For the eleventh straight year, Visit Orlando is sponsoring Orlando Magical Dining Month. The event kicks off with a preview week on Monday, August 29, and runs through Sunday, October 2, offering guests and residents of the Orlando area five full weeks to enjoy special savings, all while doing good. And this year, more than 90 restaurants will participate — up from 77 in 2015. The list includes several options in the Disney Resort Area as well.
If you’re not familiar with Magical Dining, we’re happy to explain! The event, which has become a fall tradition, offers a prix fixe menu at restaurants throughout the Orlando area. Guests pay $33 per person and can choose from a list of appetizers, main courses, and desserts to comprise their three-course meal. One dollar from each meal goes to support a local charity. In 2016, proceeds from the event benefit The Russell Home for Atypical Children. You can read more about The Russell Home here.
For a complete list of participating restaurants and Magical Dining Month menus, head over to Visit Orlando’s website. Below, we highlight the menus of some of our favorite participating Disney spots!
Morimoto Asia in Disney Springs offers sleek, sophisticated dining and a full range of Pan Asian favorites. We love the BBQ Kalbi! See our review of dinner here and of Morimoto Asia Street Food, the restaurant’s counter service spot, here.
Miso Soup and House Salad
Dim Sum (Combo/ Assortment): Chicken dumplings, shumai, shrimp har gao
Kakuni Pork Bao: Steamed buns, braised pork belly, lettuce and spicy mayo
Orange Chicken: Tempura chicken, Chinese broccoli, wok-tossed with a sweet Florida orange sauce
Lo Mein (Chicken or Vegetable): Stir-fried egg noodles, napa cabbage, carrot, bean sprout, mushroom, scallion
La BBQ Kalbi: Marinated and grilled boneless short ribs, house kimchi, gochujang sauce
Sweet and Sour Branzino Filet: Boneless Mediterranean sea bass, signature sweet and sour sauce
MM Soda Float: “Ramune (Japanese Soda) Cream Float” Boba pearls, mixed berries, vanilla gelato
Churro Fondue: Homemade churros, nutella, vanilla cream
Sesame Balls: Red bean paste, white sesame
Chilled Late Summer Tomato Soup: serrano ham, spanish olive oil
Hearts of Romaine: garlic crouton, parmesan lemon dressing
Roasted Beets: goat cheese fondue, toasted hazelnuts
Petite Filet Mignon: pickled wax beans, almond romesco
Soft Smoked Salmon: maple mustard, stewed beluga lentils
Confit of Duck Leg: gigante bean cassoulet, duck fat bread crumbs
Warm Chocolate Chip Cookie: chocolate sauce-caramel, vanilla ice cream
Orange Dream Cheesecake: bruleed oranges, whipped cream
Il Mulino New York Trattoria
Il Mulino New York Trattoria in the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin has long been one of our favorite stops for delicious Italian fare. Don’t miss the Torta Al Cioccolato for dessert! See our most recent review here.
Arancini: Italian rice balls over spicy marinara sauce
Insalata Caesar: The classic Il Mulino Caesar salad
Insalata Trattoria: Organic greens, seasonal vegetables, truffle vinaigrette
Salmone: Broiled salmon, light garlic, olive oil, wild mushrooms, broccoli rabe
Pollo Piccata: European cut chicken breast, lemon, white wine
Penne Rigate: Penne, Il Mulino Original Marinara, ricotta cheese
Tortellini Alla Panna: Meat tortellini, crisp peas, cream sauce
Torta Al Cioccolato: Flour-less chocolate cake, whipped cream, zabaglione
Cheesecake All’ Italiana: Italian style cheesecake, whipped cream, zabaglione
Tiramisu: Layered espresso and coffee liqueur, infused lady fingers, mascarpone cream
Todd English’s bluezoo
For an ultra chic evening, head to Todd English’s bluezoo at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin resort. Craft cocktails and imaginative seafood top our list of must haves here. Read about it in our most recent review.
Traditional Caesar Salad: Baby romaine, buttered croutons, shaved reggiano, lemon garlic foam
Bluezoo’s New England Style Clam Chowder: Light and brothy with salt cured bacon, house-made oyster crackers
Pappardelle Bolognese: Hand crafted pasta, ricotta salata, seasonal mushrooms, braised beef, roasted tomato sauce
Idaho Trout: Tomato fondue, parisian potatoes, blistered green beans, sauce almandine
Fish And Chips: Beer battered corvina, salt and vinegar potato chips, sautéed spinach, peas, tartar sauce
Warm Chocolate Banana Molten Cake: Chocolate cream pudding, chocolate sauce, caramelized banana,
banana ice cream
Seasonal Sorbet: A trio of refreshing sorbets inspired by the season
Carpaccio: Piedmontese beef , cured mushrooms, pickled radish, watercress
Artichoke Tart: Mortadella, local green salad
Caesar Salad: Hearts of romaine, parmigiano, anchovy, focaccia croutons
Braised Short Rib: Local heirloom carrots, soft polenta, caciocavallo cheese
Pan Seared Local Redfish: Crushed olive oil potato, broccolini, key lime basil emulsion
Pollo: Herb grilled chicken, EVOO and herb crushed potatoes, seasonal vegetables, natural jus
Florida Strawberry Crostada: Limoncello crema, mango-passion sorbetto
Hazelnut Budino: Salted caramel, chocolate crisp
Reservations, which are strongly suggested, can be made at OpenTable.com.
Now we want to hear from you! Will you be participating in Orlando Magical Dining Month in 2016? Leave a comment and let us know where you’ll be dining!