On Wednesday 2/5/14, the much anticipated Mexican restaurant Antojitos Restaurant at Universal CityWalk will celebrate its grand opening. The space that once held Latin Quarter, has now been replaced with an authentic Mexican restaurant. This new restaurant in Orlando is just one of the many changes going on at Universal CityWalk.
As reported in an earlier post other new restaurants are being built and some are already open. Although Antojito translates as “small bites,” this Orlando Mexican restaurant will also feature a large variety of tequilas (about 200 kinds of tequila will be on display). Order a margarita from the outdoor Volkswagen van bar! Mission-style decor (including a real 19th-century bell atop the main tower entrance) has been selected for upstairs and downstairs seating with indoor and outdoor availability. A total of 648 guests can be seated.
At this time, the hours for food service will be 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 5 p.m. to midnight on Fridays and Saturdays. It should be a great place to grab an appetizer before enjoying a movie or socializing at one of the many night life options at CityWalk. If you enjoy Mexican cuisine, it may even be worth a special trip to this Orlando attraction just to dine.
Familiar dishes will be served as well as not-so-familiar, including Guajillo Chicken with Jalapeno Cornbread and Menonita Shrimp (bacon-wrapped over manchego corn). Appetizers called Esquites Asado (roasted corn, jalapeno mayonnaise, queso fresco, chips) and Tamale Fritters with guajillo aioli are also planned for the menu. A featured dessert, molten cajeta de leche, will be served with sour cream ice cream. Entrees will run about $20, with upstairs dining being slightly more formal. Each floor has its own kitchen and everything is made fresh as guests can watch.
While there is no shortage of Mexican restaurants in Orlando or Kissimmee, this new restaurant is sure to be busy. There are a lot of fun things to do at CityWalk, and with the evening party atmosphere, Antojitos should be celebrating success very quickly. Maybe soon we’ll know if and when the bell atop this new restaurant will ring!