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Editor's note: UberEats is an advertiser on the flog.

Restaurants have been delivering food for eons, even before civilization entered the Internet Age.

But it was the internet that made it more plausible.

But now an even more recent development than the internet is changing the meal delivery game again: the gig economy.

And gig giant Uber is leading the pack with its UberEats service.


raglan dancers

  • Raglan dingleIt’s St. Patrick’s Day on Sunday but our friends at Raglan Road at Disney Springs are starting the party Friday. Dubbed “The Mighty St. Patrick’s Festival,” it’s three days of rip-roaring rollicking. Part of what sets it apart from other St. P day celebrations is the entertainment. There’s great entertainment from Irish musicians and dancers at RR all year long, but for the Mighty Festival they bring in some extra talent. I especially enjoy watching the dancers and I’ve always wondered how many people wind up in emergency rooms because they attempted to do some of the moves. Seriously, don’t try this at home. But do try the food and especially the drink. Most people go straight to the Guinness, but consider trying the cocktail called The Pride of the Peninsula. It’s made with Dingle Irish Gin — gin has become as popular as whiskey in Ireland over the last few years — elderflower tonic, fresh lime juice, mint and cucumber. I winced when I saw the cucumber but it helped make it a really refreshing cocktail. Check out the Raglan Road website for the entertainment schedule. You can make reservations for Friday and Saturday but Sunday is first come, first seated.
  • Tonight (March 15) is the first of what will be a monthly event at East End Market called Evening Exchange, or EvEx for hip people. (Do hip people still call hip people hip people?) It’s from 6 to 10 p.m. and includes workshops, demonstrations, specialty cocktail bars and food specials.


Hcuisine exterior

If you name your restaurant The H Cuisine, wouldn’t you expect people to wonder what the h the H stands for?

That’s the name of a beautiful restaurant in the Dr. Phillips district. It’s primarily a steakhouse and there are Turkish touches on the menu — Turkish and tulum salads, kafes (rack of lamb) — so might the initial be for halal, the designation for meats prepared by Muslim law?


Maybe it refers to the space, the former Stefano’s Grill, which has been so completely transformed into an upscale and posh dining room that it’s absolutely heavenly? Or for the prices, which are high?

No and no.

The owners all have last names that begin with the letter H. That’s it. As I’ve said before, naming a restaurant is really Hard (with a capital H).


Jaleo exterior construction

The much anticipated Jaleo from José Andrés’ ThinkFoodGroup will open at Disney Springs on Sunday, March 17. It will be the company’s fifth Jaleo location, its first in Florida, and its largest.

Also opening on that date is Pepe by José Andrés, the first brick and mortar iteration of the chef’s popular Washington, D.C., food truck. It occupies a space in the front corner of Jaleo. The quick-serve Pepe will will open for both lunch and dinner. Jaleo will open initially for dinner service only with lunch hours to be added later in the month.

Jaleo, with locations in Washington, Maryland, Virginia and Las Vegas, is known for its modern Spanish cuisine and tapas menu, including paellas cooked over a wood-fired paella pit, hand-carved Iberico ham, and shrimp sauteed with garlic and chili.

The restaurants were designed by Juli Capella of Spain with an exterior that mimics opening petals.

Jaleo exterior construction 2

Andrés is a much celebrated chef, recognized as Outstanding Chef by the James Beard Foundation and one of Time’s 100 Most Influential People. He was recently profiled by the news magazine 60 Minutes for his efforts to feed citizens of Puerto Rico in the aftermath of its hurricanes.