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Old 06-06-2013, 08:39 AM   #706
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So a lot of good recommendations on here- but lots of posts to go through! My hubby and I are staying at the Royal Pacific for the first time during the week of the 4th to celebrate his bday. I was looking to have one really nice dinner at the parks, at one of the other on-site hotels or within walking distance. We are both foodies so it needs to be something special and delicious! Any recommendations?? We love all types of cuisines so there is no limit!
I just posted pics from "Mythos" on the food porn thread. It was very good. If you are a foodie and have a car I suggest Cafť Tu Tu Tango on I-drive for a unique and affordable experience. I will be posting pics on a trip report later. Go the back way to avoid I-drive craziness. Take Universal Blvd to the Holiday Inn Castle. Turn at the street directly past them and then make a right. Go about 20 feet and you are there.
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Old 06-07-2013, 10:07 AM   #707
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Hi All!

So a lot of good recommendations on here- but lots of posts to go through! My hubby and I are staying at the Royal Pacific for the first time during the week of the 4th to celebrate his bday. I was looking to have one really nice dinner at the parks, at one of the other on-site hotels or within walking distance. We are both foodies so it needs to be something special and delicious! Any recommendations?? We love all types of cuisines so there is no limit!
Since you're staying at Royal Pacific, I suggest Emeril's Tchoup Chop. Great ambiance, food, and service.
http://www.emerilsrestaurants.com/emerils-tchoup-chop

For nice park restaurants, go with either Mythos in IOA, or Finnegan's in US.
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Anyone been to Latin Quarter recently? Opinions? Is it somewhere we can take the kids (ages 8, 10, 11)
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Old 06-10-2013, 02:24 PM   #709
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Healthy Eating At the parks?

Hello everyone, first time posting here. Unlike the Disney World parks, I can never find anything healthy to eat at US or IOA.

The only thing I always hate when going to the parks (besides the heat lol) is the inevitable "junk" food that I have to eat, I know there's more variety at city walk but we don't really like leaving the parks to eat. The fact that I don't like salad doesn't help lol. I know I'm being picky here.

If anyone has any recommendations please post away!

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What is your definition of 'healthy'

I eat low carb so it is a bit of a challenge finding a meal to eat that can fill me up for the day.

Here are some tips.

Monster Cafe: has roast chicken and steamed broccoli
Lombardís: Fresh grilled fish dishes; Quinoa stuffed plablono peppers; salads
MIB gift shop: Crickets
Simpsons: New food court has lots of healthy options at Lisa's tree house cafe

Mythos: Grilled steaks, chops, fish
Jurassic Park: roast chicken (but they only have corn on the cob which is not healthy)

Turkey legs sold at the stand are healthy

Coke Zeros to drink all day
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We have a food sticky with menus, pictures and recommendations.

http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2681315

I'm going to merge this thread into the food sticky.
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Old 06-10-2013, 03:42 PM   #712
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Yes Universal has many great restaurants, not like typical theme park food at all. But your good food choices are mostly sit down restaurants although like JP has the good counter service with good choices chicken etc.

In Islands of Adventure I would stress Mythos, probably the best theme park restaurant in existence. Universal has several, Lombards being great for seafood and normal table service for a seafood restaurant.

There are many good restaurants in City Walk, and even more in the hotels, which are all just a boat ride from the park to any of the hotels. You probably have more sit down and better healthy food choices at the hotel restaurants so you may want to check those out.
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Hello everyone, first time posting here. Unlike the Disney World parks, I can never find anything healthy to eat at US or IOA.

The only thing I always hate when going to the parks (besides the heat lol) is the inevitable "junk" food that I have to eat, I know there's more variety at city walk but we don't really like leaving the parks to eat. The fact that I don't like salad doesn't help lol. I know I'm being picky here.

If anyone has any recommendations please post away!

Thank you
I had the same concerns as DH is a whole grain vegan. He had to be flexible on the whole grains but he was able to eat. He got the beans and rice along with a side salad at Thunder Falls Terrace. We ate at Mythos where he had the Pad Thai. There is a kabob place near the Mystic Fountain that has veggie kabob's along with other grilled options. He also got some hummus with veggies there. There are also several healthy options at the new Simpson's restaurant. DH loved their veggie burger. There was a tasty looking veggie sandwich there as well. I saw a similar veggie sandwich as Beverly Hills Boulangerie. Both are at US.
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Old 06-20-2013, 09:39 AM   #714
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restaurants in universal

Hey! Does Universal have special restaurants that are a must not miss? Do you have to have early reservations to eat there? Who do you call? Since we are going in 2 weeks, any thoughts?
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Hey! Does Universal have special restaurants that are a must not miss? Do you have to have early reservations to eat there? Who do you call? Since we are going in 2 weeks, any thoughts?
You should check this sticky thread...all questions should be answered.
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Hey! Does Universal have special restaurants that are a must not miss? Do you have to have early reservations to eat there? Who do you call? Since we are going in 2 weeks, any thoughts?
We enjoyed Bob Marley's and Bubba Gumps the most, even more than Kitchen or Mythos, which were highly recommended. Used the app called Open Table for ressies@most restaurants.
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First I have to say- this thread is so great! I just read through all 48 pages and do many if my questions were answered thoroughly (and often multiple times, lol).

I do have a few more that I didn't see addressed- if I overlooked the answer please excuse me!

1) I only saw one mention of Fireater's Grill in this entire thread AND I noticed that it wasn't included in the linked polls. Is it just an oversight/coincidence that it isn't mentioned or is it because it isn't very good? Based on the menu I thought it looked good and had some nice variety from usual theme park fare (gyros are one of my favorite foods) but the lack of info has me thinking twice.

2) We have free dining in September and our TS choices are a bit limited on the plan. We've already settled on Confisco's for our IOA day (I'm worried Mythos won't appeal to my picky eaters). For our US day I'm on the fence between Finnegan's and Pastamore. On the one hand I like the idea of heading to Citywalk after park closing and using our time in the parks doing things besides eating. On the other hand I keep seeing Finnegan's mentioned as a great TS option.

3) How are they with substitutions? (Keeping in mind we have free dining.) I am diabetic and try to avoid carbs, even on vacation because unstable glucose levels zap my energy. Will I be able to substitute potatoes for a different side at the TS meals? Not an upgrade, just equal or lesser value side dishes. Should I mention it's for medical reasons? I feel odd doing this because sometime I'll forgo potatoes so I can have a bite or two of dessert (not the whole thing!!) because quantity definitely matters when it comes to my carb intake. However if I ask for a substitution for my side dish and then order dessert they may think I've been misleading. Or worse, decide I outright lied and try to charge me for the substitute. Any thoughts?

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1) I only saw one mention of Fireater's Grill in this entire thread AND I noticed that it wasn't included in the linked polls. Is it just an oversight/coincidence that it isn't mentioned or is it because it isn't very good? Based on the menu I thought it looked good and had some nice variety from usual theme park fare (gyros are one of my favorite foods) but the lack of info has me thinking twice.

2) We have free dining in September and our TS choices are a bit limited on the plan. We've already settled on Confisco's for our IOA day (I'm worried Mythos won't appeal to my picky eaters). For our US day I'm on the fence between Finnegan's and Pastamore. On the one hand I like the idea of heading to Citywalk after park closing and using our time in the parks doing things besides eating. On the other hand I keep seeing Finnegan's mentioned as a great TS option.

3) How are they with substitutions? (Keeping in mind we have free dining.) I am diabetic and try to avoid carbs, even on vacation because unstable glucose levels zap my energy. Will I be able to substitute potatoes for a different side at the TS meals? Not an upgrade, just equal or lesser value side dishes. Should I mention it's for medical reasons? I feel odd doing this because sometime I'll forgo potatoes so I can have a nite or two of dessert (not the whole thing!!) because quantity definitely matters when it comes to my carb intake. However if I ask for a substitution for my side dish and then order dessert they may think I've been misleading. Or worse, decide I outright lied and try to charge me for the substitute. Any thoughts?
FireEaters Grill was one of my favorite places to grab a gyro or dog until two years back.

i have eaten there for years and loved it.

in fall 2011, the gyro wasn't the same, less gyro sauce, tomato, onion on it.
it still was good but it wasn't like it was in the past.

i wouldn't by pass it just because they dummy downed on the gyro toppings.
it still is a decent place for counter food.
not much seating in the area if you go in a busy time.

i compare the gyros to what i can get in chicago land.
if you don't get gyros regularly, then this place is still a good bet to get one.

Confisco Grille is a well kept secret.
the menu is general and appealing.

i always eat there, every trip.

i have not been disappointed with the food there.
if you want something not added to the entree/food, just ask and they will oblige.
i'm not fond of green peppars and they omitted them from my dish with no issue there.
i go to Confisco Grille regularly, more so than Mythos.

do Finnegans over Pastamore.
Finnegans has a general menu not concentrating on one type of food.
service is fast, wait staff friendly.
i sit in the open room, not the room with the bar.
the singer that they have at times is a tad too loud for me.
he is stationed in the bar section.

if you were a paying customer, i am sure they would substitute easily.
since you are on the dining plan, i don't know.

this plan is new and starts July 1st.
until peeps report on how it went, i have no idea on the set up except for the promos i have read.

on the promos it states, dessert is the meal plan dessert and no substitutions.

maybe you should call UO and talk to a supervisor on substitution of certain foods on the plan due to a medical condition.
they could note that on your meal plan so you don't have any issues when you do order on it.
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Thank you so much! You're always so helpful, it is very much appreciated. And calling ahead to discuss the options is excellent advice.
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Confisco Grill is one of our favourite places to eat....we think it`s better than Mythos....well for us anyway. We ate lunch 4 times last year on our trip and every meal was as good as the last......service is as always excellent.

Fireaters was nice.....I think I had the spicy tenders and they were lovely. DH had the gyro and thought it was ok, can`t remember what ds had. I would certainly go back if I was passing and was hungry.

I would choose Finnegans over Pastamore.

You should call ahead and explain your concerns. We have found them to be very helpful when you contact them about anything

Have a great trip when you do go
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