Magical Dining on I-Drive

Wednesday, August 26, 2020
Food… It fuels our days of excitement on I-Drive, brings families and friends together, and has the power to transport our taste buds to locations around the globe, teaching us about different cultures and cuisines. If you’ve ever been to International Drive, you know that good food is a major part of the experience.
 
Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining is back for its 15th year, and celebrates food while simultaneously benefiting Feed the Need Florida, with $1 from each meal served being donated to help feed people who have struggled with getting access to healthy food during the COVID crisis.
 
With various restaurants across Orlando participating from August 28th through October 4th, be sure to head to these favorite I-Drive restaurants to enjoy a delicious 3 course prix-fixe meal for just $35 per person.
 
 
Cafe Tu Tu Tango
  
Take a step into a wild artist's loft in Barcelona, Spain, where a party is always in progress! The dining experience at Cafe Tu Tu Tango was made for the right side of your brain, with various kinds of art located throughout the restaurant, but what will really get you going are all the smells!
 
This year for Magical Dining they’ve put together a delicious mix of scratch made foods that boast flavors from across the globe!
 
To start, choose from Cajun Chicken Eggrolls, Halloumi, Jalapeno Mac and Cheese, Cuban Sliders, or Panzanella.
 
Then for the main course choose one of their signature pizza creations that won’t disappoint, or other items like Smoked Thai Spare Ribs, Butter Chicken Tikka Masala, and Sesame Steak Skewers.
 
But save room for dessert! Finish off your meal with an order of Chocolate Dipped Cheesecake Lollipops, or order up a fresh Strawberry Margarita Shortcake.
 
 
 
Tapa Toro Orlando
 
¡Qué delicioso! If you’ve been yearning for authentic Spanish cuisine, you don’t have to go all the way to Spain to find it! Enjoy the bold flavors of your favorite Spanish dishes right here in the heart of Orlando at Tapa Toro Orlando! Enjoy both classic and contemporary dishes and gather around the paella pit as flamenco dancers dance their way throughout the restaurant; the dining experience at Tapa Toro is truly remarkable.
 
Do your happy dance as you dig into Beef Empanadas, Ceviche, or their Iberian Cesar Salad appetizer. For the main course, enjoy Steak and Frites, Grilled Salmon, Chicken Madeira, or your choice between Vegetarian or Seafood Paella. Don’t forget to ask about their add ons that let you add lobster, shrimp and steak to your entree for extra.
 
Finally, surprise your taste buds with a sweet treat for dessert when you choose their Catalan Cream, Churros Tapa Toro or Flan for dessert.
 
 
 
Taverna Opa
 
Get ready for a dining experience and entertainment that will surely have you saying, Opa!
 
Taverna Opa is well known in the area for having authentic Greek eats, paired with Greek inspired belly dancing entertainment, and a live DJ mixing ranges of Greek, International, and top 40 every night. So, it’s no surprise that they’re bringing the heat during Magical Dining this year, with a Greek menu that will ‘wow’ guests!
 
Start your meal with an appetizer of Saganaki, Vlahotiri cheese flamed tableside, crispy calamari, or a fresh traditional Greek salad.
 
For the main course, get ready to lick your chops, because you can choose either Lamb Chops, Filet Mignon, or Lavraki Branzino. Oh, and you can add a lobster tail to any entree for just $22 extra. Finally, any good meal isn’t complete without a dazzling dessert, so order up their signature dessert, Opa Emek, Baklava, or Loukoumades.
 
 
 
Fogo De Chao 
 
Fogo De Chao stands as a favorite spot to celebrate any occasion with expertly grilled meat that is carved tableside by gaucho chefs who know a thing or two about grilling the perfect piece of meat. And luckily, Magical Dining is the perfect reason to celebrate at everyone’s favorite Brazilian Steakhouse!
 
Kick the meal off with something fresh from their Market Table and Feijoada Bar. We’re talking fresh salads, exotic vegetables, seasonal soups, and more!
 
But save room, because for Magical Dining they’re offering continuous tableside service of their best meats:
Picanha (prime part of the top sirloin) - seasoned with sea salt or garlic
Alcatra (top sirloin) - seasoned for tenderness and sliced thin
Fraldinha (bottom sirloin) - flavorful steak with strong marbling
Medalhões con bacon (bacon-wrapped steak) - hardwood-smoked, honey-cured bacon
Cordeiro (lamb) - prime lamb steak
Lombo (pork) - parmesan-crusted pork loin filets
Costela de porco (pork ribs) - slow-roasted for flavor and tenderness
Linguiça (spicy pork sausage) - slow-roasted and savory
Picanha de porco (pork picanha) - seasoned with sea salt
Frango (chicken) - breast, bacon-wrapped breast or tender legs
 
Go big or go home, right? Be sure you save room for a slice of their New York Cheesecake, Chocolate Brigadeiro, or Tres Leches!
 
 
Cooper’s Hawk Winery
 
Best known for their handcrafted wine selection, Cooper’s Hawk Winery is always crafting menu items with their wine in mind, making every meal here an unforgettable experience from the sipping to the savoring.
 
For Magical Dining they have created a tasty set of options for guests to enjoy.
 
Start by choosing an appetizer from choices like Asian Ahi Tuna Sashimi, Over the Border Egg Rolls, and roasted Vegetables and Goat cheese.
 
Then, prepare to be blown away with their main course options including Soy Ginger Atlantic Salmon, Crispy Asain Pork, Pan Roasted Barramundi, and Braised Short Rib Risotto. Good luck choosing only one.
 
But of course, enjoy a sweet treat to cleanse your palate before you go, and their S’more Budino, Salted Caramel Crème Brûléeor Flourless Chocolate Torte, should do the trick.
 
 
 
The Capital Grille
 
Known for their bold seasoned dry aged steaks and fresh seafood - The Capital Grille takes it a step further with their award-winning wine list and relaxed yet elegant dining atmosphere.
 
Start what is sure to be an enchanting dining experience with an appetizer of; New England Clam Chowder, a Field Greens Salad, or Wedge Salad.
 
Then, grab your silverware and get ready to dig into your main course, with options including Dry Aged NY Strip, Roasted Chicken Breast with Sherry Jus, an 8 oz Filet Mignon, pan seared Salmon, each served up with Sam’s Mashed Potatoes and Creamed Spinach.
 
And for dessert, the Chef will be choosing a specialty dessert daily from dessert options like; Cheesecake, Chocolate Cake, Coconut Cream Pie, Crème Brûlée, Flourless Cake, and Strawberries and Cream.
 
Let’s just say, be sure you come to Capital Grille, and ready to indulge in some fine dining. More info and reservations can be made here.
 
Orlando is a foodie’s destination, with hundreds of restaurants offering unique cuisine and dining experiences unlike anywhere else; and during Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining, you can enjoy three course prix-fixe meals at the hottest dining spots on I-Drive for just $35 a person, while benefiting the Orlando community.
 
Get a full line up of participating restaurants here, and get ready to experience the magic of food unlike ever before.
8/26/2020