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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