As you hop from one ride to the next at Universal Orlando Resort, you’re going to work up an appetite. There are a lot of places to eat at the park, and it can be hard to know which have the best food and atmosphere. With Universal Orlando dining options offering three distinct places to dine – Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure and CityWalk – options are incredibly vast. Where should you eat when you bring your family to the park? Follow my lead, and stop at any of my favorite Universal Orlando dining spots for a quick bite to eat.
Fast Food Boulevard: Have you always imagined eating at the same restaurants made famous on The Simpsons? Now you can at Universal Studios. A large food court area, immersively themed, recreates fan favorites such as Krusty Burger, Luigi’s Pizza, Cletus’ Chicken Shack, Frying Dutchman and Lisa’s Tea Shop of Horrors. The food at all of the Fast Food Boulevard is well made, and it’s a wonderful place to cool off as all seating is indie. For my money, I’d pony up to Krusty Burger. Order the Clogger Burger if you think you can handle it! If you don’t have the kids with you, Moe’s Tavern is worth visiting too. Drink a beer at Homer’s local bar, and see if Barney shows up!
The Three Broomsticks: Harry Potter fans, listen up! This is the place to eat at Islands of Adventure. Located inside the Hogsmeade portion of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, The Three Broomsticks is a highly imaginative, extremely detailed recreation from the hit movies and books. Order the fish and chips from the British themed menu, then dine just like Harry and the muggles did. I prefer to dine inside as to get the full Potter experience. But, if you’d like a break from the hustle and bustle of the park a large deck is available off the back of the restaurant.
Red Oven Pizza Bakery: For this quick meal option, we head to CityWalk. Families can all agree on pizza, which makes this an easy choice. Cheese, carbs and saucy goodness are rolled into one tasty pie at Red Oven. A large selection of pizza types, divided into red and white, thick and thin crusts, and pizza toppings ranging from prosciutto to arugula and regular old pepperoni makes this a step above other pizza joints. Affordable price points and an excellent view of CityWalk add to the reasons why this is a top pick.
Blondie’s: On a hot Orlando day, sometimes you crave something simple and fresh. This Toon Lagoon Café, home to the famous Dagwood sandwich, serves made-to-order deli sandwiches. Stacked with fresh meats, savory cheeses and your choice of veggies and dressings, these piled-high sandwiches satisfy the biggest appetites. Dine on Beef, Chicken or Vegetarian Kebabs and Greek Salads. There’s also Hummus, Greek yogurt, Fruit Cups, Pretzels and Churros. And subdue that adventurer’s thirst at this Coke® Freestyle station. Fresh-baked onion and poppy seed bread piled high with baked ham, turkey, roast beef, American and Swiss cheese, all topped with lettuce, tomatoes, mayonnaise and mustard for less than $7 is the best buy at Islands of Adventure. Bonus – Toon Lagoon usually is less busy than other sections of the park so you can beat the crowds and relax a bit.
Fire Eater’s Grill and Doc Sugrue’s Desert Kebab House: Okay, technically these are two places. I thought I’d combine them, though, as they are right next to each other and offer similar options. Infused with Greek flavors, Fire Eater’s best combination is the lamb gyro sandwich. At the Kebab House the must order is…you guessed it – the kabobs! Dine on beef, chicken or vegetarian Kebabs. Greek salads and hummus. If the kiddos are feeling picky, don’t worry. Chicken tenders and hot dogs are served too.
The next two options are locate on-site at Universal Orlando hotels. Easily accessible by walking or boat ride, these quick service food options let you see another side of the Universal resorts.
Bayliner Diner: Hop scotch back in time to the 60s at this retro themed diner. Take a boat ride (or a 5-10 minute walk) to Bayliner Diner, located at the new Cabana Bay Beach Resort. A large food court area has six stations, each offering different selections such as grilled foods, pizza, pasta, salads, stir fry and Panini’s. Order from the eclectic menu, then get comfortable in on of the cozy booths. Watch two large screen televisions playing commercial and clips from the 1960s to get extra nostalgic. Although the area is totally retro, modern conveniences like multiple charging ports for diners let your relax and recharge.
Sal’s Market Deli: My top pick for quick dining, on-site hotel options is Sal’s Market Deli. You can walk here from Universal Orlando, but as its 20 minutes I recommend taking the harbor boat ride to Portofino Bay Hotel. Once you arrive, you’ll find Sal’s just off the dock. Just follow your appetite to the Italian deli for Salvatore pizza, classic Italian sandwich, antipasto salad and meatball parmigiana. The European charm of the market accentuated by harborside seating. Beautiful views, a menu with Italian flair and low price points make Sal’s an excellent choice.
Those are the best seven Universal Orlando dining choices for a quick bite to eat or delicious snack. Do you have a favorite place to eat at Universal? Tell me about it in the comments!
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