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.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Justin's Nice Ice Baby

Seriously, you clicked on the link looking for more details? What's today's date?

Got an "Eye" out for a new job? Yard House opens April 24th and they're hiring now

Yard House will open its first Orlando location on April 24th at the Center at the Orlando Eye. The upscale casual restaurant is known for its extensive draft beer offering and will feature 140 draft beer selections.The new restaurant will also bring 200 new jobs to the area.

“Orlando is a great market for Yard House,” said Craig Carlyle, president of Yard House. “We chose the Center at the Orlando Eye because of the strong appeal of the new development and its mix of retail, dining and entertainment options.  We look forward to showcasing Yard House’s distinctive beer and food offerings to Orlando’s dynamic mix of residents and visitors.”

Open daily for lunch, dinner and late night dining, the new Yard House will span nearly 14,000 square feet with seating for more than 300 guests inside and 80 more on the large outdoor patio.  The open floor plan features a mix of warm woods and cool stainless steel accents, as well as an original collection of abstract art commissioned by California artist Jerome Gastaldi.

The new restaurant will feature 140 beers on tap, each delivered fresh and perfectly chilled by miles of overhead steel and nylon beer lines to the central island bar.  The glass-enclosed keg room, which is kept at a constant 34-36 degrees, can house as much as 5,000 gallons of beer at one time.  Guests can order their favorite draft beers as a half-yard, traditional pint, shorty or six-pack sampler. The beer list for the restaurant will feature selections from Florida breweries, including Florida Beer Company and Cigar City Brewing.

Yard House’s award-winning menu includes more than 150 items including appetizers, salads, grilled burgers, tacos, seafood, steaks and ribs. Signature items include the Spicy Tuna Roll, tuna stacked and layered with cucumber, edamame, avocado and a trio of sauces, as well as (Mac + Cheese)2 with pulled chicken, applewood bacon and fried wild mushrooms.  

A continuous playlist of classic and contemporary rock will fill the restaurant, one of the concept’s trademark elements. A fleet of flatscreen televisions tuned to sporting events will be strategically placed throughout the restaurant and visible from nearly every seat.

The restaurant has dozens of service positions available in the front of house, including bartenders, servers and host/hostesses, as well as “heart of house” positions, such as prep and line cooks.  Interested applicants should visit at, where applicants can learn about opportunities, value and culture at Yard House.
I'm excited about the Yard House opening and looking forward to a revitalized I-Drive.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Noodles & Company opens first Orlando location March 3rd

Noodles & Company, serving classic noodle and pasta dishes from around the world, today announced that it will open its first location in Florida on State Road in Orlando, FL on Monday, March 3. The restaurant will open at 11:00AM and is located at 12531 State Road 535.

"We are excited to bring our world of flavors to Orlando. From healthy to indulgent, spicy to comforting, we have something for everyone, from kids to adults," said Erin Murphy, Senior Manager of Communications at Noodles & Company. “With a broad menu of noodles, salads, soups and sandwiches, you can get a different taste every day, in lots of different ways. It is flavors from around the world, right down the street. That’s why we’re called Your World Kitchen.”

Noodles & Company has more than 380 restaurant locations across the United States and delivers its globally inspired, cooked-to-order menu in a real bowl, delivered to the table with a smile. Its menu consists of more than 25 fresh, customizable dishes that are prepared quickly with quality ingredients. Favorites include the sweet and spicy Japanese Pan Noodles, zesty Pesto Cavatappi and the popular Wisconsin Mac & Cheese.

For a limited time only, Noodles & Company will be featuring three new savory dishes as part of their Winter World Tour. The Thai Hot Potincludes a 30-ingredient curry broth made with a fresh cabbage blend, sprouts, Fresno peppers and shiitake mushrooms with a sprinkling of rice noodles and pulled chicken and naturally-raised pork. The Alfredo MontAmore® consist of noodles tossed with a decadent four cheese blend, roasted mushrooms and grape tomatoes, spinach and Parmesan chicken. The Pork Adobo Flatbread features spicy Latin adobo flavors of toasted cumin and fire-roasted tomatoes, naturally raised pork, cheese and Fresno peppers toasted atop flatbread and finished with fresh lime and cilantro. 

The 2,800 square-foot Orlando Noodles & Company, which has seating for 84 guests inside the dining room and 20 guests on the outdoor patio, will be the first location to open in the state of Florida. Regular restaurant hours will be Monday through Sunday 11:00AM – 9:00PM. For holiday hours, please call the restaurant directly at (407) 560-8325.

 Local fans are also encouraged to join the Orlando Noodlegram e-club. Noodlegram members receive news, offers and exclusive information on Grand Openings, VIP Events, seasonal specialties, giveaways and more. For more information on Noodles & Company, please or check us out on Facebook and Twitter.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

"If you've seen one Chuy's, you've seen one Chuy's." So here's another Orlando.

Chuy’s, the Austin- based restaurant famous for its authentic and crave-able Tex-Mex menu, officially opens its doors today on International Drive. The new restaurant, located at I-Shops on the corner of Sand Lake Road and I-Drive, is Chuy’s second in the Orlando area, joining Chuy’s Kissimmee, which opened in spring 2013.

I stopped by last night for a preview event that benefitted Give Kids the World and enjoyed several rounds of margaritas, some awesome chicken nachos and about the biggest steak burrito I've ever attempted. Be warned: the steak burrito was delicious, but it sure was spicy!

For more than 30 years, Chuy’s has served fresh Tex-Mex favorites that include Stuffed Chile Rellenos, Chicka-Chicka-Boom Enchiladas and Chuy’s famous Big As Yo’ Face Burritos. Flour and corn tortillas are hand-rolled all day on the authentic comal located in the dining room allowing customers to experience the freshness first hand. In addition, distinctive décor will surround diners – an Elvis shrine, hubcaps on the ceiling and soaring eight-foot tall palm trees, among other eclectic treasures – to make Chuy’s Orlando the most fun and friendly restaurant in town. The Chuy’s motto is "If you've seen one Chuy's, you've seen one Chuy's!" because each restaurant’s eclectic décor is unique and no two restaurants are the same.

“We are so excited to bring Chuy’s to International Drive!” said Jack Baum, local owner/operator of Chuy’s Orlando. “There is nothing like us here on I-Drive, and we can’t wait to introduce our made-from-scratch Tex-Mex and funky vibe to both visitors and locals here in town.” 

Chuy’s new Orlando location is open seven days a week for lunch and dinner with a weekday happy hour from 4-7 p.m. complete with drink specials and the famous Fully-Loaded Nacho Car, offering a trunk load of chips, salsa, childe con queso, taco meat and more. For more information about Chuy’s Orlando, please find us on Facebook at


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