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Brix Project brewery opens soon, Green Chile Festival, 5 new restaurant openings and more in this week's foodie news



Raglan Road chef Kevin Dundon has introduced a new menu featuring sustainable seafood from Port Canaveral's Wild Ocean Seafood Market. The new dishes include "Whiskey in a Jar," featuring citrus-poached shrimp in a whiskey-spiked Marie Rose sauce; "El Niño," pan-roasted shrimp over polenta in a spiced bean piperade; and "The Pale," shrimp and clams with corn and baby potatoes in an IPA lemon-and-herb broth.

Ron Raike, former cicerone at Cask & Larder, will assume lead brewing and distilling efforts at the Brix Project. Slated to open at the end of 2016, Playalinda Brewing Company's proposed 16,000-square-foot offsite brewery and distillery will also feature a tasting room, beer garden and restaurant. Should things fall through with Brevard County and the city of Titusville, we might be the beneficiaries, says co-founder Bryan Scott: "As a backup plan, we've begun preliminary location scouting for the project in Orlando as well."

The three Central Florida branches of Chuy's Tex-Mex will celebrate the chain's annual Green Chile Festival. The prized peppers are brought in from Hatch, New Mexico, and are featured in several green chile-inspired dishes until Sept. 6. Local outposts of the Fresh Market also hail the heat this month, offering cases of mild or hot Hatch chiles for $35 while supplies last.

Wheelys Café, a bicycle-powered mobile café with a network that spans the globe, wheels into Orlando this fall. The café will serve organic fair-trade coffee, cold drinks and cookies.

Food truck specialist site Roaming Hunger puts Orlando in the No. 1 spot on their annual list of food truck cities. By their calculation, we have the most trucks per capita, with 47 per 100,000 citizens.


Judging from the photos on their Facebook page, Pop Thai Restaurant, in the former Yum-Mi space in Mills 50, will open very soon ... Tapa Toro brings Barcelona glam to I-Drive 360 with its grand opening Aug. 26 (tonight!) ... Cork & Fork officially opens Friday, Sept. 18, in the former Belle Isle Bayou space on Conway Road ... Chicken Salad Chick opens near UCF in the Plaza on University complex Sept. 2 ... 310 Nona, by the same folks who brought us 310 Park South, 310 Lakeside and Blu on the Avenue, will open in Lake Nona by mid-September.

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