It is obvious: The Wizarding Realm of Harry Potter may be the ultimate place to go for Potterheads. While some might opt to quit its theme park design to that of actual Harry Potter film locations, Universal makes Potter fan dreams a reality. From choosing one's wand at Ollivander's to strolling past Gringotts while keeping one eye peeled on that fire-breathing dragon.
However, one of the true treats – literally – of going to the Wizarding World is getting the chance to try all its delicious food. No matter if the first is keen on the novels or the movies; the food featured throughout Harry Potter's exceptional journey includes dishes we'd all happily dress in our tables.
Here's a guide to navigating the Wizarding World's most magical foods at Universal.
Finding Breakfast In the Wizarding World
More often these days, those going to the Wizarding World is going to be looking to get an earlier start on the day. Which means that if breakfast is skipped in support of exploring Universal, Potter fans will be playing a clear stomach along with a need to grow it. In this instance, if the Wizarding World may be the first stop, it's far easier to arrive sooner than later. Those arriving within the late morning is going to be met having a line or may need to wait until lunch to get into the only place serving breakfast items.
Leaky Cauldron, Diagon Alley
It should be noted that breakfast is just served at the Leaky Cauldron until 10:30 AM daily. Which means that all witches and wizards will want to get an early start, but if they've made it, they have a slew of flavors to start their day with.
On the menu, visitors to the Leaky Cauldron look toward these items:
- Traditional Breakfast, $17.99
- American Breakfast, $17.99
- Egg, Leek, & Mushroom Pasty, $17.99
- Pancake Breakfast, $17.99
- Apple Oatmeal Flan w/ Yogurt and Fruit, $17.99
- Kid's Breakfast, $12.99
While visitors to the Leaky Cauldron can get to drop at least $20 on breakfast, it's worth it to get a taste of the authentic British breakfast or a homestyle American one. The Egg, Leek, & Mushroom Pasty is yet another great, adventurous option for those seeking something out of the box. To include a little more Harry Potter spice to an already delicious breakfast, patrons can add beverages such as Pumpkin Juice for their order.
Finding Your meal At The Wizarding World
For those seeking a sit-down experience for lunch or dinner at the Wizarding World, there's two main options: back to the Leaky Cauldron, or off to Three Broomsticks. These two provide a wide array of options with menus that echo classic British dishes in addition to those present in both Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley.
Leaky Cauldron, Diagon Alley
Those who have been for breakfast already will be familiar, but the lunch/dinner menu offers a whole new slew of options that to fill one's stomach. Some of the dishes that Potter fans look toward are:
- Ploughman's: A classic British-style platter that serves two; includes English cheese, pickles, field green salad, crusty bread, roasted tomatoes, apple beet salad, and scotch eggs.
- Fish & Chips: A classic British meal composed of fried and battered North Atlantic cod, served with tartar sauce.
- Toad in the Hole: This iconic dish features sausage that's been baked into Yorkshire pudding, topped with onion gravy, minted peas, root vegetables, and roasted tomatoes.
- Banger & Mash: A traditional roasted English sausage served with roasted tomatoes, mashed potatoes, sauteed onions and cabbage, minted peas, and onion gravy.
- Cottage Pie: A simpler version of a shepherd's pie having a potato crust, beef, vegetables, and a garden salad.
- Fisherman's Pie: A seafood pie that combines cod, salmon, and shrimp in a potato crust, served having a garden salad.
- Mini Pie combination: A mixture of two of the above, in a miniature pie version.
- Beef, Lamb, and Guinness Stew: A hearty meat stew that's served in a bread bowl.
- Scotch Eggs: Hard-boiled eggs wrapped in sausage and pastry, served with apple beet salad and mustard sauce.
- Soup & Salad: A delicious split-pea and ham soup that's served having a garden salad.
Lunch and dinner at Three Broomsticks is similar to recption menus served at the Leaky Cauldron, except for dishes for example ribs, rotisserie smoked chicken (both like a dish and a salad), beef pasties, smoked turkey legs, and the mushroom pie platter. Obviously, these two dining options offer the most famed drink in most of Harry Potter: Butterbeer!
Finding Beverages, Snacks, & Sweets At The Wizarding World
Throughout the Wizarding World, there are other food stops that park-goers can make that don't necessitate a sit-down meal. Among those, which is pretty easy to find, is the London Taxi Cart. Here, visitors can grab fast, on-the-go snacks, like the famed Loaded Jacket Potato.
At the Carkitt Market in Diagon Alley, park-goers can live their dreams of trying special 'Elixirs.' With an array of colors including green, orange, red, and blue, the Elixir options include: Babbling Beverage, Fire Protection, Elixir to Induce Euphoria, or Draught of Peace. These come in fun test-tube-sized portions and are a quick sweet beverage.
For those seeking adult beverages, Hog's Head in Hogsmeade, Fountain of Fair Fortune, and The Hopping Pot in Diagon Alley would be the perfect place to have a specially-crafted cocktail. At Hog's Head, park-goers can also enjoy a specialty craft beer, in addition to a selection of others that are on tap.
For those seeking to satiate their sweet tooth, non-frozen options include Hogsmeade's Honeydukes or Diagon Alley's Sugarplum's Sweet Shop for candies, fudge, and old-fashioned sweets. Looking for something on a hot summer's day? Head to Florean Fortescue's Ice-Cream Parlor in Diagon Alley for a range of frozen treats flavors like the beloved Butterbeer, Earl Grey & Lavender, and Sticky Toffee Pudding.