Tuesday, April 1, 2014

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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 www.yardhouse.com/careers, 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 visitwww.noodles.com 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 www.facebook.com/ChuysOrlando.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

New Dippin' Crab Buckets at Joe's Crab Shack are pretty much awesome

Joe’s Crab Shack, with nearly 140 shacks around the country, and six here in the Orlando area, has revealed a whole new way to serve up its legendary crab, along with a new menu brimming with 100% Shore favorites.

Featured on the new menu is the Dippin’ Crab Bucket, a dish that offers guests a chance to savor Joe’s fresh crab 15 different ways. Guests first choose one of Joe’s fresh-from-the-shore crab varieties, including king, queen, snow, Dungeness and Antarctic. Each is cooked to order, just like at the shore. The next big choice is one of the new Dippin’ sauces, includinga rich Garlicky Butter sauce, a ginger, plum and sriracha Tiki sauce, and the buttery mushroom Back Bay sauce. Every Dippin’ Crab Bucket also includes fresh corn, potatoes and a piping hot buttermilk biscuit for a little Southern flair.

I stopped in for a visit this week and I was impressed by the presentation, pleased with the friendly service and pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed the dipping sauces. I recommend the sriracha tiki sauce.

My guest and I split a Joe's Classic Steampot for 2 ($40.99) boiled with a nice garlic herb butter flavor with Pacific Dungeness crab, sweet Snow crab, peel and eat shrimp and smoked sausage, along with potatoes and corn on the cob. The portions were plentiful but we managed to pick and suck ever bite of sweet crab meat from every leg in the pot.

And let me recommend the Great Balls of Fire ($7.19) appetizer to start. The crunchy balls of crab were filled with jalapenos and cream cheese with a planko breadcrumb coating. Excellent.

“Crab is our middle name, and our guests expect a wide variety, all served up fresh and just like they do it at the shore,” said Joe’s Crab Shack Vice President of Marketing Janet Gieselman. “This season’s new twist on our popular Crab Buckets is an invitation to our guests to strap on a bib, crack a crab and dip into the 15 different flavor combinations.”

Joe’s also is rolling out its new Shack Calamari topped with Joe’s famous tangy Shack Sauce; the Southern Samplerfeaturing shrimp toast, crab fritters and fried pickles served with remoulade and ranch dressing; and Mahi Kabobbers – three skewers of mahi-mahi, bacon-wrapped shrimp, red peppers and red onions served with potatoes and corn hash.

Even the bar menu gets an update, with refreshing new Mason jar drinks, including the Patio Punch featuring Malibu Rum and DeKuyper Peachtree Schnapps, the Honey Peach Smash featuring Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey whiskey, and Remy Red Sangria featuring Remy Martin VS, Bacardi Rum and cabernet sauvignon.

The new menu items are available at all Joe’s locations through April 21. For a full menu, go to www.joescrabshack.com/menu. For locations, visit www.joescrabshack.com/locations.


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