Food is one of the great joys in life and one of our favorites things to indulge in when we visit Universal Orlando Resort. We try to eat something new every time we visit while still finding room for some of our favorites.
We really enjoy hearing other people's Universal Orlando food recommendations, so we thought we'd share a few of our own. Here are some of our favorite things to eat when we visit the parks, on-site hotels, and CityWalk at Universal Orlando Resort.
Wisconsin Fried Cheese Bites from NBC Sports Grill & Brew
Eating at NBC Sports Grill & Brew in CityWalk first thing when we arrive at Universal Orlando Resort for an on-site stay has become a tradition for us. We don't always get the same entree, but we always start with Wisconsin fried cheese bites as an appetizer. These tasty little bites of white Wisconsin cheese are lightly breaded, golden fried, and served with tomato jam. They cost $9.95. We crave them when we are away from Universal, and can't really do much about it, since the cheese curds served up by other restaurants just don't measure up to these.
Fly Boy Fries from Jake's American Bar
You don't have to stay at an on-site hotel to eat at an on-site hotel at Universal Orlando Resort. We are in the process of sampling every restaurant at every on-site Universal hotel (we're almost there), and Jake's American Bar at Loews Royal Pacific Resort has become one of our favorite places to eat. We're fans of the Tomato Soup (served with a Donut Cheese Melt), Homemade Pretzel Rods (served with Tangy Mustard and Four Cheese Porter Fondue), and the B-1 Bomber Burger, but our go-to dish is the Fly Boy Beef & Cheese Fries. These fries are covered in deliciously seasoned beef, jalapeno, pico de gallo, and Vermont cheddar cheese. The Fly Boy Fries are on the Pre-Flight (appetizer) menu, but we think they work pretty well as an entree for lunch. They cost $10 and are worth every penny.
Spanakopita Dip from Mythos Restaurant
Mythos Restaurant is one of the few full-service restaurants in Islands of Adventure. Their menu is eclectic and includes a mix of Mediterranean, Asian and American dishes. On our first visit, we asked our server for a recommendation, and she immediately suggested the Spanakopita Dip. She said this is her favorite thing on the menu and her go-to recommendation for every diner. The Spanakopita Dip is a simple but yummy blend of spinach, feta cheese, lemon and fresh herbs. It is topped with a mix of fresh cucumber, tomato and olives and served hot with warm pita chips that have been seasoned with za'atar spice. The pita chips are soft and fresh but strong enough to hold dollops of the dip. You can get this appetizer for $7.99.
The All-American Bacon Double Cheeseburgooshi from The Cowfish
We have visited The Cowfish in CityWalk a few times, but we really fell in love with it on our last trip. We ate there twice in just a few days. The Cowfish is the first (and only) sushi burger bar. Their signature creation is burgushi, which is a sushi roll with burger components. We really like the All-American Bacon Double Cheeseburgooshi ($16.00), which consists of seasoned premium black angus beef, yellow cheddar cheese, white cheddar cheese, and applewood bacon wrapped in soy paper and potato strings and then flash fried. It is topped with dill pickle, red onion, Roma tomato, and a signature Cowfish sauce. If you are looking for something unique (and tasty) to eat while you're at Universal Orlando Resort, this dish is a winner.
The High Class Hillbilly: Southern Style Bar-B-Q-Shi from The Cowfish
We've already mentioned The Cowfish in CityWalk on this list of Universal food recommendations, but it is really hard not to mention it twice because of The High Class Hillbilly: Southern Style Bar-B-Q-Shi. This tasty dish costs $16 and looks like art. It is made with tender pulled pork that has been mixed with caramelized onion and BBQ sauce, and then wrapped in potato and flash fried before being topped with housemade bacon coleslaw and chives. The coleslaw is not outstanding on its own, but it works really well when mixed with the other ingredients.
The Kitchen Burger from The Kitchen
There are lots of places to get a good burger when you visit Universal Orlando Resort. One of our favorites is The Kitchen at the Hard Rock Hotel. They have a classic burger and a turkey burger, but their best burger is The Kitchen Burger. It consists of Black Angus Beef, Bacon, Cheddar, Onion Rings, Lettuce, Tomato, and Chipotle Horseradish Aioli. The Kitchen Burger is served on a soft, fresh bun with Fries, Salad, or Fresh Fruit and a Deep Fried Pickle Spear. This is a very filling lunch or dinner for $18.00.
Ice Cream from Florean Fortescue's Ice Cream Parlour
Most of the places in the ice cream places in Universal parks serve up Ben & Jerry's ice cream. You're going to want to pass by all of those places and head straight to Florean Fortescue's Ice Cream Parlour in the Diagon Alley area of Universal Studios Florida. This Harry Potter themed ice cream place sells soft serve and hard pack (scooped) ice cream in cups, cones, and souvenir dishes. There are lots of flavors to try (including Butterbeer). We prefer the hard pack ice cream to the soft. Our two favorite flavors are Salted Caramel Blondie and Sticky Toffee Pudding. Two scoops of hard pack ice cream in a cup will cost you $5.99. You can also get the same amount of ice cream in a cone for $6.99 or a souvenir dish for $9.99. Tip: You can request two different flavors in a single order of ice cream (for no extra charge).