Seven Best Food Values at Universal Orlando Mardi Gras 2022

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Photo credit: Kimmie Caputzal

In 2022, Universal Orlando returned to doing Mardi Gras in many excellent ways. The parades and concerts returned to much rejoicing. However, the expansion of food options developed during 2021 season enabled Universal Orlando to be “wilder, louder, and spicier” this year. Though guests needed to calculate good value differently this year, many good values could be found. If you want a more detailed review of an individual item, search on our site if link not provided.

So, if you were looking to get the most bang for your buck, what items should you select from this year’s Mardi Gras offerings? Below, you will find my recommendations. Remember, the food value factor could outrank better tasting food that costs more with a smaller portion size. Probably, an item or two costing more was excluded since this is a value list. These are not ranked in any order since I did not want to choose between these quality choices.

Here is the list:

Shrimp Gumbo from New Orleans food tent area…This cost only $5.99. The flavors are excellent. This makes a quality dish for a Mardi Gras event.

Beef Coxinha located at La Bamba window… This beef filled pastry type item provides soldi flavor and good portion size for only $5.49

Photo courtesy of Universal Food Blog

Shrimp and Andouille Sausage Jambalaya from the New Orleans food tent area… This New Orleans style staple food matches Mardi Gras celebration well. The crawfish on top might scare you but the flavors are good overall for $6.49.

Photo courtesy of Universal Food Blog

Buttermilk Lemon Blueberry Shortcakes at the food tents near King’s Cross Station… They cost only $4.99. This dessert option provides a solid portion size with surprisingly good flavor. You also may order a strawberry version of this item.

– Nashville Hot Chicken Mac and Cheese from the San Francisco area food truck… These cost $10.99 so more expensive than I would prefer on a “value” list. However, the quality of chicken and sauce merits making this list. The chicken portion makes this a good value all by itself.

Photo credit: Kimmie Caputzal

Ube Ice Cream Bubble Waffle located at Fusion/ Machine Planet food tent…This creative dessert earns rave reviews from guests. These cost $8.99 but worth every penny. Also, who knew a purple vegetable could be used for great ice cream?

Shrimp Po’ Boy Dog found at Hot Dog Hall of Fame in CityWalk…This merging of a sausage with shrimp and hot sauce creates a solid Mardi Gras meal.  The “Dog” itself costs $10.49 but you can add French fries for only $1 more.

I hope you have enjoyed our journey dining at Mardi Gras 2022 at Universal Orlando. Dining with value in mind can be a challenge in theme parks. I hope this helps during your trips to Mardi Gras. If you agree or disagree with my assessments, feel free to leave a comment to let us know. Let the good times roll!


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