Check out the unique holiday dishes around Universal Orlando Resort (Photo: Universal Orlando)

Food for Thought

Universal Orlando Resort is taking traditional holiday cuisine to the next level with new and unique festive dining experiences. From old-fashioned comfort foods to more modern contemporary dishes, there are options to savor around every corner. Here are some of the best holiday dining opportunities that every true foodie should have on their wish list this season.

Traditional Holiday Quick Service Meals
For a traditional holiday lunch or dinner at the theme parks with all the trimmings, head over to the Classic Monsters Cafe in Universal Studios Florida or Thunder Falls Terrace in Islands of Adventure. Now through January 5th you can dig into heaping helpings of classic holiday favorites. Your spectacular meal includes a mixed green salad, herb-roasted turkey, cornbread stuffing, roasted potatoes, sautéed and steamed vegetables and a flaky-crusted apple pie for dessert.

Not Your Normal Leftover Holiday Sandwich
For a more modern take on a holiday classic, the "Not Your Normal Leftover Holiday Sandwich" is being served up at Bread Box in Universal CityWalk. This massive sandwich is like getting the whole holiday dinner in every bite with roasted turkey, stuffing, brie cheese, arugula and cranberry sauce, served on cranberry bread. It's perfect for grabbing on your way out of the theme parks or between the parks when you're looking for a nice yuletide break.

Festive Flavors Holiday Buffet
Guests visiting Universal Studios Florida between December 22nd and December 30th can sink their teeth into the "Festive Flavors Holiday Buffet." This special offering not only includes all-you-care-to-enjoy holiday cuisine, but you'll also have access to exclusive viewing areas for both Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s and Universal Orlando’s Cinematic Celebration nighttime show. Enjoy unlimited sparkling wine, savory dishes and specialty desserts throughout the evening, including classic holiday treats.

Sweets & Sounds Dessert Party
On select nights through December 15th, you can partake in the all-new "Sweets & Sounds Dessert Party" at Universal Studios Florida. More than just a dessert party, this special offering gets you access to special viewing areas for Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s and that evening's Mannheim Steamroller concert performance. Plus, you can enjoy all-you-care-to-eat seasonal desserts, savory bites, unlimited sparkling wine and assorted non-alcoholic beverages.

Christmas and New Year’s Eve Buffets
If you're spending your holiday in Orlando, you can enjoy an all-you-can-eat feast at many of the on-site hotels around the Universal Orlando Resort. Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, Royal Pacific Resort and Sapphire Falls Resort are offering holiday buffets featuring traditional holiday dishes, appearances by Universal characters, live music, face painting, balloonist and more fun activities. Some of the resorts are offering brunches or breakfast buffets as well but be sure to make your reservations ahead of time to save your spots!