Orlando Amway Center – Concessions!

Orlando Amway Center – Concessions!

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The Amway Center opened its doors last fall in downtown Orlando as the new home of the Orlando Magic and venue for concerts, performances, and more. The Amway Center is a project that is decades in the making, costing around $380 million with state of the art audio visual displays and the most “technological” arena in the NBA. My first time to the Amway Center to watch a Orlando Magic basketball game was awe-inspiring: beautiful architecture, grand seating, wonderful sound, overall a great experience.

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In addition to Jernigan’s restaurant, a full service restaurant on the club level of the Amway Center, there are dozens of concession stands throughout the building. These concessions feature foods ranging from the standard hamburgers and hot dogs, to Puerto Rican, Seafood, BBQ, and more. Most of the concessions are staffed by volunteers who work for non-profit organizations in the community who fundraise for their causes through their work at the Amway Center. Levy Restaurants, which started as a deli years ago and expanded to sports arenas nationwide, runs the concessions for the Amway Center, giving great choices for those coming to enjoy the game or a concert.

The items are known to change depending on availability of the products in the season and also by the demands.

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One of my favorite items is the Crab cake sandwich available at the Seafood grill on the Club Level. This Crabcake monstrosity is chock full of crab and stuffing goodness, tender and tasty to the bite. Definitely not your every day concessions food items and definitely among the best I’ve tried.

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At the O-Town Grill station on the Terrace Level, the Magic Burger is another favorite made with fresh burger beef, bacon strips, cheese and topped with a pretzel bun. I originally thought that this would be a dry, flavorless burger that I had become accustomed to at sports arenas but this burger was juicy and flavorful. A very delicious burger, and the soft pretzel bun is a nice unexpected touch.

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Another favorite item is the chicken tequila lime nachos available at the Big Blue Tacos station on the main Terrace level. These are better than the nachos that you get at Ale House or other pubs: their nachos are fresh and crispy and their tequila lime marinated chicken is delectable.

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Overall, I was very happy with the concessions food. Typically these foods are not known to be the best, but the above three are a sure fire hit if you are ever at the Amway Center.

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Ricky Ly founded TastyChomps.com in 2008 as a local Orlando food blog dedicated to finding the tastiest bits and pieces of Orlando as well as around the world. His first book, Food Lovers' Guide to Orlando: The Best Restaurants, Markets & Local Culinary Offerings (Food Lovers' Series) is available now on Amazon.com and Barnesandnoble.com. Photography is taken using a Canon EOS 6D and a Sony Nex-3. In 2017, he was inducted into the Orlando Sentinel's Culinary Hall of Fame. He is also featured in the Orlando Sentinel's Central Florida 100, a weekly opinion column featuring 100 of the most influential people in local government, politics and culture. In 2018, he was chosen by the Orlando Weekly as one of the "Ten People Making Orlando a Better Place to Be." E-mail him at tastychomps(at)gmail.com. Google

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