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Disney World Is Now Serving Alcohol At All Sit-Down Magic Kingdom Restaurants!

Did you hear?? Guests 21+ no longer have to park hop around Walt Disney World in order to get their drink on when visiting the Magic Kingdom. Now park guests can indulge in adult beverages at every sit-down restaurant in the Magic Kingdom, which has had a strict policy banning alcohol from the park since its opening back in 1971. All the other Disney parks (Epcot, Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios) serve booze, but Magic Kingdom was the last park to keep things sober, respecting Walt Disney’s vision to keep the Magic Kingdom G-rated. But times are a’changing. The first Magic Kingdom restaurant to serve alcohol was the Beauty and the Beast themed restaurant, Be Our Guest, which opened back in 2012. Then in late 2016, Magic Kingdom added four more sit-down restaurants that serve wine and beer: Tony’s Town Square, Cinderella’s Royal Table, Skipper Canteen, and Liberty Tree Tavern. Tony’s Town Square on Main Street offers beer and Italian wines. Cinderella’s Royal Table offers mimosas, bellinis, and sangrias for breakfast, and a rather extensive wine list for lunch and dinner. Liberty Tree Tavern has beer, cider, and wine. Now Disney has announced that guests 21+ can order alcohol off the menu at all Magic Kingdom sit-down restaurants with the addition of three final table service restaurants adding booze to their menus. The three additional restaurants include the Plaza Restaurant, a casual salad and sandwich spot on Main Street USA; the Crystal Palace, a character buffet restaurant with Winnie the Pooh, Eeyore, and Piglet; and the Diamond Horseshoe, a dinner buffet in Frontierland. These restaurants now feature specially selected adult beverages that are unique to their menu. At the Plaza Restaurant, guests can enjoy American beer and wine, including a regional craft India Pale Ale. At the Crystal Palace, guests can indulge in sparkling wine breakfast mimosas, as well as beer and wine, such as Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, to pair with their lunch and dinner buffets. At the Diamond Horseshoe, guests can grub on Frontierland food with wine or classic American beer such as traditional lagers. Counter services will not be serving alcohol of any kind and hard liquor is still prohibited throughout the park. Disneyland in Anaheim, CA is still a dry park except for the ultra-exclusive members-only Club 33.

We’re Taking a Summer Break June 9th – August 31st, 2018!

We all know how outrageously HOT and UNCOMFORTABLE the Summer months can get here in Central Florida. We completely understand that most sane individuals will be enjoying their Summer afternoons lounging in pools or playing at the beach to catch a break from the brutal 90 degree Florida heat. We get it. Which is why Orlando Food Tours will be taking a Summer hiatus from all Walking Food Tours starting on Saturday June 9th and ending on Friday August 31st. What does this mean? First off, no need to worry – we’ll resume our tours on Saturday September 1st, 2018. All gift certificates will remain valid. They can be redeemed once our tours resume on September 1st. However, we do encourage those holding gift certificates to book your tours ASAP in order to schedule your tours prior to our hiatus. These remaining tours will fill up fast – so book sooner rather than later. To book your tour today, please visit: http://www.orlandofoodtours.com/walking-food-tour/ That’s it! We’ll be back as usual when the cooler weather returns.

Stranger Things Is Coming To Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights 28

#JUSTICEFORBARB – The Upside Down is coming to Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights 2018. Universal just announced that they are partnering with Netflix to give the pop culture phenomenon, Stranger Things, the honor of Halloween Horror Nights fame at their Orlando, Hollywood, and Singapore park locations. The season 1 inspired maze will start guests off on Mirkwood and end with them being terrorized by none other than the Demogorgon. Guests will find their way to the Byers’ family home – complete with an epic display of erratic flashing Christmas lights. Guests will also be chased through the Hawkins National Laboratory and they will experience the freakishly eerie floating orb spores of the Upside Down firsthand. I’m willing to bet my right arm that Eleven and her Eggos also make an appearance in the maze at some point! “We’re very excited to be working closely with Netflix – to give our guests an immersive experience into the “Stranger Things” world by recreating some of the show’s most iconic scenes, 80’s settings, and most loved characters,” said Universal. This will be the first time Netflix has dared to cross over into the foreign waters of the tourism industry, despite CEO Reed Hastings previously showing some signs of interest. We certainly hope it won’t be the last Netflix hit to make its way to HHN Orlando! Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights runs September 14th through November 3rd. Universal is already offering BOGO tickets – buy one night, get one night free (available on select nights). I’M IN! Now, who’s coming with me?

Voodoo Doughnut Update – Menu for Universal CityWalk Released

Are you still patiently waiting for the new Universal CityWalk Voodoo Doughnut to open their doors? Although Universal has yet to release an exact opening date other than “spring” they did announce Voodoo’s new over-the-top menu, featuring 50 delicious and unique doughnut concoctions. These insane combos are sure to keep Voodoo’s reputation in high standing, as Voodoo has worked hard to build a cult following with their delightfully weird and delicious creations. Let’s take a quick look at some of the doughnuts our team at Orlando Food Tours can’t wait to experience. Voodoo Doll Although the specific characteristics of each of these doughnuts differ, the Voodoo Doll is the signature doughnut of the establishment and features a raised yeast doughnut stuffed full of raspberry jelly topped with chocolate frosting and a “voodoo doll pretzel pin” stabbed through its little frosting heart. Poor guy, but it sounds so good! Portland Cream A true tribute to the original Portland Voodoo location, this tasty raised yeast shell doughnut is filled with Bavarian cream and topped with chocolate and two frosting eyeballs, representing the vision of the great city of Portland. Grape Ape Almost removed once from the original Portland doughnut menu, this doughnut with vanilla frosting, grape dust, and lavender sprinkles was saved by dedicated customers. After numerous fans begged for this baby to stay on the menu, it became a huge success! It’s rumored that some hardcore Grape Ape fans now sport tattoos in its honor. The Loop  I LOVE cereal of all kinds so I’m super excited about their cereal menu items like The Loop, which is covered with vanilla frosting and a sweet and golden fruit loop breakfast cereal twist! Butterfingering This one speaks for itself – it’s a glorious chocolate cake doughnut filled to the brim with vanilla frosting and delicious Butterfinger crumbles. Memphis Mafia Okay, we’re contemplating dropping our 2018 diet for this bad boy! Fried dough with banana chunks and cinnamon covered in glaze, and then drizzled in chocolate and peanut butter with lots of peanuts and chocolate chips on top. YES, please!! Chuckles Doughnut If you’re a big coffee drinker this one might be for you! It’s a raised yeast doughnut with chocolate frosting dipped in mocha powder and topped with peanuts and caramel and chocolate drizzle. Can you say sugar rush? Pride Bar We’re happy to see this one included in the Orlando Universal CityWalk collection, celebrating our hometown Orlando Pride with a tasty doughnut chock full of luscious Bavarian cream and topped with vanilla frosting and all the vivid colors of the rainbow! Of course, some old-fashioned cake varieties are also on the menu, along with raised dough, shell, and fritter style treats. The largest single menu item (in size) that will be available at the new Universal Orlando location is the Texas doughnut (pictured below), which is equal in size to SIX regular glazed doughnuts. We’re assuming it will be the main rival to Homer Simpson’s gigantic pink doughnut available at Lard Lad Donuts at Universal Studios Orlando. Lastly, vegans will be thrilled to know that there is quite a decent selection of 13 different vegan treats, with vegan-friendly versions of some of the menu favorites such as the Voodoo Doll, Portland Cream, Old Dirty Bastard, and some fun new creative vegan selections! We can’t wait!! Can you? Let us know which kooky concoctions you can’t wait to try out in the comments below! *Voodoo Doughnut images taken from their website: https://www.voodoodoughnut.com/doughnuts/ 

Booze-serving Taco Bell Cantina Opening Near UCF!

What goes with broke college students better than the Taco Bell dollar menu? How bout’ a Taco Bell with a dollar menu AND booze? That’s right, folks! Taco Bell is opening Central Florida’s first booze-serving Taco Bell Cantina location in the UCF area on the corner of Alafaya and University, across from UCF’s main entrance. Now, when drunk UCF students stumble out of Bar Louie (which also shares the plaza location) they can make their way to Taco Bell for some sustenance and, well, more booze! We must say, it does appear that Taco Bell is targeting the colleges in Florida, as they just recently opened their first Florida location in Gainesville, near the University of Florida. The UCF Taco Bell Cantina location will be the second Cantina location statewide. Trying to cater to today’s millennial tastes and preferences, the new Taco Bell Cantinas are more upscale than their regular Taco Bell locations and feature craft beer, wine, sangria, and their token frozen drinks… now with the option of adding alcohol! They also feature a large open kitchen and murals from local artists. The only thing missing is the drive-thru. Taco Bell has yet to release an opening date for the new UCF location but plans to open around 300 of the drive-thru-free locations over the next five years.

Al Capone-themed Capone’s Coal Fired Pizza Opening Near Winter Garden!

Capone’s Coal Fired Pizza is opening a second Al Capone-themed restaurant (complete with pictures of famous mobsters) in the Hamlin Town Center project near Horizon West, close to Winter Garden. This will be the second location for the new pizza chain, after originally launching their brand in Fort Myers, Florida. Themed after Chicago gangster Al Capone, the new Capone’s Coal Fired Pizza location will stick with the prohibition era-theme and will feature the same wood and iron décor, and exposed brick pizza ovens, as the original Fort Myers location. The new location, Hamlin Town Center, will also be home to another future restaurant from Capone’s owner, 23 Restaurant Services, themed after early 20th-century figure, Henry Ford, called Ford’s Garage. Ford’s Garage will include nods to the Ford Motor Co.’s early vehicles. If the second Capone’s sticks with the same menu as the original Fort Myers location, the menu will include pizza, pasta, sandwiches, calzones, salads, beer, wine, cocktails, and more. You can view the Fort Myer’s location menu here.

Sticky Rice Lao Street Food Grand Opening 2/6 – 2/11 2018!

Since Sticky Rice Lao Street Food (1915 E. Colonial Drive) opened their doors back in late 2017, their traditional Laotian cuisine has been receiving rave reviews from local foodies. To honor their guests and to say a big thank you to the Orlando community, they are holding their official grand opening next week. Guests will be transported to the streets of Laos by their tapas-style small plate menu which consists of several signature dishes, but foremost among them is sticky rice, traditionally served at every Laotian meal. Sticky Rice Lao Street Food also features Lao staple dishes of papaya salad, beef laab salad, lemongrass sausages, jerky and dumplings, and Lao chicken wings, among other menu items. For their grand opening week, Sticky Rice’s owner and head chef of Soupa Saiyan, Marshall Phanthachit, is celebrating with a week of specials which highlight some of their most popular dishes: Tuesday 2/6: FREE “Get Lao” T-Shirt with purchase of $30 or more Wednesday 2/7: Half off Sticky Street Wings Thursday 2/8: Half off Chicken Laab Friday 2/9: Half off Papaya Salad Saturday 2/10: Half off Thai Tea Sunday 2/11: Half off Mango Sticky Rice They’ll also be open late Friday 2/9 and Saturday 2/10 with ½ off beer after 10PM! Some pro tips from Sticky Rice include: *Sharing and eating with hands is heavily encouraged *Extra parking in the back *Call ahead for takeout orders to beat the masses You can check out their full menu via their Facebook page.

Tartine Wine Bar & Eaterie Opens With New Breakfast & Lunch Menu

It was announced back in November that Pete Morales, the former executive chef at F&D Kitchen & Bar in Lake Mary, was teaming up with Croissant Gourmet’s owner Francois Cahagne to open a new French restaurant in the Croissant Gourmet location on Edgewater Drive (2445 Edgewater Drive) in College Park. The much anticipated Tartine Wine Bar & Eaterie is now open and debuted its new breakfast and lunch menu earlier this week, serving up delicious savory items, including the legendary breakfast pastries of Chef Francois Cahagne. Additionally, husband and wife team Josh Martin and Jaimie Wikeen are the new seasoned chefs running the kitchen.  Also new, is the sexier French-themed ambiance of the restaurant which proudly features an artistic black wall chalk-paint illustration, outling France’s major wine-producing regions. A small dinner menu is in the works and will showcase gourmet French cooking with a Southern twist. Rumor has it, the menu will be “well-executed and ever-changing” and will specialize in Tartine house-made bread, as well as sharable plates. Dinner service will be added Thursday – Sunday in February and will include a menu for dogs (another possible rumor?). Tartine Wine Bar & Eaterie currently offers coffee by Julius Meinl (a new espresso machine!), hard-to-find unique French beers and ciders, and of course French wine (prices start at $24/bottle). The restaurant is now open from 8:00AM – 3:00PM. Hours will be extended to 8:00AM – 10:00PM beginning February 1st.

Voodoo Doughnut Coming to Orlando CityWalk Spring 2018!

Move over Dunkin’ Donuts, there’s a new donut king coming to town! That’s right fellow foodies – the sorcery of Voodoo Doughnut is coming to Central Florida! The Portland-based cult donut chain, well known for its weird and wacky donut creations, is opening its first location east of the Mississippi River this spring at Universal Orlando CityWalk. The new CityWalk store, set to open next to NBC Sports Grill & Brew, will have Voodoo’s standard eclectic pink décor and offer the same delicious donuts found in its other locations in Portland, Denver, Austin, and CityWalk Universal Studios Hollywood. The iconic Voodoo Doughnut, created by Kenneth “Cat Daddy” Pogson and Tres Shannon, first debuted its delightfully sinful fried doughy treats in Portland in 2003. Voodoo is best known for its unique raised yeast donut concoctions. Some of the best-of-the-best include: Old Dirty Bastard: Chocolate frosting, Oreo cookies & peanut butter Grape Ape: Vanilla frosting, grape dust & lavender sprinkles Bacon Maple Bar: Maple frosting & bacon on top McMinnville Cream: Bavarian cream & topped w/ maple frosting, eyes & mustache Voodoo Doll: Raspberry jelly filled & topped w/ chocolate frosting & a pretzel stake Mexican Hot Chocolate: Chocolate cake donut, cinnamon sugar & cayenne pepper Butterfingering: Chocolate cake donut w/ vanilla frosting & Butterfinger crumbles Do’nut worry! We’ll be the first to let you know when Voodoo Orlando opens its doors! Stay tuned…  

Downtown Orlando’s Kasa Rebranding as Chela Tequila & Tacos

Downtown Orlando’s Kasa Restaurant & Bar, formerly located at 183 S. Orange Street in the Cobb Plaza Center, is changing names and menus this month. The once popular tapas restaurant and brunch spot opened back in 2013 under the guidance of Food Network’s reality TV contestant Josh Lyons and was operated by Avenue Gastrobar‘s owner, Bento Group. Kasa closed for remodeling and employee retraining following New Year’s Eve festivities on December 31st 2017 and will reopen January 23rd 2018 as Chela Tequila and Tacos. Manager Rodrigo Solis confirms that the former tapas spot will be adopting an upscale Mexican-inspired menu. Some of Kasa’s menu items will remain, such as the Kasa corn, but otherwise there will be an entirely new selection of dishes, confirmed Solis. Current Kasa Orlando gift certificate holders can redeem their certificates at Chela upon its opening. Chela will also continue Kasa’s weekly Unwine’d Wednesday and Bubbles ‘n’ Brunch weekend events. A soft opening is rumored to be possible the week of January 15th. Keep an eye out for further opening information on their website.