When you’re out and about and looking for fun in Orlando, some of the best ways to have a good time are found at Orlando restaurants with live music. Even casual eateries can boost their ambiance with a performance by talented musicians. So where should you go when you want to you’re searching for a restaurant with entertainment and good food? Follow these recommendations to combine a meal with house bands, strolling guitarists, violin players and more.

Orlando Restaurants

I should mention, not all of these Orlando restaurants feature live entertainment nightly so be to sure to call ahead for a schedule.

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House of Blues
1490 Buena Vista Dr, Lake Buena Vista, Disney Springs, Lake Buena Vista
Live jazz and blues is performed on select nights, usually around 10:30pm. The late-night menu is limited to bar food, but it’s seriously good bar food.

729 Lee Road, Orlando
This upscale steakhouse has two lounges, each with a different tempo. The Piano Lounge is ideal for an after-dinner drink, while the traditional lounge
has a livelier atmosphere.

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Dexter’s of Winter Park
558 W. New England Ave., Winter Park
Dine on upscale American comfort food and specialty drinks while listening to rock bands at Dexter’s, a restaurant geared towards the young-adult crowd.

Mama Della’s Ristorante
Portofino Bay Hotel, 5601 Universal Blvd., Orlando
Experience strolling musicians playing guitar, violin, and more, at this
family style Italian restaurant.



Wildside BBQ Bar & Grill
700 E. Washington St., Orlando
Eat succulent barbeque while listening to weekend acoustic jam sessions.

Islands Dining Room
Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando, 6300 Hollywood Way, Orlando
Treat yourself to some island flavor at this dining room, where Pacific Rim cuisine is combined with a strolling musician plays Hawaiian music.

WDW Dining Lifestyle Shoot. 2013. Photographer: Melanie Acevedo

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Victoria & Albert’s
4401 Floridian Way, Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort, Walt Disney World
Central Florida’ most elegant—and expensive restaurant—has harpist on-hand to accompany the already posh setting.

Hollerbach’s Willow Tree Cafe
205 E. 1st St., Sanford
Casual German dining with strolling accordion player and, at times, yodeling.

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B.B. King’s Blues Club
9101 International Dr, Orlando
(407) 370-4550
Jazz takes center stage at B.B. King’s Blues Club, where a house band and select featured performers play bluesy jams. Combine the music with southern cuisine for a one of the best Orlando restaurants with live music.

Bob Marley: A Tribute to Freedom
6000 Universal Blvd #730, Universal CityWalk, Orlando
(407) 224-2262
Dine on Caribbean food while listen to reggae beats inspired by the island and Bob Marley.



6000 Universal Studios Plaza #704, Universal CityWalk, Orlando
(407) 224-2155
Whisk away on an island breeze at Margaritaville, where tropical cocktails and cuisine are accompanied by live bands.

Now, grab a drink, your best friend or main squeeze, and enjoy a night out at these Orlando restaurants.

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Universal Orlando CityWalkWhen you spend a day at Universal Orlando Resort you can explore Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios, immersing yourself in an action-packed atmosphere full of thrilling rides and movie-themed attractions. To help you get a head start on your theme park visit we’ve guided you through where to eat at both parks with our Universal Orlando Resort dining guides. Now, let’s take a look at the options available at Universal Orlando CityWalk – a hip, modern entertainment and dining zone.

A variety of fresh flavors and eclectic cuisines are presented at Universal Orlando CityWalk. Everything from comfort food to spicy Latin fare and Asian fusion find a place on restaurant menus. Many restaurants here cater to adults, with more than just your typical theme park food gracing tables.

CityWalk Table Service Restaurants

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Antojitos Authentic Mexican Food: A festive, fun atmosphere greets guests at Antojitos.  Located at the former site of The Latin Quarter, the restaurant celebrates Mexican street culture and cuisine.  Order from their large tequila section to get your night started.  Then, dip your chips in one of the spicy fresh salsas.  The tableside guacamole bursts with flavor, too.  Same room for the main course, though.   Mexican menu items run the gamut from enchiladas to burritos to fajitas and tacos, each with a unique twist. I recommend the Chile Relleno de la Abuelita, Carnitas Lupita or El Burito Revolucionario. Each combine the rich flavors, large portion sizes and perfectly seasoned.

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Bob Marley – A Tribute to Freedom: Share the love at Bob Marley’s, a Jamaican-influenced restaurant serving appetizers, entrees and desserts. Some of the most popular menu items are Oxtail Stew and a Jamaican Curry Chicken. The atmosphere will appeal to any Marley fan as it is a faithful recreation of the singer’s Jamaica home, and has various artifacts throughout celebrating his life, music and career.

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Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. Restaurant and Market: The company made famous by the movie Forrest Gump comes to life at CityWalk. Shrimp, shrimp and more shrimp highlight this menu, although you can also find steaks and ribs. The family-friendly stop is an entertaining one as memorabilia from Forrest Gump lines the walls of the restaurant.

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Emeril’s Orlando: Perfect for that special night out Emeril’s Orlando is an upscale restaurant with a flavorful menu created by Chef Emeril Lagasse Unique dishes, quality ingredients and first rate service create the best place to dine at CityWalk. “Kick it up a notch” with Emeril’s creole-infused, New Orleans inspired creations. I highly recommend reservations for Emeril’s Orlando.

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Hard Rock Café Orlando: The eye-catching Hard Rock Café Orlando is designed like the Roman Colosseum and it shines across the lagoon of Universal CityWalk. The sight is quite an impressive one. Inside the café you’ll see decades of rock ‘n roll memorabilia. Classic American cuisine like hamburgers, steaks, and barbeque are choice selections. Save room for dessert – the Key Lime Pie is a tart yet sweet finish worth the wait.


Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville: Step into the laidback, carefree Margaritaville – where all your worries drift away and sunshine days are endless. Tropical, beachy and oh-so-refreshing Margaritaville at CityWalk is one of my favorite dining options. The coconut shrimp are crunchy, sweet and plump and the serving is plentiful. Plus, the drinks here are a signature item so when in Margaritaville do as the villagers do – drink margaritas!

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NBA City: Take it the court at NBA City, a basketball themed restaurant serving American fare with a contemporary twist. Entrees range from Chicken Bleu Cheese Pasta and Sesame Crusted Salmon to Maple Glazed Pork Chops, Cajun Stuffed Chicken, and Oak-Smoked Baby Back Ribs. Take a shot at the menu, which has family-friendly options like hamburgers and steaks too.


Pat O’Brien’s: An authentic reproduction of New Orleans’ favorite watering hole, Pat O’Brien’s is fun day or night. New Orleans-style dishes like Crawfish Nachos, N’awlins Po’Boy and Bourbon Street Chicken are some of my favorite menu items. Dueling pianos perform nightly creating a lively atmosphere where it’s Mardi Gras every night. We recommend sitting in the courtyard for the best New Orleans-inspired experience.

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The Cowfish: The name says it all, as this restaurant combines burgers with sushi for a menu that is unique to say the least.  It also solves the conundrum of getting your sushi fix when others in your group aren’t a fan.  A customizable gourmet burger menu features all-natural, mouth-watering stacks topped with everything from jalapeno poppers to peanut butter to tomato onion jam.  At the sushi bar, fresh fusion rolls are a favorite.  The King’s Roll and The Boss are two standouts.


VIVO Italian Kitchen: Comfort food at its best is found at VIVO Italian Kitchen.  Traditional Italian food made with classic recipes shines at the restaurant that replaced Pastamore.  The upgrade has been well received, especially as the food is the best Italian you’ll find at Universal Orlando CityWalk.  The sleek, modern design showcases an open kitchen, complete with a hanging tree for the freshly made pasta.  Squid Ink Pasta, Risotto with Short Ribs, Pear-Stuffed Fucheti, Tagliatelle & Fennel Sausage and Bucatini with Meatballs are quickly becoming favorites of patrons.  The

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Universal CityWalk Counter Service Restaurants

  • Big Kahuna Pizza
  • Bread Box Handcrafted Sandwiches
  • BK Whopper Bar
  • Cinnabon
  • Cold Stone Creamery
  • Fusion Bistro Sushi and Sake Bar
  • Hot Dog Hall of Fame
  • Lone Pal Airport
  • Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt
  • Moe’s Southwest Grill
  • Panda Express
  • Red Oven Pizza Bakery
  • Starbucks Coffee

If you’re looking for a quicker way to dine at CityWalk check out the Top of the Walk Food Court. Many of the restaurants listed above are located there. Its convenient combination of options makes it easy for family members to pick and choose the food they want. I prefer a Moe’s burrito but my friend loves Panda Express. We each order and meet back at the table and everyone’s happy. You can get your sweet treat fix at Cinnabon and TCBY, while you can get a shot of energy at Starbucks. Thirsty for a drink? Fat Tuesday and Galaxy Bar.

Universal Orlando’s CityWalk is an eclectic mix of restaurants sure to inspire your taste buds. Whether you’re stopping for a meal after a day at the park or looking for a fun night our, CityWalk has you covered.

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Get ready to taste your way around the world at the 19th Annual Epcot International Food & Wine Festival.  The Disney World special event is slated for September 19 through November 10, 2014 – a record 53 days long!  The culinary event is the highlight of the fall season at Disney.  With the purchase of Epcot tickets, you’ll gain access to world-renowned cuisine, entertaining concerts and excellent culinary programs geared towards to the foodie in all of us. 
Fresh things to do for the 2014 event include:
New Festival Marketplaces and Food:  Two new marketplaces have been added to Epcot’s Food & Wine Festival.  The Patagonia Marketplace will offer dishes inspired by the flavors of Argentina and Chile, while the Farm Fresh Marketplace (replacing the Florida Local Marketplace) will serve local flavors and drinks.  Stop by the Brazil Marketplace to taste their popular crispy pork belly and their new tilapia with coconut water lime sauce dish.  Satisfy your eastern European cravings at the Polish Marketplace, serving a new sauerkraut pierogi and pork goulash.  In total, there are more than 25 ethnic and regional marketplaces at which you can sample international cuisine.

Boot Camp Series: This interactive challenge event will whip you into culinary shape with intense basic training enabling you to really step it up in the kitchen and tackle epicurean challenges reserved for the best

Food for Thought: On Friday mornings, visitors can attend celebrity cookbook events with their favorite culinary talents.

Sunday Mornings With…: Enjoy a plated brunch featuring a bakery or pastry chef, who will create three delicious desserts for sampling.

Activities returning to Epcot’s International Food & Wine Festival include:

Appearances by Celebrity Chefs:  Chefs in attendance include Warren Brown, Dean Max, Allen Susser, Rock Harper, Erika Davis, Jennifer Hill Booker, Paula DaSilva, Dana Herbert, Jerome Brown, Duskie Estes, John Stewart, Gale Gand, Jamie Deen, and “Cake Boss” Buddy Valastro.

Eat to the Beat Concert Series:  A variety of acts will appear during the concert series, including Boyz II Men, Smash Mouth, Fuel, Wilson Phillips, David Cook, Hanson, and Sister Hazel, among others.  For the complete Eat to the Beat Concert schedule, click the schedule link. 

Festival Welcome Center:  Home to a champagne and wine bar, educational wine seminars and celebrity chef book signings, the Festival Welcome Center also hosts culinary demonstrations. 

Reserved Culinary Events:  Special culinary programs include presentations by winemakers, elegant dinners, luncheons, seminars and wine paring schools.  A few of the featured events include a Mediterranean Food & Wine Pairing, as well as an Italian White Truffle & Wine Pairing Dinner and Mexican Tequila Lunch.  These unique dining experiences can be reserved starting on July 31 by calling 407-939-3378. 

Party for the Senses: Sample great food from famous chefs, 50 wines and beers and live entertainment.  Tasting events are scheduled for October 4, 11, 18 and November 1 from 7:30-10pm.

More than 270 chefs will appear during Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival, conducting culinary demonstrations and hosting dinners and tasting events.  Servings for the sumptuous appetizer sized portions served range from $3-$8; drinks are $3-$6.  Purchase Epcot Disney tickets to be a part of this international flavor-filled festival.

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Last week we guided you through the dining options available at Universal Studios.  This week we’re taking a look at where to eat at Islands of Adventure.  From casual cafes to full service restaurants, the places you and your family can dine at Universal Orlando Resort appeal to a wide variety of visitors.  Read through our quick Islands of Adventure dining guide to get a head start on your day at the park. 

Islands of Adventure Full Service Restaurants
Mythos Restaurant

Mythos Restaurant: The award-winning Mythos Restaurant serves contemporary cuisine in a beautiful setting on The Lost Continent.  Outdoor seating provides fantastic views of the park, while guests who choose to dine inside are surrounded by a cavernous interior with carvings of mythical gods.  Food selections include blueberry and pistachio crusted grilled pork, cedar planked Bay of Fundy salmon, gourmet hamburgers and imported pasta.  A children’s menu is available too. 

Confisco’s Grille: More casual than Mythos, Confisco’s Grille is located in the Port of Entry area of Islands of Adventure.  Confisco’s chefs have incorporated tastes from around the world. You’ll find Italian, Mexican, Asian, Greek, and American inspired dishes including grilled sandwiches, burgers, salads, fajitas, ribs, pizza and pasta, plus full bar service.   A children’s menu is available with selections like ravioli, pizza and chicken tenders. 
Islands of Adventure Casual Dining Restaurants

Circus McGurkus Café Stoo-Pendous:  Enter the big top of the Circus McGurkus where strange creatures perform and acrobats twirl high overhead. Kids especially will love the menu which features Fried Chicken, Spaghetti, Pizza, Cheeseburgers and Chicken Caesar Salad.

Café 4:  Italian items like pizza, spaghetti and meatballs, fettuccini, meatball subs and chicken Caesar salads are served at Café 4.  Located on the ground floor of the Baxter Building – headquarters and laboratory of the Fantastic Four – Café 4 is a marvelous choice for families.
Captain America Diner:  All-American menu items like cheeseburgers, chicken sandwiches and fries satisfy the hungriest superhero at this patriotic diner.

Comic Strip Café:  Feeling goofy from your stomach growling?  The Comic Strip Café is a cafeteria-style food court where you have your choice of Fried Chicken, Fish & Chips, Hot Dogs, Burgers, and even Asian & Italian Dishes.  The comics lining the walls of the café will keep you laughing through lunch. 

Green Eggs and Ham Café:  Always wanted to give green eggs and ham a try?  You can at this café.  Other menu items include ham sandwiches and cheeseburgers.
Thunder Falls Terrace: Carnivore’s will rejoice at the menu items featured at Thunder Falls Terrace.  Located in the Jurassic Park section of Islands of Adventure, delicious BBQ ribs, rotisserie chicken and smoked turkey legs are some of the signature items served here.
Islands of Adventure Quick Service Restaurants
The Burger Digs:  Tasty burgers, veggie burgers and chicken sandwiches are staples of The Burger Digs.
Croissant Moon Bakery:  A variety of deli sandwiches, grilled Panini’s, and freshly baked pastries will tempt your palate at this Islands of Adventure bakery.
Blondie’s: Craving a famous Dagwood sandwich?  Head to Blondie’s, where you bite into made-to-order deli subs and sandwiches, including the stacked Dagwood.
Pizza Predattoria: Grab a quick slice of pizza or meatball sub to stave off your hunger at Pizza Predattoria. 
Fire Eater’s Grill: Craving a gyro?  Fire Eater’s Grill serves up gyros, chicken tenders, hot dogs and salads sure to please. 
Three Broomsticks:  Favorites of Harry Potter and his British mates are staples of this menu.  Fish and chips, shepherd’s pie, smoked chicken and Cornish pasties are served in this immersive café. 
If you’re craving something sweet The Frozen Desert, Cinnabon, Arctic Express, Honeydukes, Hop on Pop Ice Cream Shop and Cathy’s Ice Cream are convenient choices.  You can always purchase a variety of beverages at places like The Watering Hole, Moose Juice Goose Juice and Hog’s Head.

Next week we’ll explore the dining options at Universal Orlando Resort’s CityWalk.

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Get a head start on your day at Universal Studios with a look at our dining guide. From full service restaurants to counter service and grab and go options, there is a wide variety of places to eat while you’re at the park. Ready to find out which is right for you? Read on.

Universal Studios Full Service Restaurants

Finnegan’s Bar & Grill: Serving up traditional Irish-American cuisine like fish ‘n chips, Guinness beef stew, and bangers and mash. Selections of domestic and imported beverages are on tap, too. Finnegan’s is located near The Mummy.

Lombard’s Seafood Grille: Located along the Embarcadero, Lombard’s is a picturesque waterfront restaurant with outstanding fish, pasta and lobster rolls. Designed after a San Francisco Wharf restaurant, all of your favorite seafood specialties are served.

Universal Studios Casual Dining Restaurants

Richter’s Burger Co.: An earthquake themed burger joint with classics like double cheeseburgers and shakes on the menu.

Mel’s Drive-In: Dine on classic diner food like hamburgers, sandwiches, hot dogs, onion rings and root beer floats at Mel’s Dive In.

Monster’s Café: Brick oven pizza, salads, pasta and chicken specialties are highlights of this monster-themed menu.

Louie’s Italian Restaurant: Pizza, pasta, Italian deserts and espresso are some of the delicious menu items at Louie’s Italian Restaurant.

Universal Studios Quick Service Restaurants

Beverly Hills Boulangerie: Gourmet sandwiches, soups, pastries and cappuccino are just a few of the items you can pick up at this café.

Schwab’s Pharmacy: Ice Cream Sundaes, Milk Shakes, Malts, Banana Splits and Ice Cream Floats are some of the sweet treats served at this old-fashioned pharmacy.

Kid Zone Pizza Company: Grab a quick slice or some tasty chicken fingers for a pleasing on-the-go meal.

Midway Grill: A variety of Nathan’s hot dogs and side items like fries and chili are options of this grill stop.

You can also get a cup of joe at Starbucks or an ice cream treat at Ben and Jerry’s at Universal Studios. Next week we’ll take a look at the dining options available at Islands of Adventure.

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Be Our Guest Restaurant brings the magic of “Beauty and The Beast” to life at the Magic Kingdom. The new Disney attraction, located within Fantasyland, makes guests feel as if they have entered Beast’s Castle. The opulence of the grand dining hall ballroom, along with adjacent rooms featuring beautiful scene-inspired tapestries and paintings, and, of course, the magical rose and torn painting of young Beast, create a spectacularly immersive environment.

Dining Hall Ballroom

What makes the Be Our Guest Restaurant at Disney World so unique is the combination of storytelling, theming and food inspired by the classic film.When you dine at Be Out Guest, you don’t just get to eat – you get to experience life inside Beast’s Castle and see numerous elements from the beloved film.

Torn Painting of the Prince

The experience begins by walking through the ruins of an old gateway to a stone bridge, at the end of which you enter through a large doorway into the inner sanctum of the castle. As noted before, three main rooms create the restaurant: the Ballroom, West Wing and Rose Gallery. The grand ballroom, where guests dine of their delectable lunch and dinner choices, recreates the elegance of the film’s scene in which Belle and the Beast whirl around the dance floor. From the floors to the ceiling, and everything in between, the Imagineers at Disney did not miss a single detail. A fresco of clouds and cherubs paint the ceiling, which is also adorned with ornate chandeliers, while the entire room is surrounded by a balcony lined with sashes. The far end of the room features 18-foot tall arched windows giving view to the French countryside and lightly falling snow.

Enchanted Rose

In the mysterious West Wing, guests find the glass jar containing the enchanted rose and the portrait of the young prince in human form, which was slashed by the Beast in a fit of rage. Through the magic of special effects, when lightning flashes the painting changes from Prince to Beast. The West Wing room captures the ominous and dark tones of the emotion behind the Beast, and it was brought to life in superb fashion.

Over in the Rose Gallery, a delightfully upbeat setting welcomes guests. The centerpiece of the room is a nearly seven-foot tall music box with Belle and the Beast twirling atop. Beautifully designed tapestries and paintings recreate scenes from the classic movie and decorative roses can be found throughout the room.

As the Beauty and The Beast is set in France, French-inspired cuisine is served at the restaurant. At lunch, guests order from touch-screen menus and get a rose that they take to their table; the rose tells the food cart where to find the table. At night, it becomes an upscale sit-down, table-service restaurant with wine and beer available. Menu items at lunch reflect a French Bistro theme, while dinner is a more elegant affair with entrees paying homage to classic French cuisine. Of course, there is a kids menu available too, complete with a meatloaf shaped like Mickey Mouse. Full menus are available here.

As you leave the Be Our Guest Restaurant, a beautiful mosaic of Belle and the Prince dancing adorns the wall. Straight from the movie, it is the perfect parting glimpse into the world of Beauty and The Beast.

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Universal Orlando Resort’s ever-popular CityWalk is adding more to the mix in 2014.  A popular collection of national restaurants and shops already call the attraction home, but eight more new venues are planned to open throughout 2014.  These new places to eat at CityWalk coincide with a historic expansion at Universal Orlando, which will see the opening of the destination’s largest hotel, Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort, and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley.

Concepts that inspired CityWalk’s new eateries came about after a nationwide search for creations that appealed to not only established brands but up-and-comers with creative cuisine.  All of the new venues share an overall theme of inviting common areas, al fresco dining and open kitchens. Get an inside peak at what’s planned at Universal Orlando CityWalk by reading the list below.

Red Oven Pizza Bakery: Take a quick trip to Italy for authentic, artisan pizza–made fresh, while you wait–at Universal CityWalk’s first-ever Neopolitan-style pizza bakery. The combination of the highest quality ingredients and a traditional 900-degree stone-lined oven ensures every slice is pizza perfection. Red Oven is currently open. 

Antojitos Authentic Mexican Food: Take a journey through the cantinas, street carts, and markets of Mexico for unique tapas-style dining at Antojitos Authentic Mexican Food. Only the freshest ingredients are used to create craveable, made from scratch Mexican street fare in an environment of unmatched authenticity.

Hot Dog Hall of Fame: Strike out your hunger at Hot Dog Hall of Fame with some of the most iconic hot dog creations from our nation’s most famous ballparks. Take a seat in the bleachers and enjoy a loaded Chicago dog with all the toppings, a perfectly charred Boston brat, a monster LA dog and more.

The Cowfish: Innovative sushi joins forces with creative burgers for an untraditional dining experience at this reincarnation of the popular North Carolina hotspot. The result: “Burgushi”. A cutting-edge fusion of burger and sushi, burgushi items include sushi rolls created using burger components and sandwiches created using sushi elements.
A new modern Italian kitchen concept: Immerse yourself in the essence of modern Italian cuisine at this new restaurant created by Universal Orlando. Watch as the culinary team handcrafts your pasta from scratch to create fresh takes on classic dishes in a clean, contemporary dining atmosphere.

Cold Stone Creamery: For more than 25 years, Cold Stone Creamery has served up the finest, freshest ice cream, cakes, smoothies and shakes using only the highest quality ingredients and their signature process of preparing your custom ice cream creation on a frozen granite stone.

Bread Box: With a Bread Box sandwich, you’ll be transported back to your childhood kitchen or your favorite street corner deli.  Here you’ll find that the combination of quality meats and vegetables, fresh bread, and simple preparation can transform a sandwich into something more.

Menchie’s: One of the world’s most popular frozen yogurt shops is coming to Universal CityWalk.   The dream was to create a place where people from all walks of life and ages could enjoy themselves—not only with great tasting, quality frozen yogurt and an expansive self-serve toppings bar, but with a unique experience in a fun and happy environment that makes you smile.

When you visit Universal Orlando Resort, to explore attractions at Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios, you must walk through CityWalk.  The eclectic entertainment, shopping and dining complex adds an extra dose of festivities to your day at the park as you can easily grab some good grub at the affordable eateries or dine at a restaurant like Emeril’s or Margaritaville to end your day at the park.  You can also visit CityWalk anytime without Universal Orlando tickets

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Food trucks are a nationwide sensation so it makes sense Disney World is jumping on the bandwagon.   Downtown Disney is set to open four food trucks later this fall.  Each truck is themed to portray the spirit of a different Disney theme park. 

Featured food trucks include:
  • “Enchanted Fare” will serve favorites from Disney Parks around the world; think Croque Monsieur from Magic Kingdom Park, Glass Noodle Salad from Hong Kong Disneyland and (my favorite!) Hand-Dipped Corn Dogs from Disneyland park.
  • “The World Showcase of Flavors” is expected to feature items from the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival such as Grass-Fed Beef Sliders, Pierogies with Kielbasa and Lobster Rolls. Yum!
  • “Superstar Catering” will shine the spotlight on a wide array of meatball options fit for a Hollywood set; the Lamb Meatball Flatbread with Tzatziki sounds especially credit-worthy.
  • “Namaste Café” plans to feature a nice mix of spices with dishes including Butter Chicken, Slow-Cooked Beef Short Ribs and Tandori Spiced Shrimp.
Stay tuned for more Food truck news. As details roll in we’ll be sure to update you.

Attention all foodies!  Orlando is hosting Magical Dining Month during September, an event during which 60 of Orlando’s top restaurants serve up three-course prix-fixe dinners for $33.  Indulge your inner gourmet with an appetizer, entrée and dessert at a different restaurant every day of the week. 

An array of restaurants with diverse cuisine will be participating in the event.  Some of the award-winning restaurants include Le Coq au Vin, Emeril’s Tchoup Chap and La Luce by Donna Scala.  With 60 restaurants serving patrons during Magical Dining Month, the restaurants have been divided into districts.   Browse our quick guide to get a head start on your dining plans. 

Convention District:  Encompassing International Drive, this district is home to the largest amount of Magical Dining restaurants, including eateries like Capriccio Grill, Fogo de Chao Brazilian Steakhouse and The Capital Grille. 

Disney/Lake Buena Vista District:   Upscale, fine dining options are available here.  Options include The Venetian Room, Todd English’s bluezoo, La Luce by Donna Scala and Mikado Japanese Steakhouse.   

Downtown District: Amidst the lively atmosphere you’ll find trendy and local favorites like Citrus Restaurant, Funky Monkey Wine Company, Maxine’s on Shine and The Boheme. 

Universal/CityWalk District: Universal signature restaurants participating in Magical Dining Month include Emeril’s Tchoup Chop, Trattoria del Porto and Mama Della’s Ristorante. 

Restaurant Row District: Upscale and casual restaurants are found along this one-mile stretch of Sand Lake Road.  Choose from Roy’s Hawaiian Fusion, Seasons 52, The Melting Pot, Morton’s Steakhouse and Big Fin Seafood Kitchen.

Winter Park District: This quaint area serves up selections from Luma on Park and Chez Vincent, among others. 
In surrounding areas, you can dine at Bohemian Bar and Grill, K Restaurant, Le Coq Au Vin, The Capital Grille. 

Orlando’s Magical Dining Month  is a fantastic time to visit some of the best restaurants in Orlando.   Steep discounts let you save a good deal of money while you experience the meals created by renowned Chefs.   A charge of $33 gets you a three course dinner at restaurants that generally charge $20-$35 for a single entrée.  The Magical Dining Month discounts are available to locals and visitors.  A full list of participating restaurants is available here.  Browse the full selection of restaurants and choose a few to visit during your vacation.

We’ve guided you through Magic Kingdom Full Service Restaurants and Counter Service options.  Now lets take a look at quick service stands.  Disney World has plenty of places to get a refreshing drink or snack while you’re visiting the Magic Kingdom.  Grab and Go stations serve up everything from ice cream to cookies to hot dogs.  Take a look at our quick Magic Kingdom Grab and Go stands to get a heads up on your park plan.

Magic Kingdom Grab and Go options include:

Aloha Aisle: Citrus swirls and pineapple dole whips are the signature items at this Adventureland stop.

Auntie Gravity’s Galactic Goodies:  Cool off with a smoothie or some ice cream in Tomorrowland.

Cheshire Café: Frozen lemonade, muffins and beverages are easy to get at the Cheshire Café inside Fantasyland.

Main Street Bakery:  Starbucks coffee, cookies and pastries are served at this classic baker.  (Closed until summer for remodeling.)
Plaza Ice Cream Parlor: Treat yourself to an old-fashioned scoop at this Main Street staple.
Sleepy Hollow:  Waffle sandwiches, espresso, cappuccino, ice cream sandwiches and funnel cakes will satisfy your cravings at Liberty Square.
Storybook Treats: Floats, shakes and sundaes satisfy your sweet tooth at Fantasyland.
Sunshine Tree Terrace: Head to Sunshine Tree Terrace in Adventureland for a  famous Orange Bird or citrus swirl. 
Friar’s Nook: Chicken nuggets and hot dogs are fast snacks to grab from this Fantasyland grab and go stop.

All price points are $5 and under.

More restaurant guides for Disney World Theme Parks will be posted soon.  Check back for updates!