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.