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The Top 10 Treats To Enjoy While Visiting Disneyland’s Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge

The excitement around Disneyland’s new land, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, has been building as those with reservations have gotten a chance to visit. With the park opening up to the rest of the public on June 24th, it’s bound to be packed inside, so you’ll want to get the must-do events and must-try treats done early.

Foodbeast’s own Elie Ayrouth, Bobby Navarro, and Constantine Spyrou all got to visit Galaxy’s Edge recently, and have come back with some poignant insights on the food and drinks the new land has to offer. Below are 10 of the best items that they recommend sampling while waiting to go on the Millenium Falcon ride or for your lightsaber reservation.

Carbon Freeze

The Carbon Freeze is the drink on the back left of this photo, courtesy of Disneyland.

This bubbly non-alcoholic drink comes with a rotating swirl of popping boba that makes it visually enticing. The actual flavor is fruity with a strong note of apple, and is similar to the popping boba drink you can find at Lamplight Lounge in Pixar Pier. For those looking for non boozy options, though, this is the drink to get and show off on your Instagram feeds.

Fuzzy Tauntaun

The Fuzzy Tauntaun is the yellow drink on the far right of this photo, courtesy of Disneyland.

The Fuzzy Tauntaun is guaranteed to elicit the most “WTF” reactions from anyone who samples it. It’s served with a “buzz foam” on top that may contain an extract from the Buzz Button flower, which makes your lips and tongue go numb almost immediately upon contact. It’s not a sensation you’ll find in a typical cocktail, and is worth trying at least once.

Fried Endorian Tip-Yip

Disneyland is famous for the fried chicken, and this Jenga block of poultry is a worthy addition to their lineup. It’s actually a whole piece of breast meat, not a nugget, meaning that the inside is juicy, tender, and like a good piece of roast chicken. The Peruvian-inspired herb gravy it’s served with adds a nice, piquant touch you normally don’t get with fried chicken.

Ronto Wrap

As Foodbeast’s Bobby Navarro put it in Foodbeast’s The Katchup podcast, “There’s really no grab-and-go option in Galaxy’s Edge with a lot of heft.” This is the one item that accomplishes that, with a spiced kielbasa-like sausage, a peppercorn sauce, tangy slaw, and slices of roast pork on the inside. It’s perfect to nosh on while you’re waiting in line for any of the attractions or shops.

Outpost Mix

This is easily the most colorful item inside Galaxy’s Edge, so you’ll be seeing a lot of it on Instagram feeds. The vibrant fruity purple and spicy red glazes create a unique contrast of flavors and tastes. The Outpost Mix stand is also the first place in the park where you can snag the exclusive Coca-Cola drinks that the Star Wars land has to offer, so make sure to stop by here if you want first dibs on those.

Blue Milk

For those wondering if this contains dairy, it’s actually plant-based, and is more of a sweet, tropical treat than actual milk. There’s two variations, the Blue and Green Milk, and each varies slightly in flavor. Both are made with a rice and coconut milk base, so mostly anyone can enjoy these regardless of dietary preference. This is the one everyone’s been wanting to get, and it is pretty pricey per glass ($7), yet the clean and enjoyable flavors make it worth every sip. For those who have some extra cash, getting the blue and green milk swirled together is a legit move.

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My personal favorite drink at Oga’s Cantina, this one reminds you of a boozy milk tea. It’s a pretty easy drink to consume, and has a creamy consistency and taste that’s a stark contrast from the other drinks at the bar.

Smoked Kaadu Ribs

Fans of barbecue will enjoy this, as the ribs hold true to barbecue flavor, but each component is twisted in a way that adds new complexities to the dish. The ribs are topped with crispy breadcrumbs and have an Asian-inspired marinade, the coleslaw is entirely pickled to give it a texture and flavor akin to sauerkraut, and the blueberry cornbread muffin makes you wonder why pairing fruit with meat isn’t the norm these days.

Mustafarian Lava Roll

While you can only get this loaded cinnamon roll for breakfast, it’s size, vibrancy, and flavor make it one to get for both the ‘gram and your morning trek. While there’s not many new sweets in the Star Wars land, this one hits it out of the park.

Ithorian Garden Loaf

We all agreed that this is the number one item to get in the park. The plant-based Garden Loaf is made with Impossible Meat, and the new 2.0 formula holds up, as the texture and flavor is 100% akin to that of meat. Combined with the mushroom sauce and creamy mashed potatoes, you’ll be hard pressed to find a difference between this and the real deal.

To view the full takes the Foodbeast crew has to offer on the new Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge land, peep the YouTube video and Katchup podcast at the top of this article.

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11 Must Try Foods At This Year’s Knott’s Boysenberry Festival


At Knott’s Berry Farm, boysenberry season is in full swing, meaning that the theme park’s annual lineup of boysenberry-laden eats is back.

This year’s Boysenberry Festival features some super-sized and creative items never seen before, with nearly 75 unique dishes on display for everyone to try. Here’s a look at some of the wildest and most decadent treats in the park you have to track down.

2-Foot-Long Boysenberry Hot Dog

Locations: Fiesta Dog and Wilderness Broiler

Price: $19.99

These arm-length hot dogs are as big on flavor as they are on size. A custom frankfurter is served in a massive boysenberry bun, topped with twists on classic hot dog accoutrements like boysenberry ketchup and relish.

The Boysenberry Fun Bun

Location: Ghost Town Grub

Price: $8.99

Cinnamon rolls get a literal giant upgrade here. The Fun Bun is a massive boysenberry cinnamon roll, big enough for 2, that is topped off with a boysenberry cream cheese icing.

The Berry Beast

Location: Ghost Town Grill

Price: $24.99

A true behemoth of a sandwich, this bad boy can easily feed 2-3 people. It consists of a massive custom bun stuffed with an XXL pork tenderloin, bacon-wrapped onion rings, whole grilled jalapeno peppers, and boysenberry bbq sauce.

Shawarma With Boysenberry Hummus

Location: Spurs Chophouse

Price: $7.99

Boysenberry and shawarma combine in this intriguing mashup. The chicken used in the wrap is cooked with a boysenberry glaze, and there’s also a boysenberry hummus inside to accentuate that flavor.

Boysenberry Boba

Location: Gourmet Coffee Hut

Price: $5.99

A favorite from last year, this boysenberry drink is a refreshing, berry-laden twist on classic boba.

Alligator Fries With Boysenberry Aioli

Location: Sutter’s Grill

Price: $9.99

Those who have never tried alligator can think of it as a mix between pork, chicken, and turkey. If that’s intriguing to you, these fries, complete with boysenberry aioli for dipping, are a must-cop item in the park.

Boysenberry Cheesecake On A Stick

Location: Spurs Chophouse

Price: $6.99

Knott’s has done deep-fried versions of this in the past, but the 2019 version is a fresh piece of cheesecake with a boysenberry drizzle on top, ideal for munching on while strolling around the park.

Boysenberry Basil Lemonade

Location: Mix-It-Up

Price: $5.49

Strawberry and basil is a seriously underrated flavor combo, especially as part of a lemonade. This boysenberry version is tart and refreshing, and the mashed boysenberries at the bottom help amp up the flavor.

Boysenberry Dole Whip Float

Location: Beachy Keen’s

Price: $6.99

Dole whip has fast become a theme park favorite, and this version takes the pineapple soft serve and combines it with both pineapple juice and boysenberry fruit punch.

Boysenberry Pot Roast

Location: Spurs Chophouse

Knott’s Boysenberry Pot Roast is available as part of this year’s festival Tasting Card, which costs $35 and gives you coupons for 8 different taster items. This particular version comes with boysenberry mashed potatoes on the side.

Boysenberry Cosmos

Location: Ghost Town Grill

Price: $8.79

Cosmopolitan fans will want to track down this boysenberry twist on the classic cocktail, perfect for a little post roller coaster Happy Hour.

Boysenberry Key Lime Tart

Location: Coffee Hut

Price: $3.89

Key Lime pie is a dessert of pure decadence and zest. Adding a hit of boysenberry to that takes this classic treat to the next level.

The Boysenberry Festival runs through April 28th, so you have until then to run down all of these treats, plus all of the other goodies scattered throughout the park.  


Created in partnership with Knott’s Berry Farm. 

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All The ‘Stranger Things’ Foods To Eat At Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights

Halloween is less than two months away, and I for one am chomping away like a famished zombie for the brains of the spooky season.

This year, in honor of the hit Netflix series Stranger Things, Universal Studios is offering up dishes inspired by the ’80s phenomenon at both their Hollywood and Orlando locations.

The menu was created by each park’s executive chef and culinary teams to compliment the enthralling experience of this year’s Halloween Horror Nights. Each park will also feature an entirely new maze for guests to experience the terror of the Upside Down inspired by the first season of the show.

Behold, Universal’s Stranger Things menu. If you’re looking to try them, or experience the ghoulishness of Halloween Horror Nights, the event begins Friday September 14 at both parks.


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The Upside Down Burger

Inspired by the Upside Down dimension, this burger is loaded with spicy queso and crushed Flamin’ Hot Cheetos on a potato roll. Guests can enjoy this hearty take on the dark realm with a side of tater tots.

Demogorgon’s Totcho

The show’s season one villain, the Demogorgan, haunted our dreams well into the second season. These inspired tater tot nachos, piled with spicy queso, chili, sour cream, and Flamin’ Hot Cheetos, are worthy of anyone with a monstrous appetite.

Eleven’s Waffle Extravaganza

If there’s one thing Eleven loves, it’s Eggo Waffles. Eleven’s Waffle Extravaganza stacks three Eggos with a layer of whipped cream and topped with candies like Reese’s Pieces, jelly beans, and chocolate chips.

Benny’s Burgers

A classic burger named after the gruff diner owner with a heart of gold, who takes Eleven in after she escapes Hawkins Lab. These juicy patties are served on potato rolls with a side of tater tots.

Benny’s Chicken and Waffle Sandwich

Another ode to the beloved Benny, this Chicken and Waffle Sandwich features grilled chicken served sweet and sour onions, sage-maple aioli, all between two Eggo Waffles. If I’m a sucker for anything, it’s chicken and waffles.

Orlando

Fudge Dipped Waffle On A Stick

When you’re being chased down by inter dimensional monsters, you don’t really have much time to sit down to a meal. These Fudge Dipped Waffles on a Stick let you take your sweet snack on the go as you’re running from Demogorgons and other creatures of the night.

Waffle Ice Cream Pocket Sundae

For the guest who loves waffles a la mode, this pocket sundae puts an Upside Down spin on the dessert. Two chocolate chip waffles are stuffed with strawberry ice cream and topped with chocolate sauce, caramel sauce, sprinkles, and whipped cream.

Triple Decker Extravaganza

Triple Decker Extravaganza is Universal Studios Orlando’s version of the aforementioned Eleven’s Waffle Extravaganza. Essentially a dessert lasagna, layers of whipped cream and candy are inserted between beds of Kellogg’s Eggo Waffles.

Syrup & Waffles

It wouldn’t be a Stranger Things menu without tons of waffle items. This refreshing take Eleven’s favorite food features a blend of non-alcoholic syrup flavors that are topped with whipped cream and tiny waffles. Perfect to keep you cool and satisfy those maple cravings.

Christmas Tree Lights Cupcakes

Christmas lights played a major role in the first season of the series as a medium for Joy Byers to communicate with her missing son Will. At Universal Studios Orlando, Christmas lights also play a major role in communicating with my sweet tooth in these jelly bean topped cupcakes.

11 Mini Donuts

Eleven’s telekinetic powers often led to nosebleeds the more she exerted herself. The 11 Mini Donuts are coated in powdered sugar and topped with red frosting inspired by those nosebleeds. Is it weird to want to try one — or three?

Pepperoni and Sausage Pizza

Fans will remember in an early episode that fan-favorite Dustin once offered his crush Nancy Byers a slice of pizza topped with sausage and pepperoni. Guests can’t go wrong with a savory slice featuring two of our favorite pizza toppings.

Benny’s Burgers

Universal Orlando will also feature a Benny’s Burgers locations where guests can sit down to a variety of burgers and chicken sandwiches.


All Photos Courtesy Universal Studios
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The Wildest Eats You Can Find At This Year’s LA County Fair


This year, the LA County Fair is going on a bit of a nostalgia trip with a Route 66 theme. As an homage to the iconic highway, several vendors at the fair will be serving up special items that cost just $6.60.

We’ve eaten our way through the entire fair and found some of the wildest $6.60 deal options that you can find. Each of these has visual pop and loads of flavor, making them worth putting both in your mouth and your Instagram feeds.

Of course, there’s also plenty of regular items at the fair that are just as out-of-bounds, and you’ll want to check those out too. Below is a list of both $6.60 and other festival foods that are worth heading to the LA County Fair for.

$6.60 Items

Buffalo Chicken Mac & Cheese Waffle Cone | Chicken Charlie’s

SoCal fair food legend Chicken Charlie is back at it, this time with a spicy, creamy mac & cheese waffle cone. It’s a combo of spicy buffalo chicken with cheesy mac, piled inside of a hot rod-red cone that’s sure to catch some eyes.

Texas Panhandle Pastrami Fries | C&C Concessions

If you’re looking for loaded fries with a twist, these pastrami fries will satisfy that craving. Crispy spuds are loaded up with hot pastrami, a blend of shredded cheeses, and pickles.

Nitro Popcorn | Nitro Snack Dragon Breath

Nitro Snack Dragon Breath is bringing back this viral item from last year’s fair. The kaleidoscopic popcorn is served after a dip in some liquid nitrogen, so you’ll be breathing “smoke” like a dragon when you take a bite.

Deep Fried Pecan Pie | Fried-a-Fair

It’s not a fair unless something outlandish heads into the deep fryer. This time around, it’s a hefty slice of pecan pie that’s getting the treatment.

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Other Items To Check Out

Nitro Sourbomb | Nitro Snack Dragon Breath

Sour Bombs, wafer-like candies with sour powder in the middle, are also getting the liquid nitrogen treatment. Nitro Snack dips a stick of them into liquid nitrogen so they’re served at temperatures way below freezing, creating a smoky effect.

Cowboy Sundae | Chuckwagon

If you’re looking for dessert, this is not the treat for you. But if you want BBQ, this IS what you’re looking for. Chuckwagon’s “sundae” consists of beans, slaw, mashed potatoes, meat, BBQ sauce, and topped with a “cherry” tomato.

Giant Rib | Biggy’s

Biggy’s is selling a MASSIVE beef rib that you can show off to everyone. Mad props to anyone who struts around the fair chomping on this like a carnivorous badass.

4 On The Floor Pizza | Absolutely Italian

Pasta and pizza unite in this creative mashup of Italian foods. A creamy penne pasta is loaded onto cheese-covered pizza dough before taking a trip through the oven.

PBJ & Sriracha Funnel Cake | Dutchman’s Funnel Cake

The classic combo of peanut butter and jelly gets piled onto a funnel cake, but with a spicy kick. A hit of sriracha is added to take this fair food classic to the next level.

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The LA County Fair runs through September 23rd in Pomona, CA. You’ve got until then to check out all of these crazy eats PLUS everything else the fair has to offer.


Created in partnership with the LA County Fair. 

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Attention Burger Lovers, Disneyland Is Slicing Up This Cheeseburger Pizza

Not too long ago, Disney California Adventure added a Mac n’ Cheese pizza to their menu. The pie was topped with macaroni and smoked gouda over an Alfredo base. While it was a nice addition to the traditional pizza menu at the park, it was only available for a limited time. Fortunately, Disney has another mouthwatering option to make you forget all about it.

Boardwalk Pizza and Pasta, located inside Disney California Adventure, is serving a Cheeseburger Pizza.

The pizza is topped with cheese, shredded lettuce, tomato, pickles, red onions, and ground beef with a drizzle of white sauce to top off this meaty menu item.

You can find the Cheeseburger Pizza at Disney California Adventure along Paradise Pier at Boardwalk Pizza and Pasta. Unfortunately, the park exclusive slice will only be around through the end of September.

Pass holders or anyone planning to visit the park in the next few weeks should grab a slice.

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Golden Churros Are Disneyland’s Newest Treasure

Legend has it, on the 50th anniversary of the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Disneyland, a treasure will appear for all to enjoy. Last Saturday, that treasure took the form of Golden Churros from the theme park.

For specifics, Disneyland took their traditional churros and dipped them in a bright yellow, lemon-flavored sugar that creates the illusion of glistening gold.

The limited-time item coincided with the 50th anniversary celebration of the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction located in New Orleans Square at the Anaheim, CA theme park. Guests of Disneyland can grab the churro at the cart found in New Orleans Square of the park, where it will be available for a limited time while supplies last.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales also hits theaters this year on May 26.

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The Ultimate Guide To Eating Well At Universal Studios Orlando

Whenever I think about the food one would find at an amusement or theme park, my mind gravitates towards stale pretzels, nachos with fake cheese, artificially colored cotton candy, and a lack of alcohol. I’m happy to report that the food situation at Universal Studios is as far from my preconceptions as possible.

While Universal has some pretty solid food options within the park, the real star of the culinary show is CityWalk, the strip of restaurants and entertainment that lies right outside the park entrance. I’m not exaggerating when I say you could literally live happily for months without leaving the area, especially if your hotel is on property. CityWalk is home to a handful of upscale restaurants, a movie theater, more bars than your liver would know what to do with, and even QSRs, for when you’ve had your fill of the good stuff and are just really feelin’ Qdoba.

Because there are a mind-boggling amount of ways to feed yourself at Universal Orlando, here’s where you should be eating, and what to order once you get there.

The Cowfish

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Whats Shakin’ Tuna Bacon Sandwich
This thing is a monster. Inside two spring roll wrapper buns filled with sushi rice and kani, a type of crab commonly used in sushi, you’ll find applewood bacon, blackened yellowfin tuna, jalapenos, tomato salsa, iceberg lettuce, slaw, and spicy mayo. Once you figure out how to fit this thing in your mouth, you’ll be happy you ordered it.

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Jen’s Fresh Find Roll
The Cowfish is known for both sushi and burgers. It kind of seems like a strange combination for a restaurant, but they really do excel at both. While there are nearly twenty rolls on the menu, I had a clear favorite. The Jen’s Fresh Find Roll is filled with cucumber, tuna, and green onion and then topped with avocado and salmon. Not to mention, the whole thing is served with a side of poke. This just goes above and beyond.

The Three Broomsticks

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Fire Whisky
Okay, so this isn’t food, but it’s important to know that The Three Broomsticks sells Fire Whisky. Universal gets this made by a local distillery and The Three Broomsticks is the only place in the world you can find it. This whiskey is super potent. It’s kind of like Fireball on crack. I tried to take a shot of this and nearly died, so sip slowly.

Mythos

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Chocolate Banana Gooey Cake
Mythos was rated the #1 best theme park restaurant six years in a row. That’s a pretty big feat considering the amount of places you can find high quality food at Universal alone. Their savory items are pretty great, but this chocolate banana gooey cake steals the show. This dessert comes with a molten chocolate lava cake, banana chip, fresh bananas, homemade caramel sauce, and a perfect scoop of ice cream on top. If you get one dessert at Universal, it should be this one.

NBC Grill & Brew

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Grand Slam Burger
NBC Grill & Brew is any sports lover’s paradise. There are a ridiculous amount of TVs in the place, and they even have a big screen on the exterior of the building where they show notable events like the World Cup and the Olympics. They mostly serve sports bar-type food, but on crack. The Grand Slam Burger has two patties topped with cheddar cheese, butter bibb lettuce, applewood smoked bacon, tomato, BBQ ranch, and crispy tabasco onions on a brioche bun. They also have a pretzel that’s literally bigger than any normal human’s face, so you should get one of those for the table (or yourself) as well.

Strong Water Tavern

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Rum Flight
Strong Water Tavern, located in the the Loews Sapphire Resort, is any rum-lover’s dream. They have two pages of their menu dedicated to an impressive rum inventory that is divided into multiple categories: Spanish Island, British Island, Spiced & Flavored Rum, French Island, Mainland, and the good ‘ol USA. The best part is they sell rum flights, where you can choose three types of rum from any category to sample.

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Arroz con Pollo
The food at Strong Water Tavern is just as impressive as their rum collection, if not more so. Their menu is inspired by several cuisines of the Caribbean, including Jamaican, Cuban, Puerto Rican, and more. Strong Water’s secret weapon, in my opinion, is the Arroz con Pollo, made with bone-in chicken, garlic, peppers, onions, and tomatoes cooked into yellow rice. I basically gorged myself with this stuff and have absolutely no regrets.

Tchoup Chop

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Lobster Seafood Toast
Tchoup Chop is yet another testament to the caliber of food found at Universal, as the restaurant is owned by Emeril Lagasse. The lobster seafood toast with citrus aioli is an item on the appetizer portion of the menu, and it would be a crime to travel all the way to Tchoup Chop without eating it.

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Anuenue Chirashi
While this chirashi bowl is a tad out of character in comparison to the other items on the menu at Tchoup Chop, it was so incredible that you just gotta go for it. In this dish, you’ll find sushi rice, salmon, ahi, cucumbers, kamikana, spring onions, avocado, unagi glaze, and spicy mayo. It’s kind of like a deconstructed sushi roll, but the key to the deliciousness of this dish was the super fresh fish.

Toothsome Chocolate Emporium

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Pork Belly Sliders
Toothsome is Universal’s newest restaurant on CityWalk, having opened just a few months ago. They specialize in sweets, as the name would suggest, but their savory menu is immense and incredible. One of my favorites was the pork belly sliders, because they garnish each mini burger with a piece of chocolate dipped bacon. If you’re wondering, this is literally the way to my heart.

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Milkshakes
Toothsome has clearly hopped on the extravagant milkshake trend. I would say majority of their dessert menu is comprised of crazy milkshakes, some of the more impressive flavors being Red Velvet, Strawberry Cheesecake, Chocolate Banana Brain Freeze, and Key Lime Pie. Even though a lot of places are serving milkshakes like this, Toothsome sets themselves apart by using unique flavors of ice cream, like sour cream, and excessive garnishes like an entire red velvet cupcake, slice of key lime pie, or chocolate covered banana.

The moral of the story when it comes to the food at Universal Studios Orlando, is that there is something for anyone and everyone. You can go an entire stay without needing to eat at the same restaurant twice, and you can definitely go an entire stay without hitting all the places Universal has to offer. When you do book your trip, feel free to experience all the park has to offer on a culinary scale, but make sure to hit up our favorite restaurants here, or live your life full of regret.


Photos: Analiese Trimber

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Simpsons Theme Park Opens Duff Brewery, Lard Lad Donuts and Bumblebee Man Taco Truck

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Universal Orlando’s Simpsons theme park is now home to a Duff Brewery beer garden, Lard Lad Donuts and Bumblebee Man taco truck. According to Inside the Magic, Duff Gardens is an open-air bar serving “Lite,” “Dry” and regular Duff beer, along with the Flaming Moe from Moe’s Tavern and Squishees from the Kwik-E-Mart. The garden also features the Seven Duffs mascots (Tipsy, Queasy, Edgy, Surly, Sleazy, Remorseful and Dizzy) greeting guests by the entrance and hints at a cheeky parody to the Disney/Busch Gardens.

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Bumblebee Man’s Tacos offers the standard fare of chicken, fish and carne asada tacos, along with the unexpected addition of “Asian Inspired” Korean beef tacos. For those with a sweet tooth hankering, Lard Lad brings a “variety of freshly prepared [debatable] fried treats,” including sprinkle-laden “The Big Pink” and “Brain Freezin’ D’oh-nut Sundaes.”

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The new joints join Krusty Burger, Moe’s Tavern, Kwik-E-Mart and more iconic Simpsons-themed establishments brought to life.

Check out the video below for a quick tour of the park’s latest additions.

H/T + PicThx Inside the Magic