Orlando Eats : Jernigan’s at The Amway Center [REVIEW + RECIPE]

Recently I went to a Magic game,  I think they were playing the Golden State Warriors.  A friend of mine decide to skip the concession eats and go to one of the arena’s restaurants – Jernigan’s.  Most people would be in ah of the white plates  with the primly placed  Amway Center logo, the lavish buffet spread & the great “high roller” view of the game but I WAS NOT as a foodie.

The buffet had a double set-up with items such as, risotto, fried plantain, shrimp pasta, lemon zest asparagus, fresh cut prime rib, cobb salad and  mushroom sauced chicken – just to name a few.

I had a difficult time envisioning many of the fares flavor combinations, so I opted for a sample plate of a few things – not taken too much even it was a buffet.

My hesitancy was warranted & confirmed;   the risotto (which I’ve always wanted to try) was more gummy than creamy,  the shrimp paste was bland & the asparagus was oddly grilled than chilled – which left it to be un-desired approach.

The best thing was the least altered – the fried plantain.

On the up side, the lemon drop on the rocks was perfect with my favorite taste for tart & sweet (Try the Recipe for yourself w/ the help of Martha Stewart).

And by some enate calling, I performed a sweet tooth check with the chocolate cake which was tall, dark, rich & over the top with one too many dessert techniques for one plate.

But where there is disappointment, happiness usually follows and at Jernigan’s their happiness comes in a blue “Magic”cloud.  At the end of meal they served cotton candy in a cup.  It was super cute & the BEST part of the meal, especially since the game was whack.


Jernigan’s Info from the Press

Jernigan’s is a surprisingly affordable $35.95 for unlimited plates, not including desserts ($10 each) or wine. The high point on my visit: the Butchers Block station, with savory hickory-smoked beef tenderloin as succulent as the best steak house offering, hand-carved Niman Ranch turkey (I went back three times) and a wild mushroom ragout….


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