Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure are theme parks full of rides based on films and popular characters. All the excitement, though, can cause guests to work up a real appetite, which is why finding the best food options is important.
For those looking to make the most of their time at these tourist attractions, consider the following 10 treats that are listed out down below. They are all quite yummy, they can all be found at really cool spots within these parks, and they all make for the perfect pic to share online, which is obviously important, as well.
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is one of the most known and celebrated parts of these parks, and butterbeer is one of the things that fans feel like they have to try. There are three variations of drinks from which to choose, and the first suggestion on this list is frozen butterbeer, which is a foamy and refreshing drink that is also a great prop for photos.
At Universal’s Diagon Alley, it can be found at the Leaky Cauldron, The Hopping Pot and The Fountain of Fair Fortune, and at Islands of Adventure’s Hogsmeade, it can be found at the Three Broomsticks, The Hogs Head and outdoor carts.
Another popular drink from these films and books is Pumpkin Juice, which can be found at places like the Three Broomsticks and The Hog’s Head.
These joints also offer up other beverages, such as Hog's Head Brew, Gillywater, Wizard's Brew, Dragon Scale and some more traditional beers, wines and spirits, but pumpkin juice is a family-friendly option straight out of this magical story. So after running around and jumping on a few crazy rides, cool off for a bit with this sweet drink, which can also be found in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter!
Speaking of sweet… Lard Lad Donuts at Universal Studios looks like it is straight out of Springfield, and it offers up treats like a Brain Freezin’ D’oh-Nut Sundaes and cupcakes. The main attraction here, though, would be the larger-than-life donuts that are iced in pink… and which look like something Homer Simpson would eat up in a heartbeat.
Fans of this animated series will surely want to grab one of these, and even people who aren’t familiar with or fans of The Simpsons should know how yummy these big donuts are.
While in the area themed around The Simpsons (and if of legal drinking age), be sure to grab a cold one at Duff Brewery, too.
This is Homer’s favorite drink, and fans and park visitors can enjoy their own Duff beer in this beer garden; there is an open-air bar, there are waterfront tables with umbrellas, there are TVs playing clips from the show, there are topiaries of the Seven Duffs, and there is a statue of Duff Man, as well. But the drink… That is the main part of all of this, as it is another treat to enjoy while at Universal Studios!
Also at Universal Studios is, as mentioned, Diagon Alley, one of the most iconic spots. And one of the restaurants here is the Leaky Cauldron, which serves up classic dishes like Bangers and Mash and Fish And Chips. There are also incredible desserts, such as Sticky Toffee Pudding and Butterbeer Potted Cream.
So if anyone is looking for a unique dining option and a true Harry Potter experience, then this is the place to go. Besides, everyone will need to build up the energy before hopping on Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts.
The Jurassic Park section of Islands of Adventure is another fan favorite, and there, guests can dine at Thunder Falls Terrace. There are things like rotisserie chicken, BBQ ribs, salads, desserts, adult beverages, unlimited refill souvenir cups and combos and platters like the Smoked Turkey Leg with the Herb Roasted Potatoes, which are both so good.
Plus, this indoor dining room gives a great view of the Jurassic Park River Adventure, so people can either watch the brave folks who dared to ride or eat and drink enough to get the courage to go on themselves!
Another neat part of Islands of Adventure is the comic land, which has a restaurant called Blondie's. This place is named after the comic strip that starred Blondie and her husband, Dagwood, and it serves deli sandwiches, hot dogs and the Famous Dagwood Sandwich Combo.
This comes on fresh-baked onion and poppy seed bread and is piled high with baked ham, turkey, roast beef, American cheese, Swiss cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, mayonnaise and mustard. Plus the made-to-order sub combos also come with pickle, potato salad and chips, meaning this is sure to satisfy any and all hungry customers.
On a similar note, there is the Comic Strip Cafe, where people can actually read iconic comic strips - such as those featuring Beetle Bailey, Broom-Hilda and Hagar the Horrible - while eating things like fried chicken, hot dogs, burgers and Italian or Asian dishes.
Many people like to check out a joint’s dessert menu first, though, and at this establishment at the Islands of Adventure, there are Funnel Puffs; these little guys are pastry puffs with strawberry sauce and whipped cream, making for a light and sweet treat that is like a cherry on top of a fun-filled day.
Over at Universal Studios, there is a retro restaurant called Mel's Drive-In, and it is like stepping right into a drive-in movie theater from the 1950s. Classic songs are on the jukebox, vinyl booths are waiting to be filled, and vintage cars set outside.
Of course, it serves staples like burgers, French fries, chicken fingers, onion rings and milkshakes, but one thing to consider for sure is an Old Fashioned Root Beer Float. It can’t be beaten, especially after a long and thrilling day that was spent on ride after ride!
For the final suggestion, there is … regular butterbeer! In the beloved Harry Potter movies and books, the main characters enjoyed this beverage, and at these theme parks, it can be drank or eaten in the form of butterbeer fudge or ice cream.
For drinks, there is frozen, which has already been discussed, there is hot, which is available seasonally, and there is the regular, cold butterbeer. Everyone has their favorite version, but regardless, every visitor that enters these parks has to try this famous and fun and delicious drink!