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Location: Universal Orlando City Walk. Between Margaritaville and the groove.
On a scale of 1-10: 8 Good food and lively atmosphere!
Purpose of my visit: Date Night!
We are very close to Universal Orlando and being a Florida resident means free parking after 6:00pm. This allows us to sample the offerings at City Walk, Universal's entertainment complex located right before the entrance of the theme parks. One of my favorite things to do is to try new restaurants and there is nothing better than one with a good theme! Antojitos delivers an amazing themed experience combined with excellent service and an extensive menu of authentic Mexican cuisine.
We walked in at 6:30 without a reservation and were seated quickly. They offer a choice of indoor and outdoor dining. I could see from the hostess stand that it would be a mistake to sit outside and miss the action....
I ordered the Adobo Chicken Salad (basically because it had avocados and I am a sucker for avocados!). The dish was presented neatly and the chicken was so tender and juicy! I especially enjoyed the cilantro dressing with its complex flavors. An interesting addition to the salad was a scoop of quinoa on the side. It was cooked in garlic and I put it right on top of the salad. I would have never thought to do this but now I will be making all of my salads at home with quinoa on top. It was a delight and if I go back, I will probably order it again. When I like something this much I tend to get stuck on it until I'm sick of it!
My husband ordered the Enchiladas Rojos. Wow, did they look good! Full of carnitas, cheese and chili sauce, this dish tasted as good as it looked. The enchiladas come with a side of beans and rice.
The service here was really good. Our wait person Sara was very attentive. She checked on us regularly and I noticed other tables were getting the same treatment from their servers as well. Our food came out rather quickly too.
The band was great, they played everything from traditional Mexican folk music to a snappy version of the song Happy. When we were leaving the restaurant, the bad was performing from a balcony. Very cool!
My concern is that the portions are rather small. I would suggest ordering an appetizer like the tableside guacamole or the Nachos Topotos. Even though this is a touristy restaurant located within the realms of a theme park, the prices weren't horrible. My salad was $11.95 and Rudy's enchiladas were $14.50.
The other downside was the restaurant was really warm. It didn't feel like any air was on. Even though it's the end of December, we still had a day in the 80's (hello Florida!) and air conditioning would have been welcome.
Sun – Thurs: 11am – 11pm
Fri – Sat: 11am – 12am
My tips and suggestions:
1. Choose indoor seating - there's a lot going on!
2. Order an appetizer to share - entrée portions are a bit small.
3. Those of you traveling from the western states and the southwest, be prepared, this is authentic Mexican food but you will not see green chile, chimichangas or burritos on this menu. The beans are black, not refried. If you order something smothered, they will look at you funny - it just doesn't happen here in Florida.
Click here for a City Walk fact sheet.