REVIEW: Every Food & Beverage Item for Mardi Gras: International Flavors of Carnaval 2024 at Universal Orlando Resort

Mardi Gras: International Flavors of Carnaval is in full swing at Universal Orlando Resort. Guests can enjoy special limited-time food items at themed booths throughout Universal Studios Florida. Without further ado, here are our reviews for every item on the menu for Mardi Gras.

Belgium

UOR USF 2024 Mardi Gras Belgium booth
UOR USF 2024 Mardi Gras Belgium menu

Food:

  • 🆕 Sweet & Savory Gouda & Onion Waffle – $8.99
  • 🆕 Cookie Butter Liege Waffle – $7.99

Beverages:

  • Hoegaarden – $15 for 20 oz. souvenir cup, $11 for souvenir refill, or $12 for 20 oz.
  • Delirium Red – $17 for 20 oz. souvenir cup, $13 for souvenir refill, or $14 for 20 oz.

*NEW* Sweet & Savory Gouda & Onion Waffle – $8.99

Warm crystalized waffle, smoked gouda, beer braised onions, black forest ham

Sweet & Savory Gouda & Onion Waffle
Close up of Sweet & Savory Gouda & Onion Waffle

Rating out of 7: 6

The sweet and savory options are a fantastic combination. The waffle base is amazing; we’d enjoy it in any form, but the sugar pairs so well with the onions, cheese, and ham.

*NEW* Cookie Butter Liege Waffle – $7.99

Warm crystalized waffle topped with cookie butter, whipped topping, Biscoff cookies.

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UOR USF 2024 Mardi Gras Belgium Cookie Butter Liege Waffle 9

Rating out of 7: 7

This may be one of the best sweet items at the festival this year (aside from beignets, of course). We love cookie butter, and this utilizes it for a very sweet but delicious treat.

Hoegaarden – $15 for 20 oz. souvenir cup, $11 for souvenir refill, or $12 for 20 oz.

Delirium Red (8% ABV) – $17 for 20 oz. souvenir cup, $13 for souvenir refill, or $14 for 20 oz.

Location

Belgium is located at Studio Snacks across from The TODAY Cafe. You can find it at A on the map below.

Bloody Mary Bar

UOR USF 2024 Mardi Gras Bloody Mary Bar booth
UOR USF 2024 Mardi Gras Bloody Mary Bar menu

Beverages:

  • 🆕 Bloody Mary Wild – $19.50 for 20 oz. souvenir cup, $15.50 for souvenir refill, or $15 for 12 oz.
  • Bloody Mary Mild – $19.50 for 20 oz. souvenir cup, $15.50 for souvenir refill, or $15 for 12 oz.
  • Miller Lite – $10
  • Modelo – $11
  • Truly Vodka Seltzer – $12

*NEW* Bloody Mary Wild – $19.50 for 20 oz. souvenir cup, $15.50 for souvenir refill, or $15 for 12 oz.

New Amsterdam vodka, tomato juice, lemon juice, simple syrup, horseradish, Worcestershire, celery salt, black pepper, sriracha, and Louisiana hot sauces

UOR USF 2024 Mardi Gras Bloody Mary Bar Bloody Mary Wild 3
UOR USF 2024 Mardi Gras Bloody Mary Bar Bloody Mary Wild 2

Rating out of 7: 7

This had the perfect consistency, and while the drink is a great choice, the topping is the real draw. The popular Nashville hot chicken has returned in this tiny sandwich garnish. It’s the spiciest dish at Universal and we love it.

Bloody Mary Mild – $19.50 for 20 oz. souvenir cup, $15.50 for souvenir refill, or $15 for 12 oz.

New Amsterdam vodka, tomato juice, lemon juice, simple syrup, horseradish, Worcestershire, celery salt, and black pepper

Rating out of 7: 5

You can’t go wrong with this. It’s a good Bloody Mary if that’s what you’re looking for. We prefer the Wild over the Mild, but if you’re not a fan of the spice, this will still satisfy your craving.

Miller Lite (4.2% ABV) – $10

Modelo (4.4% ABV) – $11

Truly Vodka Seltzer (5% ABV) – $12

Location

The Bloody Mary Bar is located in San Francisco across from the entrance to Fast & Furious: Supercharged. You can find it at B on the map below.

Brazil

UOR USF 2024 Mardi Gras Brazil at 57 Fare booth
UOR USF 2024 Mardi Gras Brazil at 57 Fare menu

Food:

  • 🆕 Pao de Queijo – $6.99
  • Shrimp Moqueca – $7.99
  • Brigadeiros – $6.49

Beverages:

  • Mango Caipirinha – $17 for 20 oz. souvenir cup, $13 for souvenir refill, or $13 for 12 oz.

*NEW* Pao de Queijo – $6.99

Brazilian cheese bread

Rating out of 7: 1

This is the first year pao de queijo is available as its own item instead of as a side dish. Unfortunately, the cheese bread was a doughy, undercooked disappointment.

Shrimp Moqueca – $7.99

Shrimp and coconut cream stew, micro cilantro, white rice

Rating out of 7: 4

The rice was on the dry side, but the delicious sauce helped. The creamy coconut and pepper flavors of the sauce worked very well. Overall, it wasn’t terrible, but not memorable. 

Brigadeiros – $6.49

A Brazilian classic, chocolate with condensed milk and Mardi Gras sprinkles

Rating out of 7: 7

The brigadeiros are returning with a change: instead of three different flavors, these are all the same. Not that we’re complaining, as these chocolates are amazing. Our only complaint is that they are so small for the price.

Mango Caipirinha – $17 for 20 oz. souvenir cup, $13 for souvenir refill, or $13 for 12 oz.

Piras 51 Cachaça, Bols orange curaçao, lime juice, simple syrup, mango juice, mango purée, fresh min, lime wedge

Rating out of 7: 5

You can definitely taste the alcohol in this tart drink, but it’s not too strong. It’s a solid choice if you like mango, but nothing exemplary.

Location

Brazil is located at Avenue Eats in Gramercy Park. You can find it at C on the map below.

Canada

Mardi Gras Canada booth
Mardi Gras Canada menu

Food:

  • 🆕 Candied Bacon & Onion Poutine – $10.49
  • 🆕 Vegan Wild Mushroom Poutine – $9.99

Beverages:

  • 🆕 Fire Cider – $17 for 20 oz. souvenir cup, $13 for souvenir refill, or $13 for 12 oz.
  • LaBatt Blue Light – $15 for 20 oz. souvenir cup, $11 for souvenir refill, or $12 for 20 oz.
  • La Fin Du Monde Draft – $17 for 20 oz. souvenir cup, $13 for souvenir refill, or $14 for 20 oz.

*NEW* Candied Bacon & Onion Poutine – $10.49

Candied bacon spiced curly fries with caramelized onion gravy, cheese curds, spiced maple bacon and parsley

Rating out of 7: 2

This was superior to the vegan wild mushroom option, but not by much. The only thing with any flavor in this dish is the gravy, but that flavor is salt.

*NEW* Vegan Wild Mushroom Poutine – $9.99

Seasoned curly fries with vegan cheddar, mushroom gravy, truffle oil

Rating out of 7: 2

This one was somehow even saltier, though the mushroom flavor was also prominent. The vegan cheese was solid and offered nothing of value to the dish.

*NEW* Fire Cider – $17 for 20 oz. souvenir cup, $13 for souvenir refill, or $13 for 12 oz.

Fireball cinnamon whiskey, apple cider, cinnamon stick

LaBatt Blue Light (4% ABV) – $15 for 20 oz. souvenir cup, $11 for souvenir refill, or $12 for 20 oz.

La Fin Du Monde Draft (9% ABV) – $17 for 20 oz. souvenir cup, $13 for souvenir refill, or $14 for 20 oz.

Location

Canada is located at Expo Circle near the Animal Actors amphitheater. You can find it at D on the map below.

China

UOR USF 2024 Mardi Gras China menu

Food:

  • 🆕 Szechuan Noodle Salad (Vegan) – $5.99
  • 🆕 Spicy Smashed Cucumber (Vegan) – $5.99
  • 🆕 Potstickers – $5.49

Beverages:

  • 🆕 Hong Kong Boba Tea – $9
  • Lucky Buddha Beer – $10.75

*NEW* Szechuan Noodle Salad (Vegan) – $5.99

Spicy cold noodle salad with cucumbers, peanuts, cilantro, scallions

Rating out of 7: 2

The noodles certainly were spicy, but they were also cold and oily. We cannot recommend these.

*NEW* Spicy Smashed Cucumber (Vegan) – $5.99

Spicy marinated cucumbers with peanuts, cilantro, scallions

Rating out of 7: 4

These are fine, but nothing special. The sauce is very spicy, but it also makes the dish messy and soggy.

*NEW* Potstickers – $5.49

Pork potstickers served with black vinegar and chili oil dipping sauce

Rating out of 7: 5

This is a small serving for the price, but it’s decent. The potstickers themselves aren’t spicy, but the sauce packs a punch.

*NEW* Hong Kong Boba Tea – $9

Hong Kong-style oolong milk tea over ice with coffee boba and salted cheese foam

Rating out of 7: 5

This was fairly good, but they ran out of boba, so we weren’t able to fully review this. As a boba-less drink, it has a nice balance of sweetness from the milk tea and saltiness from the cheese foam.

Lucky Buddha Beer (4.8% ABV) – $10.75

Location

China is located at the cable car-themed stand in San Francisco, across from Lombard’s Seafood Grille. You can find it at E on the map below.

Coca-Cola Market Square

Coca-Cola Market Square
Coca-Cola Market Square food menu
Coca-Cola Market Square drinks menu

Food:

  • 🆕 Cherry Cola BBQ Pork Slider – $9.99
  • 🆕 Orange Whoopie Pie – $6.99
  • Twisted Tater – $9.49

Beverages:

  • 🆕 Parade Punch – $17 for 20 oz. souvenir cup, $13 for souvenir refill, or $13 for 12 oz.
  • 🆕 Parade Punch Mocktail – $8
  • 🆕 Carnaval Paloma – $17 for 20 oz. souvenir cup, $13 for souvenir refill, or $13 for 12 oz.
  • 🆕 Blackberry Krewe – $17 for 20 oz. souvenir cup, $13 for souvenir refill, or $13 for 12 oz.
  • 🆕 Blackberry Krewe Mocktail – $8
  • Premium Cocktail – $19.25 for 20 oz. souvenir cup, $15.25 for souvenir refill, or $15.25 for 12 oz.

*NEW* Cherry Cola BBQ Pork Slider – $9.99

Slow cooked carnitas with cherry cola BBQ sauce on a Hawaiian pretzel bun served with lemon-lime soda infused coleslaw

Cherry Cola BBQ Pork Slider
Cherry Cola BBQ Pork Slider close up

Rating out of 7: 3

The serving is tiny for the price point and the dish is sub-par. The unremarkable slaw made the pretzel bun soggy. While the carnitas was good, we wouldn’t waste money on this again.

*NEW* Orange Whoopie Pie – $6.99

Orange soda whoopie pie filled with whipped topping and orange marmalade

Orange Whoopie Pie close up
Orange Whoopie Pie

Rating out of 7: 4

While the citrus taste was barely noticeable, the cake was moist and tasty and the filling was high-quality. But if you’re looking for a strong marmalade flavor, this won’t meet your expectations.

Twisted Tater – $9.49

Fried spiralized potato topped with choice of seasoning: seasoned salt, ghost pepper, garlic parmesan, or sour cream and chives

Rating out of 7: 6

You really can’t go wrong with a twisted tater. What started as a Halloween Horror Nights staple has made its way to Mardi Gras due to its popularity. When in doubt, stick with the classic seasoned salt.

*NEW* Parade Punch – $17 for 20 oz. souvenir cup, $13 for souvenir refill, or $13 for 12 oz.

el Jimador tequila, pineapple-chipotle syrup, basil syrup, topped with Fanta Orange

Rating out of 7: 6

This is a well-balanced cocktail, neither syrupy nor strong, but the chipotle syrup gives it enough of a kick to be memorable.

*NEW* Parade Punch Mocktail – $8

*NEW* Carnaval Paloma – $17 for 20 oz. souvenir cup, $13 for souvenir refill, or $13 for 12 oz.

el Jimador tequila, grapefruit juice, lime juice, agave, pinch of salt, topped with Fresca

*NEW* Blackberry Krewe – $17 for 20 oz. souvenir cup, $13 for souvenir refill, or $13 for 12 oz.

New Amsterdam gin, blackberry syrup, topped with Sprite

Rating out of 7: 4

Some of our group enjoyed this as a refreshing, sweet cocktail, but some found it too reminiscent of cough syrup.

*NEW* Blackberry Krewe Mocktail – $8

Premium Cocktail – $19.25 for 20 oz. souvenir cup, $15.25 for souvenir refill, or $15.25 for 12 oz.

Premium cocktail mixed with your choice of liquor: Tito’s Vodka, Bacardi rum, Cuervo Blanco tequila, Jack Daniel’s bourbon, Captain Morgan rum, Crown Royal whisky, or Tanqueray gin

Location

The Coca-Cola Market Square is located at Expo Circle near the Animal Actors amphitheater. You can find it at F on the map below.

Colombia

Colombia booth
Colombia menu

Food:

  • 🆕 Colombian Burger – $9.99
  • 🆕 Arepa de Choclo – $8.49
  • 🆕 Oblea – $6.99

Beverages:

  • 🆕 Aguardiente Punch – $17 for 20 oz. souvenir cup, $13 for souvenir refill, or $13 for 12 oz.

*NEW* Colombian Burger – $9.99

Grilled burger with Monterey Jack cheese, pineapple cabbage slaw, cilantro garlic sauce, potato sticks

Colombian burger
Colombian burger close up

Rating out of 7: 2

This is a very weak burger and we would almost rather choose any other theme park burger. It was dry, small, and flavorless.

*NEW* Arepa de Choclo – $8.49

Traditional sweet corn cake filled with cheese and griddled with honey butter

Arepa de Choclo

Rating out of 7: 4

It’s a decent arepa, but very overpriced. We did enjoy the corn cake and the sweetness of the honey butter, but they did not use enough cheese to balance it out.

*NEW* Oblea – $6.99

Crispy wafer filled with dulce de leche, strawberries

Rating out of 7: 3

The dulce de leche and fresh, plump strawberries are very tasty, but the flavorless communion-style wafer fell apart and made this very hard to eat.

*NEW* Aguardiente Punch – $17 for 20 oz. souvenir cup, $13 for souvenir refill, or $13 for 12 oz.

Cumbe Aguardiente, lime juice, simple syrup, blackberry concentrate, berry gummies

Aguardiente Punch
Berries on Aguardiente Punch

Rating out of 7: 6

This is a refreshing, tasty drink that fans of black licorice will love. It’s light and fruity and the anise from the aguaridente comes out on the end notes.

Location

Colombia is located in Gramercy Park across from the Macy’s facade. You can find it at G on the map below.

France

Central Park Crêpes during Mardi Gras
Central Park Crêpes Mardi Gras menu

Food:

  • 🆕 Bananas Foster Creme Brulee Crepe – $11.99

Beverages:

  • 🆕 Grand Framboise Slush – $15
  • Charles De Fére Cuvee – $12
  • Patient Cottat Sauvignon Blanc – $13
  • Feudo Maccari Grillo – $12
  • Domaine du pavillon Chavannes Côte De Brouilly – $17

*NEW* Bananas Foster Creme Brulee Crepe – $11.99

Banana caramel, vanilla cream, fresh bananas, whipped topping, brûléed sugar

Bananas Foster Creme Brulee Crepe
Top of Bananas Foster Creme Brulee Crepe
Side of Bananas Foster Creme Brulee Crepe

Rating out of 7: 5

Our favorite part of this was the crispy, sugary crème brùlée top. The whipped cream was great but it could have used more caramel. Some of our group found the pudding off-putting but others felt it paired well with the freshly-sliced bananas. As always, the crêpe itself was fantastic.

*NEW* Grand Framboise Slush – $15

A decadent mélande of Grey Goose vodka, Gabriel Boudier Créme de Framboise, raspberry purée, white chocolate syrup

Charles De Fére Cuvee (11.5% ABV) – $12

Patient Cottat Sauvignon Blanc (13% ABV) – $13

Feudo Maccari Grillo (12.5% ABV) – $12

Domaine du pavillon Chavannes Côte De Brouilly (12.5% ABV) – $17

Location

France is located at Central Park Crepes. You can find it at H on the map below.

French Quarter Bar

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Beverages:

  • Premium Cocktail mixed with your choice of liquor – $19.25 for 20 oz. souvenir cup, $15.25 for souvenir refill, or $15.25 for 12 oz.
  • Category 5 Punch – $17 for 20 oz. souvenir cup, $13 for souvenir refill, or $13 for 12 oz.
  • Abita Purple Haze – $15 for 20 oz. souvenir cup, $11 for souvenir refill, or $12 for 20 oz.
  • Oh Baby King Cake Brown Ale – $15.75 for 20 oz. souvenir cup, $11.75 for souvenir refill, or $12.75 for 20 oz.
  • Sazerac – $15

Category 5 Punch – $17 for 20 oz. souvenir cup, $13 for souvenir refill, or $13 for 12 oz.

Cruzan dark rum, Myer’s dark rum, lime juice, orange juice, simple syrup, passion fruit purée, grenadine

Category 5 Punch

Rating out of 7: 1

When this debuted in 2022, we enjoyed it. But last year, the quality suffered from heavy syrups and a sour end note. We tried it again this year and felt similarly. You can get better versions in CityWalk.

The Category 5 Punch is also available at the New Orleans booth.

Abita Purple Haze – $15 for 20 oz. souvenir cup, $11 for souvenir refill, or $12 for 20 oz.

A lager brewed with real raspberries, wheat malts, and Vanguard hops. You may see fruit pulp in the beer!

Oh Baby King Cake Brown Ale – $15.75 for 20 oz. souvenir cup, $11.75 for souvenir refill, or $12.75 for 20 oz.

Sazerac – $15

Old Overholt straight rye whiskey, Absente absinthe, Peychaud’s Bitters, simple syrup, lemon juice

Location

The French Quarter Bar is located in the extended Transformers queue across from Gramcery Park. You can find it at I on the map below.

Germany

UOR USF 2024 Mardi Gras Germany Biergarten booth
Germany menu board

Food:

  • Chicken Schnitzel – $8.99
  • 🆕 Currywurst – $7.99
  • 🆕 Kasespatzle – $4.99
  • 🆕 Bavarian Pretzel with Obatzda – $11.49
  • 🆕 Mutzen – $6.99

Beverages:

  • Beer Flight – $12.50
  • Schöfferhofer Grapefruit Radler – $16 for 20 oz. souvenir stein, $15 for 20 oz. souvenir cup, $11 for souvenir refill, or $12 for 20 oz.
  • Warsteiner Pilsener – $16.75 for 20 oz. souvenir stein, $15.75 for 20 oz. souvenir cup, $11.75 for souvenir refill, or $12.75 for 20 oz.
  • Ayinger Celebrator – $16.75 for 20 oz. souvenir stein, $15.75 for 20 oz. souvenir cup, $11.75 for souvenir refill, or $12.75 for 20 oz.
  • Weihenstephaner Hefe Weissbier – $16 for 20 oz. souvenir stein, $15 for 20 oz. souvenir cup, $11 for souvenir refill, or $12 for 20 oz.
  • Schladerer Himbeergist Brandy – $13
  • Jagermeister – $11.50

Chicken Schnitzel – $8.99

Breaded Chicken Cutlet served with baked Cheese Spaetzle

Chicken Schnitzel with Cheese Spaetzle

Rating out of 7: 3

This greasy hunk of fried chicken is much like the “famous fried chicken” at Bavarian tourist towns across the country: overpriced and average. The beer cheese almost redeems the dish; it’s very rich and creamy. But the spätzle is overcooked. Skip this.

*NEW* Currywurst – $7.99

Crispy skin German bratwurst sliced and topped with spicy curry ketchup

Currywurst
Currywurst close up

Rating out of 7: 7

The sauce has a good amount of spice. The wurst has a nice crunch. It’s a great savory dish and one of our favorites this year.

*NEW* Kasespatzle – $4.99

Cheese spätzle topped with crispy onions

Kasespatzle

Rating out of 7: 6

The fired onions are the star of this dish. They add a pop of flavor and crunch. The noodles and cheese are also delicious.

*NEW* Bavarian Pretzel with Obatzda – $11.49

Warm pretzel with Bavarian beer cheese dip

Bavarian Pretzel with Obatzda

Rating out of 7: 1

Germans would be ashamed of this pretzel. It’s hard and the cheese has very little flavor. Not only was the dish a disappointment but it’s a terrible value at $12.

*NEW* Mutzen – $6.99

Fried lemon-vanilla fritters dusted with powdered sugar

Mutzen

Rating out of 7: 5

These are a tad greasy but still good. They’re cooked well with a nice hint of lemon. We would get them again.

Beer Flight – $12.50

with Warsteiner Pilsner, Weihensthaner Hefe Weissbier, Ayinger Celebrator

Schöfferhofer Grapefruit Radler (2.5% ABV) – $16 for 20 oz. souvenir stein, $15 for 20 oz. souvenir cup, $11 for souvenir refill, or $12 for 20 oz.

Warsteiner Pilsener (4.8% ABV) – $16.75 for 20 oz. souvenir stein, $15.75 for 20 oz. souvenir cup, $11.75 for souvenir refill, or $12.75 for 20 oz.

Ayinger Celebrator (6.7% ABV) – $16.75 for 20 oz. souvenir stein, $15.75 for 20 oz. souvenir cup, $11.75 for souvenir refill, or $12.75 for 20 oz.

Weihenstephaner Hefe Weissbier (5.4% ABV) – $16 for 20 oz. souvenir stein, $15 for 20 oz. souvenir cup, $11 for souvenir refill, or $12 for 20 oz.

Schladerer Himbeergist Brandy (84% ABV) – $13

Jägermeister (35% ABV) – $11.50

Location

Germany is located at Battery Park across from Mel’s Drive-In. You can find it at J on the map below.

Italy

Louie's Bar and Grill

Food:

  • 🆕 Roman Suppli – $7.99
  • 🆕 Zabaglione with Berries – $5.99

Beverages:

  • 🆕 Aperol Spritz Sorbet – $14
  • Bollini Pinot Grigio – $15
  • Querceto Chianti – $11
  • Bertani Valpolicella – $14

*NEW* Roman Suppli – $7.99

Mozzarella and provolone filled risotto with vodka sauce, roasted red pepper aioli

Roman suppli

Rating out of 7: 3

The risotto has nice flavors and a good consistency, but the sauce is overwhelming. It tastes good and would have been fine on the side. But as it is, there’s way too much.

*NEW* Zabaglione with Berries – $5.99

Frangelico anglaise with mixed berries topped with toasted hazelnuts

Zabaglione with Berries
Zabaglione with Berries

Rating out of 7: 7

This is one of the best treats this year. The berries are plump, fresh, and sweet, and the cream is heavenly.

*NEW* Aperol Spritz Sorbet – $14

Aperol aperitivo with blood orange sorbet

Aperol Spritz Sorbet

Rating out of 7: 6

This is light, refreshing, and strong. We’ll be getting it again.

Bollini Pinot Grigio (13.5% ABV) – $15

Querceto Chianti (12.5% ABV) – $11

Bertani Valpolicella (12% ABV) – $14

Location

Italy is located at Louie’s Italian Restaurant/the Guido’s Gelato service window. You can find it at K on the map below.

Mexico

Mexico at Cafe La Bamba
Mexico menu

Food:

  • 🆕 Chilaquiles Verdes – $7.49
  • 🆕 Quesabirria – $8.99
  • 🆕 Churro Loops & Chocolate – $7.99

Beverages:

  • Classic Margarita – $17 for 20 oz. souvenir cup, $13 for souvenir refill, or $13 for 12 oz.
  • 🆕 Gran Añejo Margarita – $17 for 20 oz. souvenir cup, $13 for souvenir refill, or $13 for 12 oz.
  • Jose Cuervo Añejo Tequila – $11.50
  • Modelo – $11
  • Modelo Chelada Lime – $14.50
  • Modelo Chelada Pineapple – $14.50

*NEW* Chilaquiles Verdes – $7.49

Tortillas topped with chile braised shredded chicken, salsa verde, cilantro onion mixed with lime crema and cotija cheese

Chilaquiles verdes
Chilaquiles Verdes close up

Rating out of 7: 5

This is a hearty serving full of chicken and topped with fresh onion and cilantro. The Verde sauce is spicy but not overly so.

*NEW* Quesabirria – $8.99

Birria beef in a corn tortilla with Monterey Jack and Oaxaca cheese, served with birria broth

Quesabirria
Quesabirria with birria broth

Rating out of 7: 7

The Birria beef is tender and well complemented by the broth, which is thicker than we’re used to but to its benefit. There is a generous amount of melty cheese oozing out of the top to bring the whole thing together.

*NEW* Churro Loops & Chocolate – $7.99

Cinnamon sugar churro loops with Mexican chocolate dipping sauce

Churro loops with chocolate sauce
Churro loops

Rating out of 7: 2

These are disappointing. They’re hard and dry, necessitating the chocolate sauce to be palatable.

Classic Margarita – $17 for 20 oz. souvenir cup, $13 for souvenir refill, or $13 for 12 oz.

el Jimador blanco tequila, lime juice, Dekuyper triple sec, agave nectar, smoked sea salt

Gran Añejo Margarita – $17 for 20 oz. souvenir cup, $13 for souvenir refill, or $13 for 12 oz.

Jose Cuervo Añejo tequila, DeKuyper Triple Sec, lime juice, agave, smoked sea salt

Jose Cuervo Añejo Tequila (40% ABV) – $11.50

Modelo (4.4% ABV) – $11

Modelo Chelada Limón y Sal (3.5% ABV) – $14.50

Modelo Chelada Piña Picante (3.5% ABV) – $14.50

Location

Mexico is located at Cafe La Bamba. You can find it at L on the map below.

New Orleans

New Orleans booths
New Orleans menu

Food:

  • Fried Green Tomato Po’Boy – $12.49
  • Chicken & Andouille Jambalaya – $7.49
  • Shrimp & Crawfish Boil – $14.49
  • Crawfish Étouffée – $7.49
  • Shrimp Gumbo – $7.49

Beverages:

  • Category 5 Punch – $17 for 20 oz. souvenir cup, $13 for souvenir refill, or $13 for 12 oz.
  • 🆕 Espresso Martini – $14
  • 🆕 Chicory Coffee 16-ounce – $8

Fried Green Tomato Po’Boy – $12.49

Flash-fried green tomatoes, lettuce, onions, pickles, and Cajun remoulade served with Cajun kettle chips

Fried Green Tomato Po'Boy and chips
Fried Green Tomato Po'Boy

Rating out of 7: 6

The Cajun chips are unevenly seasoned, which is disappointing because the ones with the right distribution are good. The remoulade dominates the sandwich in the best way, with a zest that complements the strong fried green tomatoes. The toasted bun and toppings make this a great choice.

Chicken & Andouille Jambalaya – $7.49

Mixed rice with andouille, blackened chicken, peppers, and tomatoes

uor mardi gras 2024 chicken and andouille jambalaya

Rating out of 7: 4

The chicken and andouille jambalaya dish is mediocre. It’s a small portion with a lot of rice and too heavily seasoned. The chicken and sausage themselves were okay. We don’t have much negative or much positive to say.

Shrimp & Crawfish Boil – $14.49

Mixed bag with crawfish, shrimp, andouille, potatoes, and corn on the cobb

Rating out of 7: 6

This is amazing. The crawfish is perfectly cooked and well-flavored. We come back for the crawfish alone, as the sides are nothing to write home about. It’s a generous portion, too.

Crawfish Étouffée – $7.49

Creamy crawfish and vegetable stew over white rice

Rating out of 7: 7

This is another dish where the crawfish is a hit. It’s perfect for a cooler night. The stew is well-seasoned, and the rice makes it hearty.

Shrimp Gumbo – $7.49

Stew of trinity, shrimp, andouille, and bacon over white rice

Rating out of 7: 6

The shrimp isn’t fishy, and it’s well paired with the seasoning and gravy. The vegetables add a nice texture profile and the rice held together nicely, though it was a bit crunchy.

Category 5 Punch – $17 for 20 oz. souvenir cup, $13 for souvenir refill, or $13 for 12 oz.

Cruzan dark rum, Myers dark rum, lime juice, orange juice, simple syrup, passion fruit puree, grenadine

Rating out of 7: 1

The Category 5 Punch is also available at French Quarter Bar. See our full review above.

*NEW* Espresso Martini – $14

Brewed coffee, JF Haden Espresso liqueur, New Amsterdam vodka, black sugar syrup

Espresso Martini
Top of Espresso Martini

Rating out of 7: 6

This is strong and delicious. It’s an awesome little caffeine boost.

*NEW* Chicory Coffee 16-ounce – $8

Chicory coffee, toasted marshmallow syrup, with toasted marshmallow cold foam

Chicory Coffee

Rating out of 7: 7

This might be the best drink of the year. The sweet marshmallow flavor balances the intense coffee.

The Espresso Martini and Chicory Coffee are also available at the New Orleans Desserts booth next door.

Location

New Orleans is located in Gramercy Park. You can find it at M on the map below.

New Orleans Desserts

New Orleans desserts menu

Food:

  • Beignets – $6.99
  • King Cake Mini – $6.49

Beverages:

  • 🆕 Espresso Martini – $14
  • 🆕 Chicory Coffee – $8

King Cake Mini – $6.49

Traditional cake with cinnamon swirl icing, Mardi Gras sprinkles, and a Mardi Gras baby

King Cake Mini
King Cake with baby figure

Rating out of 7: 5

It may be “mini,” but it’s still the super sweet King Cake we know and love. Watch out for the little plastic Mardi Gras baby!

Beignets – $6.99

sweet fried pastry dusted with powdered sugar

Beignets
Beignet
Inside of beignet

Rating out of 7: 7

These beignets are the real deal. They’re airy and delicious — a Mardi Gras must-have.

*NEW* Espresso Martini – $14

Espresso Martini

Rating out of 7: 6

See our review above.

*NEW* Chicory Coffee – $8

Chicory Coffee

Rating out of 7: 7

See our review above.

Location

New Orleans Desserts is located in Gramercy Park, facing the French Quarter Bar in the Transformers extended queue. You can find it at N on the map below.

Philippines

Philippines booth
Philippines menu

Food:

  • 🆕 Pancit Bihon – $8.49
  • 🆕 Crispy Lumpia – $7.49
  • 🆕 Pandan Cheesecake – 6.99

Beverages:

  • 🆕 Buko Juice – $12
  • San Miguel – $10.75

*NEW* Pancit Bihon – $8.49

Rice noodles, sautéed vegetables, pulled chicken, garlic, soy sauce

Pancit Bihon

Rating out of 7: 3

This was flavorless and mediocre, despite the vegetables and soy sauce.

*NEW* Crispy Lumpia – $7.49

Pork-filled crispy rice paper roll with dipping sauce

Crispy Lumpia
Crispy Lumpia with dipping sauce

Rating out of 7: 4

These are boring but not bad. There are many more options at the festival with a more exciting flavor profile, like the Currywurst from Germany or the Quesabirria from Mexico.

*NEW* Pandan Cheesecake – 6.99

Pandan cheesecake with whipped topping, and shaved toasted coconut

Pandan Cheesecake close up

Rating out of 7: 4

This is also bland without being terrible. It lacked the shaved toasted coconut, which could go a long way in improving its flavor profile and texture.

*NEW* Buko Juice – $12

Coconut water, coconut milk, coconut cream, pandan extract, smoked sea salt. Served in a souvenir coconut cup

Buko Juice
Buko Juice

Rating out of 7: 5

This comes in a souvenir coconut cup, which we love, but it is hard to drink out of. The drink itself has an off-putting color but it tastes just like coconut.

San Miguel (5% ABV) – $10.75

Location

The Philippines is located at the Food Truck near Richter’s Burger Co. in San Francisco. You can find it at O on the map below.

Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico booth
Puerto Rico menu

Food:

  • 🆕 Pastelón – $8.99
  • 🆕 Bacalaitos – $7.99
  • 🆕 Pastelitos de Guayaba – $5.99

Beverages:

  • 🆕 Piña Colada – $17 for 20 oz. souvenir cup, $13 for souvenir refill, or $13 for 12 oz.

*NEW* Pastelón – $8.99

A layered casserole of sweet plantain, and picadillo beef topped with Edam cheese

Pastelón
Pastelón close up

Rating out of 7: 7

This delicious dish is a contender for best of the year. The plantains and beef picadillo are perfect, making for a sweet and savory dish. It has a nice portion size.

*NEW* Bacalaitos – $7.99

Crispy salt cod fritters with bell peppers, cilantro, and onions served with mayo ketchup

Bacalaitos
Bacalaitos with mayo ketchup

Rating out of 7: 2

This had a nice crunch but the cod was too overpoweringly fishy. It was extremely greasy, too.

*NEW* Pastelitos de Guayaba – $5.99

Guava-filled puff pastry with powdered sugar

Pastelitos de Guayaba
Pastelitos de Guayaba

Rating out of 7: 7

This is a “dessert” but would also make a great mid-morning snack. The pastry is doughy but soft. There’s a perfect amount of guava inside. It’s well-balanced.

*NEW* Piña Colada – $17 for 20 oz. souvenir cup, $13 for souvenir refill, or $13 for 12 oz.

Ron del Barrilito Santa Ana Overproof rum, lime juice, coco cream, pineapple juice, smoked sea salt

Piña Colada
Top of Piña Colada

Rating out of 7: 6

Rounding out the Puerto Rico booth is this classic piña colada. It’s pineapple-forward with a slight creaminess.

Location

Puerto Rico is located in Gramercy Park. You can find it at P on the map below.

Spain

Avenue Eats as Spain booth
Spanish Eats menu

Food:

  • 🆕 Ensalada de Pulpo – $8.99
  • 🆕 Papitas Bravas – $5.99
  • 🆕 Crema Catalana – $6.49

Beverages:

  • Sangria Flight – $17
  • Sangria Tinto – $12
  • Sangria Rosado – $12
  • Sangria Blanco – $12

*NEW* Ensalada de Pulpo – $8.99

Traditional Spanish salad with octopus, fresh herbs, tomatoes, cucumbers, paprika, sherry vinegar

Ensalada de Pulpo
Top of Ensalada de Pulpo

Rating out of 7: 5

If you’re not someone turned off by octopus, then you’re in for a treat. The octopus is tender, not chewy, and the veggies are all fresh. The cup looks small, but we found it to be an ample serving for the price since everything is chopped up.

*NEW* Papitas Bravas – $5.99

Seasoned crispy potatoes, paprika aioli

Papitas Bravas

Rating out of 7: 6

The potatoes are fresh, hot, and crispy, while the sauce is creamy and flavorful. It reminds us of Thousand Island dressing, in a good way.

*NEW* Crema Catalana – $6.49

Bruleed citrus milk custard with candied orange peels

Crema Catalana

Rating out of 7: 4

This has a great, strong, vibrant orange taste but the texture is off-putting. It’s gritty. The candied orange peel is the best part.

Sangria Tinto – $12

Red sangria with Honoro Rioja, Torres 10 brandy, Ferrand dry curaçao, lemon juice, orange juice, blackberry extract, simple syrup

Sangria Rosado – $12

Rose sangria with Honoro Rose, New Amsterdam gin, strawberry purée, a pinch of smoked sea salt

Sangria Blanco – $12

White sangria with Honoro Vera Rueda, Bacardi rum, pineapple and lemon juices, simple syrup, lemon bitters, a pinch of smoked sea salt

Sangria Flight – $17

Flight of Sangria Tinto, Sangria Blanco, Sangria Rosado

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The flight is a great option if you want to try all three, which we recommend.

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The pinch of sea salt brings out the vibrant fruity flavors of the rosado.

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The tinto is a fuller, richer sangria but it’s a tad too syrupy.

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The blanco is the perfect contrast to the others, sharp and lemony. We liked it the best of the three.

Rating out of 7: 6

Location

Spain is located at 57 Eats in Gramercy Park. You can find it at Q on the map below.

Thailand

Thailand menu

Food:

  • 🆕 Green Papaya Salad with Shrimp – $8.49
  • 🆕 Green Curry with Chicken – $6.99
  • 🆕 Chicken Satay – $8.99

Beverages:

  • 🆕 Butterfly Pea Blossom Tea Mocktail – $8
  • 🆕 Butterfly Pea Blossom Tea – $17 for 20 oz. souvenir cup, $13 for souvenir refill, or $13 for 12 oz.

*NEW* Green Papaya Salad with Shrimp – $8.49

Sautéed shrimp on a salad of shredded green papaya, and carrots, with Thai basil and peanuts, tossed in a spicy Thai dressing

Green Papaya Salad with Shrimp

Rating out of 7: 2

This is forgettable. It’s three small shrimp on top of a pile of soggy, shredded papaya. It has no discernible spice.

*NEW* Green Curry with Chicken – $6.99

Spicy green curry chicken with shiitake mushrooms, eggplant, snap peas, red bell pepper, jasmine rice

Green Curry with Chicken

Rating out of 7: 2

The chicken is bland and it’s the same in the chicken satay below. The rice is overcooked, making it dry and flavorless.

*NEW* Chicken Satay – $8.99

Marinated grilled chicken skewer with Thai cucumber, topped with peanut sauce 

Chicken Satay

Rating out of 7: 1

This has a small portion of bland chicken. The peanut dipping sauce is watery. Skip this.

*NEW* Butterfly Pea Blossom Tea Mocktail – $8

*NEW* Butterfly Pea Blossom Tea – $17 for 20 oz. souvenir cup, $13 for souvenir refill, or $13 for 12 oz.

New Amsterdam gin, butterfly tea matcha, passion fruit syrup, mint syrup, simple syrup, lime juice in pipette

Butterfly Pea Blossom Tea Mocktail

Rating out of 7: 4

We got the alcoholic version of the butterfly pea blossom tea. Some thought it was too floral but others thought it was just right. It’s not too sweet.

Location

Thailand is located in San Francisco near Lombard’s Seafood Grille. You can find it at R on the map below.

2024 Mardi Gras Map

Mardi Gras map of Universal Studios Florida

About Mardi Gras: International Flavors of Carnaval

Mardi Gras: International Flavors of Carnaval runs from February 3 through April 7, 2024. In addition to food, guests can enjoy a nightly Elements-themed parade and live concerts. Special Mardi Gras merchandise is available and there is a Mardi Gras Coca-Cola Freestyle mug. Universal Orlando Annual Passholders can enjoy various perks, including a Mardi Gras magnet. In CityWalk, the Cursed Coconut Club is open in the evening with specialty cocktails.

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