Mythos at Islands of Adventure
So back when we used to hit Universal multiple times a year, we always meant to go to Mythos. Everyone always raved about it, but we never really wanted to slow down a park visit for a sit down full-service meal. So we’d always walk by Mythos and go to this place:
The Enchanted Oak was my favorite counter service restaurant in the world. No debate. The food was fantastic, the prices were solid, and it was always easy to get in and out of. Their ribs were so good, Karen actually used them to beat vegetarianism. True story. Unfortunately, the Enchanted Oak was removed when Mr. Potter came to town so we needed a new place to eat. As it happened, I had a really sweet discount offer for almost any restaurant on property, so we decided to bite the bullet and finally try the place that’s constantly awarded “Best Theme Park Restaurant” by Theme Park Insider.com
The ethos of Mythos falls in line with the theme of the original Lost Continent area of the park. In its original (pre Potter) incarnation, the Lost Continent merged three different thematic areas – a medieval section, an Arabian marketplace, and a sort of Greek thing. The menu for Mythos veers strongly in a Mediterranean direction, but it also has some standards for the less-adventurous.
The building itself is very cool looking – Greek gods and other mythological figures are carved into the exterior, and the waterfall feature is very impressive.
The inside of the building is also very impressive – the exterior visual motif is perfectly replicated on the inside. It’s hard to describe this, but the interior genuinely feels cavernous. It’s a perfect case where the inside and the outside complement each other and add to an overall theme.
I especially like how you never feel like you’re really getting the whole picture – what are those claws attached to?
So Mythos is one of two table service restaurants in the park – for those of you not hip to the terminology, that means you sit down, someone takes your order, and you get to eat with actual silverware on real dishes. That sort of normal restaurant experience can be a godsend in the middle of an exhausting park visit (but there are trade-offs – it’s going to take longer and it’s going to cost more).
But honestly it’s all worth it to be able to sit down and have drinks. They have a few good beers on draft (big fan of Orange Blossom Pilsner) and their mixed drinks are mighty fine. Pictured above is the Mythos Potion of the Gods – it’s a mix of Malibu, Captain Morgan, triple sec, and various fruity juices. It’s a little pricy, but that’s really par for the course when you’re drinking liquor drinks in a theme park (and believe it or not, it’s still cheaper than what Margaritaville or Pat O’Brien’s is going to cost you out in Citiwalk). In between those drinks, you’ll see the complimentary bread and butter – wait, what’s going on with that butter?
Okay, that’s ridiculous. On a side note, if anyone in your group has a gluten allergy, they’ll be happy to do what they can to accommodate. One of my friends has a gluten allergy (yes, a real one. Not some silly BS diet thing) and the server brought her out what I believe were their GF hamburger buns instead of the regular bread service. I think it’s very cool that they do what they can to help people with food allergies. A lot of other restaurants would just be like “oh well. No bread for you.”
Oh, and as cute as the butter is, it’s a right pain in the ass to spread. But I guess in the big picture presentation wins that one.
We started off with the mezze platter appetizer ($9.99). This is a plateful of traditional Mediterranean fare like hummus, babaganoush, olives and pita bread. It’s all very good – I especially like the slight char to the pita bread.
Moving on to the entrée, I have to apologize here. One of the big things about Mythos is that they have this adventurous menus with stuff like beef medallions, pan roasted salmon, and a seasonal risotto.
And here I am ordering a damn hamburger. But here’s the thing – I’m not on vacation here. I live 20 minutes away. I can understand that getting something other than a burger is a luxury for people who’ve been in the parks for an entire week, but for me getting the burger is an extravagance. Look, if you’re spending a week in parks, I completely understand the desire for something – ANYTHING – that’s green. But that ain’t me. Also, it must be noted that Mythos Signature Hamburger ($16.99) is exceptionally good. That feta-olive aioli is really, really good.
I know this isn’t the greatest picture, but I want you to see how that burger is cooked. I’m incredibly impressed that I can walk into a restaurant in a theme park, order a burger “medium,” and actually get a burger with some pink in it (note that in this picture there are two different burgers – the left one is the Signature Hamburger, while the right one is the Traditional Cheeseburger ($16.99) with cheddar cheese and bacon. We were splitting entrees that day). We’ve been to Mythos three times over the last three months, and I found myself ordering that Signature Hamburger every time. It really is that good.
Karen has been able to show a little variety, though – this is a shot of their grilled chicken sandwich ($13.99). It’s served with cheese, bacon, lettuce, onion, and tomato jam. It was also remarkably good, though I found myself wishing it had more of that tomato jam on it. But that’s me – I really freaking like tomato jam.
Incidentally, there’s nothing wrong with those fries. We requested the addition of parmesan ($0.50)and I guess the green there is a bit of oil to help bring it all together.
They also have some desserts, but there are so many options out in the parks it seems unnecessary. I did try one of their dessert shots – at $1.75, it was a steal and not heavy enough to prevent me from getting ice cream later over at Diagon Alley.
So I really liked Mythos. It is a great way to break up a day in the parks, and the food is exceptionally good. You’ll pay a few dollars more per entrée, but you’ll be getting an upgrade in both the food quality and the overall experience. For example, a bacon cheeseburger platter over at Captain America’s Diner will run you $12.99. You’ll pay $4.00 more at Mythos but there is no doubt in my mind that the quality of the burger is worth that.
Do note that reservations are not required, but you can make them in advance. If you hit them up right around noon, don’t be surprised if there’s a wait.
Happily, Mythos regained their standing as Theme Park Insider’s #1 theme park restaurant in the world at the end of 2018. I’m thrilled for them, but just between us? I would have voted for Blue Bayou…