What’s a hungry Muggle to do when in Hogsmeade visiting the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood? Never fear! Every Harry Potter fan will find many treats, drinks and even hearty meals to suit their taste buds and bring the world of Harry Potter to life. We frogs have frequented several technical rehearsals and previews before the official opening of the Wizarding World on April 7, and we immersed ourselves in the Wizarding World by trying some of the tasty treats for sale. We bring you the best food and drink at the Wizarding World Hollywood.
Quench Your Thirst
One of the first things you will encounter when walking into Hogsmeade is a red Butterbeer cart. You know you are going to try the Butterbeer. Just accept this peer pressure. Everyone does. Some people have been waiting nearly 19 years since Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone was first published to try Butterbeer, so you will see them drinking it first thing in the morning upon entering the Wizarding World. (We actually recommend drinking it AFTER riding Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey. The 3-D ride might make you lose your Butterbeer if you are prone to motion sickness.)
Butterbeer is nonalcoholic, so all members of your family can enjoy this butterscotch-flavored frozen or nonfrozen (you choose) concoction in either a disposable cup or souvenir stein. OK, so they had me at Butterbeer, but we could not stop there. We also tried the Pumpkin Juice. If you are looking for something beyond butterscotch carbonated sweetness, then why not try Pumpkin Juice? You can purchase it bottled at the Magic Neep cart or Butterbeer carts, but if you don’t care about having it in a pumpkin-topped bottle, you can save several dollars a serving by ordering a cup of the same pumpkin juice at The Three Broomsticks. It tastes like a spiced cider. You can buy Gilly Water, which is simply bottled water, but we prefer to drink free cups of water at The Three Broomsticks and save our beverage money for Butterbeer and Pumpkin Juice.
Adults can enjoy specialty adult beers and whiskeys at the Hog’s Head. And when in the Hog’s Head, be sure to take a seat, relax and have fun admiring the authentic-looking décor and humorous signage.
Try Traditional English Pub Food
The Three Broomsticks is the one restaurant in the West Coast Wizarding World. If you have a group of four or more, you might consider ordering The Great Feast. It feeds four, but possibly more, especially if you have some small children or light eaters. It is by far and away the best deal on the menu, and we frogs always love a great deal on good quality food. The feast includes a big salad, chicken, ribs, full ears of corn on the cobb, vegetables, and roasted potatoes. It will certainly make you feel like house elves have made a feast of food magically appear on your house league table (servers do deliver the feast to you). Other single-serving traditional English dishes are sure to make you feel like you have been transported over the “pond.” Choices include, bangers and mash, fish and chips, chicken, shepherd’s pie, beef Sunday roast, turkey leg, or a stew made of beef, lamb and Guinness that comes in a crusty bread bowl. We tried the ribs, which are very meaty and filling and oh so messy. All of the dishes are quite filling.
The restaurant feels authentically old and has a lot of details Potter Fans will appreciate. While this is not a table-service restaurant, it does feel like an old pub. They will help seat you and clear your table for you. Check out the fireplace, décor and the detailed ceiling. You will forget you are in a theme park. You may also dine outside on the patio. We do recommend eating lunch on the early side (they also serve breakfast!) or in between traditional mealtimes because there is bound to be a long line at lunch or dinner. We jumped in line about 15-20 minutes before the 11:00 a.m. switch from breakfast to lunch and were among the first to get our lunch. Even on uncrowded preview days the lines were long because everyone wants to try the new food and desserts. We predict that The Three Broomsticks will be a very popular restaurant for some time.
Desserts and Treats
Harry Potter has been known to buy one of every kind of wizarding candy off the cart when riding the Hogwarts Express, and now you can try them all too at Honeyduke’s. Peruse the shelves for chocolate frogs, peppermint toads, Fudge Flies (these all sound tasty to us!), and Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans as well as some specialty items like Exploding Bonbons, chocolate cauldrons, and dark mark suckers. The feather quill sucker’s stick actually writes! We, unfortunately, could not buy them all, so we chose to try Fizzing Whizbees. Fizzing Whizbees are chocolate bees with something like Pop Rocks inside them, so they crackle, fizzle and pop in your mouth.
Honeydukes also sells freshly made items such as butterbeer fudge (and other fudge flavors), chocolate-covered pretzel wands, cauldron cakes, caramel apples, and no-melt ice cream. Now I love a caramel apple more than any frog, but I had to try to the butterbeer fudge. If it comes in butterbeer flavor, we probably tried it! Where else can you get butterbeer as a flavor!
All the desserts at The Three Broomsticks come highly recommended. We tried the Butterbeer Potted Cream. They also sell chocolate Potted Cream, and that looked tasty too. The Butterbeer flavor has a gooey butterscotch glaze topping over a creamy pudding or custardish type of creamy dessert with whipped cream on top. It was delightful. We scraped that pot clean. We are curious to try the strawberry and peanutbutter ice cream (which is also sold on a cart outside). The Three Broomsticks also sells fresh apple pie and chocolate trifle with strawberries. We will put that trifle on the list for our next visit. It is beautiful!
For mealtime and in between, Hogsmeade has something unique for you to eat or drink. Lily shared her favorite fun Universal treats if you are looking for more themed desserts in the park.