Living in Orlando has its perks. Besides gorgeous weather (it’s in the 70s today) we have a ton of places to visit compliments of the theme parks. Among the attractions in Orlando one of my favorites, because of its various offerings, is Universal’s CityWalk. From the theatre to bars, clubs, shops & restaurants, CityWalk is a great place to visit with family & friends. As a foodie, I tend to gravitate towards the restaurant scene, I have eaten at all the restaurants in CityWalk & by far my favorite is Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville. Why? Because it offers the best of both worlds: a great atmosphere with delicious food. Last week I was fortunate enough to eat at Margaritaville & had such an incredible experience I have to share it with you guys…
For starters, any restaurant who has a separate vegetarian menu is on top of the list for me. As a vegetarian I have the habit of looking at the sides when I go to a restaurant, anticipating I won’t have many entree options. But at Margaritaville, as soon as I mentioned I’m a vegetarian to my server he was quick to bring me a vegetarian menu. I loved that! I also loved the first appetizer we enjoyed, the White Cheddar Cheese Curds. You know cheese sticks? Yea, these cheese curds put those to shame! The curds are soft, cheesy, not too oily & perfectly paired with marinara & BBQ sauces. Great start to a meal!
While my family also enjoyed the Asiago Crab Dip & the Lava Lava Shrimp I enjoyed the Beach Tacos, which the chef made vegetarian for me. The vegetarian version of the beach tacos had black beans, corn, pico de gallo, cilantro (you guys know I love cilantro!), sour cream & a wedge of lime — it was amazing. If you’re a vegetarian, these tacos alone will be worth your trip, trust me. My family enjoyed the steak & pork versions of the beach tacos & also raved about how flavorful they were, a great dish.
For the main course I enjoyed a Chimichurri Vegetable Burger which came on a brioche bun with lettuce, tomato, a pickle, sweet potato fries & a chimichurri sauce — talk about an entree! The vegetable burger was moist, full of flavor & very filling, a great vegetarian option. My family enjoyed the Rancho Deluxe & Cheeseburgers in Paradise, all a big hit. We were very happy with our burgers!
But wait, there’s more — no meal is completely without dessert & Margaritaville did not disappoint in that department. We split a key lime pie which was tangy, creamy & the definition of a good Florida key lime pie.
We also split the Chocolate Hurricane, it was to die for. Vanilla bean ice cream served with brownies, Kit Kat, heath bars, pirouette, mini shortbread cookies, sliced banana, whipped cream, macadamia nuts & wirled with chocolate & caramel sauce. The moment the chocolate thunder came out everyone around us was ooh-ing & aah-ing, it’s really an impressive dessert. If you’re with a big group this dessert will be more than enough for you to share, there really is something for everyone in the chocolate hurricane.
Chef Murray came out to swirl the caramel & chocolate sauce on the chocolate hurricane, we had a great chat about Margaritaville‘s food & their many offerings. I was happy to hear in addition to vegetarian options Margaritaville has an extensive gluten-free menu. They are happy to accommodate any dietary restriction & make sure to have things in stock that they can use for people with special dietary needs — music to my ears.
We ended the night dancing along with the music, getting balloon animals made & enjoying the incredible atmosphere at Margaritaville. In all, we really enjoyed our night out at Margaritaville: the food was great, the service was top notch & the ambiance was fun. We will definitely go back & if you’re in the area I suggest you check out Margaritaville as well. Your taste buds & loved ones will thank you. Great eats at Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville!
Full Disclosure: I was offered a complimentary dinner for me & guests to enjoy at Margaritaville. I was not forced to write a positive review but chose to because Margaritaville was awesome. All opinions are my own.