The Jurassic Cafe offers roasted chicken, burgers, sandwiches, and personal-sized pizza in a basic, slide-tray cafeteria set-up. Prices range from $7.99 for a vegetarian wrap to $13.99 for a turkey leg platter with fries and cole slaw. If you've eaten here in the past, Jurassic Cafe is no longer selling Pizza Hut-branded pizzas, and the Panda Express selections have moved next door to the Studio Commissary.
The space inside the Jurassic Cafe isn't as elaborately decorated as the Jurassic Park-themed restaurants in Universal's other parks, including the Thunder Falls Terrace in Islands of Adventure of the Discovery Food Court at Universal Studios Singapore. You won't find any life-sized dino skeletons here, and if you want a view of the Jurassic Park ride next door, you'll have to head upstairs to the cafe's outdoor seating area.
I chose the citrus-marinated roasted chicken dinner, served with mashed potatoes and corn, for $12.99. The dinner also comes with gravy and a biscuit, but you can request the meal without those if you'd prefer a wheat-free option. (Universal Studios Hollywood lists on its website all the gluten-free selections available at its restaurants.)
The chicken doesn't need any gravy, anyway. Juicy with citrus flavor, this half-chicken could serve two, if you're looking to save money and calories. (I couldn't come close to finishing it on my own.) The crisp, peppery skin adds even more flavor. It's basic food, sure, but well-executed, providing a nice change of pace from the deep-fried or cheese-slathered fare that too often dominates theme park menus.
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