Amusement parks are known for their towering roller coasters, white-knuckle thrill rides, and refreshing water slides. Theme park critics praise these institutions for constructing record-breaking thrills and entertaining kids and adults of all ages. However, we rarely see critics go nuts for amusement park food. It’s usually the same thing; pizza, cotton candy, and funnel cakes. You can’t walk into a theme park expecting a delicious, quality meal… or can you?
Over Spring Break, my family decided to take it easy in the theme park capital of the world, Orlando. Situated on International Drive is Universal Studios’ sister park Islands of Adventure. While Islands boasts two awesome roller coasters, a collection of great dark rides, and a few spots for the kids to hang out, it also has one of the best amusement park restaurants I’ve ever eaten at.
Mythos is located in the Lost Continent section of the park. The area is themed well… a lost continent. The culture is unknown and seems to be a mix of Middle Eastern, Greek, and Roman heritages. The restaurant is shaped like a giant mountain with sculptures of Greek deities embedded in the rocks. Inside, you are treated to a beautifully themed restaurant that does not go over the top with gimmicky props. It is majestic, elegant, and a refreshing place to catch a great meal in between two rides. Mythos takes commonplace menu items like pasta, burgers, and salads and puts a Greek twist on them that make them taste truly unique. Their Fettuccine Alfredo with balsamic vinegar, asparagus, and sun-dried tomatoes is a meal fit for an Olympian. The servings are decent and the service is relatively fast (we were in and out in about forty-five minutes).
Mythos wants guests to have a comfortable and delicious dining experience but respects the fact that you are probably at Universal for the rides. Nonetheless, it is a worthy pit stop on your theme park adventure. One very important piece of advice is to go there as soon as you get into the park and make a reservation. If that’s too stressful for you, you can book your reservation online, at your participating Universal Orlando hotel, or at the Universal City Walk tourist center.