By Carlye Wisel
April 23, 2019
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The next time you enjoy dinner in a lakeside lodge with waterfront views and lights strung across the patio, you could be far from the mountains — and just steps from a theme park.

Universal Orlando Resort’s newest restaurant, Bigfire American Fare, is bringing the charm of the Rockies to Florida. With camp lanterns, comfy plaid blankets, and even a full fireplace — true commitment to the theme despite the central Florida climate — grabbing a table at this just-announced restaurant will feel like sneaking away to a cabin deep within the mountains.

A central kitchen, viewable from the entire restaurant, will serve folksy fare from a menu packed with a woodsy ethos. Each dish at Bigfire (freshwater trout, coffee-rubbed sirloin) will be cooked on wood chosen specifically to bring out its best flavors. Even with an impressive selection of meaty mains, we’re most excited for the signature dessert: s’mores prepared tableside.

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This two-story homage to great mountain resorts is being touted as extremely themed, which comes as no surprise, since Bigfire was conceptualized by the creative team behind the theme parks. From modern wood-and-iron interiors to lawn games out on the patio, the new dining experience comes from the same people who brought a 200-foot volcano, Stranger Things haunted house, and new Harry Potter coaster to life, so it’s bound to be good.

It’s not the first big-concept restaurant Universal Creative has debuted at the Orlando theme parks, either. Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen, a steampunk-inspired ode to all things chocolate, opened in 2016 and remains one of the busiest restaurants within Universal Orlando Resort.

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Bigfire American Fare will open later this year in the former location of Emeril’s Orlando at Universal Orlando Resort CityWalk.