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Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville

AddressCityWalk
Universal Orlando
CityOrlando
Phone407-224-2155
Price Level$$
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
Brunch

M, T, W, TH, F, Sat, Sun
M, T, W, TH, F, Sat, Sun
No brunch offered
Wheelchair AccessYes
BeveragesFull Bar
Noise LevelLoud Noise Level
Outdoor DiningYes
Late NightYes

As you stand in line at Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville to get your beeper, which you'll carry with you as you wait even longer for your table, you might be reminded of the lyrics ``Wastin' away again in Margaritaville .''

No, you definitely will be reminded of those lyrics, because if you spend more than 20 minutes in the restaurant you're sure to hear them. Heck, you could spend 20 minutes just trying to get a drink at the bar.

The theme here is the music of Jimmy Buffett and his parrothead paradise. Sorry, I don't know why his fans are called parrotheads. And I probably missed a lot of the insider jokes and other references to his songs that I'm unfamiliar with. The upstairs bar, for example, is probably called the 12-volt bar for some reason.

I have only a Top-40 knowledge of his songs. I enjoy his music, though two straight hours of it can be a bit much. I do know that many of his songs are either themed on food and drink, or contain references to them. So that part lends itself well to a restaurant theme. And the Key Westiness and island atmosphere of his songs add to the decor.

There's nothing worth writing a new song over, but there are a few things worth sampling.

The jerk chicken was one of my favorite entrees because it was much more substantial than I was expecting. It featured two small leg quarters rubbed with mild jerk seasoning and served atop a mound of yellow rice and accompanied by grilled vegetables. There was an indiscernable white sauce surrounding the rice, but other than that it was pretty good.

Jimmy's jammin' jambalaya was OK too. The rice based dish had plenty of chicken, shrimp and andouille sausage. The seasonings were a little mild, probably tuned for the masses, but it was a nice version of the New Orleans favorite.

Of course, it would be impossible to visit Jimmy Buffett's and not have the Cheeseburger in Paradise, the trademarked dish from the song of the same name. Indeed, it comes with all the accouterment in the verse, lettuce, tomato, french fried potatoes, etc. Keep in mind it's the location that is heavenly, not the cheeseburger itself. The patty was thick, though not particularly juicy. It was cooked to the requested medium rare.
Address:

CityWalk
Orlando

Contact Data:

Phone: 407-224-2155
Website: http://www.margaritavilleorlando.com/index.php