Universal Orlando (You can reserve seats in advance up to 30 days online through Universal at universalorlando. com/Restaurants/50-Great-Restaurants. aspx or by calling 407-224-3663.) RESORT RESTAURANTS Bice Ristorante The sophisticated space offers Northern Italian cuisine and a big wine list. Loew’s Portofino Bay Hotel, 5601 Universal Blvd., 407-503-1415 Emeril’s Tchoup Chop While the restaurant’s name refers to New Orleans’ Tchoupitoulas Street, the home of Emeril Lagasse’s flagship restaurant, the cuisine at this wildly colorful resort is a fusion of Asian and Polynesian flavors. Loew’s Royal Pacific Resort, 6300 Hollywood Way, 407-503-2467 The Palm Soak up the New York atmosphere and savor the big portions of beef and Nova Scotia lobster (plus Italian fare) at this handsome steakhouse decorated with caricatures like the Big Apple original. Hard Rock Hotel, 5800 Universal Blvd., 407-503-7256 38 | INFLUENCE SUMMER/FALL 2016 AT CITYWALK Antojitos Authentic Mexican Food The lively restaurant boasts Mexican street faves found in carts and cantinas. The drink menu lists tequila, mezcal, beer and wine, and there’s live music. 6000 Universal Blvd., 407-224-3663 Cowfish The new, high-energy eatery is dubbed a “sushi burger bar” serving both items as well as the fusion, “Burgushi.” Burgushi choices are billed as sushi rolls that use burger components, and pick-up style sandwiches use sushi ingredients. The casual spot serves sake and martinis as well as milkshakes. 6000 Universal Blvd., 407-224-2275 Emeril’s Restaurant Orlando A longtime choice for grownups looking for a fine dining alternative, with Creole cuisine and a 12,000-bottle wine gallery, cigar bar and specialty cocktails, 407-224-2424 Vivo’s Italian Kitchen The chic, contemporary venue features traditional Italian vittles and vino in an open kitchen where you can watch cooks prepare house-made pasta and other dishes. 6000 Universal Blvd., 407- 224-4233 INSIDE THE THEME PARKS Restaurants are considered family-friendly but here are some highlights for adult diners. You can make reservations through Universal or independently at most sites. UNIVERSAL STUDIOS Finnegan’s Bar and Grill – Kick back in this Irish pub, which looks like it was plucked off the streets of New York, and grab plates of Gaelic favorites washed down with a swig of Guinness. 407-363-8757 Lombard’s – Universal Studios’ flagship restaurant aims to recreate San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf. Lombard’s specializes in seafood, but burgers, sandwiches and salads round out the menu. You can combine a visit to Lombard’s with a movie tribute as part Universal’s Cinematic Dining Experience. 407-224-6401 ISLANDS OF ADVENTURE Mythos – Located in the Lost Continent attraction, the popular restaurant looks like an ancient sea cavern. Enjoy outdoor seating with a view of the park’s lake. The blog ThemeParkInsider.com rates Mythos a consistent winner for “some of the best food available in any theme park for the price.” 407-224-4012 ORLANDO EATS PHOTOS: Courtesy Universal Orlando Resort Clockwise from top left: The Cowfish’s “Burgushi” tops its eclectic sushi menu; Antojitos Authentic Mexican food offers adult-size fun; the food at Mythos is an art for all the senses.
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