro-curry leaf pesto). Both were very good. The skewer was more spicy than I normally order (yes, I’m a wimp), but my hubby thought it was great.

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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]

Hot N Juicy Crawfish to Bring Cajun Fare to Orlando’s Restaurant Row

Seems that Louisiana is slowly invading Orlando, at least in the culinary world. Recent openings of eateries like Tibby’s New Orleans Kitchen (from the Tijuana Flats people) in Winter Park and Mojo Cajun Bar and Grill downtown have been a big hit with folks wanting some Cajun cooking.

Now the southwest side of Orlando will get a little of that cuisine when Hot N Juicy Crawfish opens at 7572 W. Sand Lake Road in Dr. Phillips Restaurant Row area (near the the intersections of Sand Lake Rd and Dr. Phillips Blvd).

Hot N Juicy Crawfish’s signature menu items include blue oysters, an assortment of crab, shrimp and their namesake dish—fresh Cajun-style crawfish. These seafood items are then prepared with your choice of seasonings to your preferred spice level. The menu also includes sides like corn, potatoes, sweet potato fries and rolls.

The restaurant was recently featured on the Travel Channel’s ‘Man vs Food’ series, where Hot N Juicy trainer Noemy Avalos teaches host Adam Richman the right way to eat their signature crawfish, served on a bag to keep it hot and juicy down to its last bite.

Orlando will be the fourth location for the company, which also has two Las Vegas locations and one in Washington, D.C. It is set to open sometime this month (June 2011).

For more information, check out the Hot N Juicy Crawfish website.

Out and About: Twisted Burger Brings Tasty Grub to Dr. Phillips

I was flipping through my Facebook feed and a saw a mention of a new burger joint in Dr. Phillips “restaurant row” (the area around the intersection of Dr. Phillips Blvd and Sand Lake Rd). Twisted Burger was the name and the Facebook comments were overwhelmingly positive.

The next day, my roommate and I swung by for a late afternoon lunch.

|: The Twisted Burger

The place was empty when we arrived, but we put that down to the fact that it was new. It did get busier as we finished eating – but I’m getting ahead of myself.

Twisted Burger is part counter service in that you order at the registers, but then they deliver the food to your table.

I ordered the Triple B Burger ($5.99), a 1/3 lb burger topped with bacon, pepperjack cheese, BBQ sauce, chopped red onions, tomato, lettuce and pickles. Rhonda went with the Twisted Burger ($5.99), a 1/2 lb burger with cheddar cheese, chopped red onions, tomato, lettuce, pickles, Twisted Sauce, mayo and mustard.

One thing that stood out about the burgers is that the patties are actually a blend of meat – seasoned burger, brisket and short-rib. The resulting taste was in the neighborhood of a really good steakburger; hearty and different, but still a burger texture.

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