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Friday, January 22, 2021

Portillo's Beef Bus rolls into downtown Orlando to sling Chicago-style hot dogs and more through Jan. 30

Posted By on Fri, Jan 22, 2021 at 6:59 PM

Ahead of a scheduled Orlando outpost opening in March, fast-casual Chicago hot-dog chain Portillo's has parked its "Beef Bus" food truck in Lake Eola. The Bus will be stationed on the 200 block of East Central Boulevard by the fountain through Jan. 30, serving up Chicago-style hot dogs, Italian...

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Frontyard Festival launches outdoor 'Sunday Brunch' performance and dining series in downtown Orlando

Posted By on Fri, Jan 22, 2021 at 11:09 AM

The organizers of the Frontyard Festival in downtown Orlando are launching a new performance series combining two elements a lot of people have been missing: live music and brunch. On Feb. 7, the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts will debut the first "Sunday Brunch on the Yard," an...

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Dochi, maker of fine Japanese mochi donuts, is opening a shop in Mills 50

Posted By on Fri, Jan 22, 2021 at 9:45 AM

Those of you who went cuckoo when Dochi opened on the second floor of East End Market back in February, prepare to lose your minds. The shop specializing in mochi donuts will open a permanent space in Mills 50 and, get this, they're aiming for a Valentine's Day opening....

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Thursday, January 21, 2021

Susuru Yatai will open inside downtown Orlando's Bumby Arcade Food Hall

Posted By on Thu, Jan 21, 2021 at 10:51 AM

If you've been to Fukuoka, Japan, you may have indulged in the street fare served at the city's yatai. Those food stalls serve everything from noodles to grilled meats to takoyaki and, later this year, local Japanese restaurant Susuru will bring one to downtown Orlando. Susuru Yatai will set...

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Tuesday, January 19, 2021

KrungThep Tea Time to open vegan kitchen in downtown Orlando for takeout and delivery

Posted By on Tue, Jan 19, 2021 at 1:03 PM

Attention, herbivorous foodies. Winter Park's KrungThep Tea Time will be spinning off a new vegan kitchen "sister restaurant" with a projected opening date of the end of January. The unveiling of Plant Based Krungthep Tea Time came last week on KrungThep's social media channels. The dishes will come out of a downtown...

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South Orange Provisions food hall to open in downtown Orlando this year

Posted By on Tue, Jan 19, 2021 at 12:04 PM

There's a new food hall coming to downtown Orlando this year. South Orange Provisions will soon(ish) be occupying the ground floor atrium of the old SunTrust building downtown at 200 S. Orange Ave. The upscale 10,000-square-foot food hall will host a planned nine food stalls and feature a shaded...

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Monday, January 18, 2021

Hot dog! Chicago's Portillo's to open first Orlando location in March

Posted By on Mon, Jan 18, 2021 at 11:28 AM

Hot dog! Chicago wiener chain Portillo’s will be opening an Orlando location in March. Joining Central Florida outposts in Tampa and Brandon, the Chicago-based hot dog purveyor will be opening the doors to this new Orlando location at the Village at O-Town West in the Lake Buena Vista area...

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Friday, January 15, 2021

Shake Shack's first-ever drive-thru is coming to a West Orlando shopping center

Posted By on Fri, Jan 15, 2021 at 5:21 PM

The first ever Shake Shack drive-through will open at Vineland Pointe later this year, announced the shopping center Friday. The shopping plaza is located just west of SeaWorld on I-4, and is in phase three of its opening plans. The plaza has already opened several retail stores like Burlington, Marshall's and...

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The Gnarly Barley celebrates nine years of beer in South Orlando

Posted By on Fri, Jan 15, 2021 at 12:47 PM

The Gnarly Barley is celebrating its ninth anniversary on Saturday with a pig roast, music and, of course, beer. The roadhouse bar announced the celebration on its Facebook page. It said in the event description that will do it the same way they opened — "with a pig roast...

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Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Universal Orlando announces new ‘International Flavors’-themed Mardi Gras celebration

Posted By on Wed, Jan 13, 2021 at 1:00 PM

Mardi Gras in New Orleans may be canceled this year, but Universal Orlando is going ahead with a heavily modified version of their own annual Mardi Gras celebrations. Pivoting away from the usual live music events to a more foodie-friendly affair, Mardi Gras 2021: International Flavors of Carnaval will...

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