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Where to eat at universal orlando?

Universal Orlando: Im wondering what the best places to eat for a 5-day stay at universal orlando are.

From Jay Finch
Posted July 21, 2010 at 10:03 PM
I will be heading to universal orlando in 2 weeks, (It will be my first time), and I am staying at the portofino bay hotel. I've heard all about the great rides and shows at both parks, but not much about dining. What food is good at the parks, citywalk, and portofino? ( I already have a 5:30 reservation for mythos on one of our days) We will be there for 5 days, Thursday august 5th-tuesday august 10th, and budget is no concern. Thanks!


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From James Rao
Posted July 22, 2010 at 4:05 AM
Mythos inside Islands of Adventure & NBA City at Citywalk. Two of my favorites. Also, you might check out this recent Universal discussion thread: Best Food At Universal.

From Steve Ward
Posted July 22, 2010 at 4:21 AM
For some pretty good grub try Jimmy Buffets, plus they do awesome Margarita's (no surprise there)

also a short drive from you is Bubbalou's Bodasious BBQ
we went there twice last yeah. Great ribs and BBQ platters

From Susan Rubner
Posted July 23, 2010 at 6:30 PM
We just got back home today from a five day stay. The food was a big part of it. We splurged on Emeril's. WOW, but worth the experience. The Hard Rock was good and a lot of fun. Mythos was my favorite. Good food for a fair price. I have to say that is the best for inside the parks. Bob Marley's was also fun and good food. Jimmie Buffet's Margarittaville has a great burger.

From Jay Finch
Posted July 23, 2010 at 7:42 PM
Thanks Everyone, they all sound great!

From Joshua Counsil
Posted July 27, 2010 at 1:28 PM
If you eat at Margaritaville, try their signature beer with a shot of tequila in it. You'll be busting out your wife-beater in no time.

Avoid eating in the theme parks (the exception being Mythos). CityWalk isn't much better for food (except for Emeril's), though the settings are a huge improvement. Emeril's Tchoup Chop at the Royal Pacific is supposed to be even better than the Emeril's at CityWalk (with less expensive prices, too). The dress code is a little less stringent, too.

From Melissa Donahue
Posted July 27, 2010 at 1:51 PM
Jay - I would imagine that some of your meals, especially at lunch time, will be inside the parks. If that's the case, here are a few more of my recommendations besides Mythos:

Three Broomsticks & Circus McGurkus Cafe - IOA
Lombard's Seafood Grille - Studios

Along with Mythos, these are my top choices for food inside the park.

From Melissa Donahue
Posted July 27, 2010 at 1:56 PM
By the way, we stayed at the Portofino Bay a few weeks ago and enjoyed all of our meals at two of the hotel restaurants -- Trattoria del Porto and Mama Della's Ristorante.

We passed on dinner at Bice Ristorante -- I hear it's expensive but good.

From Raul Araoz
Posted July 27, 2010 at 4:02 PM
I agree with the recommendations for Margaritaville. Terrific food, drinks and atmosphere. I've never been crazy about Mythos. Place looks great, but the food wasn't anything special in my opinion. The one place at Islands that I highly suggest you try is the Confisco Grille. The best ribs I've ever had at a theme park are contained there and the prices are extremely reasonable.

From Melissa Donahue
Posted July 27, 2010 at 5:44 PM
Of course, everybody has their own opinions and preferences on theme park food, but I'm not a big fan of the Confisco Grille. I've eaten there twice, and both times the food was just fair for me. Maybe it's what I ordered. I thought the ribs at Three Broomsticks were some of the best I've ever tried, to be honest.

From Nick Markham
Posted July 28, 2010 at 8:20 AM
Have to go, will help when I get home!

From Joshua Counsil
Posted July 28, 2010 at 1:22 PM
Everyone seems to be recommending Margaritaville, but the food is mediocre. Pop in for a beer - the home-brew is pretty good - and watch the margarita volcano, but don't order food. Limit your dining to the hotels. Pat O'Brien's at CityWalk probably serves the best food (aside from Emeril's).

From Katie White
Posted August 3, 2010 at 10:59 AM
Inside USF, there is Mel's Diner near the Horror Make-up Show. Everytime I go, we always eat there. They have pretty good food and great shakes.

From Anthony Murphy
Posted August 3, 2010 at 12:10 PM
Finnegen's near the Mummy and Twister is actually pretty good!

From Russell Reichard
Posted August 3, 2010 at 12:51 PM
The city walk is full of opportunities for good food and a beverage of your choice. It is outside the park itself, prior to gate entry(or just upon your exit). And if you are in need of caffeine prior to the days start, Starbucks is conveniently located up the stairwell. Good luck.

From Will Chilcote
Posted August 3, 2010 at 3:28 PM
I agree with some of the ones already listed. Mythos, in IOA is awesome. I also like Margarita- ville.

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