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Foodie walking tour comes to Icon Park

by Susan and Simon Veness

Flavors of Icon Park walking tour takes foodies on a culinary adventure, with tastings and a history lesson at eight dining outlets around International Drive’s Icon Park.

Flavors of Icon Park
Photos courtesy of Original Orlando Tours

Put your comfy shoes on, rev up your appetite, and join Original Orlando Tours in their partnership with Icon Park as they launch their newest walking tour aimed straight at the stomachs of Orlando’s foodies.

The brand-new tour, which made its first eight-stop loop around the dining and entertainment district on March 1, 2022, takes guests on a sampling journey with a heaping helping of history about Icon Park.

Rich Bradley, president and CEO of Original Orlando Tours, said, “The DNA of Original Orlando Tours is to share our love of Central Florida with out guests by leading them on extraordinary adventures while delivering an unparalleled experience and superior hospitality.”

##Restaurants visited during the Flavors of Icon Park tour:

Gordon Ramsay Fish & Chips – Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay opened his first East Coast fast-casual dining spot in August, 2021, adding British comfort-food staples to the Icon Park dining lineup. Inspired by the seaside “chippies” in England, the menu includes Ramsay’s signature Sticky Toffee Pudding along with golden-fried fish and chips and more.

Blake Shelton’s Ole Red – Get a taste of the American South at this live music venue and restaurant inspired by country music superstar Blake Shelton’s famous tune, “Ol’ Red.” The menu features southern classics such as pulled pork, fried green tomatoes, fried pickles, and barbequed “gator wings.”

Flavors of Icon Park Blake Shelton's Ole Red

Sloppy Joe’s – Get a taste of Key West right in the heart of Orlando with this funky bar whose origins spring from the bustling Sloppy Joe’s Bar on Florida’s southernmost Key. The original bar opened the day prohibition ended, and it’s Icon Park sister now serves up laid-back hospitality with its killer drinks and costal comfort foods.

Tin & Taco – It’s always taco Tuesday at this food court counter in the Wheelhouse Market. But it’s more than that, too, with items such as chorizo and the perennial creamy favorite, mac and cheese.

Brick & Fire Pizza – Who doesn’t love fresh, hand-made pizza? Sample the difference high-quality ingredients and a flamin’ hot brick pizza oven make.

Flavors of Icon Park montage

Sandwich Station and Chicken On Fire – Nashville Hot Chicken has its own fan following. This dining spot also features fried chicken tenders and a deli sandwich station.

Let’s Jess Bake – Master Baker Jessica whips up handcrafted gourmet cupcakes, cookies, pastries, and cakes, the perfect sweet treat during your foodie walking tour.

iCafe Dé Paris – Enjoy French flair with The Wheel as your backdrop at this modern-rustic coffee shop that specializes in crepes, desserts, specialty drinks, and light fare.

After the tour, guests will experience a sky-high view over Orlando with a ride on Icon Park’s 400-foot-tall signature attraction, The Wheel.

Those who would like to return to one of the tour locations for a meal or drinks will receive a 10 percent discount on their order.

Tours last between 90 minutes and two hours, and depart from The Wheelhouse each Tuesday evening at 6:30 p.m. Spots are limited, so advance reservations are essential.

For more information visit OriginalOrlando.com.

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