Magical Dining Orlando: Itta Bena

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Itta Bena… Any idea what the name of this awesome Orlando restaurant means? I didn’t either, but during our recent visit, our lovely waitress Katie did, and the explanation explains the whole theming behind Itta Bena. The name of this restaurant comes from the town of Itta Bena, Missisippi, which is the hometown of B.B. King. Itta Bena at Pointe Orlando specializes in contemporary southern cuisine, and on the night of our visit, featured a talented and entertaining musician at the piano.

Itta Bena will be one of many restaurants that takes part in Magical Dining from August 24-September 30. During this special dining month, select Orlando restaurants will offer three course, prix fixe dinners for just $35. Also, through Visit Orlando, one dollar from each meal will benefit Best Buddies and Down Syndrome Association of Central Florida. What a great way to experience local dining while supporting a wonderful cause! I worked in direct care with adults with developmental disabilities during college, and at our wedding reception, we took a collection for the people I had worked with and came to love as friends. For that reason, supporting Magical Dining is very near and dear to my heart.

The menu for Itta Bena during Magical Dining offers some great options! For a full list of their prix fixe dinner, please check the Magical Dining menu list. They have some delicious choices, and you can have a three course menu for an amazingly reasonable price!
During our visit, we were impressed with the entry way and decor when we walked in, and were seated quickly by a pleasant hostess. As we walked to our table, the pianist serenaded us with amazing music. We were greeted by our wonderful waitress, Katie, who took our drink order. She was engaging and pleasant for our entire meal, and kept our water cups filled, and provided new flatware between courses. She was an absolute professional!
We tried several different dishes, and were absolutely in love with each that we tasted. One of our favorites was the Stuffed Avocado, and the Salmon was also very popular at our table. For a vegetarian option, I had the Mushroom Pasta, and it was delicious! It was also such a large portion that I couldn’t finish it, and my 13 year old son really enjoyed it for lunch the next day. For dessert, the Creme Brûlée was done perfectly, and everything was beautifully prepared, presented, and seasoned.

Whether you visit during Magical Dining, or at any time of the year, Itta Bena will not disappoint. The unique decor, food and drink options, live music, and wonderful staff provides a wonderful dining experience. Parking is easy and always available at the Pointe Orlando parking garage, and for after dinner, there are several entertainment options in the same complex. It’s such an easy and convenient choice for a night out, since there are so many great options in one place!

Be sure to visit Itta Bena’s website to learn more about this upscale Southern dining experience. If you are in Orlando, or find yourself in Memphis or Montgomery, Alabama, take the time to enjoy Itta Bena.
*I was provided with a complimentary dining experience in exchange for my fair and unbiased review. All opinions are my own.

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