Vote of the week: What's the best Simpsons-themed restaurant?
Following up on our post about Universal Studios Hollywood
, we talked about adding new themed restaurants to the park. One of Universal's strongest franchise themes is The Simpsons, and rumors are flying that Universal's expanding The Simpsons' footprint in Orlando to take over the International Film Festival building, which might become a Simpsons-themed restaurant.
The Simpsons' Springfield abounds with restaurants depicted in the TV show and movie, so it would make sense to recreate one of those for a Simpsons-themed restaurant, to go next to The Simpsons Ride in either or both Universal Studios Florida and Universal Studios Hollywood. But which restaurant should get the honor? That's our Vote of the Week.
I've selected five finalists. Krusty Burger and Moe's seemed obvious, given how often they appear on the show. Lard Lad would be a wonderfully silly icon to have in the park. I added The Frying Dutchman because I love the episode where Homer goes to court over an all-you-can-eat buffet, plus I'm a sucker for seafood restaurants. Finally, I picked The Pimento Grove because I'd argued that USH needed a table service restaurant, and who wouldn't love to see Universal take another shot at Disney by lampooning a Brown Derby-style restaurant? Just imagine all those celebrity "photos" on the walls, done in the style of Simpsons animation.
Tell us your vision for an expanded Simpsons land, in the comments. And thank you again for reading Theme Park Insider.
They don't already have Krusty Burgers? That's how Mel's tasted to me.
IMO, Moe's could be confused for the burrito restaurant Moe's, which has a location in Orlando's CityWalk.
Moe's wouldn't make a very good family restaurant, because it needs to be dank. Also, Moe's doesn't serve food.
Change pimento grove to the cloth napkin!
The Gilded Truffle?
The problem with the Simpsons is the show days are numbered. If you have watched the last three seasons compared to the older episodes, you would know what I was talking about. The show is pretty awful these days...
Krusty Burger. N B, Simpsons is trying to go through 30 years, so good luck with that.
I picked Moe's Family Feedbag just to see if Universal would go the extra mile and serve french fries on the server's heads.
Krusty Burger for sure with a Ribwich special every now and again. Or maybe Professor V.J. Cornucopia's Fantastic Foodmagorium and Great American Steakery?
I assume USF will do something like Three Broomsticks/Hogshead Pub and Confisco Grill/Backwater Bar, where they are in the same building and connected inside but feature their own entrance.
You didn't give me a 'none of the above' option.... :)
Here you go! Here I am!
I just went to USH this weekend. The Simpson's ride didn't do much for me. I was naseated throughout the ride. After it was over, I couldn't wait to get out.
That's exactly why I didn't vote for Krusty Burger or Moe's. Those put Universal in the tough position of creating something (a) inauthentic or (b) with lousy food and service. B is unacceptable, and A's a cop-out. That's why I like the Pimento Grove idea (or something like that) - it allows you to bring people into the Simpsons world without subjecting them to a bad dining experience. The whole "everything goes wrong" schtick is fine in a ride, but it doesn't really work for a restaurant.
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