There is so much to see and do at Universal CityWalk in Orlando, Florida. World class restaurants are a huge draw of the 30 acre dining, events and entertainment complex. Figuring out where to eat at Universal CityWalk can be daunting, with so many amazing options. Whatever kind of food you are in the mood for, there is sure to be a restaurant that will tantalize your taste buds – whether you’re on a family outing, date night, or enjoying a girls night out.
On my recent visit to Orlando, as a guest of Universal Orlando Resort, I had the pleasure of eating at two of Universal CityWalk’s newest restaurants The CowFish and Antojitos Authentic Mexican Food. I had great expectations going in, after my previous dining experiences at Universal CityWalk’s Emeril’s Restaurant Orlando, Hard Rock Cafe, Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville, and Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. All of which were very good. See the complete list of restaurants at Universal CityWalk.
Now, let’s dig in and talk about where to eat at Universal CityWalk.
Can’t decide if you’re in the mood for a burger or sushi? You don’t have to! Simply head on over to The CowFish for a unique burger/sushi fusion dining experience. I have to admit that I at first scratched my head over this burger and sushi combination, but was quickly won over by the fun, eclectic environment and innovative menu. Then came the food… and it was oh-so delightful.
I sampled a variety of appetizers such as Edamame, Parmesan Truffle Fries and Crinkle Cut Fried Pickles. I know what you’re thinking right now. You’re thinking that I am one heck of a gluten. Okay, maybe I was on this particular night but I should disclose that I was with a large group of ladies for a girls night out and we shared. Other appetizers on the menu include the likes of Blackened Tuna Nachos, Crab Rangoon Dip, and more. This not-so seafood loving girl had to pass on those. The other people in my party seemed to really be enjoying them though.
For dinner, I found myself craving a burger and ordered the C.B.C.L.T. which is a beef burger topped with cheddar cheese, applewood bacon, white cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, and Cowfish sauce on a brioche bun. The mega 1/2 pound burger was perfectly cooked to medium-well, and was oh-so flavorful and delicious. It was the perfect choice!
The CowFish gives you a great selection of sides with their burgers like Sweet & Spicy Thai Cucumbers, Grilled Vegetables and Bacon Coleslaw. I opted for the Sweet Potato Fries and they were fantastic. Perfectly seasoned, crispy on the outside, and tender in the middle. Delish!
I heard a lot of oohs and aahs from my sushi loving friends at the table. I think it’s pretty safe to say that the sushi was delicious.
The Cowfish introduces a unique fusion of burgers and sushi called Burgoshi! On the menu you will find bento boxes that include a selection of mini burgers, sushi and sides. It’s the best of both worlds!
Dessert time was in itself a treat and reason enough to visit The CowFish. I tried a sampling of all the desserts, each unique and delectable. Is your mouth watering yet?
Antojitos Authentic Mexican Food
After a full day at the Universal Orlando parks, it was so nice to take the water taxi over to Antojitos for dinner, before heading back to my room at Loews Royal Pacific Resort. The water taxi is a nice convenience for guests staying at Universal Orlando Resorts.
If you are in the mood for a margarita, Antojitos has quite a few signature margaritas to choose from. I didn’t have a Margarita but other people sure seemed to be enjoying them. Instead, I ordered a Mojito. It was so yummy!
Antojitos was a real treat for this guacamole loving girl. They make the guacamole fresh right at your table. It’s AMAZING!
For dinner I enjoyed the Grilled Skirt Steak Fajitas. It was grilled skirt steak marinated in ancho chimichurri with sautéed peppers and onions. This dish was so full of flavor and more than enough food for one person. They don’t skimp on the portions at Antojitos. I can’t recall ever having better fajitas. I highly recommend this dish.
If you at all are unsure about where to eat at Universal CityWalk, I promise you can’t go wrong with either The CowFish or Antojitos. Both are open for lunch and dinner. No reservation is required. I should note that if you are visiting Universal CityWalk with your family, both restaurants are very family-friendly and have great kids menus.