After a whirlwind ten days in Orlando, Florida we are unfortunately home. It was incredible, there are no other words to describe our love for Orlando, the parks, the food, the people and obviously, the sunshine makes for an action packed vacation of endless fun. The Universal Studios Resort was one our favourite stops on our visit, having developed so much since our last visit five years ago, it has fast become one of our favourite attractions – seriously, Diagon Alley is just breathtaking. But aside from the two theme parks and the Citywalk nightlife area, we loved the food, Universal are raising the bar for theme park food, from the taste to the atmosphere – we were so impressed. Despite our limited time, we researched (read – ate) as much as possible in order to give you the best places to eat at Universal Studios, Orlando! It’s a tough life.
Krusty Burger –
Located inside Springfield, obviously, we knew we wanted to visit here before we even reached the parks. Being massive childhood fans of The Simpsons, it was a dream to visit this part of Universal Studios, apart from the rides, Kwik-E-Mart and Moe’s Tavern, there is a big eatery in this area of the park. We loved Krusty Burger, which sells Krusty Burgers, Clogger Burgers and Sideshow Bob’s Foot Long, all with very tasty curly fries, also in this section, you will find Cletus’s Chicken Shack, Luigi’s Pizza and Lisa’s Treehouse of Horrors.This area does get busy at peak times, but it is very well organised, however, if you don’t feel like queuing pop just outside to Bumblebee Man’s Taco Truck or Lard Lad Donuts. Be sure to pick yourself up a Flaming Moe before heading off to the next section of the park!
Diagon Alley –
A must-do experience for any Harry Potter fan, here we suggest The Leaky Cauldron where you can dine with fellow muggles on traditional British food such as Bangers and Mash as well as Fishermans’ pie. In Diagon Alley you can also rehydrate with some Gilly Water and of course, purchase the infamous Butterbeer and Chocolate Frogs.
Other notable places to dine in Universal Studios include:
Bone Chillin (Located behind the Transformers ride) – Frozen drinks and Pretzels
Richter’s Burger Co (Located on the waterfront just past The Mummy Ride) – Burgers, salads and Milkshakes.
Universal Island of Adventures
After catching the Hogwarts Express between the two parks, be sure to head into Hogsmeade for a drink at the Hog’s Head, here you sip on more Butterbeer or even try a Pumpkin Juice. If you are feeling peckish you can head down to the Three Broomsticks for some cornish pasties or Turkey Legs.
Backwater Bar – Located just past Confisco Grille, the Backwater Bar is the perfect place to chill out with a few cocktails during a busy day at the parks, they also sell a range of appetisers. Remember, to drink alcohol the USA you have to be 21 or over, be sure to remember your I.D as everywhere is very strict with this, no matter your age.
Green Eggs and Ham Cafe – If you are anything like us and read Dr. Seuss books as a kid, you will want to try a Green Eggs and Ham Sandwich in Seuss Landing, it may just become your new favourite lunch!
Universal City Walk
After a day in the parks, you will build up a massive appetite, luckily the Citywalk is located on site to help you with that. We absolutely loved everything the City Walk Offered and ended up visiting on multiple occasions to try new things. Not only is it a great place to eat, they have multiple bars as well as many shops and a strong contender for the best mini-golf in Orlando (Hole 18 on the haunted house course is sheer genius)
Toothsome Chocolate Emporium –
Home of the holy grail of Freakshakes, we couldn’t believe our eyes when they arrived at our table and they did not disappoint, pictured above is the Marshmellow Crisp, we also tried the Expresso Buzz.
Bob Marley – A tribute to freedom –
Here we chilled out and drank rum cocktails while listening to a live band, it was the perfect way to chill out after a hectic day.
The Hard Rock Cafe –
It appears we have formed a habit of visiting the Hard Rock Cafe wherever we go, but they just sell damn good food. The Hard Rock Cafe Orlando is also the largest in the world, so it had to be done. We completely recommend here for your evening meal. The draft beer here is also incredibly fairly priced.
Bubba Gump’s –
Another chain restaurant, but we have to admit, no one does Bubba Gump’s like the USA, the coconut shrimp here is the best on earth.
If you are looking for something a little lighter after a day of filling up at the parks, we suggest the Orange Chicken from Panda Express or grabbing a fresh burrito from Moe’s Southwest Grill and then washing it down with one of the 10 Margarita options from Margaritaville or its sister bar opposite the Lone Palm Airport.
Universal offers so much in the form of themed dining and choice, we were not disappointed by any of the food we tried and did find there was something to fit all budgets. If you are working on a budget, we would recommend checking out the Universal Dining Plan to make your trip more cost efficient.
Have you dined at any of the Universal Restaurants? Let us know your favourites in the comments below!
We were guests at the Universal Studio Resort Orlando, but as always all opinions and our love food are all ours.