Full-Service Food Without a Reservation (or a Table) at Universal Orlando CityWalk

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Universal Orlando CityWalk restaurants have grown in popularity over the last several years. Something unheard of a few years ago happens often now. People cannot get seated at the full-service dining options in CityWalk.

Now, there are lots of reasons for this. Still, one of them involves the increased popularity of these restaurants. Many guests voice that they cannot even get a reservation at many of the full-service dining options in CityWalk for an evening meal.

At Universal Orlando Resort, table service dining goes by the name of full-service to distinguish it from quick/counter service dining. As you might imagine, the busier the theme parks connect directly to lack of reservation and long wait times of the restaurants in CityWalk.

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As of Sunday March 6th, a limited alternative popped up in CityWalk. As of the time of writing, we lack knowledge of operating hours. Still, a pop-up type food kiosk started serving a few menu items from three of the CityWalk full-service dining options. The three restaurants with some of their menu items sold here are Pat O’Brien’s, Antojitos Authentic Mexican Food, and The Cowfish.

Since many guests forget Pat O’Brien’s even exists based on its location off the beaten path through CityWalk, this food kiosk offers guests a chance to sample their food.

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Guests may buy the Crab Rangoon Dip from The Cowfish here. If you want Pat O Brien’s food, you may order Gumbo, Jambalaya, and/or Bread Pudding. Fans of Antojitos may order Nachos, Chips and Salsa, and/or Equites (roasted corn dip with tortilla chip)

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According to Universal Food Blog, the first day went well with guests getting their food quickly. Also, Xavier said he got his “Bread Pudding” and Crab Rangoon Dip within five minutes. Of course, I cannot guarantee that positive experience for you. However, this option looks promising for CityWalk guests looking for more food options without having to sit down at a full-service place.

Photo courtesy of Universal Food Blog

Most likely, this food kiosk functions as a test operation. If this food kiosk works well, then perhaps we will see more menu items added. Currently, mobile ordering is not an option with walk-up orders being the only way to currently order. Since the height of “Spring Break” crowds shall soon descend on Universal Orlando, this food kiosk could become very popular. Many thanks again to Xavier of Universal Food Blog for the photos and heads-up about this new food offering at Universal Orlando Resort


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