Disclosure: My family and I were invited to visit Antojitos as a member of the media for this coverage. No monetary compensation was received in exchange for this review. All opinions of the restaurant and pictures are my own.
The second eatery to debut as a part of Universal Orlando’s massive CityWalk entertainment complex expansion opened this past Thursday. Universal invited a select group of media to sample the food, entertainment and specialty drinks Wednesday, the evening of the official grand opening.
When you walk up you are instantly welcomed by the brightly colored church-style building while a live mariachi band set the mood. You will also find a permanently parked Volkswagen van converted into a small bar serving up mixed drinks.
Thirsty for something non-alcoholic? Check out the Auguas Frescas in flavors like Horchata (vanilla/cinnamon) and Hibiscus. These are light and refreshing but even my 9-year-old found them to be extremely sweet. Each one will run you about $3.50 each. You can also ask for an authentic Mexican Coca-Cola, Sprite or Orange Fanta. This was my first time even hearing of Mexican soda so I wasn’t sure what to expect but I can tell you first hand that the Coke and Sprite were amazing so definitely try them when you visit.
Once inside, Antojitos visitors are presented with two options, 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).
Antojitos isn’t your run of the mill Chipotle or Abuelo’s so you expect great good but be prepared because Antojitos’ menu is a bit pricey, though it should be expected considering its close proximity to Universal Orlando’s theme parks. I would definitely say the food is well worth the price though.
We were pleasantly surprised at the taste of the Tamalitso Fritos (tamale fritters). And Makenna loved the seafood cocktail.
Of course you cannot pass up dessert and the menu at Antojitos will definitely spark your interest.
Antojitos Authentic Mexican Food is now open nightly from 5 p.m. to midnight. Other venues to join Antojitos this year include Hot Dog Hall of Fame, VIVO Italian Kitchen, Cold Stone Creamery, Menchie’s, and The CowFish. For more information about Universal CityWalk, visit: http://www.universalorlando.com