I take my camera everywhere on vacation, especially when visiting Universal’s Islands of Adventure, where the Wizarding World of Harry Potter is located. I’d wanted to go since it opened, and I finally ended up visiting. It was everything I thought it’d be and more, but this post is about incidental food blog material created by carrying a DSLR everywhere I go; it’s about Mythos. Located in the Lost Continent section of Universal’s Islands of Adventure, Mythos Restaurant was voted the best theme park restaurant by Theme Park Insider magazine for 6 years in a row from 2003-2009. However, its rating slipped to 3rd in 2010. I don’t know if this says a lot, given the state of theme park restaurants. That is, the presence of captive clientele motivated by whining children often leads to complacency in the quality of food put out by the restaurants, because they know customers will keep coming.

The menu looked quite standard; it was on the level of an Earls or Cactus Club, perhaps a bit lower, at a lower price point. I was actually surprised by the fact that prices for theme park food weren’t astronomically high (merely “very high”). I ordered the Blackened Fish Tacos, as the Florida heat had sucked all the appetite out of me. The fish wasn’t very blackened, and was overwhelmed by the mountain of creamy vegetable slaw. The tacos were also quite bland when not accompanied by the salsa they were served with. With the salsa, they became quite tasty, but nothing to write home about. The corn tortillas had a good chew, but this resulted in them tearing apart messily every time I took a bite, instead of biting clean through. This might be just me being a taco noob, though.

Overall, Mythos is a restaurant on a level with Earls, which is to say that the food (that I tasted) was below average, although the service was quite friendly. Both of these can be explained by its theme park location. Best theme park restaurant 6 years in a row? I could see it. But I’m waiting for the good-food trend to catch up to the mega-corporations that own these theme parks, and for one to open an actual fine-dining restaurant that can compete with the best outside of a park as well. It’d be so far ahead of the pack that all current theme parks would be scrambling to catch up.

Islands of Adventure
Orlando, FL