Head over to the Wizarding World to snag a no-melt ice cream in Universal Studios (Photo: Universal Orlando)

Food for Thought

In addition to some of the greatest theme park thrills and immersive experiences in the world, the Universal Orlando Resort offers some of the best food in Orlando. From Wizarding dining halls to satisfying street foods, and desserts that are out of this world, there's something to discover around every turn. Here's our ultimate guide to finding the best food at Universal Orlando.

Best Quick Service Locations
There are a lot of options when it comes to counter service at the parks, but Universal Orlando has a few dining locations that are a step above the rest. With a more unique variety of offerings and theming that cannot be beat the Leaky Cauldron in Diagon Alley at Universal Studios Florida and Three Broomsticks in Hogsmeade Village at Islands of Adventure are not to be missed. Thunder Falls Terrace in Jurassic Park at Islands of Adventure is another standout option, serving dishes like rotisserie chicken, barbecue ribs and fresh sides like a full ear of corn and roasted potatoes. If your family isn't the best at agreeing on where to eat, Fast Food Boulevard in Universal Studios Florida is perfect as it offers a little bit of everything, from burgers to seafood and even pizza.

Best Table Service Locations
When dining at the parks sometimes it's nice to take a load off and enjoy a full-service meal. Finnegan's Bar & Grill at Universal Studios Florida not only offers some of the best food at the resort, but it won't break the bank. This traditional Irish-American pub serves classics like Fish and Chips, Shepherd's Pie and Corned Beef Sandwiches, along with more contemporary options. Order a Potato & Onion Webb appetizer for the table. You won't regret it! Over at Islands of Adventure, the best place for a sit-down meal is Mythos. Often cited as one of the best theme park restaurants in Orlando, Mythos serves cuisine from around the world with a Mediterranean and Asian flare. With cascading waterfalls, a tranquil cave-like dining room and a gorgeous view overlooking the park's lagoon, it's one of the best spots for creating lasting memories.

Best Street Food in the Parks
Sometimes when you're on the go and ready for something quick, you just want to grab a bite and keep on moving. The best places at the parks for some street food are in The Lost Continent at Islands of Adventure. The Gyro platter from Fire Eater's Grill is a filling meal at a great price, and Doc Sugrue's Desert Kebab House serves up grilled beef, chicken and vegetarian kebabs that are perfect on the go. At Universal Studios Florida you can find street tacos from Bumblebee Man's Taco Truck in Springfield: Home of The Simpsons. And speaking of tacos, The Feasting Frog at Volcano Bay is a great spot to grab a snack like loaded nachos between water slides and catching waves.

Where to Find Breakfast
There aren't too many places serving breakfast within the theme parks at Universal Orlando, but if you're looking for something right when you get there, the Today Cafe at Universal Studios Florida and the Croissant Moon Bakery at Islands of Adventure have got you covered. You can get a freshly baked pastry or breakfast sandwich, along with a nicely brewed cup of coffee to start your day off right. For a more hearty breakfast, the main restaurants in both of the Wizarding World lands are your best bet. They serve a traditional English Breakfast Platter and an American Breakfast Platter with all the morning staples like eggs, sausage, breakfast potatoes and more. Plus, the meals are available in kid's sizes too.

Best Snacks Around the Parks
One of the newest and best places to grab a savory snack is the Green Eggs and Ham window in Seuss Landing at Islands of Adventure. They offer loaded tater tots in a variety of flavors, including the namesake Green Eggs and Ham. The Pizza Tots and Buffalo Chicken Tots have already quickly become guest favorites. Other places to grab a snack are the stores with bakery and dessert cases like Studio Sweets and the Hello Kitty Store at Universal Studios Florida, as well as Honeydukes and Sugarplums in both Wizarding World lands. They all offer a variety of pastries, cupcakes, fudges, cookies and more. Plus, you can never go wrong with a soft pretzel or churro found at the many carts throughout the parks.

Best Places to Find Dessert
Now that you've had your fill on the savory, it's time for something on the sweeter side. The Today Cafe offers a Cheesecake on a Stick that's to die for, along with other freshly made treats. A Universal Orlando staple is the giant Pink Donut from Springfield: Home of The Simpsons. It's almost like a whole cake, perfect for sharing—but, it comes in a easy to carry box, which is perfect for saving your leftovers too. A milkshake from Mel's Diner is always a smart choice, especially on a hot day. But the most satisfying dessert has got to be the incredibly addictive soft serve flavors from Florean Fortescue's in Diagon Alley. Try the Butterbeer Ice Cream, and your taste buds will thank you. If you're visiting Volcano Bay, don't miss the Waturi Fusion Ice Cream, a heavenly rainbow soft serve made of four layered flavors.

In addition to all of the wonderful choices throughout the parks, you can also discover incredible dining locations at Universal CityWalk. The all-new Bigfire Restaurant is serving up amazing home-cooked meals inspired by the flavors of fire and the Toothsome Chocolate Emporium offers meals, desserts and gigantic milkshakes featuring real chocolate and all things sweet. The on-site hotels are great spots to expand your foodie search as well. The Hard Rock Hotel has the best burgers and the biggest piece of cake around at The Kitchen. Or, sit down for something a little more elegant at The Palm, where you can order a steak so perfectly cooked it melts in your mouth.

At the Universal Orlando Resort, there's always something new to try and someplace new to explore on your next vacation. Be sure to get your theme park tickets right here for the best deals around, and don't forget to pack your appetite!