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Craving Italian food and Sushi? Now you can have your pasta and eat sushi too.

13 Sep

Celebrating 20 years in their Naples, FL community, Matt and Seth Benevento-Berman are excited about the impact their restaurant has on the community. Noodles Italian Cafe and Sushi Bar offers scrumptious Italian fare, as well as an exquisite array of sushi options. Diners are treated to live music, seasonal events, and an atmosphere that’s unparalleled.

Noodles’ website says it best:

” Over the past 19 years Noodles has evolved into the uniquely styled, highly energized Noodles Italian Café & Sushi Bar – distinctively defined by its superlative interpretation of innovative New Italian cuisine combined with intricately composed Japanese sushi. Our collaboration with authentically trained & talented sushi chefs has been a wonderful surprise. Tuna Tataki or Fried Calamari? Volcano Roll or Mussels Tuscany? Soy Sauce or Balsamic Vinegar? Who Knew?  “

If you’re ever in the neighborhood, you must try Noodles Cafe – you won’t be disappointed!

(Imgs courtesy of Noodlescafe.com)

Mother’s Day Dining in Florida

6 May

We know you’re all making plans for Mother’s Day. If you live in Florida, we’ve got a few places you might enjoy in Palm Beach and Miami. We compiled a list from various reviews on southflorida.dinemag.net – feel free to add your own Florida area faves!

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4 Palm Beach Dining Options:

1) BRIO Tuscan Brill at the Gardens Mall, Palm Beach Gardens
TIme: 10:00 a.m.

BRIO will offer an a la carte brunch menu on Mother’s Day will menu items ranging from $10.95-18.95. Enjoy breakfast favorite like White Chocolate Raspberry French Toast or Crab & Shrimp Crepes or opt for lunch favorites like Citrus Chicken with Shrimp Scampi or Grilled Salmon & Angel Hair.

2) China Beach Bistro, 409 Northwood Rd, West Palm Beach
When: May 9-14

While China Beach will be closed on Mother’s Day, they will be celebrating mom all week long (5/9-14). Bring mom in anytime during the week and she will enjoy a free dessert with the purchase of an entree. China Beach will also be giving away Northwood Neighborhood Preferred cards that will give you 20% off your entire check from now until November. Stop by anytime and ask the hostess for your card.

3) Morton’s The Steakhouse, locations in Boca Raton and West Palm Beach
Time: 3-9 pm; Cost: $59++

Take mom to Morton’s on Mother’s Day and you will enjoy a 3-course prix-fixe for just $59. Start off with your choice of salad (either Morton’s Salad or a Caesar), an entree (Single Cut Filet Mignon with Bernaise, Filet Oskar with Asparagus and Jumbo Lump Crab, Broiled Salmon, Colossal Shrimp Alexander or Chicken Christoper) with a side dish; and either Creme Brulee or Double Chocolate Mousse for dessert.

4) Four Seasons, Palm Beach
Time: noon-6pm; Cost $100++ or $30++ for children 5-12

Enjoy a delectable brunch at Four Seasons with mom this year and her experience will enjoy mini-spa treatments, complimentary gifts from Amala (the new luxury cosmetic line), and browsing in the Tory Burch Lounge. There will be a lavish display of sumptuous treats for the brunch including a Iced Seafood Station with Oysters on the Half Shell, Assorted Sushi Rolls, a fruit and yogurt bar, American Caviar, salads, tapas, a carving station, classic breakfast options like made-to-order omelets; a dessert buffet (try the hot citrus crepes with vanilla ice cream) and more.

3 Miami Dining Options:

1) Area 31 at EPIC Hotel Miami; 305.424.5234
Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m; Cost $55++/adults or $25++/children 6-15

Make this Mother’s Day extra special by taking mom to Area 31 for a decadent brunch. Standouts on the menu include Lobster Ravioli with Black Truffle Sauce; Domestic Caviar and blinis; Long Island Duck Breas with Ruby Orange Glaze; Spring Greens; and Kobe Hot Dog Chemis with spicy mustard and chili sauce.

2) Atrio Restaurant & Wine Room at Conrad Hotel Miami, 1395 Brickell Ave, Miami; 305.503.6529
Hours: 11:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., $65/person or $24/children 5-12

Sumptuous cuisine with a view will set the mood for Mother’s Day this year at Atrio. Enjoy all of mom’s favorites like Spiced Honey Roast Ham with Pineapple Salsa; Seasonal Salads like Asparagus, Artichoke, Goat Cheese and Lemon; fresh pastas include home made mac & cheese; fresh omelets made to order; and an extravagant dessert station including the decadent chocolate fountain.

3) Norman’s 180 at the Westin Colonnade Coral Gables, 180 Aragon Ave, Coral Gables
Hours: 7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.; a la carte

The team at Norman’s 180 will be whipping up some Mother’s Day specials in addition to their regular breakfast menu next Sunday. These specials include the “Cuban Benedict” with poached eggs, buttermilk bisquit, smoked ham, ropa vieja and mustard bernaise ($15); Serran and Manchego Frittatas ($12); Smoked Salmon with poached asparagus, truffle ravigot and crispy fried red onions ($14); and Champagne Mascarated Local Fruit with mint, honey and chantilly ($10).

The Skinny on What’s Trending in Drinks

8 Apr

We don’t know about you, but we’re already looking forward to the warm days ahead. Despite some chilly weather, it is finally starting to feel like spring is in the air. We’ve got wining, dining, and sun in mind! And luckily for the health conscious, ‘Skinny Cocktails’ are in season. The Ink Foundry gives us the lowdown on who’s serving what.

Read on to find out more, and head over to their site to see the article in its original location: inkfoundry.com. Enjoy!

 

The Skinny on what’s Trending in Drinks at Restaurants and Bars

By Carina Ost

Good news, we are in 2011, prediction time is over and it is time to see what’s really trending. Low calorie options on menus or calorie content exposed is nothing new, but what is new is where that trend is spilling. Hint: look to what’s on top of your coaster or cocktail napkin.

While the nation is experiencing a cocktail explosion many Americans’ waistlines are expanding. For many diners the question becomes: cocktail or dessert? With the rise and reintroduction of so many interesting prohibition and artisanal cocktails who wants to just try one, there must be a better solution.

The first time many of us heard of the cocktail trend known as “Skinny Cocktails” was from Bethenny Frankel from The Real Housewives of New York City. She introduced us all to her Skinnygirl Margarita product and the world of 100 calorie cocktails was unleashed.

It is really no surprise, beers have become more calorie conscious in recent years. In fact, Miller Genuine Draft 64 clocks in with only 64 calories. With the average margarita containing upwards of 400 calories, a change was necessary.

On the retail side, alcohol is getting healthier. No lie. Liquor like VeeV, contain that magical fruit açaí, which has 57% more antioxidants than that other superfruit, pomegranates.

Agave nectar that was once only used for tequila production is now a readily used sweetener that is 1.6 times sweeter than honey, so you can use less and intake fewer calories. Vegans, diabetics, and nutritionists use it as a healthy subsitute for honey, sugar, and artificial sweeteners. Since the sweetener is a thin liquid, not viscous, it is an easy and healthy add-in to beverages from iced tea to Long Island iced teas. Expect more bartenders to shake with this sweet ingredient.

Since cocktails are part of the girls’ night out and dining out experience, what are the restaurants doing to give the people what they want: cool cocktails with low calories?

The Cheescake Factory, a place known for enormous portions, is rolling out a menu of five of their most popular cocktails in skinny versions with around half of the calories. Margaritas and mojitos that normally contain 300 calories now have 150 calories. Starting in March this slimmed down version of the drink menu will be available in all of their locations.

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar is serving up a cocktail called Tickled Pink, which clocks in at 99 calories, it is known as the skinniest of the skinny cocktails. This drink with Belvedere Vodka, sugar-raspberry preserves, and Mionetto Prosecco doesn’t leave us feeling like we are missing anything.

Z’Tejas Southwestern Grill has a “Naturally Skinny” cocktail line that features six cocktails that include  Veev alcohol, agave nectar, cucumber and much more. The drinks range from a Lemon Skinny Deep to an Açaí Basil Gimlet, all with less than 250 calories.

The only problem with this trend is that with half the calories we are all hoping for half the price. Unfortunately, that is just not the case. Although the Tickled Pink from Fleming’s is offered on their “5 For 6 ‘Til 7″ happy hour menu so you can grab it for $6 between 5pm-7pm every night of the week.

Cheers to skinny cocktails!

Top 20 Restaurants in Orlando

20 Jan

Here is one rating and review site’s “top 2o” restaurant picks for Orando, FL.

Locals: Is this list a good representation? What would you add or take off the list? Let us know, we’d love to hear from you!

Top 20 Best Restaurants in Orlando

From Orlandoescape.com

  • CRAVE offers fresh and innovative cuisine with an impeccable wine selection brought to life in a chic, casual atmosphere. The diverse menu features a variety of items ranging from a full sushi bar to Certified Angus Beef steaks. It also includes fresh seafood, roasted meats, fire baked pizzas, pastas and salads. Join us for our daily Happy Hour Special ranging from $3.00 – $5.00 on selected food and drink items. Also join us every Sunday morning for an All You Can Eat Brunch for just $15.95 or evenings for an All You Can Eat Prime Rib and Crab Legs for just $29.95. CRAVE offers two private dining rooms which are available for private parties, corporate meetings and other celebrations. Phone: 407-345-8788.
  • TChoup Chop Restaurant by Emeril Lagasse – Kick up your weekend at Emeril’s Tchoup Chop with a new three-course Sunday Brunch menu served from 10:30 am – 2:00 pm.  The prix-fixe menu price is determined by the guest’s entrée selection  ($22.00 – $28.00). Choose from a wide selection of delicious items such as Crispy “Quiche” Eggrolls, House Made Granola and Vanilla Yogurt, or Wasabi Cured Gravlox.   For the main course dishes include the Brioche French Toast with fresh berries and passion fruit coulis, an Asian twist on Eggs Benedict, plus a Hawaiian island favorite “Loko Moko”.  Also featuring is a selection of signature soups and salads.   Reservations recommended:  Phone:  407-503-2467
  • Waldorf Astoria Restaurants – Enjoy an exceptional dining experience at one of seven premium dining options at Orlando’s Waldorf Astoria Resort. Dine at the renowned Bull & Bear Steakhouse offering signature Prime steaks and seafood.  Savor delicious appetizers, wines, and micro-brewery beers at Oscar’s. Grab a quick bite at Peacock Alley, featuring an irresistible menu of small-plates and cocktails or visit The Clubhouse Grille offering refreshing drinks and traditional clubhouse dining. Other great dining options include Sir Harry’s Lounge and Aquamarine. For dining information call: 407.597.5500.
  • Hilton Bonnet Creek Restaurants – Treat yourself to succulent dishes and delicious desserts expertly prepared in our exceptional restaurants near Walt Disney World.  Dine at La Luce, exquisite Italian restaurant serving thin crust pizzas, family-style pastas and Mediterranean-inspired drinks.  Experience Harvest Bistro, (Kids Eat Free) featuring simply prepared American classics for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  Enjoy the open-air, Latin-influenced Beech Restaurant with upbeat atmosphere and free-flowing mojitos or just grab a drink at Zeta Bar.  Other great restaurants at the Hilton include: Sena Bar and Muse.  For more information call: Phone: 407-597-3600
  • Benihana Chef’s Special: Experience Japanese Hibachi Cuisine at it’s best!  Special of the month: Hibachi Shrimp & Chicken For Two Only $36.00 Now through January 31st. 12690 International Dr S, Orlando, FL
  • Capital Grille – Serving an impressive menu of nationally renowned dry aged steaks and outstanding selection of seafood.  Featuring an award-winning wine list of more than 5,000 bottles that will awaken your inner sommelier. Gracious and knowledgeable servers will delight you with their uncanny ability to anticipate your every need.  The American Culinary Federation recently honored them with the “Achievement of Excellence Award.”
    Phone: (407) 370-4392
  • Carrabba’s Italian Grill – Authentic Italian Restaurant in Orlando featuring outstanding Italian recipes of more than four generations. As a starter we recommend their exquisite shrimp scampi sautéed with garlic, white wine, herbs and lemon butter, served with garlic toast for dipping, as a main course enjoy their exquisite Chicken Marsala made with the world class Lombardo Marsala wine imported from Sicily… a must have! And to finalize your dinner enjoy the “Little kisses,” small, guilt-free versions of our favorite desserts, made fresh daily. Featuring 6 unique varieties.
  • Vines Grille & Wine Bar – Our motto speak for itself * Passion for Food * Obsession with Wine * Love for Music. Come and enjoy exquisite dining in an intimate and chic atmosphere. Featuring the very best ingredients from around the world. Offering dry-aged Prime Beef, American and Japanese Kobe, wild caught fresh fish and outstanding seafood. Located in the heart of Orlando’s “Restaurant Row,” (Sand Lake Road) just a few minutes from the Convention Center and major hotels. Phone: 407-351-1227.
  • Jack’s Place Restaurant – Featuring an outstanding gourmet menu of prime steaks, fresh seafood and a wide selection of appetizers, and desserts in a whimsical atmosphere featuring the world’s largest collection of autographed star caricatures.  Conveniently located on International Drive in Orlando Florida.  Phone: 407-996-1787.
  • Oceanaire Restaurant – Sample the best seafood flown daily from around the world at this Orlando restaurant. Appetizers include a luscious selection of caviar, shrimps an ever-changing selection of fresh Atlantic and Pacific Coast Oysters. Specialties vary by season providing you with a great variety of choices.  The Oceanaire is not only the perfect place for a relaxing or romantic meal, but also has quiet and comfortable private dining facilities for event dining and special functions.  For reservations call 407- 363-4801
  • Bergamo’s – Bergamo’s Italian Restaurant provides the best of Central Florida fine dining in an elegant and exotic atmosphere.  Enjoy Broadway show-tunes, classical opera, authentic Neapolitan folk songs and more—these are not your typical singing waiters.  One of Orlando’s best restaurants on International Drive. Phone: 407-352-3805.
  • Napasorn Thai Restaurant and Saké Bar – Enjoy authentic Thai cuisine in a fun and friendly atmosphere.  Serving a great selection of Thai dishes, Japanese Sushi, and an assortment of imported Asian Beers.  Located in heart of Downtown Orlando’s Entertainment District is a great place to kick back, enjoy some drinks and meet new friends. Phone: 407-245-8088
  • Sora – Serving traditional sushi selections such as Nigiri, Maki and Sashimi, Sora offers the customized Omakase platter, a multi-course tasting inspired by each day’s arrivals. There are a variety of specialty rolls to choose from and a selection of Bao Bun Sandwiches on the lunch menu. The lunch menu is available 11:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and dinner is served 5:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. Bar hours are 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 a.m. Menus are subject to change. Phone: 407-586-1190.
  • Banshoo Sushi Bar – Offering an inventive selection of specialty sushi rolls, fresh sashimi and inventive signature seafood dishes as well as distinct cocktails, wines and sake.  Banshoo is fueled by the masterful culinary skills of 20-year sushi expert, Chef Tadayoshi “Yoshi” Kohazame.  Located at the Rosen Centre Hotel.  Phone: 407.996.9840
  • Bubba Gump Shrimp at Universal Orlando – Guests looking to enjoy a fun, family atmosphere with a great tasting menu, based on the blockbuster film “Forrest Gump,” Loacated in Universal CityWalk. Phone: 407-903-0044
  • Seasons 52 – Come enjoy the pleasures of outstanding food expertly prepared, great wines and the company of good friends at Season’s 52 Restaurant featuring highly flavored meals according to each season. Our meals offer exceptional taste with fewer calories than other restaurants in Orlando. To complete your meal we offer and outstanding wine list of more than 100 wines, with 60 available by the glass. Located in Plaza Venezia – Sand Lake Road.  Phone:407-354-5212.
  • Wolfgang Puck Grand Café in Orlando – This comfortable, relaxed setting is perfect for a casual meal, business meeting or family dining. This restaurant features selections inspired by many of Wolfgang’s classic dishes along with contemporary offerings and seasonal specials. Highlights include fresh-made soups, hand-crafted sandwiches, fish, salad and signature pizza prepared with the finest, freshest ingredients. Also features an outstanding Sushi Bar for all Sushi lovers.  Located in Downtown Disney at West Side.  Tel.407.948.9653
  • Amura’s – Featuring “Hi-Definition” sushi, fresh seafood and outstanding steaks. At Amura’s you will be absolutely impressed not only for their signature dishes but also for their excellent service. Offering an extensive wine list to compliment your dining experience. Voted #1 Sushi in Orlando 4 years in a row. Located in Sand Lake Road. Ph: 407-370-0007
  • Rainforest Cafe – It’s a Jungle in Here! Dine in the most realistic indoor rain forest ever created. Complete your journey in our Retail Village which is overflowing with souvenirs of your adventure. Two great locations Downtown Disney / Marketplace and Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park: Phone: (07)827-8500 | Animal Kingdom: (407)938-9100
  • Roy’s Restaurant in Orlando – Nowhere else will you find a culinary experience quite like the flavors, textures and colors found in Roy’s Hawaiian Fusion Cuisine. Combining the freshest local ingredients with European sauces and bold Asian spices, each creation leaves you with the feeling that you’ve just found paradise. Established by the well recognized chef Roy Yamaguchi. Located in 7760 Sand Lake Road * Phone: 407-352-4844 – Reviewed by Tasters Guild Orlando.
  • Cuba Libre Restaurant and Rum Bar – Orlando’s Best Latin Restaurant. Enjoy exotic, flavorful and tantalizing Cuban American cuisine in a casual atmosphere. The moment you enter this Cuban hacienda, you will fill the Latin warmth, flavor and splendor of Old Havana, Cuba of the 1940s. On Saturday nights, enjoy excellent entertainment with Cuban percussionists, singers & salsa dancers. Located in Pointe Orlando on International Drive. Phone: 407.226.1600

Calling All Dining Enthusiasts!

17 Jan

Dear fellow foodies and local dining enthusiasts:

We know you all have favorite local dining spots, and we just have to know what they are! As DineLocal continues to grow in many different states, we are excited to learn about all the local neighborhood places you frequent so we can share your top ‘eats’ with everyone else. No one knows the dining scene better than a native, and that’s where you come in:
The next time you order dinner from a favorite restaurant, enjoy sipping cocktails at a bar that holds a special place in your heart, or splurge on a delicious dessert from a pastry place you’ve come to know and love: grab some photos of the surroundings and your food or drinks, write up a short review (a few menu recommendations always appreciated!), and email everything to us: dinelocalusa01@gmail.com.

Don’t be shy – you don’t have to be a professional writer (we will spellcheck and grammar-check all entries, and leave everything else as-is) and we welcome reviews from all local dining spots.

And remember, if you don’t feel comfortable writing your own review, you’re still invited! Be sure to check back at our blog to comment on other reviews as they come in!

Looking forward to hearing from you,

The DineLocal-USA Team