When we visited Orlando this time around, my husband and I decided to take an afternoon to stroll around Universal CityWalk Restaurants and find something to eat without having to rush off to the parks. There are so many choices to choose from!
Red Oven Pizza Bakery
We have been to Universal CityWalk Restaurants several times over the years, and one of our favorite places to eat is Red Oven Pizza Bakery. So that was our first stop.
We ordered the Prosciutto & Arugula Pizza to share; it consists of fresh mozzarella, Parmigiano-Reggiano, organic extra virgin olive oil, lemon, oregano, and we added ricotta cheese to it! I love ricotta cheese on pizza! We also shared a Ceasar salad.
When I was doing my research before our trip, I wanted to see what new places have opened that I haven’t been to before at Universal CityWalk. One new place was Voodoo Doughnut, so I wanted to try a donut for sure!
Voodoo Donuts has giant donuts; and since we were going to be at Universal CityWalk for a few hours, we decided to grab just one donut. It was tempting to have more, but as I said, they are plentiful.
I had the Mexican Chocolate cake donut, which is a chocolate donut covered with cinnamon sugar and cayenne pepper. It had just enough sweet and spice; I loved it! My husband had an old fashioned cake donut.
We then just walked around and went into a few shops and got to watch some of the rides. Even though we aren’t big on riding roller coasters, these looked fun for those who are! The videos below are the Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit and the Hulk.
Toothsome Chocolate Emporium
The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen was our next stop.
We were going to have one of the milkshakes, but they were huge; and when it is hot out, I don’t like to have something so substantial, even though I LOVE ice cream! In the photo below, check out how big these shakes are. If I hadn’t had the pizza and donut earlier in the afternoon, I might have gone for it!
When visitors walk into the Chocolate Emporium, they can smell the chocolate and are surrounded by beautiful, luscious chocolates…. I dare to say at least 50 varieties of macaroons!
On the same level on the left side of the entrance is the ice cream parlor where extra-large milkshakes and sundaes are made and served. These are not the typical, ordinary sundae; they are huge!
We saw a little girl who was celebrating her birthday, and the family of four was sharing the birthday sundae! It had large portions of Confetti cake, white chocolate ice cream, cake cone, rainbow sprinkles, buttercream, strawberry sauce. The little girl looked like she was enjoying it!
A young server at the ice cream counter suggested we sit on the second level at the bar because the view is so pretty, and you can look out over Universal CityWalk. So we headed upstairs and ran into a few of the characters at the Chocolate Emporium.
My husband and I decided to have something to drink and split a chocolate Creme Brulee, which is one of my all-time favorite desserts.
Antojitos Mexican Restaurant
A few days later, we went to Universal CityWalk again to eat, and we decided to eat at Antojitos, an authentic Mexican restaurant. We had some great food there too, including some guacamole made at your table!
Universal Halloween Horror Night
We then went to experience Universal Halloween Horror Night. I’m not into being scared; I don’t even like scary movies, but we had some tickets, so we walked around with my niece who knows all the places to go. She did take us through some of the “scare zones.” One was like walking through ‘The Walking Dead’; this way, we could say we experienced the Halloween Universal magic.
Anyway, we had to walk through these sections to get where I wanted to get to, which was Harry Potter’s Diagon Alley™. There is nothing scary in Harry Potter’s part of the park, so we had some ice cream and walked in a few shops. Of course, we did see the dragon shoot fire out of his mouth; I always enjoy watching that.
We enjoyed so much great food when we were at the Parks in Orlando this time around. See our previous post on the Wine and Cheese Festival at Epcot.
So when was the last time you visited Universal CityWalk and where did you enjoy eating?
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