A guide to Mardi Gras-inspired cuisine at Universal Orlando hotels

ORLANDO, Florida. – If you really want to feel like your Universal Studios Mardi Gras 2022 is happening in New Orleans, you should stop by the restaurants and kiosks.

Mardi Gras means “Fat Tuesday” in French, so the celebration wouldn’t be complete without a huge variety of Cajun cuisine.

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Starting Saturday and running through April 24, the best way to make the most of Universal Studios Mardi Gras cuisine is to check into a hotel. You don’t have to stay in hotels to enjoy a meal, so here’s what you can find for the next two months:

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  • Hotel Loews Portofino Bay: the Trattoria del Porto restaurant will bring the heat with creamy polenta shrimp, made with Cajun sauce. If you want a little Italian in your French celebration, The thirsty fish and Splendido Bar & Grill will be offering drink specials to guests.

  • Hard Rock Hotel®: the velvet bar brings the Abita Amber Ale Shrimp, a Gulf shrimp sautéed in Creole garlic butter and Abita Amber Ale, served with slices of French bread. The kitchen features the classic N’Awlins po’ boy, a sandwich filled with crispy fried shrimp and Creole mayonnaise and more, all served on New Orleans Leidenheimer bread.

  • Loews Royal Pacific Resort: the Island dining room brings the Mardi Gras spirit with the colorful pancakes of the king cake. For chocolate lovers, Tuk-tuk marketChocolate Bomb is the dish for you, with choices of chocolate and caramel with spiced pecans with purple, green and gold Mardi Gras decor, s’mores or cookies and cream .

  • Loews Sapphire Falls Resort: The Amatista KitchenAndouille sausage and pulled chicken are served with a queso fresco empanada and Cajun aioli. New Dutch Trading Co. brings the traditional king cake.

  • Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort: Galaxy Bowl restaurant‘s shrimp po’ boy is a complete meal since it includes fries, a mini king cake and a drink.

  • Universal Hotel Aventura: Bar 17 Bistro offers several Mardi Gras-themed dishes, including a chicken, andouille and shrimp jambalaya.

  • Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Surfside Inn and Suites: The beach cafe brings the flavors of NOLA with BBQ Shrimp & Dirty Rice and the traditional Dockside Donuts, a fried pastry sweetened with bourbon caramel sauce and topped with powdered sugar.

  • Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Dockside Inn and Suites: in addition to Pier 8 MarketNOLA flavors, The Oasis Beach Bar and the Sunset Lounge brings an “endless carnival” of drinks.

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In addition to the hotels, the Universal CityWalk will also offer Mardi Gras-themed food and drink at venues such as Voodoo donut, The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen and At Pat O’Brien’s.

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