Monday, June 3, 2013

Universal Studios - Fast Food Blvd now opened

Sunday we went to check out the new Fast Food Blvd at Universal Studios.  This is part of the new Springfield Expansion that Universal is opening later this summer.  This expansion will give guest the chance to experience some of the food and drinks from the popular show The Simpsons.

According to Universal's announcement the expansion  "It will be the only place in the world where you can walk the streets of Springfield, grab a Krusty-certified meat sandwich at Krusty Burger, go nuts for donuts at Lard Lad, imbibe at Moe’s Tavern and more! Plus there will be Duff Beer – brewed exclusively for Universal Orlando - and a new attraction called Kang & Kodos’ Twirl ‘n’ Hurl that will take you “foolish humans” on an intergalactic spin designed to send you into orbit!"

Springfield Concept Art released by Universal

So let's take a look at some of the food and drink offerings at Fast Food Blvd.  These are the three facades that greet visitors are they are walking down the "boulevard".  You can enter through any of the three doors and they all connect in the back where you order.

In the ordering area there is

                                                                                     Luigi's Pizza
Meat Liker's Pizza (Personal pizza with ham, sausage and pepperoni) - $7.79
Cheese Pizza - $6.99
Vegetarian Pizza (on a whole wheat crust) - $7.49

 The Frying Dutman
Basket o' Bait (fried fish, shrimp, and calamari, served with cocktail and tartar sauces) - $13.99
Battered and Plattered Fish - $12.99
Basket o' Shrimp - $11.99
Basket o' Calamari - $8.99
Clam Chowd-arr - $3.99

                                                                                     Cletus's Chicken Shack
Chicken and Waffle Sandwich (Fried chicken breast between two waffles, served with maple syrup mayo and tater tots) - $10.99
Double Batter Chicken Platter (Fried chicken, mashed potatoes, corn on the cob, and coleslaw) - $10.99
Chicken Arms (Six Buffalo or BBQ chicken wings with blue cheese, celery, and tater tots) - $9.99
Chicken Thumbs (Fried chicken tenders with tater tots and choice of BBQ or honey mustard sauce) - $8.29
Thrilled to Be Grilled Chicken Sandwich (with lettuce and tomato, and tater tots) - $8.49

Krusty Burger
Krusty Burger (6 oz. burger with secret sauce, cheddar cheese sauce, tomato, and lettuce) - $9.99
Clogger Burger (Krusty Burger with an extra patty, and bacon) - $12.99
Mother Nature Burger (6 oz. black bean burger with guacamole and tomato) - $10.99
The Ribwich (boneless barbecue ribs topped with coleslaw) - $11.99
Sideshow Bob Foot Long (foot-long Nathan's hot dog with chili, cheddar sauce, coleslaw and onion) - $8.99
Heat Lamp Dog (six-inch Nathan's dog) - $7.99
All sandwiches served with Kurly Fries. Applesauce or fruit may be substituted as a side upon request at all restaurants.

Flaming Moe's
Mt. Swartzwelder Apple Drink (apple juice, lemonade and tea) - $3.99
Groovy Grove Juice (orange juice and lemonade) - $3.99
Mr. Teeny (lemonade and pineapple juice) - $3.99
Flaming Moe (a citrus drink with dry-ice smoke - nonalcoholic) - $7.99
Duff Beer (yep, it's real, alcoholic beer, available in regular, lite and dry) - $6.50

 My husband got the Clogger Burger and a Duff Beer.

My mom had the Double Blatter Chicken Platter which she declared to be very tasty.  My daughter had the Krusty Burger and I had the chicken thumbs with tater tots.  Everyone enjoyed their meals.  Lunch for four people not including the Flaming Moe's and Duff Beer was $48 which is pretty reasonable for theme park food.

I had to try the signature drink, the Flaming Moe's.  It's a non alcoholic drink. It tastes like an lite orange soda.  The cool thing about the drink is the "flaming" effect.  You also get to keep the cup the drink comes in.  It's a little pricey at $7.99 for a non alcoholic drink but a cool souvenir and fun drink.

They also have some cupcakes in some great flavors - cookies and cream, orange creamsicle, peanut butter and jelly, and Simpson doughnut.  We were too full to try them but they are something we will try the next time.

Here is one of the sitting areas

Finally some pictures of Moe's.  The bar is a close replica of the famous bar in the show including a working Love Tester and pool table (that serves as a dining table). They currently only offer Duff Beer but it's rumored that they will expand their selection in the future.

Universal did a great job with this first phase of the Springfield expansion.  The food was good, the area is themed with great detail, and the specialty drinks are fun.  I can't wait for the rest of the area to open later this summer.  Great job Universal!!

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