Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville Delivers a Refreshing New Menu

Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville Delivers a Refreshing New Menu

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Sip, sit back, and relax in a tropical paradise with island-inspired food and a volcano flowing with margaritas.

Whether you’re looking for a laid-back or lively evening, Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville is a destination that provides enough options for everyone to enjoy. Named after Jimmy Buffet’s hit song, Margaritaville is more than a restaurant, it has come to symbolize a carefree lifestyle that can be experienced in the heart of Universal Orlando CityWalk.

Thanks to the kind folks of Rockaway PR, I had the opportunity to try the new menu at Margaritaville for a media preview. The evening started with tastings from the appetizers and bites part of the menu – Grilled Shrimp Skewer, White Cheddar Cheese Curds, Beach Tacos {Carne Asada Steak & Braised Pork Carnitas}, Asiago Crab Dip, and the “Drunken” Shrimp Skillet. Accompanied with delicious drinks, the appetizers and bites kept my table happy during the first part of our dinner. The Asiago Crab Dip and “Drunken” Shrimp Skillet were table favorites and I really enjoyed the hint of tequila key lime butter in the skillet.

Diving into the main entrees…the Crispy Coconut Shrimp, Fish Tacos, Key West Fish Sandwich, and Jimmy’s Jammin’ Jambalaya is consistent with the menu’s tropical theme containing bold island flavors in each dish. Jambalaya is a dish that I have always enjoyed with such simple ingredients and savory tastes.

Be prepared to come with a big appetite because the portions are generous but leave room for dessert! What my dining friends and I were about to experience is something we have never encountered before…the Chocolate Hurricane, a sweet tooth lover’s dream. Composed of a pint of 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 swirled tableside with chocolate and caramel sauces. For a more refreshing alternative, try the Key Lime Pie – the official state pie of Florida.

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Colorful array of margaritas and boat drinks
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Grilled Shrimp Skewer – Jerk-glazed shrimp dusted with sugared coconut served with pineapple
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White Cheddar Cheese Curds – Served with LandShark Lager BBQ and marinara
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Asiago Crab Dip – Lump crabmeat in a sharp asiago cheese cream served with grilled crostini
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Braised Pork Carnitas {Beach Tacos} – Salsa verde, cilantro and queso fresco
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Carne Asada Steak {Beach Tacos} – Pico de gallo, cheese and cilantro
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“Drunken” Shrimp Skillet – Sautéed with tequila key lime butter, roasted garlic, onions and peppers, with a mini baguette for dipping
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Crispy Coconut Shrimp – Jumbo shrimp crusted with coconut and fried. Served with horseradish-orange marmalade dipping sauce, french fries and cilantro lime coleslaw
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Crispy Coconut Shrimp
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Fish Tacos: Crisply fried in LandShark batter, topped with avocado, cilantro lime coleslaw and key lime crema. Served with black beans, rice and pico de gallo
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Key West Fish Sandwich – Panko breaded Red Grouper golden-fried, topped with sliced tomato, cilantro lime coleslaw and jalapeño tartar sauce
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Key West Fish Sandwich – Panko breaded Red Grouper golden-fried, topped with sliced tomato, cilantro lime coleslaw and jalapeño tartar sauce
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Jimmy’s Jammin’ Jambalaya – Cajun rice loaded with shrimp chicken, and Andouille sausage simmered in spicy broth
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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 with chocolate and caramel sauces
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Chocolate Hurricane
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Key Lime Pie: Graham cracker crust with sweet and tart key lime filling

There was never a dull moment as entertainment surrounds the room with volcano eruptions, stilt walkers, and talented balloon artists. Margaritaville, thanks for the great food and superb service!

Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville – Orlando
www.margaritavilleorlando.com/
Executive Chef: Dan Murray

6000 Universal Blvd #704, Orlando, FL 32819
(407) 224-2155

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KRYSTLE NGUYEN is a food enthusiast and Creative Director to TastyChomps. Many of her childhood memories were created in the restaurants that her parents owned while she was growing up - trying new dishes and interacting with customers. Krystle earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Services Administration from the University of Central Florida and took a job at Florida Hospital following her graduation. Her passion is to support the Central Florida community, serving on the board of many local non-profit organizations. Photos taken by Krystle Nguyen with the Nikon D5000 DSLR
  • Jewels

    Really excited to try out the new menu! Looks like a lot of tasty stuff. Curious what you thought about the Chocolate Hurricane dessert. Aside from the sharing aspect, do you think it’s worth the price or better to venture towards another dessert?