Sunday, May 18, 2014

Free Chick-fil-A winners

Congrats Chick-fil-A winners:

Adam Scheinberg
Ryan Mezzell
Jamie Vidamour

You've won free food for 3 months. Please email me at eatingorlando at gmail.com with your name and address and I'll send you your card out right away.

Thanks for entering and for your support!

Friday, May 9, 2014

Innovative new BBQ concept to debut this summer in Disney area

Gearing up toward its opening this summer, B Resort, located in the Walt Disney World® Resort, announces an innovative dining concept developed in partnership with restaurateur Jeffrey Chodorow and China Grill Management. The renowned group, of famed China Grill and Asia de Cuba, will showcase its food and beverage expertise with the inaugural location of its newest concept, American Q, which promises to showcase a modern take on classic barbeque.

Located just off the lobby, the signature restaurant will feature an a la carte menu of barbeque specialties from more than a dozen regions throughout the United States and Latin America, as well as an “all-you-can-eat” parade of BBQ meats, seafood and poultry, continuously served tableside by American Q’s ”cowboy/cowgirl” carvers. Guests will enjoy an appetizer and salad buffet served from the bed of a ’50 cherry red Ford F1 pickup truck. Freshly made sides and cornbread skillets, all served family style, will be enjoyed as guests revel in the fun of spontaneous line dances, led by their friendly servers.

A full bar will serve creative cocktails, wines and a large selection of craft beers from regions throughout North America. American Q will offer a children’s menu aiming to win over the next generation of barbeque fans, completing the American Q dining experience.

“American Q will have a flavor and style unlike any restaurant we’ve seen,” says Jeffrey Chodorow, CEO and Founder of China Grill Management. “We are thrilled to be introducing the concept in Orlando and are confident that locals and visitors alike will appreciate its uniqueness.”

A distressed brick smokehouse, barn-inspired wood-clad bar and mason jar chandeliers add to the modern yet nostalgic “industrial farmhouse” charm of this American BBQ original, which will be open daily for breakfast and dinner.

For over two decades, Jeffrey Chodorow’s China Grill Management has created exciting culinary experiences, whether as a keystone attraction for hotel brands or as freestanding destinations. China Grill Management’s first-class restaurant and nightlife creations worldwide include, among others, the flagship China Grill in New York, Mexico City, and Miami (opening summer 2014); Asia de Cuba in London and New York (opening Spring 2014); Ed’s Chowder House and the Empire Hotel Rooftop in New York; and Plunge at Hotel Gansevoort in the Meatpacking District in New York.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

With nods to several regions of the Americas, Margaritaville Orlando offers up new burger selections to celebrate National Hamburger Month

One of the most celebrated holidays at Margaritaville, National Hamburger Month returns to honor a true American icon—the hamburger. Starting May 1 through May 31, Margaritaville Orlando, along with locations across the country from the Bayou to Baja, will celebrate with specialty burgers that pay homage to regions of the Americas. Margaritaville will also pay tribute to its signature burger “Cheeseburger in Paradise” that has been served with a side of fun for almost 30 years. 

To prepare for the month-long celebration, Margaritaville connected with thousands of fans spanning the country, encouraging them to share their version of the perfect hamburger. The burger components surveyed ranged from the preferred type of patty to toppings, condiments, buns and sides. Out of more than 17,000 respondents, almost 82 percent of those surveyed preferred beef to turkey or vegetarian patties. An astounding 93 percent voted cheese as the number one topping, with cheddar as the favorite. Lettuce, tomato, bacon and pickles also got top votes. Ketchup, mayonnaise and mustard were the most popular condiments with barbecue sauce and Heinz 57 coming in fourth and fifth place. Naturally, the favorite side item was French fried potatoes with 77 percent of the respondents opting for a big kosher pickle and 53 percent choosing a cold draft beer as their beverage of choice to enjoy with their burger.

Margaritaville will celebrate with the following specialty burgers created by Director of Culinary Bill Rohm; Baja Burger topped with carne asada, Oaxaca and Monterey jack cheese, avocado, pico de gallo, and key lime crema, the Bayou Burger seasoned with Cajun spices, caramelized onions and Andouille bacon topped with a Cajun remoulade and the Chimichurri Burger topped with all the trimmings and chimichurri, a green sauce that goes perfect with grilled meats. All burgers can be substituted with veggie or turkey patties and are available with gluten-free buns. Burgers are served with a choice of French fries, sweet potato fries or mixed green salad.

The Orlando restaurant is located in Universal Studios CityWalk at 6000 Universal Boulevard and is open Sunday through Thursday from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. For more information regarding the Orlando location, please visit www.margaritavilleorlando.com or call 407.224.2155.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Who wants Chick-fil-A FREE for the next 3 months?

If you love Chick-fil-A as much as I do, you'll love this...

In celebration of Eating Orlando's Fifth Anniversary, I've partnered with Chick-fil-A to give away free food for the next 3 months!

To win, all you have to do is comment on this post with your favorite Chick-fil-A item, mention how you heard about the Orlando food blog, Eating Orlando, and make sure to include your name. It's that simple.

I'll pick 3 winners at random and post the names of the winners in a new blog post on May 15, 2014. If you see your name, just email me and I'll send you your free food cards right away. Entries close May 14, 2014 at midnight EST.

Good luck! Ain't anniversaries awesome?

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Domino's Pizza introduces a new chicken dish for delivery

Domino's Pizza has introduced a new specialty chicken item, and I had the opportunity to sample the dish with a home delivery. It was quite different from what you might expect from the pizza company. Several boneless chicken chunks were smothered in a sweet bbq sauce, bacon, and lots of cheese. I've gotta say I'd order it again for $5.99.

The four unique flavors offered include Crispy Bacon & Tomato, Spicy Jalapeno-Pineapple, Classic Hot Buffalo and Sweet BBQ Bacon.

“Our new Specialty Chicken is one of the most creative, innovative menu items we have ever had,” said Russell Weiner, Domino’s Pizza chief marketing officer. “Our pizza chefs have taken chicken to a whole new level, using our unique ingredients to create these four bold flavors. There’s nothing quite like Domino’s Specialty Chicken on the market today.”


A national TV campaign began April 21 that focuses on not being afraid to take risks – something Domino’s has certainly not been fearful of in recent history – and how some turn out better than others.

“We are proud to be known as a pizza company, but Specialty Chicken shows we are not afraid to step out of our comfort zone and take risks – something that is truly part of our brand fabric,” said Weiner. “Not every risk we have taken has turned out to be successful, but as a brand we have learned that sometimes you have to fail in order to be great.”

Specialty Chicken is the first new product for Domino’s since the launch of Handmade Pan Pizza in September 2012 and will be available as part of its $5.99 mix and match deal.

Note: I sampled the dish compliments of Domino's Pizza.

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