Historically, the title of one of the worst theme park food courts in the entire Orlando area has belonged to Comic Strip Café. The Comic Strip Café is located in the Toon Lagoon area of Islands of Adventure. Previously, the Comic Strip Café served basic burgers, sandwiches, boring theme park pizzas, fries, and milkshakes. The style of food that set this place apart was Asian cuisine. They offered a dragon platter. This platter was a strange fusion of sweet and sour and beef and broccoli with rice and eggs.
Now, most of those items were replaced in a massive menu change late last week. You can still get a bacon cheeseburger, a chicken Caesar salad, and a chicken sandwich. Yet nothing else remains from the old menu. The majority of the new menu now consists of arepas and Asian dishes.
In recent months, arepas have grown in popularity at Universal Orlando. They have become common to find in food trucks for seasonal food options. The arepas were popular among the guests. The universal food service seems to want to take advantage of this.
Now the Comic Strip Café offers three different types of arepas in a new menu.
These reflect the same style as that of the seasonal food trucks. They offer picadillo beef stuffing as well as carnitas (pork shoulder) for $ 12.49. You can buy a cheese filling for $ 11.99. Universal Orlando’s arepas version looks like soft tacos in the composition. The main difference is the larger portion sizes as well as the use of a South American style corn cake for the tortilla.
The other surprising menu adjustment at Comic Strip Café involves several new Asian-style options.
You can now order various ramen bowls. The varieties presented are Char Siu pork belly, Tofu, beef bulgogi, ramen edamame balls. These cost $ 12.99 or $ 13.99. You can add an egg roll for an additional $ 3. Plus, you can get the bulgogi beef in a bowl of rice for $ 14.99. The rest of the additions to the Asian menu are rounded off with edamame dumplings ($ 11.99) and a tiger shrimp salad ($ 13.49). For my friends who enjoyed the Dragon Platter, which has disappeared from the new menu.
Overall, this menu looks like a huge improvement over the below-average theme park menu previously offered. Early reports indicate that the food is better, but not great.
My friend Xavier, at Universal Food Blog, recently ordered a bowl of ramen. He felt the bowl was good, but not great. Based on his experience, guests should skip the egg roll. This restaurant has never excelled in previous years. So far, early reports indicate that this menu is working better than the previous one. However, this location can still be deactivated. However, if you’re hungry in the Toon Lagoon area, this menu change might be a good option for you. I would always pick a burger myself at Wimpy’s, but at least the Comic Strip Café adds variety to Islands of Adventure guests.
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