Universal Orlando Resort, CityWalk
The colorful Antojitos sits in the former home of The Latin Quarter, next to Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville. A Universal Studios concept, Antojitos offers unique and craveable tapas-style Mexican food featuring handcrafted tortillas, made-while-you-watch guacamole, and fresh sauces for a taste of Mexico City without the high crime rate.
For starters, you'll probably want a drink, and Antojitos has Orlando's best tequila selection this side of Epcot's La Cava. Order from the four-sided bar on the ground floor, or the converted VW bus outside the entrance.If you don't do straight shots, try a signature drink like the Handsome George (made with George Clooney's own brand) or The Horse You Rode In On (garnished with an expensive amarena black cherry).
When it comes to the food, while it's pricier than your local taco joint, Antojitos prepares familiar plates with exceptionally fresh ingredients. The tableside guacamole is a must-have that will convert the most hardened avocado-hater, and the esquites asados (roasted corn with queso fresco and jalapeno mayo) is almost a meal in itself. Portion sizes on the enchiladas and tacos aren't enormous, but you'll probably be full after the free chips (served hot with house-made salsa), and the excellent rice and black beans accompanying most entrees. The "comidas de la casa" include some holdovers from the short-lived upscale menu briefly served on the second floor; the churrasco steak and pork loin are wonderfully seasoned, though the pork can be a bit dry. Leave room for dessert, because the sour cream ice cream severed with the molten cejeta de leche cake with make you shout "aye caramba!"
Note that Antojitos is one of the only restaurants at Universal that doesn't accept reservations though opentable.com. Instead, visit https://www.universalorlando.com/Restaurants/CityWalk/Antojitos-Authentic-Mexican-Food.aspx and click “Reserve Now” to book through NexTable.
Setting and Atmosphere
This festive post-modern tribute to Mexican street culture features a large open kitchen framed by graffiti graphics and eye-catching neon, with the central bar and surrounding booths fashioned from reclaimed wood and metal. The downstairs can get very noisy, so if you want a quieter meal ask for one of the private rooms upstairs. Or grab a seat on the patio or balcony to watch the CityWalk crowds go by.
Guacamole prepared tableside, empanadas, rasted corn esquites, queadillas, enchiladas, tacos, fajitas, pan roasted mahi, seafood stew, roast pork loin, churrasco steak, cejeta de leche cake with sour cream ice cream.
Related Blog Posts on Antojitos:
Antojitos Review (2/9/2014)
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