REVIEW: Mediocre Muffaletta and Hearty Jambalaya from the French Quarter for Mardi Gras 2022 at Universal Studios Florida

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It wouldn’t be a proper Mardi Gras without food from New Orleans! During Mardi Gras, Gramercy Park at Universal Studios Florida becomes the French Quarter, filled with festive decorations and several themed food booths.

Menu for New Orleans Booth at Mardi Gras 2022 at Universal Studios Florida

Food:

  • Muffaletta: Mortadella, salami, ham, mozzarella and provolone cheese, olive relish on a toasted sesame seed bun – $7.99
  • Chicken & Andouille Sausage Jambalaya: Mixed rice with andouille, shrimp, chicken, peppers, tomatoes, finished with a spiced crawfish – $6.49

Beverages:

  • 🆕 Piña Verde: Bacardi Superior Rum, Chartreuse Green Liqueur, Coco López Cream of Coconut, pineapple and lime juice, fresh mint – $8.00 for 9 oz., $13.00 for 12 oz. souvenir cup
  • Abita Purple Haze (4.2% ABV): Raspberry lager – $6.00 for 9 oz., $11.00 for 12 oz. souvenir cup

Photos of Menu Items for New Orleans Booth at the Mardi Gras 2022 at Universal Studios Florida

Muffaletta – $13.49

Mortadella, salami, ham, mozzarella and provolone cheese, olive relish on a toasted sesame bun

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This sandwich is consistently bad.

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We could pretty much only taste the cheese and relish. The meat was bland and didn’t stand out at all.

It’s served with kettle chips on the side, but they’re way too salty.

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Chicken & Andouille Shrimp Jambalaya – $5.99

Mixed rice with andouille, shrimp, chicken, peppers, tomatoes, finished with a spiced crawfish

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This is a really good value for the amount of meat you get: two giant chunks of sausage plus a couple of smaller pieces, two shrimp, lots of chicken chunks, a *creepy* friend on top, and rice and peppers.

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This has a good flavor — especially the sausage and rice. The shrimp was average, and the chicken was a little dry.

*NEW* Piña Verde – $8.00 for 9 oz., $13.00 for 12 oz. souvenir cup

Bacardi Superior Rum, Chartreuse Green Liqueur, Coco López Cream of Coconut, pineapple and lime juice, fresh mint

The Piña Verde comes in the same souvenir cup with a color-changing straw as the Category 5 Punch.

We don’t taste the alcohol as much as we did with the Category 5, but it’s better than the one served last year.

It has a creamy pineapple taste with a hint of coconut. It’s sweet and refreshing.

We were blown away because we hated last year’s so much.

Abita Purple Haze Raspberry Lager (4.2% ABV): $6.00 for 9 oz., $11.00 for 12 oz. souvenir cup

From Abita: “Purple Haze is a lager brewed with real raspberries added after filtration. It is brewed with pilsner and wheat malts and Vanguard hops. The berries add a fruity aroma, tartly sweet taste, and a subtle purple color and haze…you may see fruit pulp in the beer.”

Location of New Orleans Tasting Booth at Mardi Gras 2022 at Universal Studios Florida

This booth can be found in the French Quarter, on the street across from Revenge of the Mummy, as indicated by the letter “J” on the map below.

Mardi Gras will be celebrated at Universal Studios Florida from February 5 to April 24, and we highly recommend checking out the event!

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