“All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.” This is a quote from Charles M. Schulz, but it could honestly have been a quote from my own heart.
When I’m on vacation it’s my time to explore, splurge, and enjoy. Find out some of the best things to eat at Universal Orlando —and there just might be some chocolate involved.
Best Things to Eat at Universal Orlando:
Lard Lad Donuts
Next we hit up the towering Lard Lad Donuts shop for some of Homer Simpson’s favorite pink iced donuts. We love donuts almost as much as we love chocolate, so this is a definite on our list of things to eat at Universal Orlando.
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Bumblebee Man’s Taco Truck
Going into the brightly colored Springfield U.S.A. in The Simpsons™ area of Universal Studios Florida™ was just as much for us as it was for our kids.
There are lots of nostalgic fan choices, but we settled on enjoying some food-truck service at Bumblebee Man’s Taco Truck. You can choose from Korean beef tacos, carne asada tacos, chicken tacos, and more.
I mean really who doesn’t love tacos?
And to my children’s delight, the truck servers wore a full-on bumblebee costume.
You can find some English favorites in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ – Diagon Alley™ within Universal Studios Florida™. The menu features Bangers and Mash, Fisherman’s Pie, Toad in the Hole, and the Ploughman’s Platter. Children can enjoy fish and chips, macaroni and cheese, and cottage mini pies, which I love for a break from their travel diet of hotdogs and burgers.
Finnegan’s Bar & Grill™
Right off the streets of “New York” in Universal Studios Florida™ is this great Irish-American pub. It’s a full-service indoor restaurant with wonderful Irish fare from Bangers and Mash, Shepherd’s Pie, and Guinness Beef Stew to American style burgers, salads, and steaks. There is something for everyone in our group to enjoy, and they often have live music.
If you have a two-park pass you can take the train over to Universal’s Islands of Adventure™ where you can continue to immerse yourself in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ – Hogsmeade™. This is where we got our yummy Butterbeer™—which is gluten-free.
If you have a large crew like us, we recommend The Great Feast. After a salad starter, your little nibblers can choose between rotisserie smoked chicken and spareribs, corn-on-the-cob, and roast potatoes.
Some of the most talked about treats are Butterbeer, both original and frozen (our family was mixed between our favorites), Honeyduke’s Chocolate Frogs and of course, even the Butterbeer Ice Cream, or a mix of 17 other flavors at Florean Fortescue’s Ice-Cream Parlour. While these were GOOD, one of our favorite sugary treats wasn’t even found in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
We drooled over the massively oversized clouds of candied perfection in the cotton candy factory, otherwise known as Honk Honkers gift shop in Seuss Landing.
We chose the pink vanilla towering treat and decided to pass the toppings or added lollipop, but you could seriously sugar-up your spun sugar in this treat shop.
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If you have been running with your children from ride-to-ride in Universal’s Islands of Adventure™ and are looking for a genuinely excellent indoor adult culinary experience then Mythos is your place.
Mythos Restaurant™ is a multi-award winning full-service restaurant that has Mediterranean, Asian and American style selections. But don’t worry, they have an excellent children’s menu, and the fun cavernous interior creates the feel of a craggy grotto on an ancient Grecian sea that both children and adults appreciate. Also, if you are looking for gluten free things to eat at Universal Orlando they have several items!
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The Cowfish® Sushi Burger Bar
If you make it over to Universal CityWalk™ there are lots of great places to eat, but we recommend The Cowfish® Sushi Burger Bar. Don’t be mislead, it’s better than perhaps how it sounds. This modern take on surf and turf blurs the lines of burgers and sushi—in a good way.
Did I mention we love donuts?
Located in Universal CityWalk™, this truly is one of the most quirky and fun things to eat at Universal Orlando. The interior design (like the spiral staircase to nowhere and duct tape mural) is funky and so are the delicious donuts. Think covered in Tang, topped with bacon, sprinkled with Captain Crunch, or a raspberry jelly filled Voodoo Doll.
Our pro-tip to avoid lines or out-of-stock donuts is to order your donuts ahead. You can call, text, or email two hours in advance and they will be waiting for you when you get there. The only catch is that you have to order a dozen.
But really, that’s not a problem for us.
The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen™
This steampunk styled full-service restaurant and bar is also a confectionary. And I promised chocolate.
Sure you can eat here, but you simply MUST come for the desserts. They have the beautifully painted gourmet chocolates, decadent sundaes that could be a meal unto themselves, and some of the fanciest gourmet shakes you have ever seen… you won’t want to miss adding this one to your own list of things to eat at Universal Orlando.
This pregnant momma had a hard time deciding between shakes topped, and filled, with red velvet cupcakes, brownies, and chocolate chunks.
More of The Best Things to Eat at Universal Orlando
There are more wonderful things to eat at Universal Orlando than I can possibly mention on this short list. We just might need to make a part two someday. We would love more ideas, so please tell us about your favorite things to eat at Universal Orlando in the comments.