As I receive reports of heavy holiday crowds at Universal Orlando, I remember that most guests forget about dining in CityWalk. If you visit Universal Orlando during high crowd level days, queues for food/beverage appear daunting. Yes, attraction wait times rise to almost unbearable levels during holiday weeks. Still, people forget to plan for dining since those waits can be excessive also during busy weeks. Less experienced guests remain unwilling to take a short walk from the land theme parks at Universal Orlando to dine in CityWalk.
CityWalk offers some excellent dining options. Also, pricing for meals rate reasonable especially for Orlando area theme park dining. One of the most convenient and easiest places to enjoy in CityWalk remains Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville. In fairness, this restaurant exists as a part of a national chain. The menu here reflects the national chain menu. Still, even during the busiest days of Spring Break, I have exited Islands of Adventure for lunch here. The process created a needed break from a crowded theme park. This process also provides a relaxing lunch on the covered patio at Margaritaville.
On this busy park day, I enjoyed lunch at Margaritaville. The parks reached modified capacity. Queues for food in the park were outrageous. I left the parks for lunch. I received quick seating at Margaritaville. Normally I would share a Volcano Nachos with someone. However, this day functioned as a theme park blogging solo trip work day. I desired something light. So, I selected the Beach Club sandwich.
As you might expect, this sandwich offers sliced turkey and ham, Swiss cheese, Applewood-smoked bacon, lettuce, sliced tomato and Dijon aioli. Though I would prefer another type of bread, the bread surrounding the components was toasted country white bread. This menu item currently costs $15.95. Like burgers and sandwiches here, guests select between fries or a side salad to go with their burger/sandwich.
So, what did I think? I selected a side salad. The salad fulfilled the basic requirements and provided some nutrition which can be hard to find at a theme park resort. The dressing tasted good while not weighing down the salad. In fairness, the sandwich surprised me with the quality. All the components worked well together. The Dijon aioli provided right amount of flavor to make this a legitimate full-service sandwich. Are there better sandwiches on Universal Orlando property? Yes! Does this sandwich offer value at a theme park resort? Once again, yes!
I would not seek out this sandwich as must-do in CityWalk. However, if you find yourself needing a break from the parks looking for a light lunch, this sandwich suits perfectly. If you just want a quality sandwich, visit Bread Box in CityWalk. However, for a relaxing time on a patio, this sandwich works well for that. I hope this helps if you find yourself looking for food on a busy park day.
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