Date Night Perfection at Shari Sushi Lounge

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It’s been quite a while since Marc and I headed to Thornton Park for date night so this Saturday night we were long overdue for a trip. Unlike other areas of downtown, parking is easy to find most of the time in the area where Summerlin Avenue and Central Boulevard connect. There’s a parking garage, lots of on-street parking and ... Read More »

Dinner at Barnies CoffeeKitchen… yep, you read that right!

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When thinking of a great date night dinner experience, you might not immediately turn to a local coffee bar. But when offered the opportunity to try out the locally sourced, fresh, farm-to-table menu at Barnies CoffeeKitchen on Park Ave. (118 S. Park Ave., Winter Park), hubs and I jumped at the opportunity. We arrived at 6pm on Saturday evening, just as ... Read More »

Orlando’s Magical Dining Month Kicks off Aug. 25

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Get ready for the foodie extravaganza of the year! Orlando’s Magical Dining Month is once again upon us but this time with more than 75 participating restaurants and a special preview week starting Monday, August 25. Now in its 9th year, this annual affair gives diners the chance to experience the area’s best restaurants where special three-course dinners have been ... Read More »

Orlando’s 10 Best Sunset Spots

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Sunsets make us swoon. Few would argue that. So, when an Orlando Date Night Guide reader recently reached out and asked me to write a blog all about Orlando’s best sunset spots (thank you, Ian), I was thrilled to comply. I love a good sunset too! Being landlocked, we Orlandonians don’t get the pleasure of watching the ocean slowly swallow ... Read More »

Hemingway’s Summer Prix Fixe Menu

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Hemingway’s, the secluded and romantic Key West-inspired restaurant inside the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress, recently debuted a summer prix fixe menu available now through August. Designed by Executive Chef Kenneth Juran, the three-course menu features include: • Key Lime Caesar Salad • Florida Rock Shrimp Chowder with Zellwood sweet corn • Hemingway’s “Cayo Hueso” Crab Cakes • Duvall Street Shrimp ... Read More »

New Orlando Restaurant Openings and Happenings

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Our ever-growing town never stops expanding with new places to eat and food-focused happenings to check out. Here are a few new and notable tidbits to place on your radar: New Openings The Mills Brewpub has opened where Bananas Modern American Diner once was. This Mills 50 District restaurant and pub features over 70 beers by the bottle and six beers on tap ... Read More »

Firebirds Wood Fired Grill and Bar Lights Up Mills 50

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The Mills 50 District just keeps getting better. On that small strip of space on Mills Avenue between Princeton and Colonial, there are great restaurants like Pho 88, Tako Cheena, and Hawkers, and some of the best local watering holes like Quantum Leap Winery and Lil Indies. And on Monday, July 21, it gets even better: Firebirds wood-fired grill and bar, ... Read More »

Tchoup Chop, the Quick Hawaiian Get Away

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Emeril’s Tchoup Chop (pronounced “chop chop”) opened in 2003 at Universal’s Royal Pacific Resort. Though I’ve lived in the area—and visited City Walk and even Emeril’s Orlando—many a times since then, I never ventured to Tchoup Chop. It’s located in the hotel, so parking would be more expensive, I told myself. It’s too far of a hike from College Park, ... Read More »