Friday, November 14, 2014

Duffy's Sports Grill opens second Orlando-area location in Lake Mary

Duffy’s Sports Grill, after opening it's first Orlando location near the Mall at Millenia in September, will open a second Central Florida location today in Lake Mary.

Founded in 1985 in South Florida, Duffy’s Sports Grill has grown with locations spanning the East Coast of Florida from Melbourne to Miami. “The Orlando market has been on our radar screen for a long time,” explains Paul Emmett, Duffy’s Sports Grill President. “With its diverse communities and vibrant economy, we look forward to opening up to 10 more locations in Orlando as we continue our expansion throughout the state.”

Duffy’s Sports Grill’s unbeatable combination of high quality food, affordable prices and memorable hospitality has proven to be a recipe for success, making it a long-standing favorite among many Floridians. Duffy’s arrival in Orlando will continue this legacy, providing the community with an upscale sports environment complete with cutting-edge design elements such as brushed aluminum fixtures and large iconic sports photos. Guests are sure to enjoy the sleek and upscale décor while watching all the satellite sports programming available on the restaurant’s more than 100 televisions. “With both NFL and College football underway, Duffy’s looks forward to becoming the preferred destination for sports fans in Orlando, where guests can come together to root for their favorite team in a family-friendly environment,” says Emmett.

The reasonably-priced menu at Duffy’s Sports Grill, which features freshly prepared ingredients and grilled items, provides a dining experience that accommodates the needs and tastes of every customer. Guests will enjoy signature favorites such as Duffy’s BBQ Baby Back Ribs, ½ lb. Certified Angus Beef Burgers, grilled-to-order steaks, a variety of salads and pastas, along with the restaurant’s “Healthy Options” - 15 flavorful dishes containing fewer than 580 calories. In addition to great food, guests can expect exceptional value. Duffy’s offers 2-for-1 drinks all day, every day, on everything from the bar, including top-shelf cocktails, premium wine and even bottled beer.

Duffy's Sports Grill Lake Mary
951 Market Promenade Ave.
Colonial Town Park
Lake Mary, FL 32746 
(407) 878-3604                      

Thursday, November 6, 2014

We have a winner (or two)!

Congratulations Jillian and Aaron! You both got the right answer. The very first Chipotle opened in 1993 in Denver.

You've won free Sofritas! Just email me your mailing address and I'll get your free cards out to you ASAP.

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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Chipotle "So-FREE-tas"

Chipotle Mexican Grill has rolled out a new vegan offering at its Orlando locations: Sofritas. The rollout expands on the success of the test launches in California, Colorado, the Pacific Northwest, Chicago and select East Coast cities, and the placement as a permanent menu item in Boston and New York earlier this year. “Sofritas” – organic shredded tofu braised with chipotle chiles, roasted poblano peppers and a blend of aromatic spices – takes its name from “sofrito,” an aromatic combination of peppers, onions, sautéed garlic and tomatoes often used as a base in many Spanish and Latin American dishes.

“Sofritas is a very different kind of menu item, not just for Chipotle but for any fast food or fast casual restaurant,” said Steve Ells, Chipotle founder, chairman and co-CEO. “In creating the recipe for Sofritas, we wanted to produce something that would appeal to vegetarian and vegan customers, but that was delicious enough to have crossover appeal as well.”
Chipotle’s tofu supplier, Hodo Soy, is known as an industry leader for its organic, non-GMO tofu and artisanal methods of production. The San Francisco Bay Area company’s mission is to craft the highest-quality, best-tasting whole bean tofu, and Hodo Soy has become one of the most reputable tofu producers in the country. Its products are currently featured in some of the area’s leading restaurants, as well as farmers’ markets and specialty food stores.

Sofritas is available in burritos, tacos, burrito bowls and salads and can be combined with other signature ingredients, including white or brown cilantro-lime rice, pinto beans or vegetarian black beans, house-made salsas and guacamole, and cheese or sour cream.
Sofritas will become a permanent menu item in all U.S. Chipotle restaurants by the end of the year.
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If you'd like to sample Sofritas for FREE, just use the comment section below to answer this question: In what year, and where, did Chipotle open its first location?
Don't forget to include your name. From all right answers, I'll pick 2 winners at random and announce the winner on the blog. Good luck!

Chuy's to open third Orlando location

Yea! Chuy's has broken ground on their third Orlando restaurant. Famous for its signature dishes including Chicka-Chicka-Boom-Boom Enchiladas, As Big As Yo' Face Burrito, Creamy Jalapeno sauce - Chuy's has become a favorite to both residents and visitors of Central Florida. The new restaurant will be located minutes from Orlando International Airport and is scheduled to open in Feb. 2015.

Here's hoping they open one in Orlando proper soon for us locals.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

New restaurant concept announced for Disney Springs: The Boathouse

Disney Springs News: From the creator of Rainforest Cafe and T-REX Cafe and Yak & Yeti, comes The BOATHOUSE: Great Food, Waterfront Dining, Dream Boats - located at Disney Springs at Walt Disney World® Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

Opening Spring 2015 as one of the new venues in The Landing at Disney Springs – a re-imagined and exciting district of entertainment, dining and shopping – The BOATHOUSE will be an upscale, waterfront dining experience featuring spectacular floating artwork: dream boats from the 30’s, 40’s & 50’s.

The incredible culinary experience of The BOATHOUSE will be showcased in an expansive restaurant with three distinctive bars including The Captain’s Raw Bar, The Admiral’s Club Bar and The Dock Bar, which is built over the water. Other spectacular nautically-themed rooms include The Runabout, Twin Transoms, and The Lake House. There will also be two private dining rooms for special events, conventions and presentations: The Regatta and The Trophy Room. The BOATHOUSE restaurant will be managed by internationally renowned and award-winning Gibsons Restaurant Group, celebrated for exceptional food and extraordinary service (recently named Best Steak House in Chicago). Guests will enjoy a gourmet menu served daily until 2 a.m. featuring steaks, chops, fresh seafood and a raw bar.

The BOATHOUSE restaurant will immerse guests both on land and on water with live music and romantic Captain’s guided tours aboard The Venezia, a beautifully crafted 40-foot wooden Italian Water Taxi featuring champagne toasts and chocolate-covered strawberries. There also will be the exhilaration of guided Amphicar rides that launch from land, entering the water with a splash, taking guests on a 20-minute tour of the landmarks of Disney Springs.

The Harbor Master will orchestrate daily flag ceremonies, accompanied by a lively musical performance of beloved bugle songs, performed aboard a classic 1800’s antique steam boat.
Authentic nautical items, custom engraved paddles, distinctive lake-themed merchandise, and other unique items “Made on Earth™” will be available at The Ship’s Store, adjacent to The BOATHOUSE restaurant.

“Combining dining with interactive entertainment, The BOATHOUSE helps bring to life our vision of Disney Springs as a welcoming place for guests of all ages to enjoy with their friends and family amid the charm of a waterfront town center,” said George A. Kalogridis, president, Walt Disney World Resort.

“We are very excited that The BOATHOUSE is joining the Walt Disney World family at Disney Springs,” said creator Steven Schussler. “We are proud to bring the culinary expertise and impeccable service of Gibsons Restaurant Group to The BOATHOUSE. The outstanding cuisine, the excitement of Amphicars, the Italian Water Taxi, and live music will make The BOATHOUSE a must-see destination for Walt Disney World guests from all around the world. Walt Disney Imagineering has created a wonderful, interactive, culinary and entertainment experience at Disney Springs. We are proud to be part of this magical experience.”

For dining reservations and more information about The BOATHOUSE, guests will be able to visit in the future.

Representing the largest expansion in Downtown Disney history, Disney Springs will be a one-of-a-kind Disney experience, treating guests by day and night to great dining, shopping and entertainment amid beautiful open-air promenades, flowing springs and waterfront charm. With an air of sophisticated grace and design that harkens to Florida’s waterfront towns at the turn-of-the-century, Disney Springs will be home to four distinct, outdoor neighborhoods opening in phases: The Landing, Town Center, Marketplace and West Side. The Landing, as the first of the four neighborhoods and home to unique and memorable dining experiences including The BOATHOUSE, is scheduled to open in spring 2015.When fully completed in 2016, Disney Springs will double the number of shopping, dining and entertainment venues – from the current 70 to approximately 150.
Disney Springs is part of Walt Disney World Resort, the number one family vacation destination in the world, located in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.


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