Shrimp Gumbo at Universal Orlando Mardi Gras

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Looking for good value in terms of theme park food? Want value without giving up flavor and quality? If so, let me suggest one of the food tents in the “French Quarter” area of Universal Studios Florida. In this traditional spot for New Orleans style Mardi Gras food, guests find many Mardi Gras food options. Probably the best food served in this area exists as Shrimp Gumbo and Rice.

Before even eating this, I confidently placed this food item on the weekly “Top 3” Universal Orlando list.  After tasting it recently, that suggestion shines as a wise choice. So far, after speaking with numerous reliable sources, no one expressed disappointment in this dish. In fairness, guests stated criticisms but more about that later.

Photo courtesy of Universal Food Blog

The menu board description reads New Orleans style gumbo with gulf shrimp, bacon, andouille sausage, okra, (and) bell peppers served over white rice. The gumbo costs only $5.99. With maximum discounts, this year’s gumbo cost even less than last year.  Also, this gumbo comes in a convenient plastic disposable bowl. The container helps with the overall experience and presentation.

So how does this gumbo taste? As mentioned earlier, the gumbo possesses excellent flavor. The merging of all the ingredients creates solid flavor. The portion size exceeds expectations for such a low theme park price. The pieces of shrimp add to overall quality. The stock and roux surrounding the vegetables and proteins tasted better than anticipated. Even if you think you dislike gumbo, you should give this a try. The spice level stays low for this type of food item.

To be fair, some critiques were voiced by guests. Some guests stated the gumbo tasted too salty. The ingredients listed for this gumbo include bacon and andouille sausage. Though those flavors emerge in this gumbo, those fail to be easy to find within the gumbo.

If you only have time for one savory Mardi Gras food item this year, this gumbo must be considered. This staple item of Universal Orlando Mardi Gras tastes just a little better this year. At this price, guests buying will find good value for sure. This Mardi Gras, let the good time roll!


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