It’s become an annual ritual for restaurants in many metropolitan cities to band together for a week of dining specials. It’s great for the eateries that participate since it brings in customers, and it’s great for food lovers who have a chance to try out more expensive places at a lower price.
But there’s no reason travelers can’t use these restaurant weeks (as they’re usually called) to score great deals on dining out.
So if travel plans for September 2017 include visits to the Florida cities of Orlando and Tampa, take advantage of one or both of these great promotions.
Orlando Magic Dining Month
It might surprise some people, but Orlando has many fine dining establishments. Quite a few of them even have celebrity chef names attached to them. Of course eating at them can be pricey, but during Orlando Magic Dining Month, it’s possible to enjoy the gourmet experience without paying the price for it.
From September 1 through September 30, 2017, over sixty of Orlando’s best restaurants are participating in this annual restaurant promotion.
For $30 per person (plus tax and beverages), it’s possible to enjoy a three-course meal at places like CRAVE, Funky Monkey Wine Company, Norman’s at the Ritz-Carlton, Roy’s Hawaiian Fusion and Seasons 52.
Even some theme park restaurants are participating. Among the Universal restaurants participating are Emeril’s Orlando, Emeril’s Tchoup Chop, Latin Quarter and The Kitchen at the Hard Rock Hotel. SeaWorld’s Makahiki Luau is on the list. Walt Disney World is even represented by Todd English’s bluezoo (Swan and Dolphin resorts) and Portabello Trattoria (Downtown Disney).
Dine Tampa Bay Restaurant Week
Located on the west coast of Florida, Tampa Bay encompasses the cities of Tampa, St. Petersburg and Clearwater, among others.
From August 29 to September 6, 2017, over fifty of the area’s finest restaurants will showcase their fare in the first ever DINE Tampa Bay event.
Each will offer special three-course menus, consisting of an appetizer, entree and dessert, at three different price levels.
At the $25 level are restaurants like Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., GrillSmith and Café Dufrain. The $30 level includes options such as CineBistro at Hyde Park, Fresco’s Waterfront Bistro and Seasons 52. The top tier of $35 includes splurges like Boizao Steakhouse, Capital Grille, The Melting Pot and The Palm Steakhouse (where the steak alone can cost more than $35). All price points are per person and don’t include tax or beverages.
Restaurant promotions like these are a great way to add a little bit of luxury to a tightly budgeted trip. Try to dine out at these fine culinary establishments towards the end of the trip for the biggest impact.