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ANTOJITOS ‒ Mex­i­can. En­joy au­then­tic Mex­i­can food in a party-like at­mos­phere, com­plete with a mari­achi band singing Top 40 hits. Lo­cated at Universal’s Ci­tyWalk, the res­tau­rant looks like a Mex­i­can mar­ket plaza and of­fers fresh meals such as car­ni­tas lupita with braised pork and en­chi­ladas verdes. D (nightly). www.uni­ver­sa­lor­lando.com. 6000 Universal Blvd., 407.224.3663. BICE ‒ Ital­ian. Over­look the amaz­ing set­ting of the Ital­ian riviera while en­joy­ing tra­di­tional Ital­ian fare at this one-of-a-kind themed re­sort. D (nightly). www.loew­sho­tels.com/portofino-bay-ho­tel. Loews Portofino Bay Re­sort, 5601 Universal Blvd., 407.503.1415. BUBBA GUMP‒ South­ern. Lo­cated at Universal’s Ci­tyWalk, this res­tau­rant is an ex­cel­lent fam­ily din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. Guests are en­cour­aged to try one

of the many shrimp dishes, try on the plas­ter casts of For­rest’s run­ning shoes and de­light in the South­ern hos­pi­tal­ity. Free valet. L, D (daily). www.bub­bagump.com. 6000 Universal Blvd., 407.903.0044. THE COW­FISH ‒ Con­tem­po­rary Japanese Fu­sion. This sushi burger bar has quickly won over the visi­tors and the lo­cals with its in­no­va­tive sushi rolls, cool burg­ers and even “Bur­gushi.” Fun menu picks in­clude a full-pound beef burger with peanut but­ter and fried ba­nanas, black­ened tuna na­chos and the marsh­mal­low crisp milk­shake. L, D (M-Sa). www. uni­ver­sa­lor­lando.com. Ci­tyWalk, 6000 Universal Blvd., 407.363.8000. EMERIL’S OR­LANDO ‒ New South­ern. The New Or­leans chef with his Ca­jun-Cre­ole cook­ing is still on top. Start with the bar­be­cue shrimp, fol­lowed by the an­douille-crusted Texas red­fish. For dessert, try the ba­nana cream pie piled high. If you can’t get a ta­ble, try for a seat at the bar. L, D (daily). www. emer­il­srestau­rants.com/emer­ils-or­lando. Universal Ci­tyWalk, 6000 Universal Blvd., 407.224.2424. HARD ROCK CAFE ‒ Amer­i­can. Large burg­ers and out­ra­geous hot fudge brown­ies are fa­vorites here. Don’t for­get to stop in the bou­tique for your sig­na­ture Hard Rock base­ball cap, T-shirt or jacket. L, D (daily). www.hardrock.com. Universal Ci­tyWalk, 6050 Universal Blvd., 407.351.7625. JIMMY BUF­FETT’S MAR­GAR­I­TAVILLE ‒ Amer­i­can. Jimmy’s mu­sic sets the mood and the am­bi­ence is straight out of Key West. Cala­mari, conch frit­ters and grilled fish with mango salsa are served along with, of course, a “Cheese­burger in Par­adise.” Live bands add a party mood. L, D (daily). www. mar­gar­i­taville­or­lando.com. Universal Ci­tyWalk, 6000 Universal Blvd., 407.224.2155. THE KITCHEN ‒ Amer­i­can. Amer­i­can clas­sics are served in this all-day res­tau­rant. Chil­dren can hang out on bean­bag chairs in the Kid Crib, dec­o­rated with lunch boxes and a TV that plays cartoons. Spe­cial events in­clude char­ac­ter meals. B,L, D (daily). www.uni­ver­sa­lor­lando.com. Hard Rock Ho­tel, 5800 Universal Blvd., 407.503.2463. THE PALM RES­TAU­RANT‒ Steak. Slide into a booth and con­duct a busi­ness din­ner or join the evening crowd for fun. Tra­di­tion­ally known for prime-aged steak and jumbo lob­sters, the Palm also boasts half-and-half creamed spinach and New York-style cheese­cake. D (nightly). www.thep­alm.com. Hard Rock Ho­tel, 5800 Universal Blvd., 407.503.7256. TOOTH­SOME CHOCO­LATE EM­PO­RIUM ‒ Amer­i­can Dessert. This mega dessert em­po­rium and candy store at Universal’s Ci­tyWalk also of­fers sa­vory dishes and all-day brunch. Open 11 am to 11 pm daily. www.uni­ver­sa­lor­lando.com. 6000 Universal Blvd., 407.363.8000. VIVO ITAL­IAN KITCHEN ‒ Ital­ian. At this new eatery, guests en­joy clas­sic Ital­ian dishes with a mod­ern twist and can even watch chefs at work in the kitchen cre­at­ing pasta, bak­ing bread or mak­ing sauces from scratch. D (daily). www.uni­ver­sa­lor­lando.com. Universal Ci­tyWalk, 6000 Universal Blvd., 407.224.2318.

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