Recently I had the pleasure of experiencing Margaritaville‘s Refreshed Menu courtesy of RockawayPR….. So whether you are completely exhausted and need to refuel after spending an entire day at Universal or you desire a fun family night out just because, Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville is ideally located right in the heart of Universal Orlando CityWalk.
Shh…here’s the secret – Margaritaville takes their Margarita’s rather seriously. We drank our way through Margaritaville’s Margarita menu – classic lime margaritas and variations dressed up with all sorts of fruit, plus a range of tequilas and liquers. One of the many perks of dining with friends, we get to share!!
The combination of lime, tequila, and liqueurs has the ability to quench thirst and make even the worst heat more bearable. No wonder Margaritas are a refreshing welcome in our Florida sun.
While we sipped on our delicious margaritas, our attentive and friendly waiter John S kept us busy with bites of the new menu…Beach Tacos, Grilled Shrimp Skewer, Drunken Shrimp Skillet, Asiago Crab Dip, and White Cheddar Cheese Curds were few of the appetizers we got to indulge in.
The Grilled Shrimp Skewer with Jerk glazed shrimp, served on a pineapple was presented creatively and was the unanimous favorite on our table. The White Cheddar Cheese Curds were airy and delightfully washed down with the bold margaritas. The Beach Taco with Carne Asada Steak, pico de gallo, cheese, and cilantro was beautifully flavored with the succulent steak and fresh condiments. The Asiago Crab Dip and Drunken Shrimp Skillet were literally licked of the plates.
Blame it on the live rock and roll music or the delectable bites…either ways Margaritaville will have you tapping on your feet in no time…
Even though we were happily satiated, Executive Chef Dan Murray had a few more treats for us. Reiterating yet again, how fun it is to visit Margaritaville in a group. Between the Rancho Deluxe Burger, Black Grouper, and Landshark Lager Fish & Chips. I believe we got to experience a fair share of Margaritaville’s entire menu.
The Rancho Deluxe Burger was cooked perfectly to order “medium”. Topped with Monterey Jack cheese, Applewood-smoked bacon, lettuce, sliced tomato, pickles and ranch dressing – it was gratifying.
The Landshark Lager Fish and Chips: Expertly battered to attain a light and crispy texture, paired with the kick of jalapeño tartar sauce and lightly dressed cilantro and lime coleslaw – it was a wonderful recreation of Britain’s most recognizable culinary export.
The Black Grouper, an 8 oz grilled filet served with island rice, green beans and mango salsa was charred yet creamy on the inside. Another reminder of the ‘healthier’ and fresher menu offerings of Margaritaville.
The showstopper of the evening had to be the The Chocolate Hurricane. Vanilla bean ice cream served with brownies, Kit Kat and Heath bars, pirouette and mini shortbread cookies, sliced banana, whipped cream and chopped macadamia nuts – my kids would have been in dessert haven. Swirled table-side with chocolate and caramel sauces – you might not be too guilt ridden, after all, you just did shed all those extra pounds exploring Universal Studios or Islands of Adventure on your feet all day……
The tangy and creamy Key Lime Pie with a cup of freshly brewed coffee transported me into nirvana…..It was a terrific finale to our gluttonous meal.
Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville new and refreshed menu seems to be mindful of the health-conscious and quality-demanding dining patron. Personally, I appreciated the ‘lighter’ touches of the dishes especially the fried ones. Encompassing fresh and bold flavors adds something for all palates regardless of age.
Kudos to Executive Chef Dan Murray and entire staff of Margaritaville for treating my friends and me like royalty!! We shall return…..