Dining at Universal's CityWalk ranges from quick bites to sit-down delights. There are a few fast food stands sprinkled throughout the complex, along with clubs serving finger foods and fine dining establishments. Food carts, which offer hot dogs, pretzels, popcorn, ice cream and tropical fruit drinks are situated throughout the complex. Here's what's cookin' at CityWalk.
Motown Cafe: Guests can pull up a chair in this nostalgic restaurant and relive Motown's heyday, when bands such as the Temptations, Four Tops, Jackson Five and Supremes rocked the Motor City. Food here is simple, down-home American cooking, and if the Orlando restaurant is anything like Motown's New York site, guests can sip on specialty drinks such as "My Guy" (cranberry and grapefruit juice with a splash of soda and lime) and a "Get Ready" (Captain Morgan's, Malibu, Blue Curacoa, and pineapple juice).
The bi-level restaurant is covered with Motown memorabilia, and live entertainment is performed nightly by the house band -- The Motown Cafe Moments. After dining, those who wish to "Shop Around" can head to the gift shop for Motown souvenirs.
Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville: Since Orlando is a full eight hours from Key West, the opportunity to eat a cheeseburger in paradise doesn't come along as often as one would hope. But at last dear Parrotheads, Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville is here. Like Buffett's other restaurants in Key West and New Orleans, this waterfront cafe and bar features the laid-back attitude of the Florida Keys, serving plenty of seafood -- and of course, cheeseburgers. Bar areas are themed after Buffett songs, including a "Fins" bar, a "12-Volt" bar and a huge "Volcano" bar that erupts margaritas. Each night a guitarist belts out Buffett tunes as patrons 'waste away in Margaritaville.'
Emeril's Restaurant Orlando: Emeril Lagasse, the master chef and star of TV Food Network's Emeril Live, brings his flamboyant cooking style to Orlando. Famous for his spicy Creole-based cuisine, popular cookbooks and line of spices, Lagasse's house offers sophisticated dining to the theme park masses. An elaborate show kitchen spotlights chefs designing their gourmet creations for all to see. Dining rooms inside the two-story restaurant feature intimate seating and private tables tucked in hidden alcoves. A wine display of 12,000 bottles covers one wall, and a brick fireplace stretches from the floor to ceiling of another wall. For the cigar aficionado, a smoking room is located -- appropriately enough -- within the brick chimney. And diners should take note of the spicy decor. Wallcoverings and furnishings were chosen in shades that match Lagasse's spice products -- also on sale in the restaurant.
NASCAR Cafe: This official NASCAR-sanctioned restaurant is chock full of stock cars and racing memorabilia. While guests wait to be seated, they can play in the arcade on the first floor or make a pit stop in the gift shop for NASCAR merchandise. The Cafe's racing-themed menu includes ribs, steaks and pork chops. Wait staff are outfitted like a pit crew -- wonder if they are as speedy.
Hard Rock Cafe and Hard Rock Live: Replacing Orlando's former Hard Rock Cafe, this new location boasts as the biggest Hard Rock on the planet. Live regular performances feature top-name national and international artists. As far as food goes, the restaurant serves traditional Hard Rock fare, such as big sandwiches, burgers and specialty desserts. A gift shop sells Save the Planet merchandise.
NBA City: The National Basketball Association and Hard Rock Cafe have teamed up to create this basketball-themed dining experience. This restaurant surroundound diners with NBA and WNBA programming, photography and memorabilia. NBA City features a 300-seat dining room; a 75-seat club where fans can watch a mixture of live and classic NBA and WNBA games; an interactive game room called "The Playground" that houses specially-created skill and trivia games; and the obligatory gift shop of NBA and NBA City merchandise. The menu offers an eclectic choice of steak, seafood, pasta and specialty pizzas. The building was created with bricks from classic basketball halls like the old Madison Square Garden and Boston Garden. In front of the building, a 33-foot replica of the NBA's "logo man" will greet guests.
Pastamore: an Italian-style eatery that serves pastries for breakfast, sandwiches and salads for lunch, and full-course meals for dinner,.
Galaxy Ice Cream: Sweet treats are the delight of this ice cream and soda shop.
Big Kahuna Pizza: Buy it by the slice or buy the whole pie, Big Kahuna Pizza aims to serve up the best piece in town.
St. Augustine Sausage: Italian sausage meets German brautwurst in this deli-like eatery that features anything stuffed in a casing.
South Beach Deli: Specialty sandwiches and salads are on the menu, served with a Latin flair reminiscent of Miami's hot and spicy district.Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times