We recently checked out the food at Tin Roof Orlando, A Live Music Joint. The restaurant is the latest to open at I-Drive 360 joining the likes of Yard House, Carrabba’s, and Outback Steak House, with plenty more eateries on the way.

Having missed lunch, we showed up in the middle of the afternoon and were the only diners in the whole place for the first half of our visit. That’s probably to be expected with the Tin Roof being so new and because it caters mostly to the late night crowd with its nightly 10 pm to 2 am live acoustic music sets. Someone playing on stage might have helped draw in more customers  the day we visited, especially since the staff had the garage doors up and there were plenty of tourists passing by on the sidewalk outside.

Andrew, our server, was very nice and filled us in on some of his favorite menu items. For starters, we ordered what intrigued us the most on the menu – the Spiced Bacon Popcorn. Sprinkled with the Tin Roof’s own special blend of spices and topped with little chunks of bacon, it was good stuff. But be prepared to drink a lot as you eat. Our mouths were on fire the rest of the day!

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For the actual meal, we went our separate ways. She had the O-Eye Mac & Cheese, which is named in honor of the new attraction going up outside – the Orlando Eye. Made with maple smoked white cheddar and topped with breadcrumbs, this American classic was taken to a whole new level by the folks in the kitchen. The dish was cooked to her liking, but had a little heat-infused kick she wasn’t expecting and really didn’t care for. However, to be fair, she’s a bit of a weenie when it comes to spicy foods and just a little kick can sometimes be too much for her tastebuds to handle.

While I really wanted to try the Chicken & Waffle Nuggets, I instead went with the restaurant’s signature Roof Burger. It was topped with white cheddar cheese, several strips of bacon, lettuce, tomato, pickles, and mustard. The 1/4 pound beef, hand-pattied burger was so much better than I was expecting! Well-done, but still nice and juicy with a hearty flavor. The pretzel-style bun made the sandwich complete, and the perfectly-cooked fries were just the right side. I would definitely recommend!

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The International Drive location is the first Tin Roof to be built in Florida. The first opened in 2002 on Nashville’s Music row.