My husband and I recently had the opportunity to try Hard Rock Cafe’s® rockin’ new menu while at Orlando’s Universal CityWalk®. We’ve eaten at Hard Rock Cafe® Orlando a number of times, and we’re never disappointed. The staff is warm, friendly, and attentive, and the quality of food is consistently exceptional. We were both excited to sample the “symphonies of new flavors” on the rockin’ new menu.
The new menu, based on three concepts—fresh, legendary, and smoking—promises to treat your palate to a true jam session, Hard Rock style.
Fresh – High-quality, earth-friendly ingredients strike a chord with Hard Rock chefs who are committed to serving the freshest produce and hand-made dressings for every salad, steaks that are nothing less than center-cut, corn-fed and aged for 21 days, and salmon from the immaculate fjords of Norway.
Legendary – Just like the rockers who once owned the memorabilia lining Hard Rock’s walls, the burgers that the Hard Rock serves are nothing short of “legendary”; now, you can enhance your experience and substitute grilled chicken breast for any Legendary Experience menu item.
Smokehouse – Reminiscent of good old-fashioned Southern barbeque, new smokin’ menu items offer unique flavors from a variety of regional Bar-B-Que styles, from the classic pulled pork to the exotic Asian-style “Shang Hi” sandwich.
Promotional cards, provided by Hard Rock International through MyBlogSpark.
My husband ordered one of the Legendary burgers famous the world over: a 10 ounce burger topped with seasoned bacon, two slices of Cheddar cheese, a crisp fried onion ring, lettuce, tomato, and pickles.
I’m a big fish and chip fan, so naturally the Shock Top Battered Fish & Chips was definitely a must try. Shock Top beer battered fish is fried golden brown, served with fries and a citrus spiked tartar sauce and homemade cole slaw. When I bit into the golden brown battered coating, I was pleasantly surprised by a mild flavor of beer that complimented the fresh fish without dominating the flavor.
Just can’t live in Florida without lovin’ barbeque. I also tried the Asian 5 spice Bar-B-Que sauce with homemade Asian style pickled cucumbers on pulled pork with a sriracha mayonnaise drizzle. I loved the pickled cucumbers; that, combined with the sauce, nicely dressed up the pulled pork with a south-meets-east flare. This sandwich is definitely one of my favorites.
For all of you barbeque fans, The South Carolina smokin’ sandwich with tangy homemade South Carolina style mustard Bar-B Que sauce, crispy slaw, and crispy cayenne onions is an absolute must.
Don’t forget to try The Texan: Chipotle and Hickory Bar-B-Que sauce, cheddar cheese, crispy jalapenos and crispy onions… everything is bigger in Texas! Go big and make it a 10 ounce Bar-B-Que sandwich for an additional charge.
We both shared the Smokehouse Chopped Salad. The salad was beautiful, and I really hated to destroy such a thing of beauty by eating it (not really). All of you salad fans, imagine this: Freshly chop mixed field greens tossed with diced smoked chicken, spicy bacon & pecans, cheddar cheese, pico de gallo with a smoky citrus vinaigrette and topped with fresh sliced avocado. I loved the crunch of the pecans against the soft avocado. The smoky citrus vinaigrette was delicious and it married together the flavors in the dish. Another fav, for sure!
Mojitos are popular in Florida (and at my house), so the Mojito Yogurt with Seasonal Fresh Fruit piqued my curiosity. It was another must try for me: Creamy, thick Greek yogurt with fresh lime and mint served over fresh seasonal fruit served Island style in a margarita glass. (Ages 21 & older can add raspberry rum for an additional fee.) As stuffed as I was, I managed to eat all of this dessert. And, no, I didn’t share.
By now you should be starving! I got that way just writing this post 🙂
Visit the Hard Rock website and check out the menu for the Hard Rock in your area. LIKE Hard Rock on Facebook and post a short note below and let me know. You can also follow Hard Rock on Twitter. Shout out about the rockin’ new menu at Hard Rock Cafe®!
Disclosure: The promotional cards and information have been provided courtesy of Hard Rock International through MyBlogSpark.
P.S. (July 5, 2012)
On our way to Rhode Island for a family reunion, we stopped in Philadelphia on the fourth of July to watch the fireworks. We ate at the Hard Rock on Market Street while waiting for the fireworks to begin. I ordered the Shang Hi smokin’ pork sandwich (again), my son and son-in-law had the legendary Big Cheese and California burgers, and my daughter ordered the grilled Mahi sandwich. It was an awesome feast!