Thursday, December 18, 2014

Thanks to Central Florida Graphic Design for the new Eating Orlando logo

Big thanks to my friends at Central Florida Graphic Design for the awesome new Eating Orlando logo. CFGD is an experienced graphic design company serving Orlando and the Central Florida area.


If you or someone you know needs design work, hit them up and tell them you were recommended by Eating Orlando.

And the new logo is just the beginning -- visit the blog for a completely new look and feel coming in January.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Steakburger anyone? Frozen custard? Freddy's finally comes to Orlando

Fast-casual restaurant franchise, Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers, opened its first Orlando restaurant Friday at 8107 Vineland Ave. The company has plans to build more than 20 restaurants in the Orlando metro market. Freddy's offers a variety of menu items including lean-beef steakburgers, Vienna Beef hot dogs, and shoestring fries, as well as a large assortment of dessert treats prepared with your choice of freshly-churned, chocolate or vanilla frozen custard.

“We genuinely appreciate the kind comments we’ve received regarding our anticipated debut in Orlando,” said franchise operator Brian Pyle. “Freddy’s is a family-friendly restaurant that caters to guests of all ages and parties of all sizes. We hope to be a convenient option for area shoppers at Orlando’s Premium Outlets looking to grab a delicious and quick meal, as well as for friends and family looking for that perfect place to celebrate a birthday, sports team victory, or to just enjoy each other’s company.”

The all-new, free-standing Freddy’s will feature abundant indoor seating, patio dining and drive-thru service. 

“For those who may not be familiar with the Freddy’s concept, a steakburger has similar characteristics to a hamburger, but is traditionally pressed thin to create a caramelized effect around the outside of the burger and a juicy, flavorful center,” said COO Scott Redler. “And because we press our patties thin, we always recommend that our guests order the Original Double – that’s two of our lean beef patties, and two slices of melted cheese topped with mustard, onion, and pickle. Served with our crispy shoestring fries and a drink, it a satisfying meal that’s always cooked-to-order.”

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. eatingorlando@gmail.com

Thanks for participating!

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.
Get "So-FREE-tas"
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!

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