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Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

Postby robbalvey » Wed Feb 05, 2014 7:48 pm

Tonight another new restaurant property officially opened up at Universal Orlando's CityWalk... Antojito's Authentic Mexican Food! Now, I have to be honest, when we moved from Southern California, home of some FANTASTIC Mexican Food, we thought we would have to give up decent Mexican for good... WRONG!!!

Oddly enough, Orlando has some fantastic Mexican places from quick service like Tijuana Flats and Lime to full service restaurants like Rocco's Tacos. Well, now we have another one to add to the list!

Antojitos claimed residence in the former "Latin Quarter" at Citywalk, and upon entering the building, I didn't even recognize the place! Fully decorated with Mexican decor and atmosphere, this location has been given a complete facelift.

Guests can choose to dine downstairs and enjoy a more casual dining experience that includes items like carnitas al pastor tacos (made with beer and chile braised pork, grilled pineapple and guajillo salsa) and oaxaca enchiladas (chicken tinga and house made mole sauce, queso fresco and lime crema). Upstairs, guests can enjoy a more refined dining experience that includes menu options like carne asada brava (coffee crusted ribeye with fire roasted vegetables) and menonita shrimp (bacon wrapped shrimp stuffed with menonita cheese, manchego corn pudding and a poblano chorizo sauce).

Enough words!!! This place is better seen in pictures! (Well, actually in PERSON!) Here goes...
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Here we are! The newest restaurant location at Citywalk, Antojitos!
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Upon our arrival, we were directed to get lots of alcohol from this VW bus. Sketchy? SURE! But they had booze, so we aren't going to complain!
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That's right...first drink of the night, the Antorita and it was DELICIOUS!!!
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Here's some of the drinks offered.
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Highway to Heaven, Antorito (the blackberry one especially) and the Handsome George were all some the drinks we sampled, and all of them were GREAT!
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Our current view of our table at Antojitos includes lots of alcohol and little food! :)
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The mariachi band is here so you know the fiesta has begun!
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Let's go inside, shall we?
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Here is an overview of the downstairs section of the restaurant.
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Love the choice of lighting and theming in here.
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And for those of you who are menu enthusiasts, here is the first page...
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...and the second.
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They had these funky "birdcage" tables which had fun written all over them.
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Jack only has three drinks...he needs more!
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Oh, look! More drinks! =)
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But what about the food? Yes, they have tacos, and they were GREAT!
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Eric and Jack take a shot of Esquites Asado! Yum!
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Highway to Heaven! OMG! It really IS heaven!!!
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The Carne Asada Brava was right up there with the most flavorful steaks I've ever had!
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More food! Enchiladas, tacos, OLE!
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More MEAT for the MEAT EATERS!!!!
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And yes, they do table side guacamole seasoned to your request.
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"We haven't eaten anything in like 57 seconds...time to try some more yummy entrees..."
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These were like a "tamale fritter" .... again, delicious!
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One of these things is not like the other... one of these things does not belong (because it belongs in my table!)
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When one blackberry Margarita isn't enough... Have TWO! :)
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The dessert sampler was insane! Creme Brulee, warm gooey caramel cake...and Churros!
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The FIESTA has begun!
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The "mask painters" were here and we are told that they are at the restaurant select nights (Wed - Sun) to paint complimentary masks for all the guests!
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OMG! What is that thing?!?!?
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We are going to start our own Mexican wrestling team.
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Thanks to the incredibly friendly and helpful staff at Antojitos for a wonderful night and congrats to Citywalk for another great dining option! This summer is going to just get better when the opening of the new Vino Italian Kitchen, Cowfish burger/sushi fusion place (yes, this is a thing!), Bread Box, Hot Dog Hall of Fame, and more!

We highly recommend checking out Antojitos next time you're at Universal Orlando!

Thanks to Jack Crouse for the additional photos!
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Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

Postby Nrthwnd » Wed Feb 05, 2014 7:55 pm

Love all the colours of the building outside.
You can never go wrong with pure Agave Tequila.
The food - faints at the steak - looks awesome.

And the four of you in masks need another caption. :wink:

Great coverage of the restaurant, Robb!
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Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

Postby robbalvey » Wed Feb 05, 2014 8:00 pm

Nrthwnd wrote:And the four of you in masks need another caption.

Any suggestions?

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Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

Postby Nrthwnd » Wed Feb 05, 2014 8:06 pm

Hmmm.

"Before and After the Tanning Spa".

All I got for now. :smile:
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Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

Postby Mrlittle » Wed Feb 05, 2014 8:08 pm

I've said it before but I'll say it again. I really love that Universal has made many changes to their food options around the resort.
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Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

Postby triggernel » Wed Feb 05, 2014 8:11 pm

Mrlittle wrote:I've said it before but I'll say it again. I really love that Universal has made many changes to their food options around the resort.


And to think, we've got 6 more food options opening at CityWalk by June.
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Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

Postby cfc » Wed Feb 05, 2014 8:12 pm

Looks great--especially anything involving steak. I do love a good carne asada.
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Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

Postby SuperShawn » Wed Feb 05, 2014 8:28 pm

For some reason I am really craving margaritas now. Great looking addition.
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Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

Postby Wes » Wed Feb 05, 2014 9:00 pm

The exterior looks like someone paintballed it.

But the food and drinks look great!
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Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

Postby Jew » Wed Feb 05, 2014 10:16 pm

^Agreed. Anything with Patron XO is OK in my book!
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