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Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

Postby A.J. » Wed Aug 24, 2016 5:59 am

Yeah, I'm not sure what to think about the lawsuit, but I've heard the restaurant itself is very good.

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Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

Postby CoasterRench » Wed Aug 24, 2016 10:55 am

A.J. wrote:Yeah, I'm not sure what to think about the lawsuit, but I've heard the restaurant itself is very good.


I'm hoping it does well, not sure how well NBA City did while it was there. I thought NBA city was ok, depending on the atmosphere when you went, we went during the NBA finals one year and the place was amazing, went another time and it was just ok. However, once I seen the announcement for Toothsome Chocolate Factory, it had me way more excited to visit, already planning on making this one of our first stops when we visit in June '17.
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Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

Postby jedimaster1227 » Fri Aug 26, 2016 4:23 pm

Yesterday I had the chance to visit the Toothsome Chocolate Emporium and Savory Feast Kitchen at CityWalk. This new addition replaced NBA City, a venue that opened with CityWalk in advance of Islands of Adventure's debut. This new restaurant, bar and shop proves that you can infuse a little bit of dessert ingredients into an entree menu to make it unique... And we absolutely loved it. Admittedly, we didn't try as much as we would have liked to in the sweet area, but that is because we filled up so quickly on all that was savory! And based on our experience we'll definitely be back for more!
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If you remember NBA City, you'll remember it looked almost nothing like this.
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There is no shortage of merchandise and sweets available in the shop at the Toothsome Emporium and Savory Feast Kitchen!
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An array of cleverly packaged candies can be found throughout the shop...
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Entire steampunk-themed chocolate items can be purchased (and eaten) from here.
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And there are higher end knick knacks and do-dads for those into this scene.
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Not your standard candy bars...
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Those coated marshmallows looked amazing!
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More Toothsome merch.
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Any popcorn fans? I feel like my jealous over CityWalk Hollywood having a Popcornopolis might've just faded away...
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Unique lollipop flavors included Raspberry & Lime and Coconut & Vanilla...
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Indulgent dipping spoons...
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Lots of fresh treats in the display cases are also available for purchase...
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These are eclairs.
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I need these cupcakes. All the cupcakes.
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Ansinthe Candy Floss (also known as Cotton Candy).
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Chocolate rocks, rock candy and chocolate-coated sunflower seeds are all available to take home in this awesome packaging.
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I teared up when I saw this for the first time.
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Candy shot glasses... On sticks.
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This right here is my jam.
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Just writing this trip report is making me regret not buying more sugar...
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This is quite clever.
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The open pastry kitchen allows guests to watch as new sweets are being prepared...
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For fans of truffles, there are plenty to choose from... And we walked out with six.
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This place is incredible... Like the Duncan's Toy Chest of candy.
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Absinthe is an acquired taste I've yet to acquire, but it is neat that they have so many options for those that have.
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For those not interested in dining in, there is a bar opposite the shop where you can get crepes, shakes and ice cream!
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I even had the chance to meet Professor Doctor Penelope Tibeaux-Tinker Toothsome, proprietor of the Toothsome Chocolate Emporium and Savory Feast Kitchen.
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In case you were wondering what the kids menu was like inside, there's nothing with chocolate on it.
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I'm in love with this fiber optic light fixture.
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The menu...
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Doing my best Will Ferrell doing his best Alec Trebek...
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We started out with the Totchos, covered in cheese, tomatillo salsa and pork belly... I'm in love!
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The other appetizer we couldn't resist triton was the house Chocolate Bread with a salted caramel butter. It was heavenly!
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The Doctor Professor roams the restaurant with her robot friend...
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Maddy had the BBQ Chicken Flatbread. This thing was huge but really light and flavorful. A big win for us!
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I had the "there may be bacon" burger... Topped with spicy jack cheese, bacon, pork belly and grilled pineapple it was cooked perfectly and was super flavorful. Right up my alley!
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For those that visited NBA City you may recognize a few architectural elements carried over from the old restaurant into the new...
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There's a really nice bar set up on the second floor.
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The second floor also comes with a great view of CityWalk!
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We had such a fantastic first meal at the Toothsome Chocolate Emporium and Savory Feast Kitchen! We need to come back and try more savory items, many more sweets and lots of drinks (milkshakes included)!
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Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

Postby SharkTums » Fri Aug 26, 2016 4:28 pm

Important question - Were the crepes being freshly made, or just reheated?

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Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

Postby jedimaster1227 » Fri Aug 26, 2016 4:29 pm

I honestly did not check... But I'll definitely be going back to find out!
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Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

Postby CoasterRench » Fri Aug 26, 2016 8:05 pm

It looks amazing, Universal continues to top itself with themeing. I can't wait to visit this place.
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Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

Postby jarmor » Fri Aug 26, 2016 9:10 pm

This is the first time I cant wait to try a restaurant at the resort. I saw the pork belly sliders topped with chocolate bacon . . . almost licked the screen!
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Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

Postby CoasterGoddess » Sat Aug 27, 2016 7:22 pm

I want to take a relative to USO & IOA in Orlando who has a bad back. According to their website only the Harry Potter train is listed as safe to ride. Even the new King Kong attraction has a symbol it's bad for back and says sudden movements. I thought I read it's mild and a jeep ride? Oh, and minions has a non motion seat to watch the film. It don't appear they have much without sudden movements. I think ET is mild enough. :(
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Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

Postby Erik Johnson » Sun Aug 28, 2016 10:13 am

You can now buy your HHN tickets at Publix.
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Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

Postby A.J. » Sun Aug 28, 2016 10:35 am

Yeah, how long as Universal been selling tickets with displays at Publix stores anyway? It wasn't until a month or so ago that I started noticing but it must be working well enough...

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