Discussion in 'Universal Studios/Islands of Adventure Forums' started by damo, Mar 18, 2011.
I would pick Thunder Falls Terrace for chicken over Three Brooksticks any day.
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Have to run that by the crew!!!
How about FireEaters grill or Confisco "s???? I have to admit 3 Broomstix was my idea for the pasties !!!
confisco would be a better choice than fireaters grill.
you will have seats and tables for confisco.
at fire eaters, limited seating in the area.
i have eaten at both.
do enjoy the gyros at fire eaters.
There's nothing wrong with the chicken at 3 Broomsticks. It is the normal rotisserie stuff.
Since they moved the Pearl Factory into Treasures of Poseidon, there is now additional seating over by the old Pearl Factory location so unless the park is packed, there's usually some tables available at Fire Eater's.
Well it seems like I have 3 choices , 3 Broom stix, Fire Eaters or Confiscos !!! Maybe it will depend on where we are at lunchtime !!! Maybe I should look for other options at US!!! I think I know a good source for menus
The hamburgers at Hard Rock Cafe are good, and you can get a good malt/shake there to wash it down!
Now that's another idea !!The kids would like that!!!!
We recently returned from a week at Disney & Universal. I wanted to include the reviews from Universal dining here!
*I should note we have Universal Studios Annual Passes so we receive a 10% discount throughout the park including City Walk. We remembered to use it 99% of the time so prices do reflect this.
Royal Pacific Club Level Appetizers
Cheese and cracker platter, crudite, fried rice, and sesame chicken. Wine and beer were available as well as soda and coffee. Everything was delicious and very substantial. We were usually in the lounge early in the evening so Im not sure if they replenish throughout the evening or its a when its gone, its gone type of offering. Having just come from Yacht Club CL I couldnt help but compare. I would say the main appetizer was much better and a more filling option. The cheese at the YC I liked better - they had more fancy cheese options while Royal Pacific had your usual cheddar and pepper jack. I love the crackers at Royal Pacific - the seeded crackers are really yummy! Crudite was similar and I really like the tortilla chips that they usually have for evening appetizers with salsa and sour cream.
NBA Cafe - ($85.14)
We had dinner here after a short wait - I forgot to mention we were resort guests which helps you get moved higher up the wait list but the wait was only about 20 minutes. We requested only that we be seated near a smaller tv so that we could watch our local NBA game. We knew the large screens would be covering LA, Miami, and Orlando. They accommodated us no problem and we were able to watch most of the game during dinner and it was a fun experience for us as basketball fans. My husband really loves this restaurant. I think its o.k. but Ive definitely had some bad meals here over the years. Ive tried jambalaya there and it was awful. We had drinks here including a bloody mary and two cuba libres. We started with their tomato mozzarella appetizer with chicken and it was good. We both went with burgers - I had a cheeseburger and my husband had the bacon cheese burger. The burgers came with a pickle and fries. Our server here was a very sweet guy named Joe who went out of his way to talk basketball and make sure we had what we needed. We finished by splitting the Chocolate Bomb -this was yummy! Chocolate cake with chocolate sauce and vanilla ice cream.
They have an odd system for handling payments here. You authorize them to run your credit card for the specific amount which includes your tip and sign the bill. You dont sign anything further, you just receive a final receipt. This is different from every other restaurant Ive been to where they bring your bill, authorize your card, and then you add the tip to the final amount and sign. Im not sure why they are doing it this way but it was a new one for me.
Snacks at Islands of Adventure
Frozen Lemonade - There are a couple of stands that sell frozen lemonade in Islands of Adventure and they are super good. Its always my first snack at IOA.
Butterbeer - My husband spends a lot of time between trips thinking about butterbeer. We even occasionally make it at home based on a recipe I found online. We purchased the first butterbeer of the trip at the cart just outside of Zonkos. The first of many (I wont document each one - just suffice it to say there were a lot of them.)
Cookies in Seuss Landing - We purchased cookies at the small bakery at the end of the High in the Sky Trolley Ride - peanut butter for me and ultimate chocolate chip for him. They were both good (though not as good as the Hollywood Studios one!)
Royal Pacific Club Level
Tonight the lounge offered a mexican theme for the main entree and salad including a taco casserole type dish with beans, ground beef, and tortilla chips. This was very good and was served alongside the usual offerings of cheese, crackers, and chips.
Orchid Lounge Sushi ($45.42)
My husband isnt a huge sushi fan so tonight I got take out sushi while he ordered room service. I had a rainbow roll and mexican roll. Both were great and the sushi lounge has a wonderful atmosphere. There were only two other parties and the view of the pool from the windows surrounding the lounge remind you that you are in a beautiful paradise, steps from a theme park. I enjoyed an old fashioned while waiting on my order which came out fairly quickly.
Royal Pacific Room Service ($38.98)
My husband ordered a cheeseburger, fries, and ice cream from the room service all day menu. The service was excellent, I find the room service staff always so accommodating and helpful. They go out of their way to provide excellent service. The food for this particular order was only what my husband described as o.k. In the past weve had chicken fingers that were really good - Id suggest those over the hamburger based on his experience. A 22% tip is included as a $3.00 delivery charge.
Islands of Adventure Snacks
Hogshead Brew ($12.05)
We stopped in for drinks and a quick lunch. I ordered a cocktail called Apple Jack which included their special apple cider and Jack Daniels. My husband had a frozen butterbeer. We also ordered a turkey leg and potato wedges ($13.41) from Three Broomsticks to share. We came in only for drinks but the food coming out of Three Broomsticks aroma was too much! Both the turkey leg and wedges were really good. The potato wedges in particular had a great seasoning. The line at Three Broomsticks did move pretty slowly considering it was mid afternoon and there was only one person ahead of me. I cant imagine what its like when its super busy at lunchtime.
Royal Pacific Bula Bar ($49)
On the way back from the parks we noticed that on this beautiful day the pool tables near the bar were empty so we took the opportunity to play and enjoy a few drinks. The Bula Bar offers a hurricane glass for $15 with the Royal Pacific logo that can be refilled for the rest of your stay for $10. Between the two of us we tried the Appleton V/X Mai Tai, Skyy Vodka Lemonade, and the Pacific Paradise. The Pacific Paradise was definitely our favorite. Gratuity is included on every drink here and the staff are very quick to share that information so you dont tip twice.
Royal Pacific Club Level
Tonight along with the cheese tray, crackers, chips, salsa, and sour cream there was also a pasta and chicken dish and a salad that was very good.
Royal Pacific Room Service ($26.58)
We waited a little too late to eat on this particular night so our options were more limited. We opted for pizza from room service. We actually thought this was pretty good. Not fantastic but better than the pizza we had several nights before. This pizza deal included two sodas and again service was outstanding.
Royal Pacific Bula Bar ($25.11)
We slept in and had an early lunch by the pool to try the nachos at the pool bar that we noticed the afternoon before. This is the best value Ive ever seen at any resort/theme park. The enormous platter of nachos was $10 and very good! We couldnt finish it in spite of a valiant effort. Like the drinks, the gratuity is included and the server was again sure to make sure we knew. They do provide an opportunity on the receipt for additional gratuity if you prefer a higher percentage which we did, our server was wonderful.
Islands of Adventure Snacks ($5.43)
We grabbed a waffle cone with a mix of vanilla and chocolate at a stand in Marvel Superhero Island. It was very refreshing on a beautiful, sunny afternoon.
Royal Pacific Club Level
The food again tonight was very good. We enjoyed spaghetti and meatballs and salad along with the standards. I was impressed throughout our trip by the quality and substance of the evening offerings on club level especially as compared to the Yacht Club.
Over on the Disney Dining Review board you can read my Disney dining recaps. Thank you for reading! All in all we are fans of Universal dining. Mythos is one of the only favorites we missed this trip but we'll make up for it next time.
I'm bringing a class of 12 college students to Orlando in March and am thinking about bringing them to Universal/IoA.
It's been over 10 years since I've been, so I need a restaurant recommendation:
My plan is to go to Harry Potter/IoA in the morning from 9a-12p then head to the Studios for the rest of the day.
What advice do you have about uniquely Universal dining experiences for this age group?
There is a food sticky with menus and recommendations at the top of the forum that should help.
They'll probably want to do Three Broomsticks or Mythos. Hard Rock Cafe and Margaritaville will also probably interest them.
I would do THree Broomsticks for lunch because it is faster. I'd do dinner at Citywalk when the parks are done. I'd have a snack in the middle of the day to hold me over.
Since we already have a thead on this subject, I'm going to merge it with the food sticky.
Looking at hours in March, IOA appears to stay open later than US on most days.
Here's my opinion:
Hit the main rides in IOA (Hulk, Spiderman, HPFJ, Dragon's Challenge) in the morning. Head over to US for the main rides there asap (HRRR, The Mummy, MIB, The Simpson's). Plan lunch time between 12 and 1 at Finnigan's inside US (Cheaper alternative would be pizza from Louie's). Have dinner in Citywalk in the early evening (Margaritaville, Hard Rock Cafe, Nascar Cafe, or NBA City). Return to either US or IOA to hit remaining rides or shows that you want to see.
OK, this will probably sound like a strange question - but does anyone know if zephyrhills is still the bottled water available in the parks, and if so is there any place you can find something else?
My DS drinks water, a lot of water. Won't touch anything carbonated at all. For some reason, though, he really hated the taste of the zephyrhills water we bought in IOA back in 2011. I honestly don't remember if we bought any water when we went to US that trip as the kids were cranky and I think we only stayed for maybe an hour. He disliked that brand of water so much that he still talks about it now, 2 years later, and is wondering if that is still what they have.
Weird kid, huh?
Bubba gump - is it worth it?
We wouldn`t go back. I asked for my fish not to be deep fried and it came swimming in grease and cold. Sent it back twice.
We had quite slow service too.
DH and DS did not enjoy their meal either. The manager was very apologetic and we only paid for our drinks......which were very nice.
However lots of people go and have nice enough food, but not for us.
We went once when it first opened. It was fine. We haven't been back...it isn't one of our favourites.
I'm not sure what water brand they use. Perhaps you could bring in a small sealable container and fill it either at water fountains or in restaurants.
We went a couple times in the past when it opened, and it was ok. As far as I know, it still doesn't participate in the priority seating for onsite guests, but maybe that changed since I last dined there. However with better dining options at Citywalk (Margaritaville, Hard Rock Cafe, Nascar Grille, Latin Quarter), we haven't dined at Bubba Gump's in the last few years.
I tried it last September !! They were one of the few restaurants that did not give AAA discount!! We all enjoyed our food there though !!The seafood hushpuppies were my favorite !!!
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