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Spotlight: Three Broomsticks Restaurant at Islands of Adventure

One of the newest Orlando theme park restaurants is the rustic tavern, Three Broomsticks, the official restaurant of Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey located at Universal Orlando’s Islands of Adventure. It has already won runner-up in Orlando’s 13th annual Foodie Awards for Best Theme Park Restaurant. This is a counter service restaurant, rather than full-service dining. You order and pay at the counter and pick up your food at another counter, so reservations aren’t required. However, I understand they will take a reservation the breakfast deal, which is a complimentary breakfast when you book your trip with Universal.

This is the place where you can dine on authentic British food and try the famous (non-alcoholic) Butterbeer. Butterbeer is a butterscotch, carmel-y cream soda topped with a buttery, frothy, creamy head and together they are decadent and delicious! You can also try the Pumpkin Juice, which is like liquid pumpkin pie, except not quite as sweet, but also wonderful and tasty! Also served here are rotisserie smoked chicken, fish and chips, shepherd’s pie, turkey legs, fresh veggies, and more. Of course, there is a children’s menu as well that includes kid favorites such as chicken fingers and macaroni and cheese. At the back of the Three Broomsticks tavern, is where you’ll find the Hog’s Head Pub, where adults can sample a great selection of beers, as well as wine, spirits, and mixed drinks.

Although the food is very tasty, the atmosphere is the key ingredient to this place. It’s very charming and just what you imagine after reading the books. Make sure you watch the walls as you can sometimes see an owl flying by or catch a house elf walking around upstairs! You can choose to sit inside and enjoy the atmosphere or enjoy lakeside dining on the patio. Either way, it is a charming experience.

$, casual dress, British and American cuisine, fast-food, full bar at Hog’s Head Pub, lunch and dinner
Universal Orlando’s Island’s of Adventure
Casual Dining
Price Level: 
$ (under $15)

CityWalk’s Rising Star Could be You!

If you’re at Universal’s CityWalk and want to have an “American Idol” experience, check out Rising Star. It is simply put – a karaoke bar. But not just any ordinary karaoke is offered here. This 440-seat club features a live band 5 days a week; complete with backup singers, lights, sound system and the works.

I’m not a huge fan of karaoke, but I enjoy good talent, get a kick out of the poor performances and am easily entertained by both. Patrons range from the VERY serious star-wanna-be’s to the guest that has been fed way too much “liquid courage” and has no business being up on stage.

Complaints about Rising Star are the long band breaks, the cover charge ($7), the pricey drinks and so-so food. However, if you know these things going in, it isn’t so shocking and a good time can be had by all. So if you have time and money left over from a day at the theme park, check out Rising Star. Sing a song and have a good time.

Just remember, if you want to really be entertained by some great talent, go to Capone’s Dinner & Show. You’ll be fed well, served plenty of drinks; all for a very reasonable price. It’s far from karaoke, but even the strongest of critics agree – Capone’s is entertaining and worth the visit.