If you’re looking for some culinary sizzle in your upcoming Orlando meeting or incentive itinerary, you’re in luck. Three high-profile restaurants are slated to open by late summer offering group-dining options, exciting menus and decidedly different ambiances.
- Fogo De Chao. Slated to open March Thursday March 15, this 12,000-square-foot Brazilian steakhouse on International Drive will seat 400 guests. Ideal for groups with five private and semi-private dining rooms as well as an outdoor patio, Fogo De Chao, which has locations in Atlanta, Beverly Hills, Las Vegas, Scottsdale and other cities in the U.S. and South America, offers an elegant dining experience with crisp white table cloths and elegant furnishings and art work. The menu includes Picanha, the restaurant’s signature steak, a prime cut of top sirloin. Dinner, which includes a massive salad bar, is $42.50; lunch Monday-Friday is $26.50 and $35.50 on Sunday.
- Rocco’s Tacos & Tequila Bar. Set to open in the spring on Orlando’s Restaurant Row near Universal Orlando, this 8,200 square-foot high-energy Mexican eatery will offer more than 225 varieties of tequila and traditional Mexican cuisine with entrees ranging in price from $15 to $25. Other intriguing elements include a 2,000 square-foot patio and bar overlooking West Sand Lake, live mariachi bands, guacamole prepared tableside and occasional free tequila pourings.
- Cask & Larder. Scheduled to open in August by the owners of Ravenous Pig, one of the Orlando area’s most popular restaurants, Cask & Larder, an innovative upscale brewpub, will feature Southern artisanal food, fresh fruits and vegetables from local farmers, Florida fish and seafood and hand-crafted beer. The 6,000-foot, 150-seat restaurant in Winter Park in the old Harpers Tavern/Boathouse location is the brainchild of Chefs James and Julie Petrakis, who are James Beard Nominees for their culinary talents. Menu prices have not been set.