Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Three Broomsticks - Universal's Islands of Adventure

Earlier today, I had lunch at the Three Broomsticks, a counter service restaurant in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Hogsmeade at Universal's Islands of Adventure.

Before having lunch, I enjoyed a frozen Butterbeer from the cart outside, but I later regretted my impatience, because I wanted something sweet after I ate lunch.

Three Broomsticks is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and they have allergy binders that list safe options for people with a variety of allergies, like gluten, dairy, egg, soy, and nuts.

Gluten free options for breakfast include pancakes, the American breakfast, English breakfast, and the Continental breakfast.

The potato leek soup, split pea soup, salad, all dressings, vegetables, corn, baked potato, child's chicken legs, chicken platter, and the turkey leg (no fries) are all gluten free options for lunch and dinner.

Butterbeer is listed on the beverages menu, and would make a great dessert, especially the frozen variety, which is what I always get when we go to Universal.  Three Broomsticks does have cups of ice cream, which I thought might be a good gluten free option for dessert.  The manager I spoke to said that the strawberry & peanut butter, vanilla, and chocolate ice cream don't contain gluten, but they had an allergen warning that they are made in a facility that produces foods with wheat.

The rotisserie smoked chicken platter was recommended to me by the employee that took my order.  It is served with corn on the cob and roasted potatoes.  After paying for my order, I waited at another counter to pick up my food, which only took a couple of minutes.  My order was marked as a gluten allergy, and the employee I spoke to said that the cooks in the kitchen change gloves for allergy orders.

I liked everything on my platter.  The skin on the chicken was well seasoned, and I loved the dark meat, which was nice and moist.  Parts of the white meat were a little dry, but overall, the chicken was very good.   The roasted potatoes were perfectly seasoned, and appeared to be cooked with some onions, which just added to their flavor.  I cut my corn off the cob and ate it with some butter and salt, which was a nice sweet ending to my meal.

Three Broomsticks looks like a rustic tavern, and is a great place to take a break from the heat, whether you are stopping in to eat, or just sitting down to enjoy a Butterbeer.

Three Broomsticks has more gluten free options than the Leaky Cauldron at Diagon Alley, but it has fewer Harry Potter themed beverages.  They are both great choices for people with special diets who want to eat quickly at a counter service restaurant.  Thunder Falls Terrace and Mythos also have a nice variety of gluten free options at Universal's Islands of Adventure.

What are your favorite gluten free options at Three Broomsticks?


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