The other night we were invited out to Universal CityWalk at Universal Studios Hollywood to try some yummy food from two of their newest restaurants, Vivo and Antojitos. And while we aren't a "food blog" we definitely like food. Having more options available either before or after visiting the park (or even before heading down to Hollywood to see a show at Pantages) is always a good thing.
As such, we're going to approach this as a "theme park blog who likes to eat food" vs just as a "food blog". We'll let them do their thing. =)
Written by Gregg Condon
After checking in, our first stop was Vivo Italian Kitchen
As soon as we headed in we were greeted with wine, pasta and some nice looking dessert displays. We quickly made the decision to have "dinner" samples at each restaurant and then come back to Vivo to end our night with dessert.
All of this was amazing, and shout out to the diners photo-bombing us. Didn't even notice this at the time.
Ricotta Cheesecake. Wow!!!
Mini Chocolate Vasi. I don't know what a Vasi is, but I know what chocolate is. And I know good chocolate something when I taste it.
The restaurants mixologist was on-site to make some yummy drinks. We had the Old Fashioned and a Strawberry Rye (not pictured). Both were amazing.
Some of the amazing food on the menu.
We got to try the Sausage Ragu, it was to die for.
Oh yeah, some of what the restaurant actually looks like. =)
Our dessert sample with coffee of course. It was all fantastic.
After stuffing our faces at Vivo, it was time to head over to Antojitos. This has always been a favorite of our readers in Florida so we were excited to see one coming here. And it didn't disappoint.
Lots of amazing drinks. Seeing that it was a Tuesday night, and the Old Fashioned at Vivo was super good, didn't take more than a few sips here. But we WILL be back.
Made a mental note that I NEED the Mexican Mule on our return visit.
Let's get to the food
I LOVE spicy food. Like, love, love it. This had a tremendous kick. And I loved it. I think I had 3 or 4 of these mini tacos. But be warned. You'll need something to wash it down with. =)
I'm probably the farthest thing from a Vegan that there is, well, maybe not the farthest. But this Vegan Chorizo was all kinds of amazing. Definitely am going to add some of this "Impossible" stuff to our shopping list to try it out.
Had no idea that they could make Chicharrones out of chicken. Says the Guero.
I'm getting hungry again
As somebody who is not a fan of tomatoes (but can eat non-chunky salsa) I love that they have guacamole with additives other than tomatoes. The Pomegranate seed one was amazing.
Being born and raised in Southern California and having some of the best Mexican food within miles of our house for most of our lives we are VERY particular when it comes to Salsa.
We are very happy to report the Salsa at Antojitos is amazing.
The salsa roja (on the left side of the plate) was our favorite.
So what's the final verdict?
We really loved the food at both places, and for very different reasons. For us, Antojitos is definitely the more "casual" of the two places, as such, we will be more likely to eat there more in the future.
On the other hand, for a special occasion (birthday, anniversary, etc) I could definitely see us choosing Vivo.
And on the third hand, we totally talked about having dinner at Antojitos and then dessert at Vivo. =)
Thanks again to Universal Studios Hollywood for inviting us out. We had an amazing time.
Now about getting Antojitos to open for Breakfast after the Running Universal Events. I bet they'd make some amazing Chilaquiles.
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