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ICEBAR Orlando Debuts “Florida Freeze” Package For Florida Residents


8967 International Dr. 
Orlando, FL 32819
(407) 426-7555


Who says Florida doesn’t have real seasons. World-famous ICEBAR Orlando is showing how cool Florida really is with the all-new “Florida Freeze” package - just for Florida residents. 

The Florida Freeze package includes admission to ICEBAR, the world’s largest permanent ice bar, an ultra-premium signature cocktail and free souvenir photo for $19.95 (plus tax and gratuity) Sunday through Thursday, exclusively for Florida residents. This Florida Resident discount gives guests admission, a signature drink and cool photo all for the regular cost of admission to ICEBAR.

Once inside ICEBAR, Florida residents taking advantage of the Florida Freeze program will get their choice of any premium drink, including those served in ICEBAR’s unique glasses made entirely of ice, and other cool cocktails like the Toasted Coconut Martini or Patron Pineapple Margarita.

Guests will enjoy ICEBAR’s frozen works of art ice sculptures, and their complementary souvenir photo will solidify their memories. Following the Florida Freeze experience, guests can warm back up inside ICEBAR Orlando’s FIRE Lounge, featuring more delicious signature cocktails, small plates, DJ entertainment and state-of-the-art sound and lighting, for the hottest dancing and nightlife on International Drive.


“We Floridians are lucky in many ways, especially when it comes to enjoying great Florida resident specials,” says ICEBAR Orlando Owner Thom Kerr. “We look forward to more of our Florida friends enjoying our Florida Freeze package because having a cool time is always in season at ICEBAR.”

Experience ICEBAR Orlando located at 8967 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819. For more information on Florida Freeze and to make a reservation for ICEBAR Orlando’s Roaring 20’s NYE Celebration, visit https://ICEBAROrlando.com/ or call 407-426-7555.


About ICEBAR Orlando:

Take a trip through the arctic at ICEBAR Orlando. Open since October 2008, ICEBAR Orlando houses the largest permanent ice bar in the world with over 70 tons of hand-carved ice. First to open in the USA, upon arriving, guests enter through the 3,000 square-foot Fire Lounge hot with DJs nightly and dancing. Then, they are suited for the 1.200 square-foot winter wonderland ICEBAR with thermal coats and gloves.

Photographers are available to take complimentary pictures while guests enjoy the fabulously frozen ice sculptures and sip one of ICEBAR Orlando’s many delicious cocktails chilled perfectly and served in a custom carved ice glass. VIP and Bottle Service are available. Guests 21+ are welcome at all times while guests 8-20 years of age are welcome between 5pm-9pm. Hours of operation are Sunday-Wednesday 5pm-12am, Thursday 5pm-1am, Friday 5pm-2am.


Icebar Orlando Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
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Ox Grill brings world cuisine venue to ICON Park

8375 International Dr.
Orlando, FL 32819
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A taste of favorite dishes from around the world is coming to ICON Park. Newcomer, Ox Grill, is getting ready to introduce diners to new flavors and cuisines when it opens this fall.

When Ox Grill opens, its menu will feature food with links to countries from around the world, as well as a gourmet salad bar. 

The 7,800 square foot restaurant will also feature an event venue that can seat up to 200 people for corporate meetings and special occasions.

It will be a unique addition to ICON Park’s entertainment district, which features 20 acres of shops, restaurants and attractions.

“Ox Grill brings a whole new dimension to dining at ICON Park,” said Chris Jaskiewicz, President and CEO of ICON Park. “Guests will get to enjoy global cuisine with a view of our record-breaking attractions.”

The restaurant is an innovative collaboration between local entrepreneurs, Josefina Muñiz, and veteran Orlando restaurateur and sommelier, Joseph Thomas. The two worked to create specialty dishes from around the world. There is mofongo inspired by Puerto Rico, vatapa created from Brazilian recipes and a taste of France in the chicken jambonette.

“I am so proud to bring people from around the world together over food,” said Muñiz. “ICON Park is the perfect location for a new restaurant experience. Our guests will feel spoiled from the minute they pull up to the complimentary valet until they take that last bite of dessert.”

Ox Grill is located near SKELETONS: Museum of Osteology and Walgreens. Free parking is available both through the nearby valet and the seven-story garage on the other side of ICON Park.

Ox Grill joins a lineup of more than 40 distinctive restaurants throughout ICON Park, in addition to The Wheelhouse Market. ICON Park continues to increase its restaurant choices with Blake Shelton’s Ole Red, set to open in 2020. For more information on ICON Park, visit ICONParkOrlando.com

ICON Park™ is a 20-acre, walkable entertainment destination in the heart of Orlando’s International Drive. A perfect place to ride, dine, drink and explore, ICON Park has more than 40 amazing restaurants, funky bars, boutique shops and can’t-miss attractions, all anchored by The Wheel, a jaw-dropping observation wheel that stands 400 feet – 40 stories – in the air.

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Rosen Hotels in Orlando Gives the Gift of Affordable Travel

8442 Palm Pkwy,
Golden Oak, FL 32836
(Other Locations Available)
(407) 996-7300
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The holiday gifts arrive early this year at Rosen Hotels & Resorts in Orlando, where the company is offering a special package for guests to enjoy incredible savings on stays now through early 2020.

Starting now, guests can book the "Christmas in July" package that features a four- night stay for just $250 including tax. The package can be booked as a stay or as a gift certificate to surprise family and friends.

The "Christmas in July" package is available at five family-friendly Rosen Hotels including Rosen Inn International, Rosen Inn, closest to Universal, Rosen Inn at Pointe Orlando, Clarion Inn Lake Buena Vista, a Rosen Hotel and Midpointe Hotel by Rosen Hotels & Resorts.

Ideally located within minutes of Orlando's world-famous theme parks, dining and more, the hotels make perfect holiday headquarters for doing some early gift shopping at the many expansive outlet malls just minutes away.

   
After a day at the pool, Rosen Inn International's contemporary Topsy Turvey Lounge is a great place to spend a relaxing evening.

In addition to an incredible $250 tax inclusive rate for four nights, the "Christmas in July" package includes:

:Deluxe guestroom for four nights, inclusive of tax.

:25% discount in select restaurants including buffet style restaurants, Shogun at Rosen Inn, closest to Universal, and Cafe Gauguin at Rosen Centre for Midpointe Hotel guests.

:Family-friendly amenities, found throughout most hotelsincluding mini refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, outdoor swimming pools, children's playground and video game rooms, to name a few. Check websites for details.

:Flat screen HDTV with free Disney® channel and premium movie channels.

:Complimentary scheduled shuttle service to Orlando's theme parks and shopping. (See specific hotel schedule. Reservations required.)

:Always free onsite parking.

:Always free Wifi in guestrooms and public areas.

:24-hour onsite uniformed security.

:Never a resort fee!

To book, visit OrlandoHotels4Less.com/christmasinjuly or call 877-224-5377. The package is available for travel now through February 2020 and must be booked or pre-purchased by August 30, 2019.


Blackout dates apply; based on availability. Cannot be combined with any other promotions or offers. Not valid for groups including during city-wide convention dates or during special events or holidays.

Stay at a Rosen Hotel and Feel the Love.... Florida's largest independent hotelier, Harris Rosen, instills in his loyal staff an unrivaled commitment to service extended to each and every guest.

For more about Rosen Hotels & Resorts, visit RosenHotels.com or call 877-224-5377.
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Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar to Celebrate National Rum Day

9101 International Dr.
Orlando, FL 32819
(407) 226-1600
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Throughout the month of August, enjoy $10 rum flights and additional rum specials on August 16th.

Additionally, a portion of the sales from each Don Q cocktail sold during the month of August will benefit CORE (Children of Restaurant Employees), a national 501(c)3 charity whose mission is to grant support to children of food and beverage service families navigating life-altering circumstances.

August 16th is officially National Rum Day, and Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar is celebrating with a variety of specials. At Cuba Libre, rum is the celebrated spirit and National Rum Day provides the perfect opportunity to showcase its versatility and flavor.

Throughout the month of August, guests will be able to enjoy two pre-selected rum flights at a discounted price of $10 each. Flights of rum include three one-ounce pours. The complete list of flights available is listed below.

EL COQUI FLIGHT:
Named after the Puerto Rican frog with a unique sound, Don Q is what islanders drink when they want to relax on the beach...Don Q Single Barrel, Don Q Añejo, Don Q Gran Añejo.

KIRK AND SWEENEY FLIGHT:
Named after a wooden rum running schooner that shipped spirits from the Caribbean to America during prohibition. The distillery is based in the Dominican Republic...the flight includes...Kirk and Sweeney 12 Year, Kirk and Sweeney 18 Year, Kirk and Sweeney 23 Year.


Additionally, on Friday, August 16th, guests can partake in Cuba Libre’s extensive collection of rums, featured flights and rum-based libations for half the price.

This special offering will be available exclusively at the bar during happy hour. Cuba Libre’s rum list showcases over 90 premium and flavored varieties from Guyana, Haiti, Nicaragua and Tortola. Rums are priced between $8 and $84 per shot. 


As an added bonus, a portion of the proceeds from each Don Q libation sold during rum month of August will be donated by Don Q to CORE (Children of Restaurant Employees) - with Cuba Libre matching the donation.

This is the restaurant’s third fundraiser for this non-profit organization whose mission is to grant support to children of food and beverage service families navigating life-altering circumstances. Barry Gutin, principal and co-founder of GuestCounts Hospitality, LLC, which owns and operates Cuba Libre, serves on the board of directors for CORE so it is a cause close to his heart.

$10 rum flights will be available August 1st through August 31st, 2019. On Friday, August 16th, guests will be able to enjoy Cuba Libre’s extensive collection of rums, rum flights and rum-based mixed drinks at half price, exclusively at the bar during happy hour which is available Monday through Sunday, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar is located at 9101 International Drive, Orlando, Florida, 32819, (407) 226-1600. For additional information, please visit www.cubalibrerestaurant.com.

Children of Restaurant Employees, or CORE, is a 501(c)3 charitable organization funded by donations from individuals, food and beverage operators, suppliers and distributors, and special events. CORE grants support to children of food and beverage service families navigating life-altering circumstances. Since its inception in 2004, CORE has raised over $4M to help over 600 children from families across the industry and the country. For more information, or to nominate someone in need, please visit http://www.coregives.org/.

Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar opened in Philadelphia in 2000, Atlantic City in 2004, Orlando in 2009 and Washington DC in 2010 to much acclaim, giving guests a passport to Cuba's intriguing flavors and culture. The restaurant’s name, which translates to “a free Cuba,” signifies a hope for the future of the treasured island nation. Two-time James Beard Award-winning Chef-Partner Guillermo Pernot’s menus feature tantalizing tastes that reflect Cuba’s culinary traditions, as well as the emerging modern cuisine he is experiencing during his continuing travels to Cuba.

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Hopdoddy Burger Bar


9101 International Dr.
#1208, Orlando, FL 32819
(321) 251-4500
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Hopdoddy Burger Bar, the nationally renowned burger and beer joint, is officially open at Pointe Orlando. Originally founded in Austin, Texas, Hopdoddy has a total of 31 locations in seven states, and this is the first Florida location.

Founded in 2010 by Guy Villavaso, Larry Foles, Chuck Smith, and Larry Perdido, Hopdoddy stands out for its “from scratch” ethos and full bar. Designed to be devoured in your hands, all burgers at Hopdoddy are made with all natural meats.

Hopdoddy grinds their meats in house daily and offers a wide variety of proteins like Angus beef, grass-fed Kobe beef, chicken, turkey, and sushi grade tuna that are stacked between baked from scratch buns. They also offer vegetarian and vegan menu items such as The Impossible and La Bandita burgers.

Alongside its burgers, Hopdoddy serves a lineup of hand-cut fries, fresh salads, and handcrafted milkshakes made with Jersey Cream Custard.

In addition to cocktails, Hopdoddy also carries an array of local craft beers on tap as well as in cans and bottles. I tried the Salt Life Lager and also had the Doble Fina Margarita with Altos Plata Tequila, lime, agave and a black lava salt rim.

If you don't like Parmesan Truffle Fries, I'm not sure we can be friends.. the ones served up here are tossed in truffle oil, Parmesan and chives and come with truffle aioli for dipping and are amazing.

Every month at each Hopdoddy location, they have a different Specialty Burger. The February featured burger was The Tao of Sow... to celebrate the year of the pig for the 2019 Chinese New Year. This burger was made with a gochujang and furikake flavored pork patty and sits atop a black sesame soy bun topped with togarashi mayo, moo shu slaw and Emperor sauce. This was a unique burger, a tad salty at times, but overall really good.

The El Diablo is made with Angus beef, pepper jack, habaneros, serrano peppers, caramelized onions, salsa roja, chipotle aioli and sits on lettuce and tomatoes for a fiery kick that leaves a nice ring of heat around your mouth.

Hot Honey and Sage Fries at Hopdoddy were really really really good, so much so that it was hard to stop eating them. These are sweet potato fries covered in a spicy and sweet pepper honey and sage glaze and tossed in a metal bowl.

I was pretty impressed with the Ahi Tuna Burger, as I'm picky about tuna, especially as a burger. This is made sushi grade tuna topped with sunflower sprouts, nori chips, teriyaki, honey wasabi, pickled ginger, mayo, lettuce, tomato and onion. Everything worked together for nice texture and flavors.

Although I really enjoyed all the burgers at Hopdoddy, something about the simplicity of The Magic Shroom Burger really did it for me, as this was definitely my favorite with Angus beef, goat cheese, field mushrooms, mayo, basil pesto, lettuce, tomato and onion.

How about a Nutella Chocolate Pretzel Milkshake to end your evening? All shakes are spun using Jersey cream custard and for an added bonus, for a few bucks extra, you can Booze them up by adding a variety of rums and other spirits to any milkshakes on the menu.

As part of the mission to “Do Right,” the burger bar offers the Goodnight/Good Cause program nationwide where Hopdoddy donates a portion of the proceeds from each Good Night Good Cause burger sold to charitable organizations. Since 2010, Hopdoddy guests have helped raise more than $1,000,000.

The Goodnight/Good Cause burger is made with Angus beef, Tillamook cheddar, caramelized onions, jalapeños, caffeinated barbecue, Sassy Sauce, lettuce, and tomato.

Hopdoddy at Pointe Orlando is open from 11:00 am to 9:00 pm every day except Friday, as they stay open till 12:00 am.

Hopdoddy Burger Bar Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
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Hopdoddy coming to Orlando...

9101 International Dr.
#1208, Orlando, FL 32819
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Hopdoddy Burger Bar, the nationally renowned burger and beer joint, is thrilled to announce their expansion into Florida with a new location in Orlando opening Monday, February 18.

Specifically, the restaurant will launch in Pointe Orlando and will feature a menu of popular burgers, shakes, fries, and a full liquor bar.

Founded in 2010 by Guy Villavaso, Larry Foles, Chuck Smith, and Larry Perdido, Hopdoddy stands out for its “from scratch” ethos and full bar. Designed to be devoured in your hands, all burgers at Hopdoddy are made with all natural meats.

Hopdoddy grinds their meats in-house daily and offers a wide variety of proteins like Angus beef, grass-fed Kobe beef, chicken, turkey, and sushi-grade tuna that are stacked between baked-from-scratch buns. They also offer vegetarian and vegan menu items such as The Impossible and La Bandita burgers.


Alongside its burgers, Hopdoddy serves a lineup of hand-cut fries, fresh salads, and handcrafted milkshakes made with Jersey Cream Custard. Hopdoddy also carries an array of local craft beers on tap as well as in cans and bottles.

"We are looking forward to opening the first Florida location next week. This has been a market we have been excited about for a while and are thrilled that this is coming to fruition," said Jeff Chandler, CEO of Hopdoddy Burger Bar. "This will be the 31st Hopdoddy location, and we feel fortunate to be joining Pointe Orlando."

As part of the mission to “Do Right,” the burger bar offers the Goodnight/Good Cause program nationwide where Hopdoddy donates a portion of the proceeds from each Good Night Good Cause burger sold to charitable organizations. Since 2010, Hopdoddy guests have helped raise more than $1,000,000.

The Goodnight/Good Cause burger is made with Angus beef, Tillamook cheddar, caramelized onions, jalapeños, caffeinated barbecue, Sassy Sauce, lettuce, and tomato.

Originally founded in Austin, Texas, Hopdoddy has a total of 31 locations in seven states. This will be the first Florida location. A full list of Hopdoddy locations can be found in the link HERE.


Hopdoddy will be located at 9101 International Dr. #1208, Orlando, FL, and will be open Monday - Sunday from 11 a.m. to close. The location will also be available to book for large, catered parties, online ordering, and delivery a few weeks after opening. For more information, please visit https://www.hopdoddy.com and follow on Instagram @hopdoddy.

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Tony Roma's introduces Spice so Nice Menu


8560 International Dr.
Orlando, FL 32819
(407) 248-0094
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Tony Roma’s is a full service, casual dining family restaurant where you can find premier BBQ ribs and steaks in locations across the world. With over 150 family restaurant locations on six continents, Tony Roma’s is one of the most globally recognizable names in the industry.

Since its beginning nearly 40 years ago, Tony Roma’s has been focused on serving its signature Baby Back Ribs. The company has won numerous awards across the country for the “Best Ribs” and also has won nationally acclaimed industry recognition as “The Best Ribs in America.”

Now the restaurant is offering a limited time menu that features boldly spiced dishes. The Spice so Nice menu has bright flavors from Chimichurri Salmon, spicy bursts of heat from Jalapeño Buffalo Shrimp, a savory kick from Black Pepper Ribs & Horseradish Butter Filet Medallions, and a comforting touch of cinnamon in a Spiced Cider Romatini. 

TheJalapeño Buffalo Shrimp are a double dose of heat with crispy shrimp tossed in Buffalo sauce and packed with bits of fresh Jalapenos.

TheSpiced Cider Romatini on the right combines the flavors of cinnamon apple pie with a boozy kick and is made with Ole Smoky apple pie moonshine and Fireball whisky, apple cider and lemon juice, The Cadillac RomaRita on the left is always a good choice at Tony Roma’s with Sauza tequila and Cointreau.


Chimichurri Salmon is served with the bright flavors of a house made chimichurri sauce over the top of perfectly grilled salmon that is served with saffron & kale rice and seared garlic green beans.

Black Pepper Ribs & Filet Medallions with Horseradish Butter was awesome. This is the world famous Tony Roma’s Baby Back Ribs with an added boost of flavor with a new black pepper BBQ sauce. This dish is served with a half rack of ribs alongside two tender filet medallions topped with horseradish butter for a hint of heat and is served with hearty mashed potatoes and seared garlic green beans.
Cinnamon Apple Cranberry Cobbler was simply wonderful with apples and cranberries spiced so nice with cinnamon and baked with a crunchy cobbler topping and served warm with two scoops of vanilla bean ice cream.

The Spice so Nice menu is available from October 1st through December 23rd, and is really worth trying out. We really enjoyed everything and appreciated the creativity and flavors of all the dishes we tried, from beginning to end, you will not be disappointed with any selections you make.

Tony Roma’s is open from 12:00 pm to 11:00 pm Sunday to Thursday, and on Friday and Saturday, they are open until midnight with Happy Hour from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm.

Tony Roma's Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
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Icon Orlando Announces New "Fly and Dine" Package


8401 International Drive.
#100, Orlando, FL 32819
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ICON Orlando has announced an all-new Fly & Dine package that includes one flight aboard the iconic 400-foot observation wheel, along with a choice of prix fixe dining options at seven of ICON Orlando 360’s fast casual and full-service restaurants.

The set menu options start at just $32 for fast casual or $45 for full-service dining at participating restaurants, including Tapa Toro Spanish Restaurant, Tin Roof Orlando, Sugar Factory Orlando, UNO Pizzeria & Grill and others. The Fly & Dine package is available now through Dec. 20.



“We’re excited to offer this great deal for visitors and locals alike to come experience the ultimate in food and fun,” said Cindy Campbell-Taylor, vice president of marketing, sales and public affairs at ICON Orlando 360. “With breathtaking views 400 feet in the air aboard the ICON Orlando and delicious dining down on the ground at ICON Orlando 360, it’s the perfect way to celebrate any special occasion or just a fun night out on the town with friends.”


From authentic Spanish fare to classic American eats, the Fly & Dine packages includes options to please any palate. Starting at $32, fast casual options include Shake Shack, UNO Express and iCafe de Paris, with menus featuring an entrée, choice of drink or fries, and dessert.

Full-service options start at $45 and include Tapa Toro Spanish Restaurant, Tin Roof, Sugar Factory and UNO Pizzeria and Grill I-Drive, with menus featuring a choice of appetizer, entrée and dessert. Guests can purchase an upgrade to include a beverage (alcoholic or non-alcoholic).

If purchasing a full-service dining option, reservations are highly recommended.

For more information on how to purchase tickets and to view menu options, visit Iconorlando.com/fly-and-dine. Guests are encouraged to share their experience on social media using the hashtag #ICONOrlando360.
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American Social is Coming to Orlando

7335 W Sand Lake Rd
Ste 101
Orlando, FL 32819


American Social Bar & Kitchen (AmSo), the upscale sports lounge and restaurant that originated in South Florida has announced the debut of a fourth location in Orlando, Florida. 

The 9,406 square-foot space, formerly known as Bar Louie, is part of the Rialto plaza located on Orlando’s famed “Restaurant Row.” Positioned in the prestigious Dr. Phillips area just minutes from the bustling I-Drive and Orange County Convention Center, the space will undergo an extensive, $2.7M beautification and build-out with help of United General Contracting, led by John Mijares. 

The new space will debut as the fourth pillar to the successful restaurant series that pays tribute to classic Americana style. The original “AmSo” (as loyal patrons refer) located on Las Olas Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale will celebrate its sixth anniversary this June, and the new flagship location in Downtown Tampa will commemorate its first year this October closely followed by the fourth anniversary of the Downtown Brickell location in Miami. 

American Social Orlando will keep with its good time, entertainment-for-all reputation with more than 300 indoor and outdoor seats, a sweeping patio, four bars and one VIP bar for private parties. Helmed by restaurateurs Rick Mijares and Paul Greenberg, American Social is known for its extensive selection of local and national craft beers, lively happy hours and award-winning menu items.

“The addition of our fourth location in Orlando, one of the most visited cities in the world thanks to year round sunny weather, unique attractions and a high quality of life, is truly special for American Social,” said Rick Mijares. “With our ability to offer both full restaurant and bar service and special events in addition to off-site catering, American Social’s culinary versatility and attention to detail will be unmatched in Central Florida.” 

Family is at the core of American Social. Rick’s mother, Laurie Mijares spearheads the interior design for all AMSO locations while Rick’s father, Tony Mijares, continues his integral role in the restaurant’s financial, legal and corporate growth since its inception in 2011. 

The team’s tireless efforts are not confined within the walls of the three successful locations, but reach far and wide through a new community that rallies around the patriotic concept, which pays tribute to classic Americana.

Rick Mijares and Greenberg anticipate hiring approximately 125 new team members to help execute the restaurant’s brunch, lunch and dinner service on a weekly basis. The new location is conveniently located 15 minutes from Orlando International Airport, Walt Disney World and downtown Orlando. 

American Social is characterized by its classic American comfort food, a wide selection of craft beers on draft, curated list of cocktails and wines. 

The restaurant’s portfolio of prestigious awards includes 2014, 2015 and 2016 South Beach Wine and Food Festival’s “Best Bite on the Beach,” Zagat award-winning Chicken and Waffles dish, and winner of the OBIES: A Taste of South Florida’s “People’s Choice Award.” 

The restaurant has three locations including 721 E. Las Olas Blvd. in Ft. Lauderdale, FL; 690 S.W. First Court in Miami, FL; 601 S. Harbour Island Blvd. in Tampa, FL; and a fourth coming soon to 7335 West Sand Lake Road in Orlando, FL.

For more information, visit www.americansocialbar.com.

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Cafe 34 Istanbul


8255 International Dr.
144 B
Orlando, FL 32819
(407) 601-7712
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Cafe 34 Istanbul is an elevated halal bar and eatery with old world decor, Turkish cuisine, a hookah lounge, and they are open 24 hours.

The executive chefs here have years of experience in making some fine foods that highlight Turkey's geographical and cultural boundaries. The dishes served up here are inspired by the fresh and local ingredients one would find at a Turkish farmer’s market mixed with organic imported spices from Turkey.

The menu here is a Halal menu. Halal is Arabic for permissible. Halal food is that which adheres to Islamic law, as defined in the Koran. Therefore, halal foods are foods that are allowed to be consumed under Islamic dietary guidelines.

Appetizers served up at Cafe Istanbul range from Hummus, Dolma(Stuffed Grape Leaves), Baba Ganoush, Tabouli and Falafel. Entrees start with classic items like Doner Platters with chicken, beef or lamb, Shish Kebab’s served in a variety ways, Lamb Chops, and Kofte(Turkish Meatballs).

They serve traditional Turkish Coffee and Tea here, in addition to having a full bar with a variety of cocktail selections and of course they also carry Efes Pilsen beer, brewed in Izmir Turkey as well as a large variety of Hookah flavors to enjoy at the table. 


We started with a combo plate of cold appetizers and dips with Hummus, Shakshuka(sauteed eggplant dip), Ezme, a Turkish salsa, Tzatziki dip and Haydari. This was very flavorful and unique, and a great way to sample a few different items.

From the hot appetizer section we enjoyed the selection of Pacanga, which is a Yufka dough wrapped with Turkish Pastrami, tomatoes, pepper and kashkaval cheese, and sides of Cigar Borek made with Feta cheese rolled into filo pastry dough.

The Grilled Hellem at Cafe 34 Istanbul is pretty damn good. It’s a grilled Hellim cheese with fresh tomatoes on top. It is slightly crispy and a tad chewy, but with really great textures and flavor. 

This is the big boy of the day... the Meat Coma inducing combo platter with Lamb Kebab, Beef Doner, Beef Shish Kabob, Turkish Meatballs, Lamb Chops and Chicken Doner. Everything was really good with great flavors, and this is also really great to share at the table with guests.

Of course when you get Turkish food, you can't forget the desserts, like this Kunefe that is a most delicious oven shredded pastry with soft cheese filling in thick syrup. They have Baklava and Sultac, a rice pudding dessert available as well. 

There is some space inside Cafe 34 Istanbul, but the vast majority of the seats are on the large patio that seats 150. This is where all the action takes place with plenty of room and seating at the bar as well.

Stop by Cafe 34 Istanbul and immerse yourself in not only good food and conversation, but in a vibe that truly captures the essence of Turkey, right here in the heart of Orlando, and they are open 24 hours.


Cafe 34 Istanbul Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
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Rocco's Tacos and Tequila Bar

7468 W.Sand Lake Road 
(Restaurant Row)
Orlando, FL 32819
(407) 226-0550

It’s been quite a while since I’ve done a review or write up for Rocco’s Tacos. My last write up for Tastes Of Orlando was back in 2012 for Rocco’s, and lots of things have changed since then.

I have visited a few times intermittently since then for friends and family members birthday events or corporate gatherings, so I was excited at the opportunity to return and revisit for a proper blog write up.

As I said back in 2012, the one of many things I love about this location of Rocco’s is the fact that it makes me feel like have arrived at an upscale version of the bar from the movie "From Dusk till Dawn".

Do you remember that movie with George Clooney and Quentin Tarantino? It's the one where they get stuck at a crazy and wild bar on the dark side of Mexico and everyone turns into vampires. Although I never feared anyone at Rocco's turning into a vampire, the ambiance and feeling of the place certainly reminded me of the film.

Owner Rocco Mangel opened his first location in West Palm Beach in 2007, and has had quite a good following with a total of eight stores that have opened since then. The Orlando location was still in its infancy when I went for the first time in 2012, but they have maintained a steady business since then.

That is a testament to the brand and quality that owner Rocco Mangel brings to his establishments, especially when you consider how many restaurants have opened and closed in Orlando and Restaurant Row since then.

They have a few new additions to the menu and also have reinvigorated some of the old classics and kicked things up a notch now in 2018.


Inside, or Outside, both of the bars at Rocco’s are pretty impressive. This is the inside bar with just about every type and brand of tequila you can imagine.

Whether you choose to dine inside or outside, there is plenty of room, with great views no matter where you are. The inside is full of unique chandeliers, skeletons, bizarre statues and an array of interesting things to look at. Outside they have seating lakeside with a great view of Little Sand Lake and plenty of tiki torches to light up the night.

The Chips and Guacamole here have always been a favorite of mine, with guac made table side and the seasoned chips that are good by themselves.

Jalapeno Rellenos are stuffed and fried jalapeño poppers with cotija cheese, lime crema, avocado ranch and cilantro for a really good appetizer to share at the table.

Pollo Al Carbon is a generous platter from the Especiales de la Casa section of the menu with chicken, green bean and frisee salad, pickled red onions and sweet plantains.

Of course Rocco’s has the tacos as well, and they do a pretty good job of serving them up with a variety of protein options, like this platter with Chorizo, Carne Asada, and Pollo.

Camarones Patron are a cool item on the menu that I really enjoyed, with shrimp sauteéd in tequila and rojo chipotle butter sauce, padrón peppers and served with flour tortillas.

Hey… they have salads here too, and they are pretty darn good. The Ensalada de Espincaca at Rocco’s is made with blackened chicken, spinach, mixed greens, goat cheese, bacon, grilled onion and a very delicious charred jalapeno vinaigrette.

Enchiladas are always a good choice, especially these Mole Poblano ones filled with pulled chicken in adobo drenched in a mole poblano sauce.

For all you meat lovers out there, I strongly recommend the Gaucho Platter with grilled steak, chicken breast, shrimp, chorizo, chimichurri, grilled green onions, radishes and corn tortillas.

You can not go to Rocco’s Tacos and Tequila bar and not get a margarita. They make some of the best margaritas in Orlando. One of my favorites is the Cadillac Margarita made with El Mayor Anejo, Grand Marnier, and Rocco’s Housemade Sour Mix.

Back in the beginning phases of Rocco’s, Rocco himself went and scoured the globe and visited Mexico more than 20 times to get a better vision for his concept. His goal was not just getting the food right, but more importantly...to bring the best and widest selection of Tequila's in the southeast to his loyal patrons.

At any given time Rocco's can have as many as 300 different Tequila's on hand. A single shot of a lower end Tequila may cost you around $5.00, But, for the discerning customer, they have a shot of "1800 Coleccion Anejo" for a mere $250.00.

Back in his heyday, Rocco was known for visiting his establishments and donning the shoes Pee Wee Herman made famous during the “Tequila” song and dance in Pee Wee’s Big Adventure. He would jump on the bar and pour tequila shots down patrons throats and the place would go crazy.

Nowadays, Rocco Mangel is a little laid back and not as crazy as he once was. He was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis not too long ago, so he has undergone a lifestyle change, but it’s all for the better. Rocco has a made a big effort to be part of the National MS Society because as he says, he wants people to know that his life, and those of others with MS, can continue to thrive.

In addition to all the walks and fundraisers Rocco is a part of, he has also added a special drink to the menu called the MS Miracle Margarita that is made with Maestro Dobel Diamante, Cedilla Acai Liqueur, Agave Nectar, Fresh Squeezed Lime Juice, and best of all, the proceeds go entirely to The National MS Society.

I said it in 2012, and I’ll say it again... The only thing that would have made our experience better at Rocco’s Tacos, is if Salma Hayek playing the part of Santánico Pandemonium would have been our server. The food is always good here, and it’s an atmosphere that is so fun and enjoyable and they make a damn fine margarita.


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