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Mar 24, 2014 11:29 AM

Universal Studios Hollywood

Best places to take 4 hungry boys for lunch and dinner at Universal Studios? Is it just hopeless and best to leave when done and stop somewhere close? Any suggestions? Thank you!!

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  1. joe's falafel
    food trucks @ gate 2
    in n out

    not necessarily in that order

    Understand that universal is a working studio and all the studio peeps gotta go somewhere for lunch...

    10 Replies
    1. re: ns1

      Joe's is the place to go….

      Tommy's Chili Burgers at City Walk and Pink's Hot Dogs inside the park.

      Also In N' Out Burger is almost across the street.

      1. re: wienermobile

        +1 on Tommy's in CityWalk. It's my go to place if I am compelled to eat something while I am there.

      2. re: ns1

        Oh. Are the food trucks inside the gate and do you know what kind of food?

        1. re: lynney

          outside the gate; it's @ valleyheart dr next to south weddington park. You exit towards the red line station and head east.

          rotating list of trucks every day, usually 5-10 trucks/day. if you drive, be careful - people will park in areas that clearly say "no parking", and the ticket is $76 if you are unlucky and get caught (and parking enforcement is there A LOT).

            1. re: lynney


              my personal opinion is that for lunch you should probably stick to inside the gates or citywalk, and afterwards you can/should go to Joe's Falafel, Spitz, or InO (depending on how tired you are/what type of food you're looking for).

              1. re: ns1

                Thank you! I will probably do that!

                Is Bucco good for 4 growing boys or am I just better off at in n out? My husband and I don't need a sit down dinner, but thought it might be nice for a style, etc.

                1. re: lynney

                  what the hell is Bucco? buca di beppo? if so, i would not describe buca as "chow worthy"...although it would meet your requirements to feed 4 growing boys...

                  1. re: ns1

                    Buca does have those dinner for 4 specials.

                2. re: ns1

                  100% agree with your action plan!!!

        2. Well, my suggestion would be Porto's in Burbank.

          What do they like to eat?

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          1. re: A5 KOBE

            too far and closes too early for dinner; line situation @ lunch doesn't help.

          2. If you mean inside the gates, when we take the boys, we go to the International Cafe. They have nice handmade sandwiches, great quality, as opposed to all the junk food. Though they also have a "Brookie" which is a brownie cookie hybrid -- OMG!! They also have veggie sandwiches and decent coffee.

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              1. re: lynney

                NP!! I also agree with NS1 about eating lunch AT Universal and outside the gates after.

                Joes falafel is oh so good!!

            1. Inside the park, my kids loved Pinks chili dogs. My husband was happy too.

              If you go through the Citywalk portion on your way to your car, there are lots of options there as well, and a decent variety of places to choose.

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              1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                What's good in Citywalk these days ??????

                I literally haven't been in ages upon ages upon ages.

                1. re: kevin

                  I don't think we ate there that night... We spent way too much cash in the park, and then at the iFly place, getting skydiving lessons for the kids..... Damn kids.....

              2. All you can eat buffet at the Universal Hilton.

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                1. re: J.L.

                  Have you been to the U Hilton for the seafood brunch recently ? I always remembered it as the premier joint for the foods and then also I remembered that I have never tried it before.

                  1. re: kevin

                    last time i went by the crab legs were straight outta the freezer. without adequate time to defrost.


                    good for people who love AYCE and can accept lower quality.

                    1. re: ns1

                      Damn. That doesn't sound good for an AYCE buffet.

                      At least Hokkaido has crab legs and such for 17 per.

                      1. re: ns1

                        My last experience (late January 2014) was OK. Crab legs were properly chilled but not frozen.